Payments & Wait List
Camp Fees & Payments
Camp fees are $150 per week for Camp Vertical!
Your camper will be able to choose one activity group per week to participate in during camp! You can sign up for just one or two weeks of camp, or even the whole summer! Camp fees are $150 per week for Camp Vertical. A $25 deposit is due for each week of camp at the time of registration, payable by credit card. Deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other camp weeks.
Once your deposit is made, the balance of your registration fees will be automatically charged to your credit card on file 2 weeks prior to the start of each camp week. This spreads out your payments over the course of the summer. You can choose to pay in full at the time of registration. Credit card payments are preferred and can be made in advance of due dates by logging into your account.
Payment Schedule for 2022
Scholarships & Payment Plans
At Camp Vertical we don’t want cost to keep kids from experiencing camp. Financial assistance is available. The first step to receiving a scholarship is to fill out an application. Then register for camp when registration opens prior to hearing from us regarding a scholarship to secure your spot in camp. Scholarships will be decided once families have registered and paid the $25 deposit per week of camp. We expect the first round of scholarships to be decided by April 1st to help families plan. The agreed upon terms will then dictate how fees are taken care of in those individual situations.
We now have rolling due dates for payment of camp fees for all campers, as stated above. This effectively spreads out your payments over the course of the summer, and therefore removes the need for individual payment plans. Please plan accordingly!
If the activity group that your child wants is full, you can choose to put them on a wait list. Below is some helpful information about how our wait list works for Camp Vertical. It is highly recommended that you choose an alternate activity first, and then go back and add your child to the wait list after that to ensure you have a spot in camp.
Our wait list is automatic. Because of this you will not be contacted before your child is moved. If you sign up for a wait list spot it is assumed that it is your camper’s preference. When you are at the top of the wait list and a spot opens up, your child will be automatically moved and charged the registration fee. You will get an update email once your child has been moved to let you know of the change.
We don't have the capacity to add spots to enlarge our camp... so you would be waiting for someone else to cancel in order to receive a spot. Cancellations happen all the way up until a few days before the camp week begins and wait list moves can happen at any time. Although we are typically able to move the first few kids off each wait list into camp, many children do not receive a spot from our wait list.
If you have both a first and second wait list option chosen for a given week and you receive your first choice, you will need to request that your child be taken off the other wait list option manually in order to avoid getting moved another spot in the future. If you decide you no longer want your child on the wait list please contact us right away to make sure a change is not made to your child's registration.
Cancellation & Refunds
Cancellations & Changing Your Registration
A $25 deposit is due for each week of camp at the time of registration, payable by credit card. Deposits are nonrefundable and nontransferable to other camp weeks.
To cancel a week of camp or change your registration, email the Camp Office and we will take care of it for you on our end. You are unable to change your registration from your online parent account.
To switch weeks of camp please email the Camp Office. Do not request a cancellation, as there is no fee for changing weeks. Our registrar will take care of a switch on our end if there is space available in the week you are requesting.
To switch activity groups within the same week of camp, please email the Camp Office and we will help you if there is space available in the activity you are inquiring about.
All refunds will be paid less the deposit that has been made to your account.
Refunds will be issued if the following criteria are met:
The cancellation is requested by the Thursday prior to the week of camp you are cancelling.
Sickness: If a child is ill the week they are to attend camp, a transfer of registration can be made without penalty as long as there is space available to complete the transfer. If there is not space, a full refund minus your deposit will be processed.
Refunds will not be issued for the following reasons:
Cancellation was requested after the Thursday prior to the week camp.
Parent choice: A day of rest, family trip, sports events, etc.
Discipline: A day requested by the Camp Director so that behavior problems may be dealt with. Physical violence will result in a child going home and after discussion with a parent may result in the child being asked to take one or more days off from camp.
When a refund is granted your funds will be returned to you within two-weeks of the cancellation in the same manner in which it was paid.
Registration fees for Serve Teens ($15 per week of camp) will be fully refunded if requested by the Thursday prior to the week of camp you are cancelling.
