Let’s go to camp!


Katie Zee

For fifty years now, UW-Whitewater has been hosting camps and conferences during the summer. Kids come from 34 states and 3 countries to attend these events, and there’s a reason for that. UW-W offers events dealing with music, sports, and other fun activities. An exciting new addition to the already long list of activities is the Lightsword Academy. Taking place from July 30 to Aug. 1, this camp is for kids aged 12 to 17 who are interested in learning how to properly defend themselves in a galaxy far, far away. They will be equipped with their own lightsword that they can take home! The Ultimate Frisbee Camp is also new this year. This one is for grades 7 to 12 and takes place from June 25 to June 27. Everyone is welcome, no matter the skill level!

Beside those new camps, there are events that suit the interests of everyone. From fencing to tennis to gymnastics and more, anyone can find a sport they enjoy. More of a fan of the arts? Try the camps that have to do with jazz, fine art, musical theatre and more. There are a few options for academics as well. Game development, journalism, forensics, as well as the multiple STEM events at the Rock County campus may peak the interest of those looking for educational opportunities.

How do you become of the over 3,000 people who have already registered? Well, online registration is preferred, so visit camps.uww.edu to get started. Registration is available up to ten days before the event as long as there is still room. 

What is the importance of getting kids involved in these events? 

“Since our world is cyber-centered, camps allow an opportunity for kids to be out and about,” said Director of Camps and Conferences Morgan Anderson. 

She also explained that these summer events provide exposure to the college environment, which plays a part in getting kids prepared for their future. Madison Copeland, a current freshman at UW-W, had a similar sentiment when she recalled her time at a volleyball camp when she was 12 years old.

 “Living in the dorms gave me college experience that led me to decide to go here,” Copeland said. 

Of course, there are day camps and options for kids who don’t wish to spend the night on campus. They will still get the chance to see the campus and get a taste of what college is like, though.