You’re probably already exploring Summer Camp options for your kids (and your kids are probably already counting the days!).
Well, we’ve got you covered!
There are so many awesome, unique summer programs for your kids in the Madison area, whether they’re into sports, adventuring, sailing, engineering, arts, animals, nature, or anything else!
We hope you find this list helpful in your summer planning. After all, in Wisconsin, we live for our summers!
The 2017 Summer Camp Guide is sponsored by our featured programs. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with valuable resources such as these.
Summer on the Farm at Kids Express
Kids Express Learning Center’s enrichment programs make “Summer on the Farm” a unique experience for children. Through the years, Kids Express has offered programs such as: engineering, gardening, yoga, gymnastics, zumba, golf, nature, and cooking. New for 2017: Rock & Roll music for kids!
Ages: 6 weeks – Age 12
Dates of Programming: June 13 – August 31
Dane County Engineering for Kids
Experiment, Explore, Engage!
This summer, let your children’s creativity and imagination go wild. Creativity is contagious at EFK, the ultimate place where little future scientists and engineers meet to collaborate and think big!
Dates of Programming: June 12 – August 18
Mindfulness at Camp Begin
Certified teachers hired for Camp Begin will use unique curricula like Star Wars, Tai Chi, Kids Yoga, Creative Arts and Outdoor Adventure to motivate and help teach students how to practice mindfulness in their daily lives.
Campers will spend time enhancing self-esteem, learning strategies for self-regulation, and growing in emotional literacy. Families will benefit from affordability, extended childcare from 7:30am – 6pm (camp runs Monday – Friday from 8am – 4pm) and partial, half or full scholarships, which are available through online application.
Dates of Programming:
Swim&Gym Camp at Swim West
At Swim&Gym Summer Camp, the goal is to give each camper a fun, exciting and truly rewarding summer experience they’ll never forget. With gymnastics lessons and swimming lessons, on top of the week’s themed activities and field trips, kids will be as healthy as they are happy!
Dates of Programming: June 12- August 25
Wisconsin Youth Company Day Camp
Looking for endless summer possibilities? Wisconsin Youth Company offers the following summer programs for youth ages 5 to 15: weekly theme-based day camps, skill-building Immersion Camps (theater, language & circus), Wander Wisconsin Travel Clubs and hands-on recreation courses with Middle School U. Join in for The Incredible Summer Adventure—2017 Edition! Registration begins March 3, 2017. Wisconsin Youth Company is state licensed and American Camp Association accredited.
Dates of Programming: June 12-August 25
MSCR Summer Camps
MSCR (Madison School & Community Recreation) is the place Madison has been finding its fun for over 90 years! MSCR offers a wide variety of summer programming for preschool, elementary, and middle school students. There is also a unique intro to high school camp just for incoming freshmen.
Middle School: entering grades 6-9
at Madison Country Day School
MCDS Summer Discovery will engage and captivate your child’s imagination with project-based, hands-on experiences. Students in grades K – 8 can spend the summer on our inspiring campus experiencing all aspects of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education. Pick and choose your weeks or try all six for a reduced rate. Register today!
Ages: Incoming grades K-8 (ages 4-13)
Dates of Programming: Weekly camps from June 19-Aug 4 (except July 3-7). Register for all six weeks or choose each week separately.
The Seventeenth Radish
It’s camp every day at the Radish! With fun art, sensory and science activities themed to a different exciting topic each week, you can create-your-own camp schedule. Buy a package of 5 or 10 sessions by 6/1 for great discounts, then book your attendance dates later. Come one day at a time or for a whole week – it’s camp on your schedule! Pirate Fun, Island Adventure, Pond Habitats, Farmer’s Market, Camping and Bugs are just some of the great topics we will explore!
Hoofer Youth Program
The Hoofer Youth Program offers quality on-the-water instruction with a focus on fun and learning. Courses in sailing, windsurfing, and racing are open to youth ages 10-18 and range from beginner to advanced. Programs are designed to teach outdoor recreation skills while encouraging youth to have fun and develop personally in the areas of communication, self-reliance, sportsmanship, and respect for others.
Dates of Programming: June 19 – August 24, in one and two week sessions
Camp Glacier Hollow
YMCA Camp Glacier Hollow offers a variety of traditional Resident Overnight Camps, Day Camps and Adventure Trips for youth ages 7-17. We are dedicated to providing a safe, fun and small group environment, which develops the spirit, mind and body of each individual. Camp is a special place where youth and teens learn about the environment, develop positive values, make meaningful friendships, learn new skills and increase self-confidence. In our community of caring adults Y Camp Glacier Hollow summer camp helps kids grow and find themselves.
Dates of Programming: Various camps from June-August
Girl Scout Camp
Girl Scout camp is where girls make new friends, learn new stuff about the world and themselves. And it’s the place where girls learn to appreciate the great outdoors away from the distractions of everyday life including technology! From camps that last a few hours to a few weeks, there’s something for every girl!
Want to get a taste of Girl Scouts this summer at HOME? Sign up for GIRLTIME! GirlTime participants will get 3 Girl Scout activity booklets in the mail, filled with projects to enjoy together. And because we love to earn patches…each girl will get a special patch at the end of summer!
Ages: Girls entering K-5
Dates of Programming: Various dates, June-August
Summer at the Edge (Edgewood High School)
Edgewood High School is pleased to present Summer at the EDGE, a summer program that provides a broad spectrum of enrichment opportunities. Your child can explore a wide variety of academic subjects or sports, such as 3D printing, Math in Real Life, or All-Sports Camp. With over 20 affordable options spanning science & technology, creativity & performing arts, the world around us, athletics & lifetime skills, and languages & culture, your child is sure to find a camp that is perfect for them at S.A.T.E.!
