50 Summer Camps & Programs to Keep Kiddos Busy!

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There’s some normalcy returning to summer planning for 2021. We’ll be looking for ways to keep kids busy and engaged with learning or exploring, at least for part of their days. There is a camp for almost any interest, from highly specialized camps to traditional summer camp experience. 

Other options are available for summertime enrichment. Check with your child’s school or your neighborhood school for Summer School Programs. Park and Recreation programs also offer great options for kids. 

Types of Summer Camps

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Day Camps

  • The Academy – Full Day Summer Camps exploring martial arts, dance, tumbling, outdoor sports, educational lessons, and more for ages 5 – 12.
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley, Appleton & MenashaThe summer programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Appleton and the Boys & Girls Club of Menasha will once again feature a wide-ranging array of fun and exciting programs. Sports and fitness, art activities, small group discussions, leadership and community service, field trips, Trips for Kids, baseball, Summer Brain Gain, and much, much more will be among the many opportunities available again this year. Ages 6-12.
  • Camp Shioc, Shiocton (YMCA of the Fox Cities) – The Appleton YMCA maintains 10 beautiful acres 20 miles northwest of Appleton where kids can enjoy fishing, paddle boating, kayaking, and canoeing on our stocked fishing pond. They also have the opportunity to try our archery range (must be 7-years-old to participate in archery), sports field, and playground areas, along with an outdoor amphitheater for skits and plays. Camp Shioc is a fully enclosed campus, including a complete infrastructure of eating facilities and lavatories for kids ages 5-12 (must have completed 5K).
    • Reader Recommendations: 
      • “My daughter goes to Camp Shoic through the YMCA and loves it. They go on field trips every week, have fishing, archery, arts and crafts, sports, an awesome playground, and go swimming at the Appleton YMCA twice a week.”
      • “YMCA camp Shioc is the best! Archery, canoe, kayak, pedal boat, fishing, sports, and arts n crafts. Swim at Y twice a week, field trip every Wednesday!”
      • “My 9-year-old loves Camp Shioc through the YMCA. This will be her fourth year going.”
  • Girl Scout Camp Winnecomac, Kaukauna – Camp Winnecomac is a hidden gem in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Surrounded by 1,000 Island Nature Preserve trails, Camp Winnecomac is the perfect place for girls in Kindergarten through seventh grade to experience Girl Scout Camp for the first time. Every camper who attends Camp Winnecomac will get to experience the outdoors at its best – through hands-on experiences like archery, team building, field games, exploring nature, art, and campfire cooking. You don’t have to be a member of a troop to go to Girl Scout camp! All girls are welcome! Those who haven’t already joined Girl Scouts will need to become registered members, but that’s really easy to do! Join for one-day programs or week-long sessions.
  • Salvation Army Kroc Community Center (The), Green Bay – A day camp for learning, playing, swimming, creating, exploring, making new friends, and laughing. Choose from many theme camps based on topics like sports, art, games, STEM, culture, and history. 
  • St Mary’s Catholic Schools Day Camp – SMCS Summer Day Camp is our faith-based program for children entering grades preschool-6. A variety of scheduling options are available to provide families the flexibility to meet their individual needs. Children participate in arts and crafts, drama, music, sports, picnics, world language, and many more activities linked to age-appropriate faith development. Enthusiastic teachers lead the children in a variety of activities and explorations.
  • University of Wisconsin – Green Bay – Camps and youth programs for grades 5-12.
  • YMCA of the Fox Cities, various locations The YMCA of the Fox Cities is proud to offer multiple amazing summer camp programs where every child can build confidence and make new friends in a safe and nurturing environment. Whether it’s learning a new skill or game, working on a project with new-found friends, or just enjoying some playtime, our camps provide room to grow and help kids build resilience and confidence.

