Thank you for choosing Wisconsin Youth Company’s Middle School U (MSU) program!

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the student(s).

Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your first day of program. COVID-19 health and safety protocols will be in place this summer to ensure students and staff remain safe and healthy.

Middle School U Madison  |  Shorewood Elementary School  |  1105 Shorewood Blvd, Madison
Middle School U Verona  |  Sugar Creek Elementary  |  Sugar Creek Elementary  |  740 N Main St, Verona
MSU Cell Phone  |  608-577-2566
MSU Hours   |  Monday-Friday  |  8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

  • Drop-off takes place between 8-9 a.m. 
  • Pick-up takes place between 4-5 p.m. 
  • Morning courses run from 9 a.m.-noon 
  • Afternoon courses run from 1-4 p.m. 
  • All-day courses run from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 
  • Please note, there is no camp Monday, June 13 and Monday, July 4 
Meet the Staff 
  • Director  |  Rita 
  • Assistant Director  |  Adam 
  • Instructors  |  Joe, Josh, Aly, Andrea, Elise
  • Youth Leaders  | Brianna, Celeste

All staff have education and/or experience related to working with children. They receive training prior to the start of the camp season and are certified in first aid and CPR.  

Health & Wellness at MSU 

Please monitor your student(s) for possible COVID-19 or other illness symptoms at home prior to arriving at camp each day. If your student has a fever greater than 100° F or COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your student(s) home for the day and contact our administrative office regarding their absence.  

COVID-19 symptoms include:  

  • Fever or chills  
  • Cough, shortness of breath  
  • Loss of taste or smell  
  • Vomiting or diarrhea  
  • Sore throat  
  • Headache  
  • Unusual fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches  
  • Runny nose or nasal congestion  

If you receive a positive COVID-19 test, please inform us right away at 608-276-9782 or

If your student is not vaccinated against COVID-19 and has been in close physical contact with anyone who tested positive with COVID-19, please contact us at 608-276-9782 or to determine next steps.   

Upon arrival, directors will complete a visual wellness check before campers enter camp.  

Where to Park
  • MSU Madison  |  Limited parking is available in the pull in at Shorewood Elementary, additional parking available along Shorewood Blvd., enter through the main school entrance
  • MSU Verona  |  Parking is available in the main school parking lot, enter through the main school entrance

Drop-off Procedure  |  After entering the school building through the main entrance, camp staff will be waiting to walk your student(s) through the sign-in process. Many MSU participants arrive to program independently, and sign themselves into program. If you would like your student(s) to arrive independently by walking or biking, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Arrival.  

Medications, Sunscreen and Insect Repellent  |  If your student has medications, sunscreen or insect repellent, please bring these on the first day of their attendance. All items should be labelled with first and last name. Wisconsin Youth Company does provide sunscreen and insect repellent. Students are not required to bring their own. 

What to Bring 

Please only send your student with following items. All items should be labeled with your student’s first and last name: 

  • Sack lunch (nut-free) that does not need to be refrigerated or microwaved 
  • Gym shoes or sandals with a heel strap (no flip flops) 
  • Water bottle labeled with child’s first and last name
  • Extra set of clothing, as needed 
Picking Up Your Student 

When to Pick-up  |  Students should be picked up during the designated pick-up timeframe following their course. Students only attending MSU for morning courses may stay for the lunch period (noon-1 p.m., but must be picked up or depart by 1 p.m. when afternoon courses begin. If you need to pick up your student(s) during a course time, please coordinate that directly with the MSU director in advance. 

Pick-up Procedure  |  After entering the school building, staff will be waiting to locate your student(s) and walk them through the sign-out process

Independent Departure  |  If you would like your student(s) to walk home independently or meet you at your vehicle, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Departure. Students cannot meet you at your vehicle unless they have prior authorization. 

Authorized Pick-up Person  |  Only authorized pick-up people can pick up your student(s). If you would like to add an additional authorized pick-up person, please email All authorized pick-up people are encouraged to have a photo ID on them. With the safety of students in mind, staff will check IDs if they have not met a pick-up person or do not recognize a pick-up person. 


Please call the 24-hour attendance message line, 608-276-9898, if your student will be absent. Please call before 8:30 a.m. if the message pertains to that day.

