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. 

Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your student’s first day of MSU 

Middle School U Verona | Badger Ridge Middle |  300 Richard St., Verona 

Middle School U Madison | Shorewood Hills Elementary | 1105 Shorewood Blvd., Madison

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, MSU is closed July 4 & 5

Meet the Staff  

  • Director  |  Rita  
  • Assistant Director  |  Adam  
  • Instructors  |   Josh, Joe, Ali, Eamon, Jeff, Nicole
  • Youth Leaders  |  Celeste & Blue

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

Where to Park 

  • MSU Madison | Limited parking is available in front of Shorewood Hills Elementary. Additional parking is available along Shorewood Blvd., enter through the main school entrance.
  • MSU Verona | Parking is available in the main school parking lot. Enter through door #2 on the side of the building. When facing the main entrance, door #2 is approximately 100 feet to the right. 

Arrival Procedure | MSU students are authorized to arrive to program independently. After entering the school building, an MSU staff will direct your student to the main MSU program area, where your student can sign themselves in to program. Each course will have a designated space as well, and course instructors will take their groups to those areas when courses begin. You may join your student in the sign-in process, however it is not required.

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 (if your student is enrolled in an all-day course)
  • 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 during a course time, please coordinate that directly with the MSU director in advance.  

Departure Procedure | MSU students are authorized to depart independently when their courses conclude for the day. Students should gather their belongings and sign themselves out of program prior to departure. Many parents ask their students wait to depart until they have arrived to pick them up, and staff can release students via a phone call or text message, if you prefer. If this is your preference, please communicate directly with your student. Parents are also welcome to enter program space to pick up their students. Students should still sign themselves out of program, even if Parents are coming into program to pick them up at the end of their day.


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 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.    

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.   

  • 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.  

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. 

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 camp staff contact you requesting that your student 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. 

Contact Wisconsin Youth Company 

Summer Program Director, Nate Peterson 

Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office – Mailing Address
733 Struck St.- 45620
Madison, Wisconsin 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 through the Parent Portal.

Q: Who can drop off and pick up students?  

A: Middle School U students are authorized to arrive and depart independently. 

Q: What happens if my student gets sick while at MSU?

A: Middle School U has a designated space available to use in the event that a student gets sick. While in this space, they will remain supervised by staff. Staff will call for immediate pick-up. Please ensure that your student is picked up as soon as possible. 

Q: Can I pick up my student from an off-site location?

A: Pick-up from an off-site location is an option when needed by families, although is not preferred. Please coordinate specific details with the Middle School U director. Please note off-site pickup is not always an option. Trips are pre-determined and will not be altered to accommodate pick up or drop off for students.

Q: Do I need to provide sunscreen and insect repellent for my student?

A: Wisconsin Youth Company provides sunscreen and insect repellent for all students attending summer programs. WYC uses Rocky Mountain brand 30 SPF lotion sunscreen and Cutter DEET-free insect repellent. Families may provide their own sunscreen and/or insect repellent. 

Q: How do I update my student’s swim level? 

A: The easiest way to update your child’s swim level is to contact the administrative office at for Dane county families and for Waukesha families. You can also fill out necessary paperwork at your child’s camp location, but due to the volume of changes and the workload of camp staff, it is preferred that you contact the administrative office. Please note changes are not immediate.  

Welcome to Middle School U!

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Middle School U courses are enrollment dependent. As courses are confirmed to run, they will be listed below. If a course is cancelled due to low enrollment, families will be notified via email and phone by Friday, May 17, 2024. Please contact the administrative office with any questions:


June 17 – 21

  • All Day- Pottery & Ceramics

June 24 – 28

  • All Day- Chef’s Budget Challenge
  • All Day- Water Lovers
  • A.M.- 3D Printing
  • P.M.- Archery

July 1 – 3

  • All Day- Baking Cakes & Cupcakes
  • A.M.- Escape Rooms
  • P.M.- Rock Climbing

July 8 – 12

  • A.M.- Archery
  • A.M.- Photography
  • P.M.- Mad Science

July 15 – 19

  • A.M.- Woodcarving & Woodburning
  • P.M.- Beekeeping

July 22 – 26

  • All Day- Bus Stops Here
  • All Day- Role Playing Games (RPG)
  • P.M.- Costume Design

July 29 – August 2

  • All Day- Bus Stops Here
  • P.M.- Rock Climbing

August 5 – 9

  • P.M.- Chess

August 12 – 16

  • All Day- Amigurumi
  • All Day- Role Playing Games (RPG)
  • A.M.- Watercolor Painting
  • P.M.- Comic Drawing
Not Yet Confirmed

June 17 – 21

  • A.M.- Biking
  • A.M.- Jewelry Making
  • P.M.- Disc Golf
  • P.M.- Robot Challenge
  • All Day- Cooking Basics
  • All Day- Larping

June 24 – 28

  • A.M.- Sculpture Arts
  • A.M.- Sewing
  • P.M.- Chain Reaction Contraptions
  • P.M.- Sticker Making
  • All Day- Fencing

July 1 – 3

  • P.M.- STEAM

July 8 – 12

  • P.M.- Dyeing Arts
  • P.M.- Mad for Museums
  • All Day- Fencing

July 15 – 19

  • A.M.- 3D Printing
  • P.M.- Ink Printing
  • P.M.-Model Rockets
  • All Day- Baking Cookies
  • All Day- Strategy Games

July 22 – 26

  • A.M.- Gardening
  • P.M.- Disc Golf
  • P.M.- Robot Challenge

July 29 – August 2

  • A..M.- Babysitter Training
  • A.M.- Bug Out
  • P.M.- Chain Reaction Contraptions
  • P.M.- Mixed Media Art

August 5 – 9

  • A.M.- Biking
  • A.M.- Board & Card Games
  • A.M.- Fishing
  • P.M.- Face Painting
  • All Day- Stop Motion Animation
  • All Day- Wisconsin Gone Wild

August 12 – 16

  • All Day- Active Arts