Overnight Camps

  • Brigade (The), Camp Onaway, Waupaca – Camp Onaway is a 6.5-acre island located on the Chain O’ Lakes near Waupaca, Wisconsin. Since 1908, the Brigade has offered camps at Onaway Island as an extension of the Building Leaders program at our building in Neenah. Today, camps are available June-August for boys and girls who have completed grades 4-12 the previous school year.
  • Camp Luther, Three Lakes – Camp Luther summer youth camps provide a fun, faith-filled experience for children from Kindergarten all the way through High School.
  • Camp LuWiSoMo, Wild Rose – KinderCamp (Pre-K – Grade 1), and Jr. B.A.S.I.C. Summer Camp (K – Grade 2) are weekend camps for our youngest campers.  The 5-night B.A.S.I.C. Summer Youth Camp is offered various weeks for campers in Grades 2-8. Age groups for each week vary – see the schedule.  High School Summer Camp and the CIT Program are for high school campers (Grades 9-12).  Lutheran Band Camp is open to all musicians with experience playing a band instrument (Grades 5-9). 
  • Camp Nan A Bo Sho, LakewoodFounded in 1964, Camp Nan A Bo Sho offers programs to develop self-esteem, a healthy mind, body, and spirit, acceptance of all people, and appreciation of our environment. Our fun-filled activities teach the benefits of teamwork, cooperation, conservation of resources along with the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility. Campers are involved with activities and programs from early morning until the campfire at sunset.
    • Reader Recommendations: 
      • “YMCA Camp Shioc day camp is great!”
      • “We love Appleton YMCA Camp Nan a Bo Sho. Our son started a two night after kindergarten, and now that he is 8, can go for a week.”
  • Camp Anokijig, Plymouth – Camps for boys and girls ages 7 to 16, for four days, one week, two weeks, or for up to nine weeks of summer fun.
    • Reader Recommendations:
      • “Camp Anokijig – we highly recommend it!!!”
      • “Camp Anokijig comes highly recommended – I have a first grader & third-grader who LOVE it. Going back for more this summer!!!”
  • Camp Phillip, Wautoma – Christian summer camp and retreat for youth and families for grades Kindergarten to 8th grade. They also have a camp for grandparents and their grandchildren.
    • Reader Recommendations:
      • “We would recommend Camp Phillip in Wautoma. Only an hour away and a great camp.”
      • “Camp Philip in Wautoma is unbelievably fantastic!”
  • Central Wisconsin Environmental Station, Amherst Junction – Summer camps, adventure trips, and day camps connecting ages 9 -16 with nature and the environment. Located 19 miles east of Stevens Point on Sunset Lake.
  • Silver Birch Camp, White Lake  – Silver Birch Ranch is a Christian camp that offers both youth and family camps.
    • Reader Recommendations: 
      • “Silver Birch Ranch is absolutely fantastic!!!!!”

Sports Camps

  • Air Force Gymnastics Academy – Half or full-day summer camps with gymnastics classes, inflatables, inflatables, gym games, trampolines, ninja courses, and more.  
  • Crazy Eights Hockey Camp – Operated by Jinelle Siergiej to help inspire girls to play for the love of the game.  Siergiej represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics and helped the USA women’s hockey team gain silver medalist honors that year.  Ages 7-15. Cornerstone Community Center, St. Norberts College, Mullett Ice Center, Carroll University
  • FVL Foxes Summer Camps, Fox Valley Lutheran High School – Community summer camps including tennis, basketball, soccer, softball, basketball, football, golf, and volleyball for grades 1-9.
  • Lawrence University Sports Camps – Lawrence University sponsors a variety of summer camps for boys and girls, youth, and varsity, including basketball, soccer, fastpitch softball, and volleyball.
  • Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy Summer Camp – This week-long day camp is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 14 and includes instruction, Brewers game tickets, a V.I.P. day at the ballpark, the opportunity to meet a Brewers player, instruction from a Brewers coach, and a full Brewers uniform. Multiple locations across Wisconsin including Appleton, Green Bay, and Fond du Lac. 
  • Nike Swim Camp at Lawrence University USSC is proud to offer our 5th Nike Swim Camp in Wisconsin at Lawrence University with Head Swim Coach Andrew Fleek. Designed for competitive swimmers to improve and refine their stroke technique, our goal at the Nike Swim Camp is to teach the things that will make the biggest difference to your performance. Lawrence University is offering two sessions of overnight, extended day and day camp for ages 9-18.
  • UW-Oshkosh Sports Camps – UW-Oshkosh hosts nearly 40 camps and clinics annually in baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, soccer, softball, track and field, volleyball and wrestling. Each session offers instruction to all skill levels, from introductory to advanced, grades kindergarten to high school. 
  • Winagamie Junior Golf Program – The Winagamie Junior Golf Program has classes to fit any junior golfer’s needs, offering four different league play days. Each of them will include 1 hour of PGA instruction each week.

Music Camps

  • Heid Music Rock University – Ages 12 – 18. Week-long camp includes: Theory, Rhythm, Songwriting, Everybody Sings, Sound Checking, Rock Music History, Recording Techniques, Social Media Marketing, Break-out sessions, Band rehearsal, Photoshoot, and Band logo design. Special guest appearances by Mile of Music performers, product specialists, and more. 
  • St. Norbert’s Band Camp – 33rd annual Summer Band Camp for students who have completed grades 5-9.

Art Camps

  • Art Garage, Green Bay – Summer art camps for ages 3-10.
  • Bergstrom – Mahler Museum of Glass, Neenah – Art Camp for ages 5-14 to learn about creating art with glass, including fusing and painting. Students will be able to explore the museum galleries using the displays as inspiration for their own work.
  • Camp Feather at Rooster Dreams Visual Arts, NeenahThe summer visual art immersion program at Camp Feather offers a wonderful & fun artistic journey for ages 7-18. We will be cultivating creativity in each and every student. By the end, each student will have something to crow about! Students will spend their time: Drawing & Painting. Building & Creating. Each month has a different theme. Each week will incorporate a wide variety of projects. A student could enroll in multiple camps this summer, knowing that each will be a unique experience.
  • FVL Foxes Summer Camps, Fox Valley Lutheran High School – Art camps for grades 2-8.
  • Hazelmade Art Studio Kids Art Camps, Appleton – Each week is a different 5-day camp with a new theme. Camps are for ages 5 (having finished kindergarten) – 15. All camps offer multi-step projects using a variety of materials and techniques.
  • Trout Museum of Art – Explore a world of Art through mediums, movements, and methods for ages 3 to 15+.

