Welcome to Madison’s summer program:

Summer Discovery

The mission of MCDS Summer Discovery is to engage and captivate young people’s imaginations in project-based, hands-on experiences. Spending the summer on our inspiring campus and working in our Science laboratories and Technology Makerspace, participants will gain a conceptual understanding of how technology, science, and nature interrelate, experiencing all aspects of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) education.

Online Tech Camp—BlackRocket

We are excited to announce the MCDS Online Summer Tech Camp. We know your kids are eager to connect with other kids and actively engage their minds this summer—all while having fun! To help you with this, we teamed up with Black Rocket to provide a series of opportunities for your kids to explore their tech curiosity this summer.

Learn more and register for MCDS Online Tech Camp here!

In-person Camp—Summer Discovery

Update 6/24/20: Summer Discovery Sessions 3-6 is in-person as planned! Please click here for more detailed information about safety & hygiene at camp. Email Mr. D with any questions.

Update 5/26/20: Thank you for your patience as we determined the best course of action in these unprecedented times! We’ve made the difficult decision to cancel Session 1 (June 22-26) and Session 2 (June 29-July 3) due to the continued closure of school buildings per Forward Dane guidance.

As we move into subsequent phases of Forward Dane, we may be able to open for Sessions 3-6 later this summer. We will keep all of our parents informed as we navigate uncertainty, and use the best information we have to keep all campers and staff safe this summer.

All families registered for Session 1 and Session 2 will receive a full refund. Feel free to email us with any Summer Discovery or Online Tech Camp questions.


Summer Discovery Registration and Course Descriptions

Register now for MCDS Summer Discovery Weeks 3–6Space is limited! Register now for Sessions 3–6 to ensure you get the courses you want.

* Grade levels below refer to the grades students will be entering in Fall 2020.
Hover over the course name to see the course description.

  K–Grade 2* Grades 3–5* Grades 6–8*

Session 1

Biology: Bugs, Body, and Bacteria

June 22-26

SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund.
SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund. SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund.

Session 2

Technovation: Programming Sensors, Machines, Robots, and Drones

June 29-July 3

SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund. SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund. SESSION CANCELLED—All registered families will receive a full refund.

Session 3
Design Construction: Innovative Builders

July 6-10

Crew Constructors Campers will use design thinking to construct shapes and structures that serve a purpose. Bridges, buildings, and boats are all up for grabs in this problem-solving unit. Instructors will guide the students to plan, evaluate, and modify designs. Students will be introduced to various tools needed to complete tasks. Tool Techs Campers will design various structures and then modify/redesign following the design process model. Hand tools and light power tools will be introduced while students construct final products. Bridges, coasters, and treasure boxes are just a few of the choices campers can plan, evaluate, and modify. SESSION FULL

Session 4

Art Design: Imaginarium

July 13-17

Artful Agents This week is loaded with projects including digital art, light and color patterns, sculpting, painting, collage, and comic design. SESSION FULL SESSION FULL

Session 5

Math, Music, and Coding: SoundzAboundz

July 20-24


Session 6

SportScience: Sports around the World

July 27-31

Supersonic Sportsters Learn the rules and skills to play games and sports from around the world. Try new activities and step outside your athletic comfort zone. Atomic Athletes Investigate the various sports and games from distant countries. Practice skills and techniques, study strategies, and play various activities from all over the globe. Fitness Fiends Learn about the cultural impact of sports throughout history. Explore the equipment, techniques, and strategies used. Identify fitness targets and measure growth.


Dates & Rates

**NEW this year: Grade 6-8 age group can register for half-day sessions, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-4 p.m. (Full-day sessions are still available as well). Half sessions are $195 per week; all discounts still apply. Half sessions are only available in the grade 6-8 group.

Full-Day Pricing: $385/week. Early Bird Pricing (by February 15): $360/week

** Half-Day Pricing (Grades 6-8 only): $195/week. Half-Day Early Bird Pricing (by February 15): $170/week

$25/week discount for registering for all 6 sessions.

Session 1: June 22-26
Session 2: June 29-July 3
Session 3: July 6-10
Session 4: July 13-17
Session 5: July 20-24
Session 6: July 27-31

Fee includes all materials, equipment use, instruction, and two healthy snack breaks. Campers are asked to pack a lunch, water bottle, and sunscreen.

Extended Care (if needed): $10/session. Early care begins at 8 a.m. After care until 5 p.m.

Cancellation policy: Full refund if canceled before March 31, less a $50 administration fee. Cancellation between April 1 and May 31 will result in a 50% refund. Any cancellations after May 31 will not be refundable. If your summer plans change, you can change to a different week without penalty, provided space is available. If we make the decision to cancel one or all sessions, all participants will receive a full refund. 

Daily Schedule

9 a.m.–4 p.m. *
Each day begins with a welcoming community-building group activity to engage campers and develop friendships. Teachers then supervise small groups during 3 to 4 STEAM activity sessions where campers can build, design, and learn at their own pace. Campers have plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful and expansive MCDS campus including a daily picnic-table lunch overlooking the prairie and outdoor time to play and explore. The day ends with an active and engaging campwide game or activity!

* See information about half-day options for grades 6-8 under “Dates & Rates” above.


Register nowEmail: Frank Devereaux, Director of Summer Programming, at fdevereaux@madisoncountryday.org.

Call: 608-850-6000