Brookfield- Camp Vertical

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Camp Vertical is a high-energy, fast paced, fun environment for kids seven-years-old through 6th grade in the fall and is located at Elmbrook Church in Brookfield.

Each day hundreds of children will be out in the sun having a blast. We are a faith based all-day program, held weekdays from 9 am to 3:30 pm (with optional afternoon extended care). Kids have the opportunity to choose a different activity each week of the summer, while daily participating in all-camp games as well as large group worship and bible teaching. 

Activity Groups

Trying to Decide?

You can print an activity options worksheet for your camper to help them plan out their summer!  Don't forget to plan an alternate activity in case your first choice fills quickly.

Your camper will be able to choose one activity group per week to participate in during Camp Vertical! We have lots of fun planned in all of our groups – you won’t be disappointed! Sign up quickly as space is limited in all of our activity groups. 

(Please Note: the activities below only indicate the weeks each activity is offered. It does not show which weeks are still available. You are able to view open activity groups by logging into your account.) 

Why doesn’t Camp Vertical have a friend request option?

When a child signs up for Camp Vertical, they also choose a specific activity group to engage in for the week.  When kids are split into groups, they will be split by activity group.  To ensure that friends will be together, they should be signed up for the same activity group.  

 

What does a typical day at Camp Vertical look like?

Each morning campers are greeted by our Camp Vertical staff at check-in and then head into large group time where our puppets will draw them into the theme of the day and they will get to compete in all camp games! Afterwards, your camper will participate in their selected activity group for the rest of the morning. Lunch is held at noon in our outdoor locations (indoors if it is raining). When lunch is finished, we all gather in the amphitheater for worship and teaching. Then campers will spend time in small group discussion with their leaders and head back to their selected activity group for the rest of the day. Around 3:15 we gather once more as a large group and share cheers about their day. Campers, for the most part, will travel between events with their activity group leaders for the entire week.

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

  • Adventure

  • Basketball

  • Beyond the Brush +

  • Crafts and Cooking

  • Extreme

  • (Flag) Football +

  • Home Run

  • Rocket and Roller Coasters

  • Steps +

  • Break a Leg

  • Construct

  • Girls Ball/Bball

  • H2O

  • Paints and More

  • Rip-n-It

  • Soccer

  • Top Secret +

  • Wide World of Sports +

  • Adventure

  • Girls Inc +

  • Loud and Proud

  • Man Camp +

  • Outside the Lines

  • Pumped Up PE

  • Rad Scientists +

  • Snapshots +

  • Wild Wilderness

  • Basketball

  • Beyond the Brush +

  • Boys Boot Camp

  • Christmas in July

  • Extreme

  • Home Run

  • Soccer

  • String Theory

  • Take Aim +

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

  • Crafts and Cooking

  • Girls Ball / Bball

  • Loud and Proud

  • Northwoods Expedition +

  • Outside the Lines

  • Project Runway

  • Rip-n-It

  • Once Upon a Time

  • Wide World of Sports +

  • Break a Leg

  • Christmas in July

  • Construct

  • (Flag) Football +

  • Girls Inc +

  • H2O

  • Man Camp +

  • Paints and More

  • Pumped Up PE

  • Adventure

  • Basketball

  • Beyond the Brush +

  • Loud and Proud

  • Rip-n-It

  • Rockets and Roller Coasters

  • Snapshots +

  • Once Upon a Time

  • Take Aim +

  • Boys Boot Camp

  • Outside the Lines

  • Project Runway

  • Rad Scientists +

  • Soccer

  • Steps +

  • String Theory

  • Top Secret +

  • Wide World of Sports +

        Camp 2022 Weeks-
         Brookfield Campus

              Week 1         June 13-18

              Week 2         June 20-24

              Week 3         June 27-July 1

              NO CAMP     July 4-8

              Week 4         July 11-15

              Week 5         July 18-22

              Week 6         July 25-29

              Week 7         Aug 1-5

              Week 8         Aug 8-12

Adventure

Adventure is one of our most popular camps. Come prepared to have a different and exciting adventure every day. In Adventure we spend most of our time outside so if you just can't get enough of that Wisconsin summer sun join us for some fun & sun!

Basketball

Basketball is a game of fun and exercise. Our leaders will help us learn what it takes to be an All-Star on and off the court. You won’t want to miss this great week hitting the hardwood!

