Baby Badgers can Play Hard. Get Fit. Live Well., too.
We offer several opportunities throughout the year for youth to get involved in Rec Sports programs. Enroll your children in our Summer Camp, drop them off on Badger Gamedays, or bring them to Day of Play!
Bring Your Kids to Campus for a Summer of Fun.
Our recreational day camp will feature age-specific recreational, sport, and lifetime activities for 9 one-week sessions. We strive to provide a supportive and enjoyable environment where learning and fun go hand in hand. Each participant will receive one complimentary summer camp t-shirt. (Score!)
Ages 4-7 activities
- Movement (Red Light/Green Light, Line-Tag, Islands)
- Throwing (Throwing for Points, Take out the Garbage, Alaskan Baseball)
- Kicking (Squish the Bug, Kickball, Soccer)
- Catching (Wonder-ball)
- Noncompetitive sport and field games
Ages 8-13 activities
- Cooperative team building games
- Supervised indoor and outdoor free-choice time
- Competitive and non-competitive sports and field games
- Leadership building activities
Your child’s day will begin and end at the Natatorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Participants should come to camp dressed for a full day of activity. We recommend outdoor activity clothes and activity shoes. Open-toed shoes will NOT be permitted. Campers should bring aforementioned items in a well-marked backpack or athletic bag.
Each child will receive one complimentary summer camp t-shirt as a keepsake for attending camp.
Parents should pack a small snack for the morning and afternoon along with a lunch each day for their child. We cannot provide refrigeration, so please pack all food in an insulated lunch box and mark everything you bring with your child’s name. Absolutely no sharing of food is permitted among campers.
Electronics & other valuable items
Campers may bring cell phones as long as they are kept in their bags at all times and do not cause distractions during the day. Staff is permitted to confiscate any electronic devices deemed a distraction to planned activities. Rec Sports is also not responsible for lost, broken, or stolen items.
All emergencies can be communicated directly to the Camp Coordinator (608-262-9398) or to the UW Natatorium front desk (608-262-3742).
Rec Sports reserves the right to dismiss a camper if their behavior jeopardizes the other campers’ safety and well-being.
Rec Sports reserves the right to cancel any session or modify activities due to under enrollment, facility problems, staff concerns, or circumstances beyond its control (i.e. rain, electrical outages). Parents will be notified immediately if a session is altered in any way. *If a participant must cancel a session, the session deposit will be forfeited. All cancellations must be made in writing.
Our energetic and well-qualified staff are ready to spend an exciting summer with the campers. The staff is comprised of UW professionals, certified school teachers, and highly motivated college students. The camp is under the direction of Chad Schultz, who is a professional staff member at UW Recreational Sports.
Summer Camp Schedule & Sessions
Early Drop Off Start Time: 7:30am
Camp Start Time: 8:30am
Camp End Time: 4:30pm
Late Pick-Up End Time: 5:30pm
Cost: $195 per child each session
Description: Registration is on a first come, first served basis. All children need to be toilet trained in order to enroll and stay in camp. Parking information soon to follow.
Weekly sessions start June 19th and each week will bring a new batch of games, crafts, and activities for your child to enjoy. The last day of camp will be August 25th. Note that camp will not be in session from July 3rd-7th to observe the holiday.
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During select home football games, UW Recreational Sports will be providing recreational activities in a child care setting. The program is located at the UW Natatorium, which is on Observatory Drive, near the UW Hospital. Children four to twelve (4-12 as of Sept. 1st) years of age are welcome to attend Gameday Camp while their parents/guardians attend the Badger football game.
Badger Youth Gameday is administered by professional staff members of UW Recreational Sports and supported by highly motivated University students. Children are placed in activity areas according to their age. To ensure high quality and optimal supervision, the camp maintains a low child-to-staff ratio.
$30 per child per game
- Registrations are processed on a first come, first serve basis.
- Wisconsin Badger football tickets must be presented at check-in for each game to complete registration.
- Children must be pre-registered to attend. No drop-in registrations will be accepted on game days.
Dates & Times
Date Opponent Register by Game Time Drop Off Time Pick Up Time 9/9/17 Florida Atlantic 9/6/17 11am 10am 1hr after game ending 9/30/17 Northwestern 9/27/17 TBA 1hr before kickoff 1hr after game ending 10/14/17 Purdue 10/11/17 TBA 1hr before kickoff 1hr after game ending 10/21/17 Maryland 10/18/17 11am 10am 1hr after game ending 11/11/17 Iowa 11/8/17 TBA 1hr before kickoff 1hr after game ending 11/18/17 Michigan 11/15/17 TBA 1hr before kickoff 1hr after game ending
* Games that this service will be offered are 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 2:30 pm kick-off times (no night games).
* Program is also only guaranteed to run based off of staff availability.
* Open to members and the general public.
Games & Activities
- Board Games
- Relays & games
- Watching the game
- 4-5 years old: Offense
- 6-9 years old: Defense
- 10-12 years old: Special Teams
Day of Play
Day of Play is a community outreach initiative for elementary school students grades K – 5. This event shares the “Play Hard. Get Fit. Live Well.” mentality with school-age children of all skill levels. Join in a day of fun, movement-based activities led entirely by UW-Madison students!
What to Expect
- Sports skills presented by Wisconsin Sport Club members
- Themed recreational games
- Obstacle courses
- Visits from Bucky
- Snacks and giveaways
- Parents are required to stay through the duration of the visit.
- Parents and families are encouraged to participate in this event, as well.
- Younger siblings are welcome.
- Free parking is available in Lot 62, across the street from the Nat.