Hey Milwaukee! Welcome to the 2018 Milwaukee Area Summer Camp Guide! Though it’s the dead of winter, it can be hard to get our heads around the fact that summer will be arriving in Wisconsin eventually and spring is a great time to plan ahead for what to do with the kids when school is out. That’s where summer camps come in!
We know that summer camps are at the top of the list of things moms need to figure out early. While summer makes many think of popsicles, parks, and festivals we KNOW as moms that it can also be a frustrating time where you are struggling to piece childcare together week by week and month by month. We hope that this guide provides the insight that you need to plan a fun and stress free summer. This guide features programming options in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Ozaukee County, Wauwatosa, Brookfield, and so much more.
Milwaukee Area Summer Camps Guide
A Resource of Day Camps, Sports & Dance Programs, Engineering Camps and so much more from all over the greater Milwaukee Area!
YMCA of Greater Waukesha County
The YMCA of Greater Waukesha County has an exciting variety of Summer Day Camp programs conveniently located at ten different sites throughout our expanded service area. From traditional day camps, to sports, specialty, and outdoor adventure camps, the Y offers something for every child, ages 4-13. More than 2000 families trust the Y every summer!
Y Day Camp nurtures a child’s development by providing a safe place to learn fundamental skills, build self-reliance, and develop healthy, trusting relationships. Most of all, our campers will have fun, while parents can have peace of mind knowing their children are in a safe and enriching environment with activities led by highly trained, role-model staff.
Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast
Camp life is the best life! This summer, give her chance to camp #LikeAGirlScout!
We know it can be hard to send her to camp, but you can feel at ease that, while she’s having the time of her life discovering all of the wonders of the great outdoors, trying new things, playing games, and making friends, she’s well taken care of, happy, and learning critical life skills every step of the way.
You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to come to Camp! Girls ages 6-17 are welcome to experience all that camp has to offer while building up courage, confidence, and character that will last a lifetime.
Learn more about all programs in the 2018 Summer Camps and Events Book!
Learn from the Pros! As the game of soccer is forever growing, so are the opportunities available at Milwaukee Wave Summer Soccer Camps. Our camps offer personalized instruction from professional Milwaukee Wave players, coaches and other highly qualified instructors that sets us apart from the rest. Over 30 Camps in 20 locations.
iD Tech Camps
At iD Tech Camps, students ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games, produce videos, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more! Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future.
Ebenezer Child Care Centers
Ebenezer Child Care Centers’ 2018 Summer Blast Program will highlight all the great things about Wisconsin! There will be an engaging, age-appropriate curriculum and fun field trips that teach children about Wisconsin’s food, recreation and community. It’s a perfect way for children through age 12 to spend their summer and is available at our downtown, southside, Oak Creek and West Allis/Wauwatosa locations.
For more information visit our website.
Nicolet Recreation Department
The Nicolet Recreation Department provides an exciting Monday – Friday program full of swimming, sports, arts and crafts, special events, field trips, and more!!
In addition to our core 5-week program that runs from noon to 5:30pm (following the Glen Hills Summer Academy morning program), we also offer 2 weeks of pre-camp options.
Wisconsin Humane Society
The Wisconsin Humane Society’s Milwaukee and Ozaukee Campuses offer a variety of interactive camps for kids grades 1-8 who are wild about animals! Camp activities and crafts feature topics such as dog training, cat socializing, wildlife rehabilitation, veterinarian science, and more. Of course, meeting animals is a highlight of each day!
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts offers three separate summer camps for July 2018 for ages 5-16! Each camp will be a dye lab that will allow kids to learn alternative methods of dyeing each with a unique twist. Kids will learn how to ice dye, dropper dye, traditional tie dye, galaxy dyeing, using flowers to inspire your dyeing patterns and more!
Camp Odayin provides fun, safe and supportive camp experiences and community building opportunities for young people with heart disease and their families. Residential Camp allows campers grades 1-11 to enjoy swimming, boating, arts and crafts, volleyball, horseback riding, nature, basketball, and music in a safe, medically-supervised environment during a five-day experience. Camper eligibility is determined upon recommendation by a pediatric cardiologist and approval by the Camp Odayin Medical Director.
Mad Science of Milwaukee, Inc
Mad Science summer camps give kids the opportunity to learn about science through our interactive and hands-on science activities. Our summer science programs let children become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures!
