Summer Day Camps

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Our Playground is in Nature!

WisCorps is offering week-long day camps for children of any ability ranging from ages 3 to 12. The sessions are divided by ages: children ages 3 to 5 (Eaglets), children ages 6 to 8 (Eagers), and children ages 9 to 12 (Eagles). We will also continue to offer an extended care option from 7:30am to 8:30am for morning sessions, and 4:00pm to 5:00pm for afternoon sessions.


Every day during a week of Day Camp, campers will enjoy three hours of mostly outdoor fun, rain or shine! Daily activities will relate to our weekly nature-related theme, and will include nature walks, crafts, games, and other meaningful and engaging activities. Campers are encouraged to bring snacks daily. These programs offer a low teacher-camper ratio, allowing for a better nature-learning experience as well as a safe, socially-distanced environment for children to learn, connect, and have fun!

Cost: 

  • camp each week is $125/child

  • 10% discount will be applied to siblings

  • extended care is $10/week

  • Ages 9-12 Camps (4 hours) are $165/child

Use the calendar below to see more details about the theme for each camp and to register. For more information about how our camps operate, please see our frequently asked questions. A printable list of our camps is available by clicking here!

Questions? Please contact Education Manager, Stephanie Hanna by email or phone (608) 769-5766.

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Before you register, please have your credit or debit card ready, the payment screen will follow the completed registration form. Your registration will not be confirmed until payment is received! You are not able to save an incomplete registration form.

***Campers MUST be independent to use the toilet OR have non-WisCorps staff to assist.***

 

WisCorps Has a Scholarship Fund!

Thanks to generous donors, WisCorps is able to offer scholarships for Nature School Day Camp to children who might not otherwise be able to attend! This scholarship fund was created because we believe that every child deserves the change to get outdoors by attending one of our Nature Day Camps. More info is in our FAQs below.

 

Frequently Asked Questions for Summer Day Camps

Welcome!

 

Below are Frequently Asked Questions to help parents decide if our program is a good fit to support your child’s needs. Programs are currently offered for children ages 3 – 5 (Eaglets), ages 6 – 8 (Eagers) and ages 9 – 12 (Eagles)

Why Summer Day Camps at WisCorps for your child?

 

  • Socialization with social distance

  • Activities are mostly outdoors

  • Small group size (Max of 12 for ages 3 – 5, Max of 16 for ages 6 – 12)

  • Face covering optional

  • Connect with nature

  • Makes time for play

  • Promotes independence

  • Teaches teamwork

  • Provides fun screen-free activities

  • Fosters growth and self esteem

  • Supports healthy living

  • Teaches respect for differences

  • Intellectually engaged with S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

 

Who can enroll in Nature School Day Camp?

Any child of any ability ages 3 – 12.

When are Summer Day Camps?

Summer Day Camps are offered from June 6 through Aug 19, 2022. Sessions for Eaglets are in the morning from 830 – 1130 am, sessions for Eagers are in the afternoon from 1 – 4 pm, and sessions for the Eagles are in the afternoon from 12-4p.

 

Where are the Summer Day Camps located?

WisCorps Summer Day Camps are based out of the Myrick Park Center located at 789 Myrick Park Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601

 

What if my child needs assistance using the toilet?

Campers MUST be independent to use the toilet OR have non-WisCorps staff to assist.

What will children do for lunch?

Session times are half days so lunch will not be occurring during our programs.  Children should eat lunch at home and bring their own snacks each day.

 

How are your Summer Day Camp programs different than other programs?

WisCorps’ Education Program is overseen and taught by a professional educator and biologist.  Our specialty is hands-on, boots-in-the-mud learning and experiencing in NATURE! All programming takes place in and around a nature center and program is based around S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math). Research shows that direct exposure to nature is essential for the physical and emotional health of children and we believe this is more important now than ever before.

What if I try to register and it’s full?

We will keep a waiting list and reach out if space opens up. Please email Steph Hanna at steph.hanna@wiscorps.org to be added to the waitlist.

 

Do you have extended day options?

Yes! We offer morning sessions from 730 – 830 am and afternoon sessions from 4 – 5 pm. Extended day is $10 per week.

 

Is there a fee?

Yes! Nature School Day Camp is a fee-based service similar to any other youth development activity programs. Fees support our ability to offer quality programs to children and families. Fees are offered on a per camp basis ($125 for 3-5 year old camps and 6-8 year old camps, $165 for 9-12 year old camps).