– Academic camps mainly for ages 11-14 (grades 6-8)
– Theater camp grades 3-8
– Aviation camp grades 6-9
– All other academic camps are listed at grades 6-8, but incoming 5th graders may also attend the middle school level programming if students/parents desire
Aldo Leopold Nature Camp
Day camps, overnight trips and week-long adventures for ages 2-16! Offering more than 150 exciting and educational hands-on nature camps for an action-packed summer, and giving your child many opportunities to explore, learn and enjoy the wonders of our natural world.
Dates of Programming: For flexibility for your busy family, ALNC is offering more than 150 camp sessions throughout the summer, including half day sessions, full day options, full week packages and much more! New Extended Day options from 8am to 5:30pm.
Keva Sports, Golf, and Adventure Camps
Keva’s sports camps are packed with games, activities, crafts, and fun! My First Sports Camp is for ages 3-6, and Super Sports Camp is for ages 7-14. All snacks, activities, and field trips are included in the weekly price.
Dates of Programming:
My First Sports Camp: June 12-August 25
Super Sports Camp: June 12-August 31
Camp Pawprint at the Dane County Humane Society
Camp Pawprint at Dane County Humane Society is a weekly day camp for young animal enthusiasts! Campers will enjoy animal-related lessons and activities, while having fun with other animal lovers! Camp activities include animal interactions, humane education lessons, service projects, group games, animal crafts, and daily presentations from local animal experts.
Ages: 7-13 years old
Dates of Programming: June 12-August 25 (No camp 4th of July week)
Madison Children's Museum
Madison Children’s Museum offers a wide variety of weekly summer camps for all ages! Themes include pioneer living, STEAM engineering (build a cyborg!), space science at Astro Camp, biomimicry, downtown adventures, mask making, sustainability superheroes, art & science fusion, nature photography, sewing for beginners, and basic architecture at Design a City Camp. Get ready for a full summer of fun and learning!
Ages: Entering grades 1-5
*New this year! Camp Kindergarten, June 19-23
Dates of Programming: Various camps from June 19 – August 11
Bummer Free Camps at Gymfinity
Gymfinity provides the best instructors: safety educated, responsible, and fun for children. Every camp week has different activities available including gymnastics and tumbling lessons, arts & crafts, swimming, open play time, bowling, day trips to exciting destinations, plenty of good fresh air time, sports, fitness activities, and games, all which align with one of our nine themes for the nine weeks!
Dates of Programming:June 19th-August 25th
Smokey Hollow Day Camp
At Smokey Hollow, summer starts with an energetic staff who all share a passion for children. Kids get to take advantage of the camp’s connection with Smokey Hollow Campground and all its cool stuff — swimming pond with sand beach, giant water inflatables, jumping pillow, trikes, mini-golf and more. Add in weekly themes, hands-on activities, team building, field trips and you’ve got the Best Summer Ever!
Dates of Programming: Programs between June 12 – August 25 with flexible enrollment. Sign up for three days, a week, a month, or the entire 11-week program!
Swift Nature Camp
Swift Nature Camp is an overnight children’s Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 6-15 located in Wisconsin. Their focus is to blend traditional summer camp activities while increasing a child’s appreciation for nature, science, and the environment. Swift offers a noncompetitive, caring, and compassionate overnight experience that includes nature, animals, and 22 water & land activities. 92% of campers return for more!
1st timer? Swift Nature Camp specializes in creating successful camping experiences for all kids. Their 2-week Discovery Camp program is just for kids trying out overnight camp for the very first time.
Dates of Programming:
June 18-June 30 (Discovery Camp for beginners)
July 2-July 21
July 23-August 11
July 2-August 11
August 14-18 (Canadian Canoe Trip)
Earth Focus Day Camp at the UW Arboretum
Earth Focus Day Camp helps children develop an understanding of how ecosystems work, nurtures a sense of wonder for nature, and guides children as they explore the habitats, plants, and animals of the Arboretum. Children are empowered to be a positive influence on their world. Our naturalists are enthusiastic and experienced, but the real teacher is our most treasured resource: the land. Join us to learn, grow, and be a part of this special place!
Camp consists of five programs: Learning Together, Young Explorers, Explorers, Young Naturalists, and Eco-Trekkers
Dates of Programming: Various camps, June through August
Tennis Camp at USTA
The USTA is the national governing body for tennis in the U.S. Their mission is to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from local communities to the professional game. It’s not too early to get your child involved with tennis – it’s truly a lifetime sport! The USTA offers camps and lessons throughout the Madison area for ages 4 and up and ALL abilities. Email [email protected] for more information and to get your child enrolled!
Little Gym of Middleton
Day camp at The Little Gym of Middleton gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym. Our fantastic camps in Middleton are also available during some other school breaks!
Dates of Programming: Various dates and times for each age group
Explore the performing arts through a variety of daily camps and evening classes in dance, acting, musical theatre and vocal instruction during Studio Dansu’s 6-week summer session! One-on-one classes are also offered throughout the summer. No prior experience required for many classes, and intermediate and advanced classes are available for students from any
Ages: 2.5 and up
Dates of Programming: June 19th-August 4th
Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in kindergarten through 6th grade to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Use promo code INNOVATE25 by 3/20 to save $25 on registration.
Ages: Children entering K-6th grade
Dates of Programming:
June 12-16 Verona & Poynette
June 19-23 Mount Horeb
June 19-29 Monona
June 19-30 Sun Prairie
July 10-14 Middleton
July 17-21 Madison (Edgewood Campus)