We have added an extended care option in the afternoon-only this summer! Camp will run from 9am-3:30pm (with check-in starting at 8am). Extended care will go from 4:00pm-5:30pm and will be $5 per camper per day. You do not need to register in advance for Extended care; all campers not picked up at 4:00pm will be checked into Extended and the additional fee will be added to your account.
Any additional fees for extended care that have been added to your account will be automatically charged to your card on file the Saturday following each camp week with a second auto payment.
Extended Care Payment Schedule for Camp 2022
Well fed kids are happy kids! Children at both campuses should bring a bag lunch from home. There will be NO option to purchase a lunch in 2022. We also recommend you pack your child an extra snack they will be able to eat during the day.
As always, Thursday is FREE HOT DOG DAY!! They will receive a hot dog, chips, carrots and a banana. You are welcome to send a bag lunch on Thursdays if your child does not eat hot dogs.
Lunches from Home
Your child is asked to bring a bag lunch from home. There is no refrigeration available for lunches brought from home so please include ice packs in your lunch box or pack something non-perishable. We do not require lunches brought from home to be nut-free. If your child is highly allergic to peanuts please include it in the medical section of your registration form and talk to the Camp Director.
We have a Camp Medic onsite at the Brookfield Campus to help care for all needs of our campers including medications. Parents need to inform the staff and supply all that is needed for their child’s doctor-prescribed medication needs. This includes instructions and an ample supply of medication. These tasks are entirely the responsibility of the parent and must be repeated at the beginning of each week the child attends camp. Any remaining medication is the responsibility of the parent to pick up each Friday. Parent will supply instructions and permission in written form for the staff to follow. Forms to be filled out can be obtained at the tent during morning check-in. Key leaders at Camp Vertical will work with the Camp Medic to ensure that consistent delivery of medication is a priority.
After you have registered your child for camp, you must complete your medical forms for the summer you must do this before your child's first day of camp! We must have this information to ensure your child's safety.
To access your medical forms:
• Log in to your account
• Under "My Account Dashboard" there will be a light orange bar that says "1 Medical Form needs to be completed. Click here to begin."
• If you don't see your dashboard try clicking the "Account" button in the upper right corner of your screen.
Our leaders are made known of any allergies your kids may have and are first aid trained. We also have a Camp medic (as well as first responders) on site to deal with any issues that may arise.
Nut allergies: While our building isn’t nut free, activities that we do in camp activity groups (excluding lunch) do not contain nuts (including tree nuts and peanuts).
Illness & Injury
If your child gets sick at camp the Camp Medic or Camp Director will contact you at the numbers you have provided.
Any injuries that happen at camp will first be handled by the Camp Medic. Minor bumps & bruises will be treated onsite. For more serious injuries, including all head injuries, you will be contacted by the Camp Medic at the numbers you have provided.
If your child is sick and will be missing a day of camp, you do not need to notify us. For an illness that will force your child to miss multiple days of camp please contact the Camp Office.
We have water stations available to campers at all times. We also carefully monitor the heat index. If the heat index reaches 95 degrees Fahrenheit or above all children will be brought indoors.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up
Camp Check-In & Pick-Up Times & Locations:
Check-in for Camp Vertical runs from 8am-9am every morning. Feel free to drop your child off at any time during that window.
Check-out will take place from 3:30pm-3:50pm every day. If your child has not been picked up by 4:00 they will automatically be checked-in to Afternoon Extended Care and $5 will be charged to your account.
Brookfield Campus Check-In & Check-Out
All Check-In will take place under the Tent in the North Parking Lot. This will also be the check-out location. At 3:30, you can meet your kids anywhere down the stairs from the North Parking lot, in the Plaza.
Rain-Day Check-in will be located inside the lower north lobby and Rain-Day Check-out will take place in the gym..
View a Check-In/Out Map Here.
Lake Country Campus Check-In & Check-Out
Check-In and Check-Out will occur everyday in the South Parking Lot under the Tent located on the large greenspace. Rain-Day Check-in and Check-out will be located down the sidewalk at the south family entrance.
View a Check-In/Out Map Here.
