Summer Residential Life

Students who sign up to be residents live right at camp, even weekends! Roommates, dining halls, personal responsibility, and interacting with residential staff are all part of the learning and living experience.


Students live in groups of approximately 12-15 campers per Residential Assistant. Girls and boys live on separate floors in double rooms, and each floor has its own bathroom and shower facilities. Our halls include many of the following amenities for students such as air conditioning, Internet access, lockable drawers, and a refrigerator. If students wish to room together each must submit a Roommate Request form.

Dining and Food

Students will be eating at the campus dining facility for all of their meals. The dining service staff does an excellent job of meeting the dietary needs of all the students. However, this does require some planning on their end. It is requested that if there are dietary needs, the families contact the WCATY office a month in advance of the program date. If needed, WCATY will connect you with a dining services supervisor or dietitian.


Depending on the camp, students are awarded a varying level of independence. For example, ALP students are awarded a great deal of independence with the understanding that they will follow the WCATY Honor Code. Academic and residential staff work together to provide a supportive environment. Outside of the classroom, all students are under the supervision of Residential Assistants (RAs). They help develop a spirited and friendly atmosphere among students in the dorms, lead students in activities, and ensure adherence to rules. At YSSP, students are never without an adult guiding then from one activity to another. RAs are carefully selected and receive extensive training prior to the program.

Recreational Facilities
Playing fields, courts, and general amenities give students a great range of recreational opportunities. To take advantage of these facilities, be sure to bring a swimsuit, baseball glove, tennis racket, Frisbee, volleyball, running shoes, etc.

Visiting and Students Off-Campus

Students remain on campus for the full duration of camp under the supervision of camp staff. The residential program is designed to fill students’ time during afternoons, evenings, and weekends in constructive and enriching ways, and to help them succeed in our demanding academic program. Birthdays, Independence Day, and other holidays are celebrated as a camp. We request that parents do not visit their children nor take them off campus. Students should only be taken away from camp for unforeseen family emergencies. Exceptions to this policy are rare and must be made in advance through the WCATY office.

Health Services

All health related aspects of camp are handled through the University Health Services (UHS) at UW-Madison. WCATY staff and the UHS staff work closely to make sure students with medical needs are receiving appropriate care. There is a nurse on duty 24/7 and a doctor on call. Families will be sent an email from to be able to complete the online health form.  

Student Conduct

The WCATY honor code is based on an expectation of mutual respect for self, others, and the program. These rules are designed to maintain a friendly camp atmosphere where students are expected to be safe, include everyone, respect others, challenge themselves, and have fun. Upon admission, students will receive a handbook, which includes our rules of conduct and discipline policy.