The counseling office receives quite a bit of information about summer camps and programs throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest that are available to middle school aged students. Here are some web sites that you might want to investigate. I also have printed material about some of these programs in my office. If your child has been involved in a non-religious summer program that you would recommend to others, please let me know and I will add it to the list.
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN PRECOLLEGE DIRECTORY - Many of the UW campuses have summer programs in a wide variety of areas including arts, theater, sports, music and science. This website provides a search engine for all UW campuses. You can enter various information for grade level, location, and area of interest and the search engine will provide you with a list of matching programs. Please note that many of the UW summer programs have scholarships available for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. The search engine will allow you to look for qualifying programs as well. If you are interested in receiving a scholarship, please see Mrs. Sanders.
Wisconsin Association of School Councils- This 1 week camp is open to all students. Scholarship money MAY be available for active PRIDE members. (See Mrs. Sanders). An application for additional scholarship money is available at the WASC website.
Concordia Language Villages - Offers language immersion programs in many different languages in locations throughout northern Minnesota. One, two and four week sessions are offered.
Summer French Camp - For beginning and continuing French students from ages 4-15 years, this day program is offered at UW-Madison.
MUSIC AND THE ARTS
UW-Madison Summer Music Clinic - a week long clinic for students entering grades 7-9. For choir, band or orchestra.
UW-Green Bay Summer Music Camps - chorus, band and orchestra clinics for grades 6-8, jazz and guitar for grades 8-12.
UW Whitewater Summer Music Programs - week long clinic for middle school students in band, choir, string orchestra, percussion, piano. Flute program for grades 8-12.
Technology and the Arts - A full day, one week program at UW-Madison. Choose from a variety of classes in computer graphics, acting, photography, cartooning and others. This is a day program only.
Shell Lake Arts Center - Week long programs in a wide variety of arts including jazz workshops, show choir, music theater, pottery, acting, dance and rock band.
Middle School Art Academy - UW Baraboo - a half day, week long program. There is no website link, but go to the bottom of this page for a link to print the brochure.
SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING
Camp Badger - A one week residential program for students entering 8th grade to explore engineering. Offered at UW-Madison.
Health Careers - A one week residential program for students interested in learning more about careers in the health field. This program is only available for students entering grades 9-12. There is only a small fee for attending.
Institute for Chemical Education (ICE) - Offers one week programs in the afternoon at UW-Madison for students in grades 5-8. Class offerings include a variety of hands on science experiences. This is a day program only.
STEPS for Girls - UW Stout offers one week residential programs for girls entering 7th grade who are interested in learning more about careers in science, engineering and technology.
Center for Talent Development - This residential program is for academically talented students and is located at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL
Joseph Baldwin Academy - This program for academically talented youth at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO, is for students in grades 7-9 and requires the nomination of the school counselor or principal by early October. See Mrs. Sanders for more information.
Wisconsin Center for Academically Talented Youth (WCATY) - Offers a variety of programs at various locations throughout the state.
Movin' Minds - The School of Education is pleased to offer the Precollege program, Movin' Minds! This unique program is a partnership between Olympian runner, Suzy Favor Hamilton and the Precollege unit in Education Outreach and Partnerships at UW-Madison. Movin' Minds will expose students to two challenging academic areas of their choice while being active and having fun. Each morning, Suzy Favor Hamilton will lead activities that promote healthy bodies and healthy minds for all participants. Then, students will attend two engaging and challenging courses each day.
Youth Entrepreneur Camp - Presents a hands-on learning experience designed to guide program participants in becoming the owner of a real small business at UW-Madison. This is a day program.
Science on Wheels - an intensive academic, biking, and leadership program for youth in the summer before their 9th grade. This hands-on, interdisciplinary program will explore topics ranging from botany and ecology to astronomy and leadership. This program is designed to help students who are bright but not yet achieving to their potential. Science on Wheels is the perfect transition to high school, helping students make better personal and academic choices.
Middle School University - UW Baraboo - Classes presented and created by UW-Baraboo/Sauk County Instructors for the highly motivated, academically talented students. Classes in chemistry, physics, biology, stage writing, and music history. Full day and half day programs available. There is no website link, but go to the bottom of this page for a link to print the brochure.
FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES
Wisconsin Lions Camp - Offers free summer programs for children ages 9-17 with mild/borderline cognitive disabilities, children aged 6-17who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired, and children ages 8-16 with diabetes.
Summer Youth Program - Michigan Tech University in Houghton, MI offers 1 & 2 week residential programs for students in a wide variety of areas for ages 12-18. Not all programs are open to middle school students.
YMCA Camps - A listing of website for resident camps grouped by state.
A comprehensive list of summer camps was recently sent to me. See the link below.