Your child's safety is our first priority! When you arrive on Monday morning your child will be given a waterproof wristband to wear all week long. This wristband will be scanned to check your child in and out of camp and ensures that only people on your approved pick-up list are checking out your child.
Camp Vertical check-in begins at 8:00 am and ends at 9:00 am
Please note ALL children need to be accompanied by a responsible adult to be checked-in.
*A “responsible adult” is a person that is 16 years old or older and has a state-issued ID who is in charge of the well-being of the child at that time.
*A volunteer who is 16 years of age and has a state-issued ID can check themselves out of camp with parent permission and prior notification to the Office Staff. They may also check out a younger sibling if they are on the approved pickup list, with parent permission and prior notification to the Office Staff.
Late Arrivals & Early Pick-Ups
We understand that families have different schedules and appointments to manage. To arrange for early pick-up, please fill out an early pick-up form when dropping off your child in the morning, or call or email the Camp Office. Notifying us ahead of time will help us to have your child ready for you at the appointed time. Please come to the Camp Office for all early pick-ups and we will bring your child to you. If you arrive for an early pick-up without prior arrangement, please allow for a 10-15 minute wait while we locate your child and their belongings. Please note, we are unable to accommodate early pick-up for Camp Vertical after 3:10 pm. Campers transition from small activity groups into a loud, high-energy large group gathering to wrap up at approximately 3:15 each day. During this time, it is difficult to call campers to the office.
Brookfield Campus: All late arrivals & early pick-ups will take place in the Camp Office (by the Gym).
Lake Country Campus: All late arrivals & early pick-ups will take place in the South Family Entrance Lobby.
Approved Pick-Up List
When you register your child for camp please be sure to include yourself on your child's approved pick-up list, as well as other family members. You can change/add approved pick-up names by filling out an approved pick-up card when dropping off your child in the morning. You can also make changes by emailing or calling the Camp Office. No child will be allowed to leave with someone not approved by a parent or guardian. All adults must present a photo ID and be listed on the child's approved pick-up list in order to check-out children from camp.
What To Bring
What should my child wear to camp?
Kids should dress comfortably for the weather. Shoes with backs are strongly recommended because kids will be running around. Sometimes camp is messy, especially camps with arts & crafts themes. Its a good idea to leave your best clothes at home and wear things that can get messy.
If additional clothing is needed for a dress-up day an e-mail will be sent home to you.
Kids are outside most days during check-in, lunch, and check-out. We recommend that you apply sunscreen before your child arrives at camp.
What do I need to bring to camp?
For most activities there is no required equipment. The Elmbrook campus is a big place and our lost & found grows very large every summer... so we tell our kids if you don't absolutely need it, leave it at home! We do encourage you to pack a personal water bottle for your child. Please leave all technology safe at home. We will ask campers and volunteers that phones remain tucked away if they absolutely have to bring it to camp. If you need to contact your child during the camp day please call the Camp Office and we will help get information to them.
Remember to provide a lunch from home each day. (Except for Thursday which is free hot dog day!) There is no refrigeration available so please include ice packs in your lunch box or pack something non-perishable.
The following items are suggested to be brought from home for these activity groups:
Home Run: It's a good idea to bring your own glove so there are enough to go around.
Messy Art: It's a good Idea to wear clothes that you are comfortable getting messy or painted on.
Rip-n-It: It's a good idea to bring your own skateboard, scooter, roller blades, etc...
Please also bring your own Protective Equipment (helmet, elbow pads, bubble wrap, etc...).
For all other activity groups you will be notified via email of any additional items/equipment to bring to camp.
We desire for every camper & volunteer to have the very best experience here at camp! In order to maintain a safe and fun environment for everyone, all campers & volunteers are expected to:
Listen to and follow directions from all staff.
Follow safety guidelines. Stay with your leaders at all times. Ask permission to use the restroom/get a drink. Do not run away from camp staff.
Respect themselves, others, and their environment. Clean up after yourself. No disrespectful or inappropriate language. Respect camp property. No teasing, fighting, or hitting.
