Join us for our August Sommercamp!

Our campers had so much fun at our June “Märchen” (fairy tales) Sommercamp. They learned German songs and games, read stories, played soccer, and built a room-filling fairy tale castle. A big thank you goes to our outstanding counselors, who made everyone feel welcome.

Considering joining us for our second session? You still can! There are a couple of spots left in our August Sommercamp. You can register through this link.  Beginners welcome. If you have any questions, please email us at germanschoolofmadison at gmail dot com.


Not sure if German Sommercamp is right for your child? Here are some parents’ comments on our June session:

  • No complaints or recommendations. Thought camp was great!
  • My child really liked all of his counselors and it sounds like they did a great job. They made learning German fun for my child.
  • I thought that the counselors were very sweet to the children. I loved to see that children felt really comfortable around them
  • I love the individualized attention. The camp counselors made my children feel comfortable and loved which made them open to learning and making mistakes with the language without fear or worry. Keep up the good work!
  • My son LOVED ___ [name of counselor]. He was fantastic with the kids. My daughter loves the singing and continues to sing the songs.
  • Both children loved the songs and the counselors.
  • Fun and educational.
  • Keep up the good work. Well organized. Nice program!
  • Thank you so much for the great week.

Happy and silly faces at Sommercamp

In June we welcomed 19 campers to the first session of Sommercamp 2017. For the first time, camp extended into the afternoon, which gave us more time for activities like soccer, crocheting, T-shirt decorating, and, of course, singing and dancing! The session’s theme of “Märchen” (fairy tales) could be seen in group learning activities and in a large castle-building project.
There are still a couple of spots left in our August Sommercamp (August 21-25). Come and join the fun! You can register here. Registration for the school year 2017-18 is also open.

Announcing our 2017 Summer Camps

German Summer Camp 2017 is coming! 



Join us for our 2017 Summer Camp! Registration is open.

  • WHO? All kids entering 1st to 5th grade in Sept. 2017, native speakers and kids with no prior exposure to German, all are welcome!
  • WHAT? Each day (9-3:30 pm) will consist of songs, dance, storytelling, arts-and-crafts, sports and more! All in German!
  • HOW? To promote exposure and use of the German language, there will be a 4-5 kids to 1 teacher ratio, and depending on the activity, kids will be in groups based on age, language ability and personal interest.
  • WHERE? Bethany United Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road  Madison, Wisconsin
  • WHEN? TWO OPPORTUNITIES in Summer 2017! Join us for one week or both weeks.
  1. Monday (June 12th) to Friday (June 16th); 9 am to 3:30 pm
  2. Monday (August 21st) to Friday (August 25th); 9 am to 3:30 pm
  • COSTS: $225 per child for one-week of camp before April 1st, 2017, $250 per child for one-week of camp after April 1st, 2017
  • REGISTRATION: Use this link to register online. 
  • QUESTIONS? Email us at

See you this summer for great fun!

Essay Contest for Waldsee Scholarships

Great opportunity for our students: Waldsee, the German language immersion program at Concordia Language Villages in Bemidji, Minnesota, is offering 5 scholarships of $400 each for our students to attend one of their German language summer camps in 2017. The camps are one, two and four weeks long. Current GSoM students who are 8 years or older can apply for the scholarships. Interested students must participate in our essay contest: Each student should write an essay of no longer than one page about their motivation to attend Waldsee (essay can be in German or in English). The deadline for essay submissions ( is February 1st. 


Tschüss, Sommer!

This is what German Sommercamp looks like. 


Our kids had so much fun learning German songs and games. Who wouldn’t like to sing about a grandmother who rides her motorbike in a chicken coop (“Meine Oma fährt im Hühnerstall Motorrad…”) and go home with a Schultüte filled with treats?


Our thanks go to our extraordinary counselors and teachers: Bernie, Christine, Delaney, Sebastian, MaryGrace, Chris, and Jonathan. Thanks for making learning German fun! (Pictures are from our August session, but we also had a great camp session in June.)


We had a great time! See you next year — if not earlier. School starts September 10!




Our first summer camp was a big success

25 children (6-12 years old) had a great time at our first GSoM summer camp (June 15-19, 2015). A big thank you to everyone who helped make it happen, especially Chris Tabisz, who was in charge of putting the camp together, and Morgan Achterberg, who was the local coordinator. Thanks to Chris’ initiative, we received a financial grant from the Central Agency for German Schools Abroad (ZfA), which helped keep tuition low.

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The topic of our camp was “Märchen” (fairy tales). Here kids learn about German fairy tales with Bernie Schlafke and his guitar.

Bernie Schlafke playing the guitar

Which fairy tale is being acted out here? (Hint: A pair of siblings captured in the woods is involved.)


Students are decorating “poisonous” apple cookies for another fairy tale.


Storyboard for the same tale.


Having fun outside.


A big thank you to our six teachers and three volunteers…


…and, of course, to our students for making our first camp a big success!


See you back in the fall! Registration is open (deadline for early bird discount: July 15).