Science Camps

Nature Camps

  • Bubolz Nature Preserve, Appleton – Summer camps exploring adventures in nature. Half-Day programs for ages 4-9 and full-day programs for ages 7-12.
  • Green Bay Botanical Garden Youth Day CampsKids ages 6-12  will get into nature with games, crafts, and dirty adventures! We’ll explore all the nature the Garden offers, from pond ecosystems and compost to vegetable gardens, birds, flowers, and trees. New adventures each day make for a week full of fun.

Animal Camps

  • Bay Beach Wildlife Sanctuary, Green Bay Summer is a time of adventure and fun for children. We go outside and hike, play games, do craft projects and incorporate live animals in the program.
  • Zoo Camp, Green BayDay-camp programs, focused on animals in July and August. Students may attend up to two dates per summer. Programs are appropriate for students entering grades 5k through 7th in the fall.

Horse Camps

  • Amethyst Academy, Larsen – Happy Horse Days Camp at Amethyst Academy and Beginner Summer Camp for ages 7 – 15.
  • Wild West Campground & Corral, Amherst – Our horse summer camp’s daily activities include riding lessons, approximately 3 hours of daily trail riding, and a complete horse care program so your horse-loving young and not so young daughter can experience what it’s like to have a horse. Time is also available for more traditional summer camp activities such as arts and crafts, basketball, badminton, volleyball, horseshoes, roping lessons, playground, and hiking. Inclement weather days may include off-site field trips, pre-approved by parents/guardians. Overnight camp for girls ages 7-16.

Other Specialized Camps

  • Children’s Museum of Green Bay (The) – Children ages 5-11 can enjoy a variety of 4-day-long camps led by trained instructors. This summer, we will be offering our camps both in-person and virtual (in unison).
  • National Railroad Museum – Kids can learn more about trains and engineering with day camps for ages 5-18.
  • WisconSib Summer Programs – SibDays of Summer is a high-energy day camp for siblings ages 6-12 of brothers and sisters with disabilities. Features swimming, arts and crafts, hikes and hunts, games, carnival and playground fun, plus the opportunity to celebrate the joys and challenges of being a sibling. Sponsored by WisconSibs.
    • Sib Camp is an opportunity for siblings of children with disabilities to kick back, experience the freedom and thrill of adventure, and share a great time with peers who truly understand the ups and downs of life with siblings who have special needs. Includes zip-lining, kayaking, geocaching, biking, swimming, campfires, and lots of fun!

Camps Just for Girls

  • Girl Scout Camp Winnecomac, Kaukauna – Camp Winnecomac is a hidden gem in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Surrounded by 1,000 Island Nature Preserve trails, Camp Winnecomac is the perfect place for girls in Kindergarten through seventh grade to experience Girl Scout Camp for the first time. Every camper who attends Camp Winnecomac will get to experience the outdoors at its best – through hands-on experiences like archery, team building, field games, exploring nature, art, and campfire cooking. You don’t have to be a member of a troop to go to Girl Scout camp! All girls are welcome! Those who haven’t already joined Girl Scouts will need to become registered members, but that’s really easy to do! Join for one-day programs or week-long sessions.
  • GLAD Camp, De Pere – Girls camp at St. Norberts for girls in grades 1-8. Taught by Wisconsin-certified female teachers chosen for their ability to serve as positive role models, GLAD Camp builds confidence and leadership skills, fosters positive body image, and encourages girls to set high-reaching goals.
    • Reader Recommendation: “GLAD Camp at St Norbert’s. It’s fabulous!”

Camps Just for Boys

  • BOLD Camp, De Pere, WisconsinBoys camp for boys in grades 4-8. Learn to explore their potential by learning to recognize their authentic selves and what they stand for while inspiring them to become thoughtful, confident, empathetic leaders who recognize talent in themselves and others. In a fun, supportive atmosphere, boys will work to become their personal best. They’ll discover untapped courage, strength, determination, and will.

Canceled for 2021

  • Fox Valley Technical College (Canceled for 2021) – Hands-on summer camp options for middle school and high school students. We offer a variety of high-tech, engaging summer camp options for middle school and high school students, all at a reasonable cost.
    • Programs include Electric Guitar Building, Girltech, Japanese Language & Culture, Jewelry Design & Fabrication, Power of Manufacturing, Professional Baking, Professional Cooking, Vex Robotics Camp, and Fire Science Camps.
  • Barlow’s Astronomy & Space ProgramsExplore the thrill of astronomy, space, and science through hands-on rocketry activities. For students that completed 2nd through 8th grade.

Past Programs – Waiting on Updates for 2021

  • Eco-Explorers Summer Camp at Heckrodt Wetland ReserveThe Eco-Explorers Summer Day Camp is designed for children ages 3 through grade 8 to learn about their natural environment through hands-on interactive activities. During each program, participants will enjoy nature-related activities and crafts. Puppets, games, and stories may also be used to examine our natural world. Small group sizes allow children to experience nature with personal direction from our naturalists.
  • Lawrence University Music Camps

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