When a camper/volunteer shows behavior that steps outside of these guidelines they can expect the following:
Staff will first redirect behavior/remind camper of the rules.
For continued disruptive behavior supervised time away from the group activity may be appropriate as a cool-down period, and parent may be contacted for further conversation.
Referral to Camp Director. Campers will be sent home for physical violence or consistent behavior concerns, and may be asked by the Camp Director to take additional days off from camp.
If your camper or volunteer has special needs, emotional/behavioral disorder, or an IEP at school please include this information in your registration to let us know how we can best help your child have a successful summer with us. Our Special Needs Coordinator may further connect with you so we can be helpful in continuing the school-year successes you have had throughout the summer!
We are accepting volunteers for Camp 2022!
Middle school and high school students, this year we are again putting together a team to serve alongside the Summer Staff to help kids have the safest, most engaging experience possible at Camp. If you are in grades 7-12, you’re invited to join us for up to 4 weeks with Camp Vertical.
Will "The Crew" be back?
Yes! This summer, we will have Crew options for any Volunteer who wants to participate in different serve opportunities at camp. Instead of having a separate registration for the crew, all Volunteers will participate in helping summer staff in an activity group, but will also have a chance to choose a "Crew" to get involved in as well. There will be multiple "Crew" Options which may include: set-up, supply, games and more! Each crew will also have the chance to work with a camp staff mentor throughout the week to learn more about serving and leadership development.
Anyone going into 7-12 grade who would like to Volunteer or be part of a Crew should register to serve for camp. They will choose a specific Activity Group for the week during registration. Volunteers will have the opportunity to join a "Crew" on Monday morning during their Volunteer Meeting.
Volunteer Check-In and Morning Meeting
Serve-teens must be at a morning meeting at 8:00 am each morning. During this meeting they will have a chance to participate in devotionals, leadership development, and announcements regarding camp that day. They will also have a chance to get to know and be mentored by some of our Summer Staff members. And of course, they will also have a chance to play games and have fun!
Serve-Teens will check in at 8:00 am in the morning meeting.
All serve-teens will check-out with campers in the North Parking lot from 3:30pm-3:50pm. Volunteers can also join afternoon extended care until 5:30pm free of charge!
Please note there is a registration fee of $15 per week of camp for all teens that are serving with us to cover registration costs. If you need to cancel your registration this fee will be fully refunded.
Please note that registering for your weeks of Camp is your confirmation that you are chosen for that week. Serve Teens will not be interviewed.
Before filling out the Serve Teen registration form…
Decide which weeks you want to serve at Camp a maximum of 4 weeks at camp.
Choose the activity groups during the week for Camp Vertical you want to serve in.
Be prepared to fill-out the medical/release portion of this online form (if you are under the age of 18, please have a parent complete the medical/release portion of the form).
Information about our Volunteer training will be available upon registration.
Volunteer Registration opens on February 1.
We are once again putting together a team of Student Leaders in Training (SLTs) to work alongside our full-time summer staff. SLTs are unpaid staff positions. You must be 15 years old by 6/1/22 to apply as an SLT. These positions are created for people who hope to be a part of full-time paid staff in the future. It is an opportunity for camp to invest in you while you learn the ropes of being a leader and get experience volunteering with kids at camp. The other benefit is SLTs can work up to 9 weeks in the summer (you are welcome at Training Week too)!
There are a limited number of SLT positions available. Not everyone who applies will be accepted to the program. All SLT applicants will be contacted for an interview sometime in March and will hear back about whether or not they were selected to be an SLT around Easter. We encourage anyone applying for an SLT position also to register to volunteer in case you are not selected to be an SLT this year.
SLT applications are now open!
Student Leaders in Training
If you have attended camp with us in the past, you may notice that Camp Zoom will not be an option for 2022. The State of Wisconsin has licensing requirements for providing care for kids under the age of 7 that we are unable to pursue at this time. Unfortunately, this means that we will not be offering Camp Zoom for our younger friends. We know this is a huge loss for families and we are incredibly sorry we will be unable to provide care for the whole family. Camp Vertical will offer programming for kids 7 years old going into 6th grade.