Creative Soul Camp was created from a desire to inspire kids to explore their creativity.

In 2016 with the goal of offering Madison-area kids the chance to spend their time away from school delighting in creative activities, we had the idea to develop unique, FUN, creative programming combining art, drama, yoga and culinary together! In 2017 we ran our first summer camps with amazing success, combining artistic activities with the overarching goal of a space to create and color outside the lines! We have been running summer and school break camps ever since in the Madison area and it has filled our hearts with complete joy to see hundreds of campers each year express themselves through creativity.  Creativity is a life long skill that helps with problem solving skills, adaptability and success in all areas of life.

2020 brought on a whole new set of challenges and we once again had to roll up our sleeves and get creative. We ran two wonderful virtual camps and look forward coming back even stronger next summer.

2020 also brought the launch of a project, a long time in the making, our Afterschool Club at Monroe Street Arts Center combining art, yoga, music and culinary each week. We are over the moon to bring this new creative combination to our creative soul families!

Find more information on our pages for upcoming camps or club.

Creatively Yours,

Jamie & Tara

Program Directors

 Specialists we work with


Yoga and Mindfulness

little om BIG OM brings fun yoga & mindfulness classes to kids and families around the Madison-area. Our team of instructors love to work with kids of all ages to improve our strength and flexibility of body, breath and mind. 


YUMMY SPROUT is dedicated to inspiring people through healthy recipes, culinary classes, school field trips and birthday parties.

Monroe Street Art Center

"Our mission is to engage a community of learners in exploring the arts and developing the creative self."


Studio 7504 combines a love for art and getting messy with energy and love for children.  Whether that creating happens indoors or out, Studio 7504 creates an atmosphere where imaginations can flow and young artists feel inspired.


ALL ABOUT THE DRAMA strives to spread the joy of theatre and teach children problem solving, communication, confidence, and friendship.

Vicki Plays


Vicki Farnsworth is a kindergarten teacher in Baraboo, and taught the last 7 years as a 4K teacher in Middleton. Vicki loves incorporating engaging drama activities into her classroom to encourage kids to move and explore in creative ways.  She graduated from Middleton High School & earned her B.S. in Early Childhood Education from Edgewood College in Madison. She has since worked with preschool aged kids as a teacher, instructor & coach. She currently lives in DeForest with her husband & 2 active boys.

Catherine Hilcove Photography


Catherine Hilcove is a Madison-based birth and family storytelling photographer. She believes that every family's story is beautiful in its own unique way and her goal as a family photographer is to help you tell it. Catherine aims to tell each family's story with love, compassion, honesty and respect and to provide families with a visual record of the inherent beauty of their everyday lives.

AMS Dance


Amanda Scheer of AMS Dance has been teaching in the area for the last 15 years. Amanda grew up a “dance kid,” taking tap, jazz, and ballet. As a member and captain of her high school dance team, she began choreographing and loved it. Amanda teaches dance to adults and kids of all ages. She taught hip hop to adults at Art of Dance Studio and Dance Fabulous. Currently, she teaches dance to kids at Harbor Athletic Club. Amanda is also a first-grade teacher in the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Amanda wants kids to love dance and the feel good energy you get from doing it. Her focus is on expression and enjoyment, not perfection!

Bare Knuckle Arts


Bare Knuckle Arts is an independent art center with a big heart.  A place with an open environment, friendly vibrant space that is an artistic home.  It invites you to create, dream, imagine, make meaning as you or your child understand and frame the world. The studio and classes help to educate, gain knowledge, problem solve, think, engage in life, and make new friends.

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Our  creative Counselors

Nikki Wilson

Nikki Wilson graduated from the University of Wisconsin Madison with a degree in Rehabilitation Psychology in May of 2016. Nikki spent time as an AmeriCorps member teaching and facilitating after school programming at Goodman Community Center. Currently Nikki is the Stewardship and Events Coordinator at Ronald McDonald House Charities where she organizes events and programming for donors and families staying at RMHC. 


In her free time Nikki loves playing volleyball, cycling and drawing!

Camp Counselor

Kelly Esenther

Kelly is a Middleton native with a passion for helping kids learn, grow and be creative. She is studying Recreation Management at Madison College and has dabbled in mathematics, psychology, and education. Throughout her life, Kelly has sought out ways to work with children, from babysitting to being a classroom assistant, and finally a camp counselor! 


In her free time, Kelly loves to travel, read, volunteer, and watch Disney movies. She also enjoys watching Jeopardy and going to trivia, even when she doesn’t know a single answer. She’s excited to be a camp counselor and help campers explore their creative sides!

Camp Counselor

Courtney Schmidt

Courtney joins the Creative Soul Camp team for her first summer as a Camp Counselor. She attends UW-Madison where she recently graduated with a Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Psychology and will be continuing on in the Rehabilitation Counseling graduate school program this coming Fall 2018. Throughout her college career she has been able to work with children of varying ages and abilities in a wide variety of settings. As a previous camp counselor at Bay Cliff Health Camp, Courtney is very excited to be a part of the camp atmosphere once again! In her free time, she enjoys hiking, camping, yoga, going to the Farmer’s Market on weekends for some fresh produce and Stella’s cheese bread (yum!), and volunteering at an Adult Day Center on Atwood. She is excited to help share the camp spirit and assist children in expressing their creativity during the wonderful activities at the camp!

Camp Counselor

Jessica Schmeling

Jessica received her Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and
Molecular Biology in May of 2017 from Miami University (Ohio). A Milwaukee native, she
wanted to return to Wisconsin following graduation, and Madison was the perfect choice.
Currently, Jessica works as a nursing assistant on the cardiology service at University Hospital.
She’s an aspiring physician, and will be applying to medical school this coming summer. Jessica
hopes to stay in the Midwest for her medical education, and eventually pursue a surgical
specialty. When she isn’t working, Jessica enjoys cooking, weight training, and tending to her small, but
diverse, plant collection. She loves helping our campers explore their creative side through each activity offered at camp!

Camp Counselor

Audrey Loomis

Audrey grew up in Middleton with four younger brothers and is happy to be joining the Creative Camp team this summer! In previous years she has worked as a camp counselor and has always loved spending time with kids. She attends Ball State University in Indiana studying Sociology and Sustainability, and will be graduating next year. Audrey has spent the past year studying abroad in the Netherlands and traveling through Europe. In her free time, Audrey enjoys dancing, listening to music, and photography. She thinks summer is a great time for kids to have fun and be creative!

Camp Counselor

Madelaine Trewin

Madelaine is ecstatic to be joining Creative Soul Camp this summer! She attends UW Madison where she studies Vocal Music Education. Madelaine has had the honor of working with children through her college career. Most recently, she began teaching private voice and piano lessons! Madelaine someday hopes to teach a high school choir and open a private studio where she teaches voice, piano, and drama classes to children of all ages and back rounds. 


In her free time, Madelaine enjoys cooking, acting, practicing ceramics, hiking, kayaking, and practicing yoga. She is excited to be in a camp atmosphere where she can help children find their passions and express themselves!


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