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Our camp counselors are experienced professionals who return each summer bringing stability and years of experience. About half of our staff are teachers during the school year and return each summer to help make each camper’s summer experience a safe and memorable one. The other half is comprised of new and returning college students. Some of which are studying to become teachers. Our campers are welcomed each day by a smiling face of a counselor.

The idea for A Step Ahead Day Camp came because we wanted to provide children with an opportunity to stay active both mentally and physically throughout the summer by providing a variety of field trips and camp activities. Our favorite part is seeing the kids’ excitement when they are going somewhere new or trying a new activity for the first time. We are really proud of how our camp has grown over the past six years, and love thinking of ways we can improve from year to year.

We’re looking forward to another exciting summer at A Step Ahead Day Camp!


To apply, please fill out the following application completely, and print it. Be sure to sign the completed application and send it to us. Application can be mailed to us at:
PO Box 293, Sun Prairie, WI 53590

Click here to download A Step Ahead Day Camp Application.

DOUG GOLLIHERCo-Owner and Administrator
Doug has a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Edgewood College and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. He has been working with children for the past 15 years and has owned A Step Ahead Day Camp for the past 7 years. He is currently a fifth grade teacher at Royal Oaks Elementary School and has also taught in second and fourth grades.

Doug is married with two children. He strives every day to provide a positive experience for each child that comes to A Step Ahead Day Camp.

JOEL SCHIRMERCo-Owner and Director
Joel grew up in New Holstein Wisconsin and moved to Madison in 1997 to pursue his teaching degree at Edgewood College. He graduated in 2002 and has been teaching at Royal Oaks Elementary School in Sun Prairie for the past 16 years, both in first and fourth grade.

Joel is married with two children and recently moved to Sun Prairie to get more involved in the community they feel so attached to. In his free time, Joel enjoys playing basketball and golfing, along with hours of playing legos and reading books with his kids.