Summer Academy

June 24-27, 2024

Hosted by Wisconsin 4-H and Community Youth Development of UW-Madison Extension.

Join us on the UW-Madison Campus for the new Summer Academy, June 24-27, 2024. This new Positive Youth Development program will help you discover pathways to your future. Signup to learn what it takes to have a career, or a hobby in several SPARK areas including agriculture, STEM, service, leadership, arts, trades, and many more. There will be fun opportunities to build networks and friendships with folks from all over the state of WI.

En Español

Find the draft schedule for Summer Academy here.


Track offerings for the 2024 Summer Academy are still being determined. Check back here soon for more information!

Additional Details

Summer Academy will be held at the UW-Madison Campus, where youth and adult chaperones will stay at Chadbourne Residence Hall. Youth will be participating in a wide variety of track-based activities and seminars. They will be able to visit different locations on Campus and in Madison. They will also have the opportunity to hear from speakers, watch a performance from the 4-H Drama Company, and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities!


Youth currently in grades 8-11 will be able to register for Summer Academy when registration is open in April. The registration will be done in 4HOnline. You can find the registration by going to your youth’s profile and clicking on the events tab in 4HOnline. The event will be called “Summer Academy”.

If your youth is already enrolled in 4HOnline, you can find instructions on how to register for the event here.

If your youth is not already enrolled in 4HOnline, you can find instructions on how to create a profile and register for the event here.

If you require Spanish Language registration, see our site here:

Paper enrollment forms are available here:


You can find all the information you need for Summer Academy in the handbook! This includes information about Campus, the tracks, the program, and more. Download the handbook here (2023).


The registration fee for Summer Academy is $450 per youth. This cost covers registration, lodging, meals, transportation, and all other costs for our youth participants. A portion of the cost of this program is supported by the Wisconsin 4-H Foundation and a generous donor, who helps to reduce the cost of the program for each participant. We graciously thank these donors for their contributions to Summer Academy!


Bus transportation will be provided statewide for youth participants in Summer Academy. When registering, you will be able to see a selection of bus routes and pickup locations that you can choose from. This cost is included in the registration fee for Summer Academy and is also covered by a gracious donation from a 4-H sponsor.

The bus options are:

  • Bus 1 (West) – Hudson, La Crosse, Viroqua stops
  • Bus 2 (Northwest) – Minong, Rice Lake, Altoona, Black River Falls stops
  • Bus 3 (Central) – Minocqua, Wausau, Plover, Portage stops
  • Bus 4 (Northeast) – Shawano, Appleton, Fond du Lac stops
  • Bus 5 (East) – Green Bay, Sheboygan, Jackson stops
  • Bus 6 (East/MKE) – Milwaukee, Waukesha stops
  • Bus 7 (Southeast) – Burlington, Elkhorn, Janesville, Evansville stops

Adult Advisors

4-H Volunteers are invited to apply to be Summer Academy Adult Advisors now through March 15th.  Adult advisors will help create a safe, welcoming environment for our youth during Summer Academy on the UW-Madison Campus.  

These volunteers will have the opportunity to fill several key roles during our week in Madison, including:

  • Lead Floor Advisor
  • Dorm Monitor
  • Theater/Assembly Monitor
  • Pedestrian Safety
  • Recreation Supervisor

Online application: The paper application is available here. Send all paper applications to:  Polk County UW Extension Office, ℅ Lindsay Spindler, 100 Polk Plaza, Suite G600, Balsam Lake, WI 54810

Trainings, as well as an on-site orientation, are a vital part of being an Adult Advisor for this program. You must attend one session for each of the following trainings to become an Adult Advisor for Summer Academy 2023.  Each training will be offered twice via Zoom.

  • Training 1: Tuesday, April 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Sunday, April 16, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Roles & Responsibilities of Adult Advisors (Required for ALL)
  • Training 2: Tuesday April 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m. or Sunday, April 30, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Risk Management & Policies (Required for ALL)
  • Training 3: Tuesday, May 16, 6:30- 8:00 p.m. or Sunday, May 21, 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Updates, Highlights & Final Preparation (Required for ALL)