Beyond the Brush

Our older kids will use their imagination and creativity to design, build, paint, and draw their way through a great week. This is the most advanced creative camp we’ve ever offered at Camp Vertical. So take a look around you, dream big, and get ready for an explosion of creativity in Beyond the Brush.

Grades 4-6 Only

Break A Leg

 

“Don’t worry Mom, it’s just a saying!” Drama kids unite! This camp is for all aspiring actors & comedians. In Break A Leg, we won’t actually break anything, but we will create scripts, play hilarious improv games and have opportunities to perform throughout the week. So if you thrive in the spotlight this camp is a perfect fit for you!

Boys Boot Camp

Left...left...left, right, left... Attention cadets:  are you ready to be stretched to your limits?  This is boot camp with a Vertical twist!  Throughout the week we will work on our teamwork, experience extreme obstacle courses, and of course compete in the epic camouflage tournament.

Christmas in July

 

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle All the Way… Oh what fun it is to play outside on a sunny day… HEY! That’s right, Christmas came early this year. Like way early! We are going to do all the things we love about winter and Christmas in JULY. Sledding, decorating trees and singing carols are just the beginning of this very merry camp.

Construct

Calling all kids who love to design, build, and knock things down…this camp is for you! This is your chance to put your creative energies into action.  Each week we will use a variety of materials to design and build our own amazing structures.  This camp is highlighted by our own, safe, demolition day on Thursday of each week! 

Crafts and Cooking

This camp is filled with good eats and fun projects. Under the watchful eye of our staff, the campers will create many culinary masterpieces. Those with good taste should sign up for this adventure. 

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Extreme

Extreme is for those kids who like the adventurous side of Camp Vertical. This week often includes relay-palooza, team building, and a visit by the Rock Wall for some rock climbing. (Don't worry Mom, it’s safe!) Bring your A-game and be prepared for an extreme adventure.

Football

"Hut, hut, hike!" There’s not much else to say here. Every day is football Sunday in this camp as we head outside and participate in the greatest American pastime. What’s more fun than going outside and playing a great, safe game of flag football? This week will be full of drills and skills, and of course lots of football. 

Grades 4-6 Only
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Girls Inc

This camp is all about girls being girls! Days will be full of fun girlie things like painting nails, spa treatments, chocolate, pajama day, interactive games, and lots of other things that girls love. One of the highlights each day is when we take a break to talk about the inner qualities that make a woman truly beautiful

Girls VBall/BBall

We know that girls like to play more than one sport, so here is your chance. We are combining volleyball and basketball- two high-energy sports- into one fast-paced camp. Sign up for a slam-dunking, high-spiking week!! 

H2O

Water!  Just the word makes you think of summer! We will be diving into a week full of water escapades in this group!  Water wars, crazy experiments, amazing discoveries, and tons of fun await each camper as they cannonball their way into a great week.  You won’t want to miss the wettest, wildest camp ever seen at Vertical!  

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Home Run

The dog days of summer are just perfect for getting out on the diamond and playing some baseball. Home Run camp will spend some time practicing the basics, but as with all of our sports camps, emphasis will be on playing the game and having fun. Don't forget about the one-of-a-kind Vertical Home Run Derby happening later in the week!  Bring your favorite glove!

Loud & Proud

A week of high flying, loud cheering action! Girls will get a crash course in cheer and pom moves and prepare a rockin’ routine for the whole camp and parents on Friday! Stretch those muscles and get ready for a high-energy week that will be cheer-tastic! 

Northwoods Expedition

Journey with us as we learn how to survive in the wilderness. Kids will learn how to build a campfire, pitch a tent, go fishing, build a fort and much, much more. They will even have a chance to learn archery! And of course, this fun week will have an optional sleepover, just like real life camping! It will almost be like being in the Northwoods of WI. You won’t want to miss it. 

Grades 4-6 Only
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Man Camp 

This camp is filled with all kinds of activities that boys will love including adventures in male cooking, CV video game tournament, Lumberjack Day, and tons of other high-energy activities. The most important part of the day is when the whole group gathers to discover what it takes to not only be a real man, but a gentleman. 

Grades 4-6 Only

Once Upon a Time

Do you love reading and writing? Creating imaginary worlds and stories? Join us for a week of creative adventure as we dive into faraway lands only found in the world of books. Campers will learn the art of writing poetry, biographies, fictional stories and creating worlds of their own; while also learning how to create their own book nook and enjoy Random Reading Spot Time. So grab a good story, put on your creative writing hat, and get ready to experience the joy of storytelling.