Course Groups 

Each student will be in their chosen course group for the week long course. Each group will have a designated classroom space for use during the day. Courses will have no more than 16 students. 

  • Groups will change with each session throughout the summer
  • Each course group will have their own set of materials that will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis and between courses when used frequently 
  • Each student will have a designated space within the program to store their belongings. Students should only bring essential items for the day.   
Face Coverings at Camp 
  • At this time masks are optional for students attending MSU Madison and Verona courses. Students choosing to wear masks will be supported in that decision. 
  • Students and staff will follow vendor masking requirements while at off-site locations
  • Appropriate face coverings include medical grade masks or cloth masks that cover the nose and mouth 
  • If your child is unable to wear a face covering due to a medication condition, mental health reason or disability, please let us know by emailing 
Snack & Lunch 

It’s important students start each day with a good breakfast prior to MSU, and bring a nutritious and satisfying lunch.
Sack lunches must not require refrigeration or microwaving; milk is provided. A morning and afternoon snack will be provided. Some students have life-threatening allergies (like a peanut or tree nut allergy). For this reason, WYC requests that students bring a nut-free lunch. All snacks served at MSU are nut-free. 

  • Students will have a lunch period from noon-1 p.m. to eat lunch and relax between course times. Students will not be allowed to leave and return during this time. Students enrolled in a single morning or afternoon course can attend the lunch period. 
  • All students must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating 
Off-Site Courses & Activities 

Some MSU courses will take place at off-site locations this summer, and others will contain an off-site component on one or more days. Please refer to the course description for details on off-site locations or talk with the MSU director for off-site course days.  

  • Students will be required to wear face masks while being transported to off-site activities.
  • At this time, WYC will adhere to rules set by off-site locations, and local public health ordinances when determining masking rules at off-site locations. Staff will support all students decision to wear a mask off-site, if they choose to do so. 
  • If your student is enrolled in an off-site course, please ensure they arrive to MSU 10 minutes prior to the course start time to help with a speedy departure to the course destination. 
Keeping MSU Clean 

We understand that the need to keep MSU clean is more important now than ever before. Because of this, we are implementing the following practices: 

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout MSU and outdoors. Hand sanitizer will be used under the direction of MSU staff. 
  • Students and staff will be required to wash hands often and thoroughly 
  • Staff will be cleaning and disinfecting program materials on a regular basis
  • Facility staff will clean high traffic areas within the building including bathrooms 
  • All disinfecting will happen in a room that is not accessible to students. Disinfecting of group spaces will only happen when students are not present 
  • For cleaning, staff will use a detergent/soap and water solution 
  • For disinfecting, staff will use a EPA-approved product to use against coronavirus 
Spending Time Outdoors 

Instructors will be encouraged to take their courses outdoors as much as possible. Students will have water, sunscreen and shade available to them while outdoors. Please send your child dressed for the outdoors, every day. 

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the student(s).

Parent Contact Information 

It is important that Parents can easily be reached throughout the day. Please verify your contact information in your parent portal and contact the administrative office if changes need to be made. 

In the event that MSU staff contact you requesting that your child be picked up for illness or other reasons, we ask that you do so immediately. If you are unable to pick up your student immediately, please arrange for emergency pick-up individuals. These individuals must be listed as authorized pick-up persons on your account. 

Changing Account Information 

Written notification is required to make any changes to your account information (i.e. phone numbers, pick-up persons, emergency contacts, etc.). An email from the email address on-file is sufficient. Your account password is required to make changes. 

Additional Program Information 

Additional program related information can be found in the program handbook. 

No MSU Days 

There is no program Monday, June 13 or Monday, July 4

MSU Snack Schedule – coming soon
Contact Wisconsin Youth Company

Middle School U Program Coordinator, Rita Chelmo

Summer Program Director, Nate Peterson

Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office – Mailing Address
733 Struck St.- 45620
Madison, WI 53744

Phone: 608-276-9782 ext. 0
Fax: 262-547-0394
24-Hour Attendance Message Line: 608-276-9898

Use the above address, fax, email and phone number for payments, registration and billing inquires, and other general information. You may also access your account online at

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the student(s).

