Summer Camp

2021 Summer Camp


Join us for a summer of outdoor fun, swimming and enrichment!  

In line with our Harbor Mission of Train For Life, our Summer Camp program will keep your kids minds and bodies active all summer long.  Our Summer Camp program was developed by two leaders with a background in education and recreation. Camp is for ages 7 and up and you can sign up by the week or for the entire summer (12 weeks).

Welcome to Summer Camp

The camp schedule is:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 am- 1:00 pm
  • Wednesday 8:00 am – 3:30 pm for Field Trip Day

Each week at camp we focus on a different theme (see the Weekly Schedule tab for details) and each day at camp will include a STEM/educational activity, outdoor exploration, swimming and connection with other campers (see the Schedule tab for a sample schedule).  

Where will we be hanging out during camp?  If there is anything we love, it’s a Wisconsin Summer and being outside! We will be outdoors as much as possible, campers should come layered up with their sunscreen.  We have a large campus at Harbor in the event of inclement weather, you may find us on a Sport Court, in our Youth Enrichment space at Wellness or under the large tent in the Wellness Parking lot.  

COVID Safety Protocols

COVID Safety Protocols:

Our priority is offering a SAFE space for your kids to enjoy their camp experience. Upon arrival at camp each day, we will do a quick touchless temperature check and kids will be asked to sanitize their hands. We wash hands and sanitize throughout the day. Masks are recommended for anyone unvaccinated.  We are thankful to have a large campus at Harbor with plenty of space to ensure social distancing for our campers. Snacks and lunch will be enjoyed outdoors with each camper in a designated spot.


Pricing Details

Early Bird Registration through April 30th- $279/week members, $379/week for nonmembers

Regular Registration after May 1st- $329/week for members, $429/week for Non-members

  • Each camper will receive a T-shirt, backpack and water bottle.  


Sign up for the entire summer and receive a free week! 

  • Early Bird Registration $3,069 for entire summer for members, $4,169 nonmember.
  • Regular Registration $3,619 for entire summer for members, $4,719 nonmembers

If you would like to enroll for the entire summer, please email John. Payment plans are available upon request.  

Daily Schedule

Camp is offered: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am- 1:00 pm 

Wednesday is 8:00 am- 3:30 pm for Field Trip Day


Sample Daily Schedule:

8:00-8:30 am Arrival with free choice play
8:30-8:35 am Morning Meeting to go over the schedule and ask the question of the day
8:35-9:00 am STEM/educational activity of the day
9:00-10:00 am Outside Movement- may include playground or park play, nature walks in Pheasant Branch and group games
10:00-10:30 am Wash hands, morning snack and change into swimsuits *Monday’s reapply sunscreen for Outdoor Swim”
10:30-11:30 Lifeguarded swim in the indoor Sports Pool
*Mondays 10:30-11:30 will be in the Outdoor Pool*
11:30-11:45 Change, wash hands and get ready for lunch
11:45-12:15 Picnic Lunch weather permitting, inside if inclement weather
12:15-1:00 Read aloud and craft for the weekly theme and free choice until pick up

Weekly Themes and Field Trips

Week # Dates Theme Field Trip
1 June 7-11 Super heroes  Tie Dye Shirts
2 June 14-18 Animals Henry Vilas Zoo 
3 June 21-25  Water Explorers Devils Lake
4 June 28-July 2 America Tour of Capital
5 July 5-9 Recycling Bowling
6 July 12-16 Nature Explorers Governor Nelson and Olbrich Gardens
7 July 19-23 Camp Harbor Rent a theater
8 July 26-30 Summer Olympics Tennis with Hitters
9 August 2- 6 Summer Olympics Vitense
10 August 9-13 Space Explorers UW Planetarium
11 August 16-20 Cave Explorers Cave of the Mounds
12 August 23-27 Carnival Circus World

Week 1: June 7-11, Super Heroes

Don’t forget your cape and tights for this “Super Hero” sized week of fun. Whether you are Batman or your very own hero, fun times will be had with activities including maze making, defeating villains, and cape designing.

Week 2: June 14-18, Animals

Fur, Feathers, fuzz, scales, animals big or small we are going to learn about them all. With interactive activities like habitat building, egg transporting, and creating prosthetic limbs for animals.  We are going to learn about rare and obscure animals from all over the world. We will cap off our week with a field trip to the Henry vilas zoo.


Week 3: June 21-25, Water Explorers

During this week we will talk all about water!  We will discuss watersheds and water ecosystems and why it is important to take care of our water while also being safe and having a blast in it!  The week will include a variety of experiments and crafts all involving water.  We will also have the opportunity to enjoy being in the water outside of Harbor’s pools with a trip to Devils Lake and the closer lakes and ponds that we have within walking distance. (Which is AMAZING!)

Week 4: June 28-July 2, America

During this week we honor and celebrate the stars and the stripes by focusing on learning about our great country. With  fun projects, the classics yard games like ladder golf, corn hole, washers. But we will also challenge our campers to come up with their own yard games that can be played at home with family, friends and neighbors, and a tour of the Wisconsin Capitol building. This week is one not to be missed!

