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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

Registration for the Classics Camp is now closed.

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 (CANES), UW-Madison

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

Instructor: Mary Claire (MC) La Velle, graduate student, Canes

Student Assistants: Rachel Villa and Jackson White, UW-Madison undergraduates

Information for Classics Camp families: 

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 in Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive. 

To bring every day:  Water bottle, lunch and snacks. Sunscreen for outdoor activities. 

Arrival and drop off:

Please note that we cannot use the drive leading up to Nancy Nicholas Hall at any time.  Please do not drive up or park on the drive.

Arrival will take place between 8:30 and 9:00 am.  If you arrive earlier, please wait until staff are there to meet your child. 

Drop-off will take place on the driveway in front of the Nutritional Sciences building at 1415 Linden Drive.  The driveway runs parallel to Linden Drive and should be approached by car from the west.  Camp staff will be stationed at that driveway and will check your child in on the first day and confirm their pick up plan. 

Campers arriving on foot should also meet the staff at the drop off spot in front of Nutritional Sciences.

Your child can be picked up anytime between 3:00 and 4:30pm. 

If you pick up your child between 3:00 and 4:00pm, please come to our classroom, 2211 Nancy Nicholas Hall, 1300 Linden Drive.  Please note that parking near Nicholas Hall is limited.  There is visitor parking available in Lot 20 (1390 University Ave.) and Lot 36 (1645 Observatory Drive).  You can see live updates of visitor parking availability on campus here:

Between 3:00 and 4:00 pm, students will take part in supervised free time.

Between 4:00 and 4:30, staff and campers will be at the drop off/pick up spot in front of Nutritional Sciences. 


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 Allen Textile Collection.