Camp Specific Information

Camp Specific Information

Camp Specific Information

Click the camp name below for information specific to your camp including contact information, drop-off and pick-up details, field trip schedules, and more. If you have important information regarding your child that will help with the transition from school to summer, or have any further questions regarding camp, please contact the Camp Supervisor listed.

Summer Camps

Before & After Care - Centennial Park (ages 5-14)

Before (7:00am-9:00am) & After Care (3:00pm-6:00pm) at Centennial Park
ages 5-14
Location
Centennial Activity Center
100 S. Western Avenue
847-390-2356
centennialafter@prparks.org
Supervisor
Robin Battaglia
Youth Coordinator
847-292-8901
rbattaglia@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

See General Information below

General Information

Before & After Care at Centennial Park is only available for campers enrolled in Sports Camp, Camp Rewind, S.S.O. Camp Rewind, Teen Trailblazers, S.S.O. Teen Trailblazers, and Art Extravaganza. Campers relax with low-key activities, including free play, board games, art projects, playground, and movies.

Travel
Campers are accompanied from their camp site (walking) by camp staff.

Reminders
ePACT Participant Information are due by Friday, May 24. Child should be prepared for their camp.  Campers do not have the option to use the vending machines during After Care. Please feel free to pack an extra snack for After Care. For Pick-up campers need to be signed out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

After Care Pick-Up Map

Before & After Care - Maine Park (ages 5-14)

Before (7:00am-9:00am) & After Care (3:00pm-6:00pm) at Maine Park
ages 5-14
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-390-2359
beforeandafter@prparks.org
Supervisor
Robin Battaglia
Youth Coordinator
847-292-8901
rbattaglia@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

See General Information below

General Information

Welcome to Before Care & After Care! We are excited for a fun-filled summer. Campers relax at Before & After Care with low-key activities, including free play, board games, art projects, playground, and movies.

Travel
Campers are accompanied to and from their camp site (walking or in a Park District vehicle) by camp staff. If your camper is transported in a vehicle, he/she is dropped off at the camper’s specific camp location and met by a camp counselor. All vehicle drivers have experience and training operating Park District vehicles. All children age 8 and younger utilize a Park District booster seat.

Reminders
ePACT Participant Information are due by Friday, May 24. Child should be prepared for their camp. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your child before arriving at camp. Campers do not have the option to use the vending machines during After Care. Please feel free to pack an extra snack for After Care. For Drop-Off and Pick-up campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Before Care Drop-Off Map

After Care Pick-Up Map

Camp Curiosity (ages 4)

Camp Curiosity
ages 4
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-530-9483
campcuriosity@prparks.org
Supervisor
Brooke Plofsky
Early Childhood Supervisor
847-685-4400
bplofsky@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Campers will be divided into 2 rooms: Imagination Way and Creative Court. Campers in Imagination Way can be dropped off by the brown side door closest to the preschool main entrance. Campers in Creative Court can be dropped off inside Maine Park by the glass double doors to the preschool.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Camp Curiosity is the perfect fit for kids who will be attending 4-year-old preschool in the fall. Campers enjoy weekly themes, outdoor adventures, games, arts and crafts, circle time fun, music, and outdoor water play. Water play activities include our portable pools, sprinklers, and water tables.

Instead of going on field trips, we bring the entertainment to camp! We will have lots of fun things planned such as a puppet show, a giant bubble show, and a magician!

Imagination Way and Creative Court have playground time and water play together. Children must be completely toilet trained (no pull-ups/diapers). 

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to children before drop-off.

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack a nut-free morning snack and lunch, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, a spare change of clothes in a Ziploc bag, and extra sunscreen daily. Snacks need to be in a separate bag/container from your child’s lunch box. All items need to be labeled with their name.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears comfortable shoes and clothing that is appropriate for outside play and messy craft projects. Have their bathing suit on under their clothes for easy changing. Two-piece suits are best for girls due to toileting.

