Although your children can enjoy summer day camp at one of the North Region’s 75-staffed parks, they also have the option of enrolling in the 38 types of specialty camps sprinkled throughout the North Region. Ranging from adventure recreation and sports camps to environmental and cultural camps, specialty camps can serve children as young as 4 and as old as 17 years—and can run anywhere between 1and 10 weeks (June 19-August 27).
Online registration has begun at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or parents can register at their local park beginning Saturday, April 22 until the camp is filled. Some camps fill within a few hours; others will not fill for several weeks. Proof of age and city residency is required (non-Chicago residents must pay double all fees). Fees vary depending on the program, but they are always affordable. Parents should consult with the staff at the neighborhood park for exact dates and times.
With the growing popularity of online registration many parks have increased the number of slots available for online registration; a few have gone 100% online. Determine the camps you prefer by reviewing the summer program schedule or on our website at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or visit or call your local park to discuss the camp and assess that park’s environment. Remember to stop by the park, before the first day of camp, to fill out the paperwork required for each participant.
General descriptions for some of this summer’s specialty camps are provided below. Activities do vary at each location, so call your neighborhood park to find out which summer programs are available.
Camp Sign for Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Youth is a 6-week, fun-filled and exciting summer day camp for boys and girls, ages 6-12. This camp is located at McFetridge Sports Center, 3843 N. California Ave., and runs M-F from 11:30 am-6 pm, June 26th-August 4th. Activities include swimming, indoor ice-skating, arts & crafts, field trips within the city, fishing, tennis, nature & environmental activities, and an end-of-camp party. The fee for this camp is $210; each participant will receive a camp T-shirt. For further information about Camp Sign, call Sarah Faber, Deaf & Hard-of-Hearing Program Specialist, at 773/478.2609 (Voice) or 773/478.3374 (TTY); or send email to email@example.com.
Too young for teen club, yet seemingly too old for traditional day camp? That’s why there’s Clubhouse Camp, a program tailored to meet the needs of this in-between age group. Clubhouse Camp will be offered at 2 locations:
Paschen Park is located at 1932 W. Lunt Ave., and will be offering a 6-week session (M-F from 9 am – 3 pm, June 26th-August 4th) for boys and girls ages 11 & 12. Activities include arts & crafts, sports, and field trips. The fee for Paschen’s camp is $175. For further information, call Paschen Park at 773/262.5871.
Wildwood Park is located at 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave. and will be offering a 2-week session (M-F from 11 am – 3 pm, July 31st-August 11th) for boys and girls ages 9-12. Activities include bowling, games & sports, swimming, and field trips. The fee for Wildwood’s camp is $150. For further information, call Wildwood Park at 773/631.7455.
Participants learn to play with a concentration on exercise, sportsmanship and friendly competition. The following sport camps are available at North Region parks: aquatics, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, fitness, football, gymnastics, hockey, soccer, softball, tennis, tumbling, and volleyball. Length of camp and fees vary by park. Other sports camps are described below.
Adventure recreation activities are extremely physical and promote team building. Field trips correspond with the theme.
Sheil Park is located at 3505 N. Southport Ave., and will be offering a 2-week session (M-TH from 9:30 am-3: 30 pm, August 7th-17th) for boys and girls ages 11-15. The fee for Sheil’s camp is $65. For further information, call Sheil Park at 312/742.7826.
For all future lifeguards: the Junior Lifeguards program is a definite must. Boys and girls, ages 6-17, will learn a lot from this program, which combines citizenship and fun–while teaching basic water safety, life guarding, swimming and aquatic skills. There is no fee to participate in the program; however, length of camp and participant ages vary by park.
Karate Boot Camp
Karate Boot Camp is a fast-paced program with activities to push each inpidual to do their personal best. Boys and girls, ages 9-14, will learn proper techniques and life skills that will help them in everything they do! Physical abilities developed include: endurance, strength, flexibility, and balance. This 3-week camp is offered at Kosciuszko Park, 2732 N. Avers Ave., M-F 2-6 pm, from August 7th-25th. The fee for this new camp is $60. For further information, call the park at 312/742.7546
Spend this summer participating in activities that nurture your creative side. Cultural camps offer summer fun through various genres. The following cultural camps are available at North Region parks: art, dance, music, pottery, theater, field trip camps, as well as a mixture of all cultural arts. Length of camp and fees vary by park. Some of the North Region’s other cultural camps are described below.
Camp Create: Cook, Garden & Sew
This program is ideal those interested in learning life skills while having fun with their friends. Boys and girls, ages 9-15, will learn the art of various skills through fun easy projects ranging from starting their own garden to an easy sew project to cooking a delicious treat. This 5-day camp (August 7th-11th, 1:30-4:30 pm) is offered at Jefferson Park, 4822 N. Long Ave. The fee for Camp Create is $30. For further information, call the park at 773/685.3316.
At Gompers Park, this outdoor education program introduces boys and girls, ages 9-12, to local nature. During this 1-week camp (July 3rd-7th), youth will learn outdoor technical skills like fishing, how to build a campfire and put up a tent. At the end of the week, they will have an opportunity to apply this knowledge during a 24-hour camping experience in the park. No participation fee is required for this program. Note: There is limited space for this camp. Gompers Park is located at 4222 W. Foster Ave. For further information, call Peggy Stewart at 312/742.4916.
For a complete listing of park district summer programs and special events throughout the city check out the Chicago Park District’s website. We are always updating our special events calendar with fun and exciting activities for Chicagoans of all ages. http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/