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts
Get ready to paint, move, play, and explore! Offered for two weeks each summer, Arts Camp: The Art of Nature is a week-long immersive summer day camp for students entering grades 1-6. Campers experience dance, theatre, and visual art through an environmental scope while exploring their talents and enjoying a summer bursting with creativity.
Elite Sports Clubs
Fun and fitness for kids, and peace of mind for busy parents! Every summer since 1987, parents have trusted Scamp to provide an exciting program of fun, friends and fitness for boys and girls, ages 4-11. Our day camp offers an incredible variety of supervised, age-appropriate indoor and outdoor activities in a completely safe, secure environment. Children will participate with our seasoned staff in a variety of sports including swim lessons, tennis lessons, martial arts, and other activities such as crafts, indoor and outdoor games, open swim, and more. There is never a rainy day at Elite with an amazing kid-friendly indoor facility.
Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts
Harand Camp of the Theatre Arts is a co-ed, overnight camp that combines SINGING, DANCING, and ACTING with the FUN of traditional camp activities. Campers, ages 7 to 18, attend for 1, 3 or 6 weeks and live (and play) on the beautiful campus of Carthage College in Kenosha. Sessions culminate with major productions in our state-of-the-art theater.
For 92 years, Camp Anokijig has nurtured independence, character, and confidence in our campers as they build positive values, friendships, and life skills through their experiences. We offer a huge variety of activities for campers to self-direct their own camp experience and gain self-esteem. Outrageous fun around every corner with convenient, 1-week overnight sessions for boys and girls, ages 7-16.
Bricks 4 Kidz
A Bricks 4 Kidz® camp is an extraordinary experience for children, where we learn, we build, we play… with LEGO® bricks. We build specially-designed, motorized Bricks 4 Kidz® models, create cool mosaic LEGO art, compete with building challenges and play LEGO® games, with fun themes like Mining & Crafting, Remote Control Mania, Jr. Robotics and more! Camps are held in various locations throughout the Milwaukee area. www.bricks4kidz.com/build-wi or (262) 271-5692
Summer I.D.E.A.S. at University School of Milwaukee
Summer I.D.E.A.S. (Investigate, Discover, and Explore Academics, Arts, and Sports) at University School of Milwaukee offers half-day, full-day, and week-long camps, including wrap-around care options, for students ages 3–8. In addition, workshops featuring a wide range of topics are offered for students age 4–grade 12 in one- and two-week sessions throughout the summer, and a Summer Institute for Academic Advancement offers for-credit and Advanced Placement (AP) courses for motivated students entering grades 9–12 (most are three- to six-week courses).
Harry & Rose Samson Family JCC
Summer Unplugged at the JCC allows campers time to connect with childhood and expand their horizons. Albert & Ann Deshur JCC Rainbow Day Camp, located on 110-acres in Fredonia with bus stops throughout the North Shore, offers a traditional day camp experience for campers in K5 – 9th grade (June 11 – August 10). In addition, specialty day camps are offered at the JCC in Whitefish Bay providing campers in K5 – 8th grade opportunities to connect with sports, S.T.E.M., and the arts (June 11 – August 31). Registration opens to the community on January 29 with Early Bird pricing available through March 1.
UWM College for Kids & Teens
Keep young minds active all summer long with UWM College for Kids & Teens. For kids of all ages, engage with week-long fun, hands on learning. From origami to hip hop dance, leadership skills to Spanish 101, web design to urban farming, we’ve got it all. Classes start June 11th, register today!
Wisconsin State Fair
Experience Wisconsin State Fair through hands-on workshops, team activities and more! Youth will get a first-hand glimpse of how the Fair works and the people who make it all possible. The 2018 Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, will take place Thursday, Aug. 2 – Sunday, Aug. 12. The Fair offers a unique experience to all who attend and is an exceptional value with 30 FREE entertainment stages, exciting rides and games in SpinCity, thousands of animals, endless family activities, events, contests, vendors and culinary delights. For the most up-to-date information, visit WiStateFair.com or join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest and YouTube.
Hales Corners Lutheran
Hales Corners Lutheran’s Summer Care Program is for children ages 1 year – 5th grade. Age-appropriate educational enrichment and faith building is infused in indoor/outdoor activities, sports, crafts, regular field trips, chapel and more! Includes hot lunch and snacks. Summer Care is available Monday – Friday, 6 am – 6 pm, June – August.