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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

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.

Maggie Bauman
Maggie BaumanGroup Leader
Maggie grew up in Sun Prairie and graduated from SPHS in 2017. She now attends UW-Madison where she studies elementary education, with the dream of becoming a kindergarten teacher. She has worked at A Step Ahead Day Camp since 2016 and has loved every second of it.
Sarah Bogan
Sarah BoganGroup Leader
Sarah is from Sun Prairie and attends UW Eau-Claire. She is a secondary education major, and plans to change to music education major, with a comprehensive theater education minor. She’s very excited for camp this summer and enjoyed all the friendships she made. She can’t wait to see everyone again for another fun filled summer.
Addie Gaber
Addie GaberGroup Leader
Addie is from Cottage Grove and currently attends UW-La Crosse where she’s majoring in Early-Middle Childhood Education. She’s super excited to return to A Step Ahead for her second year and can’t wait to get to know all the campers this summer!
Rachel Kostelnik
Rachel KostelnikGroup Leader
Hannah grew up in Sun Prairie and is currently studying at Indiana University, majoring in Sport Marketing and Management with a minor in business. She had the privilege of attending Royal Oaks Elementary School, so she knows the kind of positive impact this camp has on kids and loves being a part of it. She’s excited to hangout and go on fun adventures with all the new and familiar faces!
Charlie Rauls
Charlie RaulsGroup Leader
Charlie – AKA Charlie Brown – graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 2017 and attends UW Oshkosh for Radio, TV, and Film. Charlie has been with A Step Ahead Day Camp since the summer of 2017 and has loved every second of it. When it comes to playing basketball, making bracelets, or braiding hair, he’s your guy.
Emily Wherley
Emily WherleyGroup Leader
Emily has worked at A Step Ahead Day Camp since 2016. She’s from Sun Prairie and attended Royal Oaks Elementary School with Mr. Schirmer as her 4th grade teacher. She’s currently attending St. Norbert College and plans to graduate in 2021, majoring in elementary education and minoring in special education. During the school year she also works in an after-school program and subs at a Montessori School in the Green Bay area. Her favorite part about camp is the weekly field trips where the campers all get to engage in adventures outside of camp. She loves working with all age levels at camp and making their summer awesome!
Hannah Yee
Hannah YeeGroup Leader
Hannah grew up in Sun Prairie and now lives there! She recently graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in Elementary Education, a minor in Mathematics, and a certificate in Educational Policy Studies. She’s currently working at Prairie View Middle School in a 7th grade math classroom. This will be her second summer at A Step Ahead Day Camp and she’s really excited to have fun and explore new places with our campers!
Hannah Zacher
Hannah ZacherGroup Leader
Hannah is from Sun Prairie, and is attending UW-Oshkosh, dual majoring in early childhood education and special education. She looks forward to coming back to camp this summer for many reasons – going on all the cool field trips, meeting new kiddos and seeing all her little friends from past summers!
Mitchell Zacher
Mitchell ZacherGroup Leader
Mitchell is from Sun Prairie and is currently a senior in high school. After graduation in June, he plans on attending college at Madison or Milwaukee to study Civil Engineering. He’s looking forward to camp this summer and is most excited to reconnect with all of the kids he formed relationships with last year.