Exciting Summer Camps & Enrichment Programs at UW–Marathon County

Written by Julie Bollmann

The University of Wisconsin–Marathon County (UWMC) is entering its 36th year of hosting its “College for Kids” summer enrichment program — an amazing milestone of youth summer programming in the Wausau community!


College for Kids is a youth-oriented educational summer program for students entering Grades K–6. This year, the 2-week program is offered from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon:

  • June 18–22
  • June 25–29

College for Kids offers 43 different class offerings, including rocketry, foreign language, fishing, digital photography, art, and much more!

We’re excited to be collaborating this year with many of our community members:

  • Colossal Fossil
  • Snapshot Science
  • Sean Sullivan — “The Mammoth Hunter”
  • Monk Botanical Gardens
  • Marathon County Historical Society

In addition to these outstanding instructors, we also have the expertise of our very own UW staff members teaching classes in IT, Engineering, Biology, and other subjects.

For example, students can sign up for “Living History at the Little Red School House” with the Marathon County Historical Society and go back in time to experience life in 1909… Students will make candles, butter, and ice cream and learn the art of penmanship — all in the historic surroundings of the Little Red School House housed inside Marathon Park. Students can also journey back to prehistoric times to explore fossils and geology with the Executive Director and founder of Colossal Fossils.

View our “College for Kids” course offerings here.

Girl Power Camp


UWMC will also be offering its 3rd annual Girl Power Camp. This is full-day, week-long summer camp features team-focused, project-based activities aimed at introducing young girls (ages 8–13 years) to new activities. This year’s theme is Indie Film Edition. Girls will learn about digital storytelling and will make their own nonfiction documentary about an aspiring woman from the Wausau community. Join us June 18–22 or June 25–29 for an exciting mix of fun, friendship, creativity, confidence, and technology!

Camp Imagination, Tech Week

Virtual_RealityTake your computer skills to the next level with Camp Imagination, Tech Week (July 9–13). Join in the summer fun as students enhance their S.T.E.A.M. (Science-Technology-Engineering-Arts-Mathematics) skills with Black Rocket computer design. Every program is powered by the campers’ imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a hands-on learning environment.

Students ages 8–14 years can choose from:

  • Coding their own adventure
  • Learning about virtual reality with their very own virtual reality headset
  • Exploring Python programming and making their own multiplayer game
  • Discovering how to code in Lua language while playing and designing worlds in ROBLOX (an online universe)

Students will learn about the fastest growing IT-related career fields — all while having fun!

Wizarding Academy

Wizard_HatAttention all Harry Potter fans: It’s time to get your Hogwarts letter!

Later in the summer (July 16–20 and July 23–27), UWMC will present its 11th year of the Wizarding Academy.

Students in Grades 4–9 get sorted into a house by the Sorting Hat, earn points for the house to win the House Cup, play Quidditch, solve riddles, test their knowledge of the wizarding world with a fast-paced trivia contest, and receive correspondence from Harry Potter characters via the Owl Post. It’s all waiting for you here at the Wizarding Academy!

This year, campers will also be challenged to use their wits and knowledge of the Harry Potter universe to “Escape from Azkaban.” You’ve been accused of a wizarding crime… How will you clear your name? Or make a plan to escape from the Dementor guards? Only the most devoted wizarding fans will succeed.

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To learn more about UWMC’s summer enrichment offerings, please visit our website at www.ce.uwc.edu/wausau.

Basic RGB

Printed brochures with registration forms are available at:

  • Marathon County Public LibraryCollege_for_Kids_Scholarship_App
  • UWMC Continuing Education Office

Or, you can view and print a brochure at our website.

Scholarships have been generously provided by local foundations, civic organizations, and individuals. You can view applications online here.

Registrations will be taken on a space-available basis.

For more information, please call 715-261-6294 or send an email to julie.bollmann@uwc.edu.

Julie_BollmannJulie Bollmann

Program Specialist  |  University of Wisconsin–Marathon County  |  Continuing Education Office

Julie Bollmann has served as the Program Specialist at the University of Wisconsin Marathon County’s Office of Continuing Education since 2016. Her background had previously included out-of-school programming with the Wausau School District, at which time she coordinated very closely with the Department of Public Instruction on its after-school programs. She is passionate about providing educational opportunities for all members of the Wausau community — whether it’s a College for Kids class or a professional development seminar. She excels in collaborating with Wausau organizations to create, promote, and deliver fulfilling educational and experiential opportunities. In her free time, Julie enjoys outdoor activities in Central Wisconsin, particularly snow-shoeing at Rib Mountain and kayaking on the Rib River and other area waters. Email Julie Bollmann.

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