Payments & Wait List

Camp Fees & Payments

Camp fees are $129 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 $129 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 2021

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. 

To receive a scholarship application please email us at summercamp@elmbrook.org


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!


Wait List

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.

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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.  

Extended Care

Extended Care

We have lengthened the camp day! Camp will run from 8am-4pm (with check-out until 4:30pm) starting this year - two more hours of fun for your kids than previous years. We have made this decision to keep kids in smaller pods to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, we have eliminated extended care, but the price will remain $129 a week. We hope that this is good news for your family and that the lengthened day will still allow your kids to attend camp.  



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 2021.  With the lengthening of the camp day 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!!  Yes that is right even in 2021 we will still have HOT DOG DAY! We plan to individually wrap hot dogs for each child. They will also receive a bag of chips, bag of carrots and a Rice Krispie treat. 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.


Medical Information


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 Zoom and Camp Vertical will work with the Camp Medic to ensure that consistent delivery of medication is a priority.

If you have not logged back in to your account after registration to 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.  

Heat Index

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.

COVID-19 Additional Health & Safety Protocols - Click here to view all protocols.


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 4:00pm-4:30pm every day. Please make sure to pick your child up by 4:30pm. We have NO extended care for your child after that time. 
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.
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
Morning Check-In

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 takes place at 8:00 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.


Afternoon Check-Out

Check out will occur from 4:00pm-4:30pm. It is imperative that all children are checked out by 4:30pm! You will receive a phone call from our office staff if you have not arrived to pick-up your child by 4:30pm.  

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 3:40 pm.  Campers transition from small activity groups into a loud, high-energy large group gathering to wrap up at approximately 3:45 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 Chapel lobby. 

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.

For all other activity groups you will be notified via email of any additional items/equipment to bring to camp.

Behavior Guidelines

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!  


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Serve Teens
We are accepting a limited number of volunteers for Camp 2021! 

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 3 weeks with Camp Vertical. Due to having a reduced capacity at camp there will only be a limited number of serve teen spots available.

New in 2021- "The Crew" (Only available at Brookfield Campus)

Due to having a limited number of volunteer spots for the summer and some additional cleaning needs, we present to you... "The Crew." The Crew is an Activity Group comprised of all volunteers. This group will not be interacting with the kids throughout the day. Instead, the Crew will be responsible for set-up, tear-down and cleaning of locations and sites after kids have moved though. In addition to these serving responsibilities, the Crew will have a daily devotion as well as 2 hours of activity group time where they will engage in awesome activities including Gaga Ball, outdoor games and indoor experiences. The 3 week cap on volunteering does apply to weeks serving in the Crew as well. 

The Crew Check-In: The Crew will check in with Pod A in the North Parking Lot under the tent. 

Payment Policy

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 volunteer at Camp a maximum of 3 weeks at camp.
Choose the activity groups during the week for Camp Vertical you want to volunteer 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 Serve Teen training will be available upon registration.

Unfortunately, we have decided to cancel the morning volunteer meetings for Camp 2021. Serve Teens will stay with their activity group throughout the week. Key leaders will give Serve Teens additional information before the camp day starts about activities and places they will need help throughout the day. Serve Teens can check in between 8:00am-9:00am with the rest of the campers each day. The camp day ends at 4:00pm for Serve Teens. There is no extended care option available this summer.

Volunteer Registration is now open. CLICK HERE to register. 

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 6/1/21 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 a zoom: video 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 have now closed for 2021. We would love to have you volunteer at camp this summer.

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