Arts Camp – More Info

4-H Arts Camp
October 5-6, 2019
Camp Upham Woods
Wisconsin Dells WI

Are you a middle schooler looking for an opportunity to explore the arts through 4-H? If so, you don’t want to miss Wisconsin 4-H Arts Camp! This state level experience from October 5-6, 2019 offers one place for youth grades 6-8 to learn about topics like music, drama, visual arts, photography, communications, and more!

You’ll rotate through the different arts tracks each day, participate in various group activities throughout, and close with a ceremony for parents and families, celebrating the results of your Arts Camp experiences. You’ll also meet new friends, participate in camp games, and enjoy the great natural setting of Upham Woods, a 300-acre environmental education center on the Wisconsin River near Wisconsin Dells.

4-H Arts Camp is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension and is funded through registrations and a grant from the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation. The program is planned and led by a talented group of 4-H high school youth, assisted by Extension specialists, 4-H staff and key adult volunteers. You’ll learn lots of creative ideas to take home to share with your family, friends, and community.  

If you haven’t been a part of the Arts Camp experience, come and see what you’ve been missing! Space is limited. Applications are due at the end of August. Call your county 4-H PYD Staff for more information about camper, counselor, and/or chaperone opportunities now!

Cost for Campers:  $90.00; Cost for Adult Advisors: $45.00
Please note: Transportation to the camp is NOT provided by the State 4-H Office.  Please contact your county extension office 4-H staff for assistance with carpooling.

Registration Deadline for Campers and Adult Advisors: August 25, 2019 REGISTRATION CLOSED – CAMP FULL

IMPORTANT: Read the Application Requirements below and the instructions at before completing your application!


  • Send order confirmation along with payment of $90.00 YOUTH fee or $45.00 ADULT ADVISOR fee (make check payable to: UW Madison Extension; do NOT send cash) postmarked by August 26, 2019, to: Lynn Pfeiffer, 4-H Arts Camp, 130 Pyle Center, 702 Langdon Street, Madison WI 53706.
  • Due to the timing of this camp, you must re-enroll as a 4-H member or 4-H volunteer after the new enrollment year opens on September 6 and complete/update your Health and Authorization forms in 4H Online by September 20.
  • Your registration is not complete until we receive your payment and you have completed all of the application requirements.

Application Information for Counselors and Resource Leaders:  See sidebar menu


Some of the tracks we have offered in past years: 


Communication is an important part of everyday life. In this track, you will learn different ways of communicating. For example the most common forms of communication are non-verbal, facial expressions, and hand gestures. Campers will play different games like the adverb game and gibberish game, which help with body gestures and facial expressions.


The drama track is a “high-energy, super-duper, fabulous, intense, accepting, trusting, and FUN” group of counselors. They teach the campers to be comfortable with their expressions. “For a lot, it’s like finding a family,” said their director, Rita.

Campers in this track play various games: learning improv, self-control and composure. They learn to trust a partner, when they are mirroring each other. The campers have to anticipate their partner’s moves. As a group, they create a human sculpture, and then fill the negative shape in with others in the group.

“Basically, it’s pass or fail for the whole group. We rely on each other,” said Isaac, from Waushara County.


Music has been a part of my life since before I was born,” said Amanda from Sheboygan County.

The counselors for this track love it, because music has such an impact on their own lives. Here, campers learn four basic parts of music: dance, rhythms, singing and instruments. The campers are taught a song and learn to sing it. Then they are taught either a line dance or an Irish jig. They get to see and hear some examples of various instruments from around the world. They also learn how to pick out the beats in rhythms.

“It’s a lot of fun. We get to jump around,” said Seth from Adams County.


Photography gives participants the opportunity to “Take the Arts Apart” by trying different aspects of what goes into a photo. The campers are divided into three sections. In one section groups look at color negatives and draw the photos, as they would see them in print. The second section works on composition and leading lines of a photo. The last section works on trick photograph with a Polaroid camera. The purpose of this activity is to test the limits of the illusions possible in photography.

Visual Arts

Visual Arts track can be compared to photography but this creative track is more hands-on. The campers create clay sculptures and collages. Campers also participate in an expression activity drawing out their feelings in a portrait of themselves. As a final project the campers will construct a 3-D creature consisting of cardboard boxes. Once the creature is constructed the group as a whole will decide what kind of facial expression to give their creature.