Moraine Park and YMCA offer unique summer camp experience

by admin27. March 2007 19:00

Students have the unique opportunity to mix hands-on manufacturing and outdoor camping fun at Moraine Park Technical College’s Toolin’ It!, a five-day manufacturing camp experience, July 9-13. Designed for young women and men ages 13-17, the camp takes place at Moraine Park’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and at YMCA Camp Matawa.


“The world of manufacturing is really taking off; it’s very high-tech and cleaner for the environment,” said Marcia Arndt, Moraine Park dean of manufacturing technology. “We want to get students and parents exposed to what manufacturing looks like today and give them a taste of what’s out there.”


Each morning camp attendees travel to Moraine Park’s Applied Manufacturing Technology Center on the West Bend campus for hands-on experience in designing and producing a product from start to finish. Campers get to explore 3D design, computer numerical control (CNC) programming, welding, machining and more, while emphasizing problem solving and team building. The final day wraps up with industry tours where attendees get an up close and personal look at real-world products being made.


In the afternoon, campers return to Camp Matawa for traditional camp activities including canoeing, archery, hiking, climbing, campfires and storytelling. The facility boasts an outdoor climbing wall, swimming pool and 50-foot waterslide. Campers stay in cabins with bathrooms, showers and a common area. The camp is located 45 minutes north of Milwaukee and adjacent to the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which offers additional trails and adventure.


Cost for the camp is $650 with scholarships available. For more information, contact Marcia Arndt, dean of manufacturing technology, at 262-335-5725. To register, visit or contact Camp Matawa at 262-626-2149.