 

Sibling discounts

Yes! We have a sibling discount for this program of 10% per week of camp. The sibling discount does not apply to the extended day option.

Is there financial assistance available?

Yes! WisCorps has a Scholarship Fund available, made possible by our generous donors and other families participating in camps. Anyone is able to apply for a scholarship, however, spots in camps will be limited. Help Pay it Forward: If chosen for a scholarship, the family will be asked to contribute back to the fund on a sliding scale, from $0-$125. Every dollar that they are able to contribute goes toward helping another fellow camper receive a scholarship.

 

Would my child with special education or physical needs be welcome?

Yes! WisCorps is dedicated to creating an accessible and inclusive environment and we welcome children of all abilities. However, children must be independent to use the toilet or have a non-WisCorps staff to assist.

 

What protections and procedures are in place to fight community spread of COVID-19?

WisCorps & Myrick Park Center have stringent safety protocol in place. Face coverings are currently optional. Teachers or children must stay home if they are not feeling well or must be picked up immediately if not feeling well throughout the day. Teachers will teach and reinforce good hygiene practices and hand washing. Close contact will be minimized and cleaning protocols are significantly enhanced.

 

Who will be supervising campers?
Programs are supervised by WisCorps Education Manager, educator, and biologist Steph Hanna. WisCorps’ Nature Teachers are AmeriCorps members fully trained to work with children in an educational setting. Some programs may also have extra support from Naturalist Volunteers. All Naturalist Volunteers are fully trained and background checked WisCorps volunteers.  Most of our Naturalist Volunteers are retired educators or those with some type of education background. All staff and volunteers are background checked, fully trained, and operating under stringent COVID-19 safety protocol.

 

What measures are in place to foster a sense of normalcy for children in a pandemic world?

Daily routines and structure offer stability during times of stress and create an environment that empowers children to build confidence and independence. Social and emotional learning is an important area of development for children. Our summer day camps create a structured environment with small group sizes to continue socialization in a safe environment. Social distancing will be taking place throughout the day but we work within these parameters of the pandemic to still provide important aspects of socialization such as using manners, acts of kindness, inclusion, and emotional awareness.

 

Will the staff and children have to wear masks?

Masks are currently OPTIONAL for staff and for children. As educators in science, we feel strongly it is important to follow where the science takes us! Current research shows masks are a simple and effective tool during the pandemic. This tool offers stability to programs by decreasing the risk of virus spread which helps us create a safe environment and continue to provide services.  

 

What is your illness protocol?

Staff, parents, and campers should know the symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Runny nose

  • Congestion

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Cough

  • Tiredness

  • Headache

  • Loss of sense of taste or smell

  • Nausea or vomiting

  • Diarrhea

 

Staff and families should notify WisCorps and contact healthcare providers if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or any other illness and will be asked to STAY HOME until they are symptom-free for 72 hours.

Children have always been monitored for signs of illness during day camps and now this will include signs of COVID-19. Any camper who becomes unwell during day camp will be immediately separated from others and the teacher will contact the parent and/or emergency contact to pick the camper up immediately.  Children or staff who test positive for COVID-19 should follow the county’s current recommendations for self-isolation.

 

How do I register?

Registration is live on Fri Mar 18, 2022 and will close Friday before the first week of camp or when full. If you are unable to register because a camp is full, email Steph Hanna at steph.hanna@wiscorps.org.

Will these programs be canceled due to the current health situation?

Last summer (2021) our summer programs made the decision on a week by week basis of continuing or canceling based on the current community risk of COVID-19. We have learned a lot since the start of the pandemic. With the knowledge we have gained and the need for stability to support families, we plan to remain open unless the situation largely changes.   Even though we are still learning, we feel confident that this is a good way to work within the parameters of the pandemic to stay as safe as possible while providing needed services to families. We will continue to monitor the situation, learn, and follow the science to make the best decisions we can regarding COVID-19.

 

What is the refund policy?

If, for whatever reason, WisCorps cancels the Summer Day Camp you will be given the option to receive a full refund.  If you need to cancel enrollment in a camp, a 75% refund will be issued only when you cancel up to 3 weeks prior to the start of the class. If you need to cancel less than 3 weeks before the start date of your camp, you will not receive a refund. Contact us with questions at: steph.hanna@wiscorps.org

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