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Summer Chemistry Camps

Scenes from Chem Camps 2014.

Fun with Chemistry camps have been a local Madison tradition since their inception in 1984. The 5-day afternoon summer programs offer a perfect combination of innovative hands-on science curriculum and fun! In summer 2018, campers entering grades 5 to 8 will carry out a variety of laboratory experiments including:

At an ICE Fun with Chemistry camp, campers actually get to do science, they don't just watch it happen! Through experiments, projects, and discussions they explore chemistry and science in laboratories in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Experienced staff supervise students in small groups emphasizing lab safety while communicating fundamental concepts in science and encouraging campers to exercise their reasoning skills.

The registration fee for each one-week half-day camp session is $230. Campers may register for multiple sessions.

Camp Scholarships are available through support from Millipore Sigma. For more information, or to apply for a Camp Scholarship, contact Laura Linde with ICE at or by phone at 608/262-3033 before registering your student.

Scenes from Chem Camps 2014.

Chem Camp Comments

See what parents and past campers have to say about the Chem Camp experience!


Chemistry Camp registration is now open!

Complete the following steps to register your child(ren) for Summer 2018 Chemistry Camp session(s).


  1. If you are applying for a scholarship, do NOT register online. Contact Laura Linde at ICE by email at or phone 608/262-3033.


  1. Registration: Register by filling out the online forms for each half-day camp session in which you want to enroll a child. Use the links provided with the descriptions below. Note: You can enroll multiple children for the same session by choosing to "Add Another Registrant" in Step 4 when registering. If you have questions about registering or need to register by phone, contact the Registration Office at 608/262-2451.
  2. Payment: The registration fee for each one-week half-day camp session is $230. Payments can be made by credit card during the online registration. (Those who need to pay with a check will find complete instructions with the email that confirms your registration. Note that checks must be mailed to Cashier's Office, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; DO NOT mail checks to ICE ).
    • Note: Payment must be received within two weeks of submitting the registration or your child's spot in the camp session will be automatically cancelled.
  3. Required Forms: Before your child can attend Chemistry Camp, University of Wisconsin-Madison and ICE regulations require that the forms below be completed and signed for each registered camper. Send scanned forms by email to or mail printed copies to ICE, Institute for Chemical Education, Department of Chemistry, 1101 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706.
  4. Review Policies: Review the Payment and Cancellation/Refund Policy before submitting your registration.
    • Payment must be received within two weeks of submitting registration forms or your child's spot in the camp session will be automatically cancelled.
    • If your plans change and your child can no longer attend a camp session you have registered them for, please contact the Cashier's Office, University of Wisconsin-Extension, 432 North Lake Street, Madison, WI 53706; 608/262-2451.
    • Cancellations submitted by or before May 18, 2018 will receive a 75% refund.
    • Cancellations submitted after May 18, 2018 and up to 14 days before the beginning of your child's session will receive a 40% refund.
    • No refunds will be issued for cancellations that are submitted within 14 days of the beginning of the session for which your child is registered.
    • Refunds may take up to 6 weeks for UW-Madison processing.
  5. Final Check: Note that your child is not confirmed for Chem Camp until payment is received and all forms listed in Step 3 above have been completed, submitted, and received by ICE. The deadline for receipt is by or before May 18, 2018.


2018 Summer Chem Camp Schedule

Registration is open! The 2018 Summer Chem Camp Schedule and links to registration are below.

Session 1: Fun with Chemistry Camp

June 18–22, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 1: Online Registration

At the Fun with Chemistry camp, each day your camper will have two hours of laboratory work, and a period of group discussion. Experiments students will run include flame tests of common metals, making acid-base test papers, reaction of an acid and a new penny, chromatography (several), plating copper, polymer (several).

Session 2: Fun with Inventions Camp

June 25–29, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 2: Online Registration

In this hands-on Chemistry Inventions camp, students will learn and practice concepts from chemistry, engineering, and materials science. Campers will learn: how to use an electron microscope; how to make and use gold and silver nanoparticles, liquid crystals, and more.

Session 3: Fun with Forensics Chemistry Camp

July 9–13, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m

Session 3: Online Registration

During each session of the Fun with Forensics Science camp participants will gather evidence from a different crime scene: collect DNA information, gather and interpret fingerprints, do drug analysis, employing the scientific method to solve mysteries and crimes. Guest speakers from forensic science related careers enhance the program's connection to real-life science.

Session 4: Fun with Engineering Camp

July 16–20, 1 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Session 4: Online Registration

This Fun with Engineering camp provides students with hands-on activities that introduce them to different engineering disciplines and some basic engineering principles. In this camp students use the engineering design process to develop a Morse telegraph, build a water recycling system, learn to program using Scratch, build hydraulic systems, and more.