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Email: summercamp@elmbrook.org
Call: 262.780.1843

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Camp Vertical

Camp Vertical is a high-energy, fast paced, fun environment for kids entering 2nd 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. 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. 

Camp Vertical 2019:

Star Boars II: Revenge of the Blockheads

 

No planet is safe from the overwhelming power of the terrifying Blockheads! These menacing villains are tormenting creatures from every planet by forcing them to walk barefoot through painful terrain… The Minefield of Blocks! The only hope for feet across the galaxy lies with the rebel leaders, Ham Solo and Princess Slaya. On board their ship, the Centennial Falcon, the pigs are BACK to face the dangers of the cosmos in order to save their friends from this terrible fate! Will the Blockheads take control of the galaxy? Can our heroes save the day? Grab your light saber, board your rocket and join the Star Boars on an adventure that will take you to another dimension!

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 are also choosing an activity group to be a part of.  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 the kids will compete in all camp games for snow cone points. After the game is finished kids are dismissed to their activity groups for the rest of the morning. At noon all kids come to the plaza for lunch. (On a rain day we move lunch inside to the gym). After lunch kids are brought inside for worship, puppets, and large group teaching. Next, kids break up into small groups to talk about the large group time. After small group the children spend the rest of the afternoon in their activity groups. Around 3:15 we gather all of the kids together to share cheers about their day. Fridays are special because at 3:00pm we have a parent show to demonstrate all the fun activities the children did throughout the week.

           
        Camp 2019 Weeks 

              Week 1         June 10-14

              Week 2         June 17-21

              Week 3         June 24-28

              NO CAMP     July 1-5

              Week 4         July 8-12

              Week 5         July 15-19

              Week 6         July 22-26

              Week 7         July 29-Aug 2

              Week 8         Aug 5-9

Week 1 

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

  • Adventure

  • Basketball

  • Boys Boot Camp

  • Crafts & Cooking

  • Extreme

  • Go for the Gold!

  • Home Run

  • Loud & Proud

  • Paints & More

  • Puppets

  • Rockets & Roller Coasters

  • Snapshots

  • Take Aim

  • Adventure

  • Backyard Blast

  • Bon Appetit

  • Build a Block

  • Girls VBall/BBall

  • Go for the Gold!

  • Infinity & Beyond

  • Loud & Proud

  • Mad Scientist

  • Rip-n-It

  • Top Secret

  • Way Off Broadway

  • Wide World of Sports

  • Basketball

  • Checkered Flag

  • Construct Camp

  • Girls Inc.

  • H2O

  • Home Run

  • Man Camp

  • Paints & More

  • Snapshots

  • Soccer

  • Steps

  • Turn the Page

  • Zany Zoology

  • Adventure

  • Beyond the Brush

  • Boys Boot Camp

  • Extreme

  • Girls VBall/BBall

  • H2O

  • Loud & Proud

  • Mad Scientist

  • Northwoods Expedition

  • Soccer

  • Take Aim

  • Turn the Page

  • Wide World of Sports

Week 5

Week 6

Week 7

Week 8

  • Adventure

  • Basketball

  • Beyond the Brush

  • Build A Block

  • Crafts & Cooking

  • Extreme

  • Girls Inc.

  • Go for the Gold

  • Man Camp

  • Northwoods Expedition

  • Project Runway

  • Rockets & Roller Coasters

  • Zany Zoology

  • Beyond the Brush

  • Bon Appetit

  • Boys Boot Camp

  • Construct

  • Girls VBall/BBall

  • Go for the Gold

  • H2O

  • Infinity & Beyond

  • Laugh-a-Palooza

  • Northwoods Expedition

  • Rip-N-It

  • Steps

  • Turn the Page

  • Adventure

  • Backyard Blast

  • Bon Appetit

  • Checkered Flag

  • Construct

  • Girls Inc.

  • Home Run

  • Laugh-a-Palooza

  • Mad Scientist

  • Man Camp

  • Paints & More

  • Puppets

  • Soccer

  • Basketball

  • Build A Block

  • Crafts & Cooking

  • Extreme

  • Go for the Gold

  • Paints & More

  • Project Runway

  • Rip-N-It

  • Rockets & Roller Coasters

  • Soccer

  • Steps

  • Top Secret

  • Wide World of Sports

Adventure

Adventure is one of our most popular camps. Come prepared to have a different and exciting adventure every day. Of course, the highlight is Wednesday when we enjoy our WET, WILD, WATER day.