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Outside the Lines

No need to keep the color inside the lines with this crafty camp! Finger painting is just the beginning of the active and imaginative activities found here. Kids will have a chance to use their creativity to play colorful games, as well as their energy to run around and get messy. All while learning how to make something beautiful! Join us for a week filled with plenty of games and art projects that are Big, Fun and Messy and learn that anyone can put their craftsmanship to the test. 

Project Runway

Girls, do you have an eye for design?  In Project Runway we are going to be designing clothing of all kinds.  From drawing the hippest new trend, to creating our very own clothes (out of a variety of wacky materials), this camp is all about creativity.  This fun week will end with a fashion show. 

Grades 4-6 Only

Paints & More 

Budding Artists come in all shapes and sizes. Paints and More is designed so that each child, whether a beginner or the next Picasso, will have fun using watercolors, clay, chalk, wood and more. Get your creative juices flowing, and join us for this "masterpiece" of a week. 

Pumped Up PE

Raise your hand if Gym is your favorite subject!?! If you love Gym at school, then Pumped up PE is the activity for you. Each day we are going to play the best of the best games from your gym classes. Dodgeball, Around the World, Pac-Man, Kick Ball and even Hungry Hungry Hippos are all going to come to life in the Elmbrook Gym. So if you are always longing for gym class, Pumped up PE is ready to satisfy.

Rad Scientists

Experiments, Explosions, and Eruptions… Join our Mad Scientist leaders in exploring the crazy fun side of science.  Kids will participate in “hair raising” experiments that will knock their goggles off (but not really)! 

Grades 4-6 Only

Rip-n-It

(Required safety equipment: skateboard, helmet, knee pads)   
Skateboarding is a sport that is both enjoyable and creative. Skaters in this camp will learn the four basic skills every rider needs to know and also some cool tricks to show their friends. We will be safe and secure on the Camp Vertical skate park, and our instructors know what they are doing. Don’t miss this week, so sign up soon! 

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Rockets & Roller Coasters

This week is filled with the high-flying adventure of model rocketry and loop-de-loop roller coasters. Each child will build and launch a rocket and create a marble roller coaster with enough drops and turns to make you dizzy.  A great week for everyone!

Soccer

This is a special week of kicking and running for all soccer fans. We also try to play as much soccer as we can and still have time for some basic drills. As with all of our sport camps, the emphasis is on play and sportsmanship.

String Theory

Yarn, string, twine, beads...string cheese? Get ready for a week of knitting, sewing, and crocheting in this crafty camp! Beginners and pros are all welcome to join for some yarn-filled fun! Grab your crochet hooks and cross-stitch cloth and get ready for a skein full of fun! 

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Take Aim

Ready, Aim, Nerf! Explore the Nerf world with target practice, bash ball, football and more. Hand-eye coordination will serve you well as you aim, shoot and score all week long in a variety of exciting competitions with your fellow teammates. Prepare to take aim in this exciting activity.

Grades 4-6 Only

Top Secret

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to spend the week working on a top secret Vertical case.  Fingerprints, clues, and dead ends are sure to keep you on your toes in this mysterious activity.  Do you have what it takes to crack the code?

Grades 4-6 Only

Wild Wilderness

Journey with us as we learn how to survive in the wilderness, how to track animals, pitch a tent, build a fort and much, much more. Kids in this camp will spend the week in the incredible nature surrounding Elmbrook. They will discover that it truly is a WILD wilderness out there! 

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Wide World of Sports

Rackets and bats and bikes…oh my!  The kids have spoken and we have listened:  We want to play tennis.  Check!  We want to ride our bikes.  Check!  We want to mini-putt.  Check!  All these activities plus flag football, cricket, and many more will make up a week of camp you will not soon forget.  Sign up quickly and get ready for a world-wide adventure in sports. 

Grades 4-6 Only

Snapshots

Picture this… a place where kids actually get to take the pictures.  Snapshots will give you an opportunity to create photos to be displayed on the Camp Vertical “Wall of Fame”.  Friday is special for the snapshot crew because they will be part of the production of our end of the week visual montage.  Come enjoy a week of digital photography (don’t worry we will provide the cameras!) 

Grades 4-6 Only
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Steps

Join the Steps camp for a week of high flying, dance-tastic fun. Girls will learn the basics of dance and have fun putting them together in a routine for the whole camp on Friday! Stretch those muscles and get ready for a high-energy week that will be fun for all. 

Grades 4-6 Only