Week 5: July 5-9, Recycling

This week we think “green” as we focus on recycling/sustainability. We will examine our impact on the environment and learn what we can do to lessen our footprint. Activities will include art projects using only recycled/reclaimed material. 

Week 6: July 12-16, Nature Explorers

For this week we are incredibly fortunate to be so close to the Pheasant Branch Conservancy which has a wide variety of nature and wildlife!  We will take nature hikes where we will learn about different plants, bugs, and animals along with how to safely enjoy nature while considering the “Leave no trace” idea when being outside.  We will also play games and do crafts that all explore the beauty of the great outdoors.  Along with our time in Pheasant Branch, we will get to discover Governor Nelson State Park and the Olbrich Botanical Gardens.

Week 7: July 19-23, Camp Harbor

While each of these camp weeks will be spent outside as much as we can, Camp Harbor week will be one in which we explore more of the true summer camping experience!  We will hike, swim, fish, set up hammocks, roast s’mores over the fire, and play all the classic yard games that you bring to the campsite!

Week 8: July 26-30, Summer Olympics

This week’s theme is so jammed packed full of fun, spirit, and competition that we decided to do it for two weeks! Harbor Olympic weeks will get our campers competitive juices flowing as we will have olympics style competitions for both teams and individuals. Who will be left standing at the top of the podium?


Week 9: August 2-6 Summer Olympics

This week’s theme is so jammed packed full of fun, spirit, and competition that we decided to do it for two weeks! Harbor Olympic weeks will get our campers competitive juices flowing as we will have olympics style competitions for both teams and individuals. Who will be left standing at the top of the podium?

Week 10: August 9-13, Space Explorers

Get ready for lift off, as this week is going to be out of this world. Space week will inspire and amaze as we learn about space, and do space themed projects including making planets, constellations, and to cap off a great week will be taking a trip to the UW planetarium. 


Week 11: August 16-20, Cave Explorers

This week our focus is on caves. We will learn about rock above and below the surface. We will make our own crystals, design and make our own caves, and take a trip to see the Caves of the Mounds in Blue Mound, WI.



Week 12 August 23-27, Carnival

Our summer program comes to an end with Harbor Carnival Week! During this week we will learn about the history of Brazil’s World famous Carnival. During this week campers will design and build their own carnival games that will be enjoyed by all at the end of the week family carnival.




What to Bring to Camp

We’ve got a busy day ahead for your camper!  Here’s what they will need to bring to camp each day (except for Wednesday your field trip day!).

  • A mask- we recommend campers bring an extra mask or two in case they need to change it after swimming or outdoor play
  • Sunscreen- we recommend campers come with a layer of sunscreen already applied and bring backup sunscreen in case they need it.  *Monday’s are an outdoor swimming pool day!
  • Water bottle
  • Swim suit and a towel
  • A snack and a lunch
  • Bug spray? We will be outside a lot and exploring nature- if you would like to you may send bug spray with your camper
  • Each camper will receive a backpack, water bottle and t-shirt as part of their registration fee.  Campers should wear the t-shirt on Field Trip day!
  • Please make sure each camper’s gear is labeled with their name

Meet the Team

We know it’s important for you to know and trust who your kids will be spending the summer with.  Meet our leadership team!


  • John Wegner- Youth Program Director
    • I am originally from Oshkosh, WI.  I graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Health, Human Performance, and Recreation.  Before coming to Harbor I worked at two camps facilitating team building and leadership programs that included high/low ropes courses, rock climbing with ziplining, and outdoor education classes.  I have been at Harbor as the Youth Fitness Director since 2013.  I work in a variety of areas around the club, with youth programming being my focus including youth fitness classes, the After School Program, the Youth Enrichment Program, and Summer Camps.
      Along with my bachelors degree, I am a NASM Certified Youth Exercise Specialist and I am CPR and First Aid certified.
      I am excited about Harbor Summer Camp because I love working with kids, seeing them grow, and doing what I can to help them reach goals to become the best they can be!


  • Brittany Pavlik- Youth Program Assistant
    • I am originally from Janesville, Wi.  I graduated from Edgewood College with a Bachelor’s Degree in the Study of Education with a minor in Early Childhood Development. I began working at Harbor Athletic Club in 2016 in Kids Club. Since that time I have worn several hats at Harbor including a trainer for FIT4MOM, teaching LesMills Pump, Barre and Core classes, working at the front desk, as well as helping develop the roots of what is now our Youth Enrichment Program.
      I am NASM Group Fitness Certified, and a NASM Certified Youth Exercise Specialist. I am also CPR and First Aid certified.
      I am excited about Harbor Summer Camp because it really will combine two things that I am passionate about: leading educational programming and having fun!  It is my hope to give every kid a fun, safe, & academically fulfilling experience that they look forward to being part of every day.

How to Register

  • Harbor Athletic members may log in to their account to register below.
  • Registration closes at 7:00am on Monday morning the week prior to the desired week.
  • Non-Members and those interested in registering for the entire summer*, please email John here to register.

*One free week if you register for the whole summer.