Backyard Blast

Come on over to Camp Vertical's big backyard to play games like kickball, steal the bacon, and extreme kick-the-can.  Each week will also feature competitions like carpet ball tournaments, Frisbee golf, fort design contests and more!  You won't want to miss out on all of the awesome backyard summer fun!

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.

Bon Appetit

Do you have sudden urges to create culinary masterpieces? Do you have dreams about cream puffs and crème brulee? Does the thought of making and eating your own creations excite you? Then we have a camp for you! Join other cooking lovers and get ready for a week of planning, mixing, baking, boiling and tasting. A must attend camp for those who love creativity with food!

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.

Build a Block

Future engineers and construction leaders:  Spend a week in Build a Block designing, collaborating, and building creations only the imagination can generate!  Campers will participate in Lego design challenges, creative competitions, and enjoy the ever popular free build time.  Come ready to let loose your creative side and build until your heart’s content!

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! 

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.

Crafts & 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 will want to sign up for this adventure. 

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!! 

Checkered Flag

 

Do you have the brain of a mechanic and the heart of a competitor?  Then join our pit crew as we create and race everything from cars to boats to airplanes to ...potatoes???  Grab your tools and put on your helmet for a week of heart pumping excitement. 

Go For the Gold

The Summer Olympics hit Camp Vertical!  Compete against fellow Vertical contestants in various Olympic-style games like Pillow Polo and King of the Kick.  Create your own team name and flag. Compete to win the treasured Golden Flip Flop award.  Sign up for this activity and bring home the gold for your team! Also, watch out for water wars each week!

H2O

Summer!  We will be diving into a week full of water escapades!  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! 

Bring a bathing suit and towel each day of camp.  Some days will be more wet than others!

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!

Infinity & Beyond

Do you love the mysteries of outer space?  Are you ready to blast off into fun that is out of this world?  Then this camp is right for you!  Spend your week creating your own constellations, building and launching rockets, and adventuring through uncharted space.  You won’t want to miss out on this inter-galactic adventure!

Laugh-a-Palooza

Get ready to giggle until your sides hurt!  Laugh-a-Palooza is the place for all aspiring comedians to discover what it truly means to be hilarious as we learn about joke writing, delivery, and creating the perfect punch line.  Mad libs and funny skits are just the start of a week that will end with the Laugh Olympics, an event that will leave your audience rolling on the floor with laughter!

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! 

Mad Scientist

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)! 

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. 

Northwoods Expedition

Journey with us as we learn how to survive in the wilderness, how to build a campfire, pitch a tent, build a fort and much, much more. Kids in this camp will have the unique opportunity to learn the basics of archery from skilled archery instructors. It will almost be like being in the north woods of WI! 

*Please limit your selection to only 1 week of this very popular activity.

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. 

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. 

Puppets

Children who like to perform will enjoy learning the basics of being a puppeteer and presenting songs and skits. You will also be part of our special program at the end of the week. 

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!

Rip-N-It

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 with fun instructors know what they are doing. 

Required equipment: Skateboard or scooter, helmet, & knee pads

Snapshots

Picture this… a place where kids actually get to take the pictures!  Come enjoy a week of digital photography...and don’t worry; we provide the cameras!  Your unique creations may be featured 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 photo montage. 

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.

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.

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. 

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?

Turn the Page

Do you love to read? Then Turn the Page is your kind of camp. Get ready for a week full of fun and adventure as kids dive into the wonderful world of books. Besides reading, campers will learn the fine art of creating a book nook, will be able to write and illustrate their own story, and enjoy the ever popular Random Reading Spot time. So find a comfy seat, grab a good story and get ready for the adventures that can only be found in books.

Wide World of Sports

Racquets 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. 

Way Off Broadway

La la la la laaaaaa... Calling all actors, dancers and singers! Join us for a week of musical production like this town has never seen. We will learn the moves and songs to blow our audiences’ socks off at our end-of-week performance. The show must go on, so don’t miss this week of theatrical fun.

NOTE!  This special camp has a required performance Friday night at 7 PM for all your friends and family!  Auditions prior to camp will be held for special roles.

Zany Zoology

Animal enthusiasts unite!  Zany Zoology brings you a week packed full of animal fun.  You will explore a world full of amazing creatures, create your own animals and even learn what it is like to walk in their "paws" through games like Elephant Tag or Orangutan Races.  Of course, the highlight of each week is the exciting Creature Encounters.