Water Play: Depending on the weather, Camp Curiosity utilizes the outside fenced-in play area (Oak Tree Playground) for water play. The weather is never certain, but you should always send your camper ready to play in the water. Campers should bring a towel and sunscreen on a daily basis. Don’t forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit. Kids will need water shoes, too, as the water play area has wood chips.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Camp Rewind (ages 6-9)

Camp Rewind
ages 6-9
Location
Lincoln Middle School
200 S. Lincoln Avenue
847-489-5371
camprewind@prparks.org
Supervisor
Mat Skorupski
Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
847-692-3367
mskorupski@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily bases. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

 Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

There’s guaranteed fun in store at Camp Rewind! Campers rewind from schoolwork as they enjoy themed days, sports, crafts, swimming, free play, classic games, and much more. New experiences, new friends, and lots of fun await you!

Camp Location: Please note, on June 19 and July 3 camp will move to Maine Park due to school closure. Information will be provided.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center approximately 3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool.

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch in a reusable container, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, and an extra change of clothes.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please bring sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form 

Cell Phones & Electronics: The District is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items at camp. The idea of camp is to unplug from electronics, so that is the main focus. Please encourage your camper to leave those valuables at home.

Camp Summer Quest (ages 7-9)

Camp Summer Quest
ages 7-9
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley St.
summerquest@prparks.org
Supervisor
Meghan O'Neill
Youth Supervisor
847-292-8906
moneill@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready as we will be checking them until the staff is familiar with the pick up person.

General Information

Summer Quest campers are guaranteed to enjoy the summer as they embark on a daily adventure! Each day presents a new quest, including a rotation of activities such as swimming, crafts, outdoor adventures, sports to play, and more, ensuring an exciting and varied experience for every camper.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper daily with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. 

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold their lunches, water bottles, snacks, swimsuit, towel, extra change of clothes, etc.

Water Bottle: Campers should bring a reusable water bottle that fits in their backpack.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before coming to camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Camp Wannalottafun! (ages 6-9)

Camp Wannalottafun!
ages 6-9
Location
Carpenter Elementary School
300 N. Hamlin Avenue
847-390-2365
wannalottafun@prparks.org
Supervisor
Robin Battaglia
Youth Coordinator
847-292-8901
rbattaglia@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready as we will be checking them until the staff is familiar with the pick up person.

General Information

Welcome to Camp Wannalottafun! We've got it all! Campers have a fantastic experience in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere. Children create memories and build important skills by rotating through a wide variety of exciting adventures. Weekly themes include messy art, wacky science, cooking, water play fun, and outdoor/indoor games. Other surprise visitors come in throughout the summer for extra fun. Choose from 2, 3 or 5 days a week. A camp t-shirt is included in the fee.

Camp Location: Please note, on June 19 and July 3 camp will move to Maine Park due to school closure. Information will be provided.

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold their lunches, water bottles, snacks, swimsuit, towel, extra change of clothes, sunscreen, etc.

Water Bottle: Campers should bring a reusable water bottle that fits in their backpack.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before coming to camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Discover Crew Youngers (ages 6-8)

Discovery Crew Youngers
ages 6-8
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-878-2034
discoverycrewyoungers@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clauson
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
847-692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Drop Off is at the dead end of Forestview with an indoor location in the Ridge Room at Maine Park. Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Camp Pick-Up & Drop-Off Map

General Information

Lunch & Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch in a reusable container, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Clothing: Wear shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day.

Sunscreen: Apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 1-2 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper daily with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. . The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first pool trip. 

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip weekly unless there is a field trip. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name). If they do not have a fishing pole, Wildwood has poles and nets to borrow. Wildwood also supplies bait, or campers can bring their own bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge). 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

FIELD TRIPS

Campers must wear their camp t-shirt, which will be passed out the week of their first field trip. Arrive at camp on time, as the buses depart on schedule. A Field Trip Permission Form must be filled out prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers. These field trip specific waivers will be emailed to you prior to the field trip.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. Certain field trips might also require special equipment (like helmets). You will be notified of any special requirements prior to the field trip.
  • What to Wear: Wear camp field trip shirt, comfortable walking or hiking shoes, and dress appropriately for the type of field trip.
  • Lunch and Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container and water in a refillable bottle. Camp Hot Lunch program is not available on field trips.
Field Trip Schedule

