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Classics Camp


Meet the Ancient Greeks and Romans

Classics Youth Camp on the UW-Madison campus
July 23-August 3, 2018

 Middle School Camp (for students entering 6th through 8th grades in Fall 2018)

High School Camp (for students entering 9th through 12th grades in Fall 2018)

The deadline to apply to the Classics Camp was April 2.  However, a few spots remain: please inquire about availability by contacting Wendy Johnson (


Are you fascinated by the mythology of ancient Greece and gladiators of ancient Rome? Percy Jackson and the Olympians? Latin spells in Harry Potter? 

Explore the rich and fascinating worlds of ancient Greece and the Roman Empire in this Classics Camp on the UW-Madison campus. Through interactive activities, students will learn about everyday life in ancient Greece and Rome, including myth, history, drama, art and architecture, clothing, and food. Students will also learn a bit of Ancient Greek and Latin (don’t worry, it’s not that hard!) and find out about their roots in the English language we speak today (impress your friends and family when you write their names in ancient Greek!). Students also explore how classical civilizations of ancient Greece and Rome are foundational points of reference for modern fiction like J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson.

Join us to delve into the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans through stories, archaeology, monuments, language, and arts and crafts! Campers will paint their own Greek vase and make their own toga. They will also learn about the fabled city of Troy and the saga of the Trojan War, stories of the Olympians and the birth of tragedy in ancient Greece, the wonders of the Parthenon in Athens and the foundations of democracy, the gladiators of the Colosseum in Rome and the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Campers will also explore reflections of classical civilization right here on campus at places like Camp Randall, the Memorial Union, and the Chazen Museum of Art.

Optional language immersion activities are available for high school students with special interest in Ancient Greek and Latin (see registration form for details).

Director: Professor William Aylward, Department of Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies, UW-Madison

Program Coordinator: Wendy Johnson, Language Institute, UW-Madison

Instructors: Doctoral candidates in the Department of Classical & Ancient Near Eastern Studies at UW-Madison

Dates, times, location:

July 23-August 3, 2018, Monday-Friday
Drop-off between 8:30 and 9:00 am 
Pick-up between 3:00 and 4:30 pm 

The Classics Camp will be held on the central UW-Madison campus


Students will bring their own lunches and snacks for a morning and afternoon break. Water is available on site. Occasional snacks will be provided.



Registration and Payment

Registration deadline: April 2 (though the deadline has passed, a few spots remain in the Classics Camp.  Please contact Wendy Johnson to ask about availability.)

Please download, print off and fill out the following forms to register for the Classics Camp. 

Registration Form

Transportation and Pickup Consent Form

Health Record Form

Optional forms (only if needed): 

Asthma action plan

Diabetes action plan

Please send the forms, along with a check for $400, to the address below.  Make checks out to UW-Madison. Write "Classics Camp" in the memo field. Payment must be received no later than April 2. Checks will be held until April 2 for deposit. Total cost is non-refundable after April 2. Free cancellation and return of full cost only available until April 2, upon request. 

CANES Classics Camp
902 Van Hise Hall
1220 Linden Drive
Madison, WI 53706

The Classics Youth Camp is a program of the Department of Classical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies (CANES), with the Language Institute. In addition, we are grateful for the support of School of Human Ecology (SOHE), for providing use of facilities in Nancy Nicholas Hall, and for the time and expertise of SOHE colleagues, including those in the Helen Louise Textile Collection.