Youth Programs

College for Kids

Save the date - June 11 - 15; June 18 - 22, 2018

College for Kids is a special summer enrichment program for children grades K-6. Classes ranging from art to chemistry to living history to world languages are available each year! Take a peak at our upcoming classes! Online Registration will begin on April 2, 2018

We continue to offer many new exciting classes as well as some traditional favorites. Out teachers come from local school districts and UWMC, and are well qualified & eager to share their excitement on the subject matter.

Our programs are designed to:

  • Stimulate intellectual curiosity
  • Encourage creativity
  • Instill confidence
  • Develop problem solving & critical thinking skills
  • Be fun and hands-on

All classes will be taught by highly trained and talented instructors from the local area school districts and UWMC. Our staff and instructors provide a well-supervised and safe environment in which to learn.

The UWMC Summer Youth Programs are for all children who want to discover learning new things.

We ask that children new to the “College for Kids” program get a signed letter from their teacher verifying that s/he is able and motivated to participate in that program.

Camp Imagination

June 11 - 15, 18 - 22 2018

Camp Imagination classes are powered by the child's imagination and designed to bring their ideas to life in a fun, hands-on environment.

Online Registration will begin on April 2, 2018

Girl Power CampGirl Power 2018

Two Sections next year - Save the date - June 18 - 22, June 25-29, 2018

  • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: UW-Marathon County Student Union
  • Fee: $249 includes lunch and snacks
    • Girls between the ages of 8 and 13 are welcome to register!
  • Camp directors: Holly Hassel and Katie Kalish, UWMC faculty and moms!

"Girl Power!" is a full-day, week-long summer day camp, held at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon County June 26-30, 2017! Girl Power Camp is a week of team-focused, project-based activities focused on creating friendships and introducing girls to fun new activities.

UW Marathon County host Girl Power camp for the third year. Our theme this year is GPC 2018: Indie Film Edition! Girls will learn about digital storytelling and make their own nonfiction documentary about an inspiring woman from the Wausau community! Join us for a week of fun, friendship, creativity, confidence, and technology!

Check out the Girl Power Anthem from last year's camp directors Holly Hassel and Katie Kalish created!

This new program will provide a week of team-focused, project based activities focused on creating friendships and introducing girls to fun new activities including animal care, science, music and the outdoors. For more information, visit Girl Power Camp.

Registration opens on April 2, 2018!

wizarding 2018Wizarding Academy

Two Sections next year - Save the date - July 16 - 20, July 23 - 27, 2018

The Wizarding Academy includes fun activities such as trivia, Quidditch, arts & crafts, writing, games and more! 

Get sorted into your House, play muggle Quidditch, test your Harry Potter knowledge with trivia and quizzes, receive OWL post from your favorite Harry Potter characters, and compete for the House Cup as wizards will attempt to “ESCAPE FROM AZKABAN!”

Registration opens on April 2, 2018


The Youth Summer Opportunities brochure will be ready at the end of March - both online and in print.   Each student must have a registration form completed and on file. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2017 FORM.


Scholarships have been generously provided by local foundations, businesses and individuals. The guidelines for free and reduced school lunches are used as a basis for determining eligibility. However, extenuating circumstances such as large medical bills and job layoffs are also considered. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2017 SCHOLARSHIP FORM.

Upward Bound

5+ Weeks of Fun, June 18 - July 19 with a trip to Chicago! 

 This year's Theme - "The Mystery of College"

How would you like to hang out with your friends while learning a little about college in a college like setting?

Join us for a 5+ week fun filled camp held here at the UW Marathon County June 18 – July 20, 2018.

Join your fellow students entering Freshmen, Sophomore and Junior year to take place at this interactive resident camp Monday-Thursday, with a ½ day Friday. Students will interact with their peers, all while in an exciting learning environment. Top the end of camp and summer with a Trip to Chicago!

Our Mission - To provide underrepresented populations of high school students in Central and Northcentral Wisconsin with academic, cultural, and personal support for the purposes of high school graduation, postsecondary enrollment, and lifelong success in a diverse world.

What is the Upward Bound Program at UW-Marathon County? 

The University of Wisconsin-Marathon County has hosted the Upward Bound Program for over 16 years. It is a pre-college program and part of program funded by the Department of Public Education. All participants are underrepresented high school students, grades ninth through twelfth.

Program Success

Upward Bound tracks student-participants for multiple years, from high school through college graduation. On average, 90 percent of Upward Bound graduates will graduate high school and immediately attend an institution of higher education, which is a significant increase in college/university attendance compared to students of the same background whom do not join the program. Overall, Upward Bound is a successful program for students looking to make the most of their educational experience.

The Summer Session is a major part of Upward Bound. Held on the University of Wisconsin-Marathon county campus, this six-week academic program gives students a taste of the college experience, at no cost!  We highly encourage all participants to attend the summer session, as it is an important part for college preparation.

Courses are offered in the following subject areas:

Math (Algebra, Geometry, Pre-Calc, Calculus)

Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Environmental)

Social Studies (History, Political Science)


English (Writing, Speech)

Health & Fitness


Multicultural Education

Study Skills

Students receive individual academic assistance with course material and assignments outside of class during nightly study sessions conducted each evening by the Upward Bound Residential Advisors and Instructors. The goal is for students to adopt effective study habits that will follow them throughout their high school career and beyond.

Residence Life

The summer session is a live-in program that runs five days per week to help our students prepare for college residential life. Students stay in the residence halls with their own room and meals provided daily by the University Dining Services.

Social and Cultural Awareness

In addition to academics, the Summer Program is designed to increase student social and cultural awareness.  Time is set aside for visiting various colleges, businesses, and local venues to spark students' interest in pursuing a postsecondary degree.  Upward Bounders gain exposure to a wide variety of cultural events not otherwise available to them in their home communities.  This includes visiting museums, seeing live productions, theaters, zoos, parks, art galleries, and similar events.   Activities such as bowling, swimming, and intramural sports are planned throughout the summer in order to develop students' social and leadership skills.

To learn more about this program, please contact Julie Bollmann in Office of Continuing Education, 715-261-6375 or at


Online Courses for Youth

Every Course Includes:

  • Caring Instructor
  • Monitored discussion area
  • Easy to understand lessons
  • Six weeks of instruction
  • Complete online access

Sample titles include:

  • Drawing for the Absolute Beginner
  • Making Movies with Windows XP
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
  • Photoshop Elements for the Digital Photographer
  • Introduction to Alice 2.0 Programming

Details on any of these online courses and more can be found at