Elementary Camps

MSCR Elementary Camps

Camps are offered during summer, and winter and spring school breaks. Check out our current program guide for offerings.

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2017 Camps Booklet  

View Summer Youth Flyer 2017 - Published May 2017

Camp Registration Policies - Please Read       Please note: No programs on July 4.

Payments: REGISTRATION CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS: A $20 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due for each session of the day camps at the time of registration. Balances are due seven days prior to the start for each week of camp your child attends. All online registrations require payment in full at the time of registration. Payment plans and scholarship are not available when registering online. All changes to your registration including cancellations,withdrawals and changing sessions/programs must be made in writing and received in the MSCR administrative office at least one week prior to the start of the session. All registration changes or withdrawals incur a $20 fee per session. No refunds will be given for cancellations/changes made less than one week prior to the start of the session. Deposits cannot be transferred from one session/program to another.

Fee Waivers: Fee waivers are limited to two per session (i.e. 2 weeks of summer camp) and are available only to MMSD residents. Day camp fee waiver request form must accompany registration form; fee waivers are not granted after registration is processed. If requesting a fee waiver for Super Center Arts Camp, Warner Park Kids Kamp & Safe Haven Summer Camp programs, parents must apply for Dane County childcare assistance by calling the connection line at 242-7441 and then provide written documentation of the County’s decision before MSCR will approve a fee waiver and register your child. A $20 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is due for each session of the day camps listed at the time of registration

Camp Tall Oaks - New! 

Held at the School Forest! Transportation from Wright Middle School.

Camp Tall Oaks gives campers a life changing experience through adventure, community and natural. Enjoy camp songs, cook-outs, games, crafts, camp fires, environmental education and stewardship. 

Summer Safe Haven Registration

Safe Haven Summer Camps provide structured child-centered activities like dramatic play, art, science, constructive playthings and games. Camp takes place at Lowell and Midvale, June 19 - August 11, 2017

Other activities include:

  • Weekly swim lessons
  • Field trips
  • Weekly themed-based activities
  • Indoor and outdoor active games
  • Fun literacy and math activities
  • “Fun with Foods” – cooking and nutrition program Children must register for the entire 8-week program.
  • Summer Safe Haven Camp Registration Form  
    Spanish 2017 coming soon

Registration cannot be done online, please use forms above. Registration cannot be done on a weekly basis-must register for whole session. (See additional MSCR camps for week by week registration.) Payments are scheduled on a monthly basis. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify based on family financial status. If your child is referred for MMSD Summer School, he/she must attend morning summer school and may attend Safe Haven Summer Camp in the afternoon for the first six weeks of Safe Haven Summer Camp (while MMSD summer school is in session). A child is not allowed to attend Safe Haven Summer Camp in the morning, if he/she is referred for summer school. Contact  467-8360 or  vmejeris@madison.k12.wi.us   

Camp Explore

Why spend the last two weeks before school starts doing nothing? Come to Camp Explore and have fun with your friends! Each day is a new adventure with games, songs, activities, and field trips! Trips are subject to change and an updated schedule is sent prior to camp.  

Madtown Adventures

Calling all outdoor adventurers! Explore local parks, bike trails, and your adventurous side with this week-long camp. Madtown Adventurers learn about the environment, explore Madison’s natural areas, cook over a campfire, and grow to appreciate the outdoors. This camp is based at Lake Farm Park. Check out the weekly themes and choose which one is right for you. A detailed schedule and supply list are sent prior to camp. Activities subject to change in case of inclement weather. Transportation is provided. A complete bus stop schedule will be available in April on www.mscr.org.  

Super Center Arts Camp

In 1996, MSCR developed the Super Center Arts Camp and since then over 10,000 youth entering grades 1-5 have participated! In many ways Super Center is like the perfect summer day camp program because it includes swimming, field trips, and outdoor activities. But! It has a  special difference in that it has an emphasis on the Arts. Participants are grouped by age and rotate through music, drama and art each day, all revolving around a weekly theme. This camp is great for children who would prefer to have more exposure to music, art and drama than a general camp provides. Field trips or special performances usually take place on Fridays. Extended day option consists of quiet games, self-directed art activities and supervised outdoor play.

Learn more about Super Center Arts Camp 

Fascination Station Camp

Fascination Station Camps are half-day programs for elementary-aged youth providing in-depth exposure to specific topics in a fun, enriching environment. Camps are designed to provide a wide variety of fascinating choices for campers during the course of the summer. Campers are encouraged to explore their interests and passions. Each week offers at least one morning and one afternoon camp choice for participants. All camps are led by experienced instructors passionate about the topics they are exploring. Individual camp structures vary based on the nature of the program, but generally include both large and small group activities developing continuity throughout the week. All campers have the option of signing up for Lunch Bunch between camps each week. New this year, extended before and after camp hours. Morning campers may be dropped off anytime between 8 - 9 am. Afternoon campers may be picked up between 4 - 5 pm. Extended hours consist of quiet games, arts & crafts and supervised free play.  

Learn more about Fascination Station Camp

Kids Kamp at Warner Park Community Recreation Center

A structured day camp featuring crafts, sports, indoor and outdoor games, water activities, science, nature, and field trips or special events. Breakfast snacks and lunch are provided. For children entering grades 1-5 in the Fall.   

Soccer Camp

For recreational and beginning players. Camps are co-ed and children are grouped by grade. Children must wear shin guards and bring full water bottles. Emphasize skill development, fitness and fun for beginners. Camps available half-day or full-day. Not all youth are physically/emotionally ready for a full day program, so choose carefully. Staff is local skilled soccer enthusiasts who enjoy working with children. Soccer balls provided for use during the camp. Full day camp includes soccer in the morning and other outdoor activities in the afternoon. If participating in the afternoon, bring sack lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel. Activities may include fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, art activities, table games and other outdoor activities. Children should be prepared to swim on hot days. Busing provided for a weekly field trip.  Weather: on rainy days, pre-school camps may be cancelled and elementary and middle school camps meet indoors for activities.

Sports Camps

Basketball Skills Clinic

Covers basketball skills and rules, team play, sportsmanship & scrimmage games for boys and girls. Fee includes an MSCR T-shirt. Participants must complete a Concussion Release Form upon registration.*

Folkstyle Wrestling Camp

La Follette High School Wrestling Coach Gary Skiles is the lead instructor in this introduction to ‘folkstyle’ or high school style of wrestling. Learn the basic fundamentals and techniques of wrestling from Coach Skiles and other wrestlers. T-shirt and daily snack provided. This one week camp is held in the La Follette HS Wrestling Room and designed for boys and girls. Participants must complete a Concussion Release Form upon registration.*


Instructional, co-ed program designed to teach the basics of rugby sevens - a 2016 Olympic Sport. Rugby is a game rooted in sportsmanship and the skills apply to a variety of other sports. Children learn ball carrying, passing, catching, kicking, teamwork and spacing strategy. Instructors are from the Madison United Rugby organization.