Q: Who can drop off and pick up students? 

A: Following Wisconsin Youth Company policy, students may only be dropped off and picked up from camp by authorized pick-up person(s) listed on their registration. 

Q: Will students and staff be required to wear a mask? 

A: Masks are not required, but students wishing to wear a mask will be supported in doing so.

Q: What happens if my child gets sick while at camp? 

A: MSU has a designated space available to use in the event that a student gets sick. If your student becomes ill at MSU, they will be isolated in this room with a MSU staff. Staff will call for immediate pick-up. Please ensure that your student is picked up as soon as possible. 

Q: What happens if there is a confirmed COVID-19 case at MSU? 

A: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case at MSU (student or staff), Wisconsin Youth Company will follow local public health guidance as it pertains to contact tracing. Families will be notified as soon as possible if their student is considered a close contact. If your child is a close contact, they may be asked to quarantine from MSU.  

Q: What should I do if my child has a confirmed case of COVID-19? 

A: If your child has a confirmed case of COVID-19, please contact our administrative office immediately at 

June 27-July 1  |  Hello MSU students, families, and friends, welcome to Middle School U! We hope you have managed to stay cool in the heat wave! MSU students have been busy creating art, exploring the city, and playing games. Most importantly, we are all building awesome connections and having fun. Feel free to check out photos and videos as they are uploaded onto our site! 


  • MSU students are responsible for signing themselves in and out of their courses daily. Parents are welcome to come in for pick-up or can call or text our site cell phone at 608-577-2566. 
  • Students are allowed to bring cell phones, but should not use them during course time. MSU is not responsible for personal items that get lost, stolen or broken. 
  • Please do not forget to bring a water bottle and a nut-free lunch that does not require refrigeration or microwaving.

Courses  |  Instructors

  • Bus Stops Here  |  Josh Ludke
  • STEAM Challenges  |  Alanna Cornelius 

Off-site courses  |  Bus Stops Here will take the Madison city bus to different locations every day. This is dependent upon the collective student choice. If you would like to know what the group has decided, please let us know and we can call or text you with that information. 


June 20-24   |  Welcome to Middle School U! I hope everyone who joined us last week made some great memories and learned a new skill or two! We have an action-packed week coming up and are looking forward to many off-site adventures as well as on-site fun. 

Reminders  |   Parents are welcome to enter, but please make sure to wear a mask. Students are also responsible for signing themselves in and out for courses, and are free to leave as soon as they have signed themselves out. Please make sure to bring a water bottle and a nut-free lunch. Students are allowed to bring cellphones, but should not use them during courses. MSU is not responsible for personal items that get lost or broken.

Courses  |  Instructors

  • Sculpture Arts  |  Josh
  • Theater |  Andrea
  • Biking Madison  |  Elise and Emily
  • Fishing  |  Victoria and Rita
  • Golf  |  Victoria and Celeste
  • Disc Golf  |  Emily and Adam

Off-site courses  |  The following are subject to change based on weather and student input.

Potential Biking Courses:

  • Monday, June 20 |  Lakeshore Path and State Street to Capitol
  • Tuesday, June 21 |  Wingra Bike Path to Olin Park
  • Wednesday, June 22 |  Lakeshore Path and Chazen Art Museum
  • Thursday, June 23 |  Bike to UW Arboretum or Henry Vilas Zoo
  • Friday, June 24 |  Bike to UW Memorial Union Terrace for ice cream

Fishing will have daily transportation with the following schedule:

  • Monday, June 20 |  Brittingham Park
  • Tuesday, June 21 |  Wingra Dam
  • Wednesday, June 22 |  Yahara River
  • Thursday, June 23 |  Jenni and Kyle Preserve
  • Friday, June 24 |  Governor’s Island

Golf will have daily transportation to Vitense.

Fishing will have daily transportation with the following schedule:

  • Monday, June 20 |  Elver Park
  • Tuesday, June 21 |  Hiestand
  • Wednesday, June 22 |  Capital Springs
  • Thursday, June 23 |  9 Springs
  • Friday, June 24 |  Vallarta-Ast

Sculpture Arts will walk to Post Farm Park to study the idea of outdoor sculpture.