Thank you for choosing Wisconsin Youth Company’s Wander Wisconsin Adventure Trips!

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.

Madison Base Camp  |  Crestwood Elementary School  |  5930 Old Sauk Road, Madison
Waunakee Base Camp  |  Heritage Elementary  |  501 South Street, Waunakee
Verona Base Camp  |  Sugar Creek Elementary  |  740 N Main Street, Verona
Camp Cell Phone   |  608-445-8046
Camp Hours   |  Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 

  • Drop-off takes place between 7:30-8 a.m. 
  • Pick-up takes place between 5-5:30 p.m.  
  • Please note, there is no camp Monday, July 4 
Meet the Staff 
  • Adventure Trip Leaders  |  Victoria Hoff, Emily Fitzsimmons

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/CPR and Lifeguarding 

Health & Wellness at Camp 

Please monitor your camper(s) for possible COVID-19 or other illness symptoms at home prior to arriving at camp each day. If your camper has a fever greater than 100° F or COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child(ren) 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 info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org.

If your camper 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 info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org to determine next steps.   

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

Where to Park
  • Madison Base Camp  |  Limited parking is available along Old Sauk Road in front of Crestwood. Parking is available in the school parking lots. Enter through the main school entrance. 
  • Waunakee Base Camp  |  Pull around behind the school, following the alley between Heritage and Saint John’s School. Parking is available in this area. Please park and then bring your child to door 13 or 14. 
  • Verona Base Camp  Parking is available in the main school parking lot, enter through the main school entrance

Drop-off Procedure  |  After entering the school building, staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-in process, or direct you to the correct Wander Wisconsin meeting place. If you would like your camper(s) to arrive independently by walking or biking, please contact the administrative office to authorize Independent Arrival.  

Medications, Sunscreen and Insect Repellent  |  If your camper 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. Campers are not required to bring their own. 

What to Bring 

Please only send your camper with following items. All items should be labeled with your camper’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 
  • Campers may bring non-electronic items from home to engage with while being transported to trip locations. Things like books, journals, art supplies etc. will be permitted from home. Please do not send unnecessary or expensive items with your camper for use during transport. 

Wisconsin Youth Company is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing. 

Picking Up Your Camper 

When to Pick-up  |  Campers should be picked up during the designated pick-up timeframe: Monday-Friday 5-5:30 p.m. If you need to pick up your camper(s) early, that must be coordinated in advance with Wander Wisconsin staff. Campers travel to trip destinations daily, sometimes two hours away from base camp. Pick-up is allowed from off-site locations, but daily plans will not be modified to accommodate early pick-ups. 

Pick-up Procedure  |  After entering the school building, camp staff will be waiting to walk you through the sign-out process. Occasionally, Wander Wisconsin trips will return behind schedule from the days activities. Your understanding and patience is appreciated in these circumstances. 

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

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

Absences 

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

Camper Groups 

Campers will travel with other participants in the group to off-site locations daily. Group size will be consistent for each week long program, and will be a maximum of 13 campers. 

  • Materials and equipment will be cleaned and sanitized on a daily basis
  • Each camper will have a designated space to store their belongings. Campers should only bring essential items for the day. 
Face Coverings at Camp 
  • Masks are optional for campers at base camps locations. Campers choosing to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. 
  • Campers will adhere to all face masking requirements of vendors and trip locations visited throughout the week 
  • Appropriate face coverings include medical grade masks or cloth masks that cover the nose and mouth 
  • If your camper is unable to wear a face covering due to a medication condition, mental health reason or disability, please let us know by emailing info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org 
Snack & Lunch 

It’s important campers start each day with a good breakfast prior to camp, 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 campers have life-threatening allergies (like a peanut or tree nut allergy). For this reason, WYC requests that campers bring a nut-free lunch. All snacks served at camp are nut-free. 

  • Campers will eat snack and lunch with their group daily at trip locations. Snack and lunch will be eaten outdoors when it is available.
  • All campers must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating. In the event that soap and water are not readily available at the trip location, hand sanitizer or soap and water wipes will be used
Daily Trip Locations 

Wander staff will do their best to adhere to the trips advertised on the Wander Wisconsin webpage. Specific daily trip information will be updated the week prior and can be found on the This Week at Wander tab. Some trip locations may need to be modified closer to the actual program date, and some trip locations are weather dependent. You will be notified of any trip location or time change prior to campers leaving on that trip. Notification will be made via email, or directly by Wander staff and will be reflected on the This Week at Wander tab.  

Many Wander Wisconsin trips include a swimming or water component. Please send your camper prepared for these trips with appropriate clothing. To review your campers swim level, or to change it, please email info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org Campers will receive a swim shirt on their first day in program, and should wear that shirt on swimming or water days. 

Keeping Camp Clean 

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

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout camp and outdoors. Hand sanitizer will be used under the direction of camp staff. 
  • Campers 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 campers. Disinfecting of group spaces will only happen when campers are not present.
  • For cleaning, staff will use a detergent/soap and water solution 
  • For disinfecting, staff will use an EPA-approved product to use against coronavirus

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 camp 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 Wander 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 camper 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 Camp Days 

There is no camp Monday, July 4  

Wander Wisconsin Snack Schedule – coming soon
Contact Wisconsin Youth Company

Summer Program Director, Nate Peterson
npeterson@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

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
Email: info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

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 https://connect.schoolcareworks.com/wyc.jsp.

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 campers? 

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

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

A: Masks are not required at camp but campers wishing to wear a mask will be supported in doing so. 

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

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

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

A: In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case at camp (camper 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 camper is considered a close contact. If your child is a close contact, they may be asked to quarantine from camp.  

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 info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org 

August 15-19 | It’s hard to believe this is our final week of wandering for the summer! It has been great to be back this year, and we are excited to spend one final week on the road to several awesome WI destinations. Can’t wait to see you next summer!

  • As a reminder please pack a nut-free sack lunch daily with a water bottle, and send your camper in closed-toed shoes, or sandals with a backstrap
  • Please arrive by 8 a.m. each morning to ensure we can hit the road on time

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • Monday, August 15  |  Milwaukee County Zoo
  • Tuesday, August 16  |  House on the Rock 
  • Wednesday, August 17  |  Devil’s Lake State Park 
    • Please be sure to pack swim gear too
  • Thursday, August 18  |  Discovery World 
  • Friday, August 19  |  Noah’s Ark 

 

August 8-12 | Hello Wanderers! Hope you are ready to get wet and wild this week with Wander Wisconsin’s Water Lovers week! We will have tons of fun in the sun and get wet at many different destinations this week! 

  • As a reminder please pack a nut-free sack lunch daily with a water bottle, and send your camper in closed-toed shoes, or sandals with a backstrap
  • Please arrive by 8 a.m. each morning to ensure we can hit the road on time

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you soon!

  • Monday, August 8  |  Brittingham Boats for a morning of canoeing and a local beach in the afternoon
  • Tuesday, August 9  |  Vilas Zoo and beach in the morning, and Middleton Aquatic Center in the afternoon
  • Wednesday, August 10  |  Governor Dodge State Park for the day
  • Thursday, August 11  |  Wingra Boats for a morning of kayaking and Lakeview Park in the afternoon for the All Camp Extravaganza
  • Friday, August 12  |  Noah’s Ark, WI Dells