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MPS Overnight Camp Program

Milwaukee Public Schools provides FREE overnight summer camp experiences to MPS students currently enrolled in grades 4-8! This opportunity allows our young people to discover new interests, expand horizons, and experience the wonderful outdoors.

 

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Milwaukee Recreation, a department of MPS, will oversee the overnight camping program. In spring 2024, we will host a pair of Overnight Camp Information Fairs to share more about each camp and the overnight camp experience (click here to see the presentation document from the 2023 virtual information fair). For questions about this initiative, please email whatlely [at] milwaukee.k12.wi.us. (When emailing our staff, please replace the "[at]" with a traditional "@" symbol. Ex: Staff@mkerec.net)

Summer 2024 Eligibility

Students must be in grades 4-8 as of the 2023-24 school year (NOT the grade the student will be entering in the 2024-25 school year). Only students from these MPS schools are eligible to participate. Each MPS student may only participate in one camp session this summer. 

First-time and Returning MPS Overnight Campers

Students who did not attend camp through the MPS Overnight Camp Program in the summer of 2023 will have priority access to the interest form sign-up process. The interest form will open for those campers starting March 13 at 9 a.m. and ending March 19. Returning campers (those who attended camp through the MPS Overnight Camp Program in the summer of 2023) will have access to the interest form sign-up process starting March 20. Interest forms will be processed and forwarded to camps in the order in which they are received. Camper eligibility will be verified before interest forms are distributed to the selected camp(s).

Paid Expenses

MPS will cover the cost of camp registration, camp-provided transportation to and from camp (if needed), and a camper supply kit for each camper (if needed).

Interest Form

Please complete the Overnight Camp Interest Form to express interest in having your child attend overnight camp this summer. This form is step one of a two-step registration process and does not commit you to sending your child to camp, nor does it guarantee a space at camp. Once you complete your form, a representative from the camp you are interested in will reach out to you within two weeks to complete the registration process if space is available.

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Camp Alice Chester

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast has been doing camp at Camp Alice Chester for 100 years! Campers learn new skills, make new friends, develop a deep appreciation for nature, and make lifelong memories.

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Camp for All Kids

Camp for All Kids partners with several camps, including six Wisconsin camps that are open to MPS families through this Overnight Camp program.

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Camp Whitcomb/Mason

Since 1911, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have welcomed thousands of young people to Camp Whitcomb/Mason for outdoor adventures, camaraderie, and the chance to learn in a fun and safe environment.

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Lake Valley Camp

Currently celebrating 20 years of impactful leadership programming though camp, Lake Valley Camp (LVC) is the overnight camp of Kellogg PEAK Initiative. LVC sits on 650 natural acres of rolling hills and forest in Boscobel, Wis. about three hours west of Milwaukee!

This initiative is made possible by Milwaukee Public Schools' ESSER lll funding. You can learn more about ESSER lll funding and this initiative here. The MPS Overnight Camps program is separate from the Camps for Kids program, which is made possible through the Camps for Kids partnership.

Contact

Leah Whatley

MPS Overnight Camp Project Coordinator
Email: whatlely [at] milwaukee.k12.wi.us

(When emailing our staff, please replace the "[at]" with a traditional "@" symbol. Ex: Staff@mkerec.net)

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