Field Trip and Event Schedule (subject to change)

MWF 

  • June 12 – Photo Foraging Hike through Des Plaines River Trails
  • June 17 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 26 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons
  • July 1- Animal Show
  • July 12- Garfield Park Conservatory
  • July 17- Archery
  • July 26- Water Lab Event
  • Aug 2 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • August 7– Color War

Tu/Th 

  • June 13 – Photo Foraging Hike through Des Plaines River Trails
  • June 20 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 27 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons
  • July 2- Animal Show
  • July 11- Garfield Park Conservatory
  • July 18- Archery
  • July 25- Water Lab Event
  • Aug 1 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • Aug 8 – Color War

Discovery Crew Olders (Ages 9-11)

Discovery Crew Olders
ages 9-11
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-390-2357
discoverycrewolders@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clauson
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
(847) 692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily bases. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form. Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 1-2 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper daily with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. 

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip weekly unless there is a field trip. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name). If they do not have a fishing pole, Wildwood has poles and nets to borrow. Wildwood also supplies bait, or campers can bring their own bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge). 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

FIELD TRIPS

On field trip days campers must wear their camp t-shirt. Arrive at camp on time, as the buses depart on schedule. Complete a Field Trip Permission Form prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers. These field trip specific waivers will be emailed to you prior to the field trip.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray. Certain field trips might also require special equipment (like helmets).  You will be notified of any special requirements prior to the field trip.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the type of trip.
  • Lunch: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trips.
Field Trip Schedule

Field Trip and Event Schedule (subject to change)

MWF 

  • June 12 – Photo Foraging Hike through Des Plaines River Trails
  • June 17 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 26 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons
  • July 1- Animal Show
  • July 10- Garfield Park Conservatory
  • July 15- Archery
  • July 26- Water Lab Event
  • Aug 2 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • August 7– Color War

Tu/Th 

  • June 13 – Photo Foraging Hike through Des Plaines River Trails
  • June 20 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 27 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons
  • July 2- Animal Show
  • July 11- Garfield Park Conservatory
  • July 16- Archery
  • July 25- Water Lab Event
  • Aug 1 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • Aug 8 – Color War

Kaleidoscope Kids Camp (age 5-7)

Kaleidoscope Kids Camp
ages 5-7
Location
Prospect Park
733 N. Prospect Ave.
847-344-9608
kaleidoscopekids@prparks.org
Supervisor
Meghan O'Neill
Youth Coordinator
847-292-8906
moneill@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily bases. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

At Kaleidoscope Kids, campers delight in a diverse array of activities. They experience water play, engage in crafts, enjoy either on-site field trips or entertainment each week, participate in both indoor and outdoor games, and have outings to the park. It’s important to note that this camp does not go swimming, providing a unique and enjoyable alternative for the campers.

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold their lunches, water bottles, snacks, swimsuit, towel, extra change of clothes, etc.

Water Bottle: Campers should bring a reusable water bottle that fits in their backpack.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before coming to camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Kick Off to Kindergarten Camp (age 5)

Kick Off to Kindergarten Camp
ages 5
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-372-2194
kindergarten@prparks.org
Supervisor
Brooke Plofsky
Early Childhood Supervisor
847-685-4400
bplofsky@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Campers will be divided into 3 rooms.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Kickoff to Kindergarten Camp offers a wide variety of activities for your soon-to-be kindergartner. Campers enjoy weekly themes, outdoor adventures, games, art and crafts, music, free play, sports, games, and outdoor water fun. Water play activities include our portable pools, interactive water tables, and sprinklers in a fenced-in playground.

We have spiced things up for our kindergarteners with some exceptional programming this summer. Some of our guests include a foam party, a giant bubble show, and a magician!

This camp takes place in three rooms. All rooms do the same activities and have playground time and water play together.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to children before drop-off.

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch, water bottle, extra sunscreen, and a change of clothes in a ziplock bag. All items need to be labeled with their name. Snacks need to be in a separate bag/container from your child’s lunch box.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears comfortable shoes and clothing that is appropriate for outside play and messy craft projects. Have their bathing suit on under their clothes for easy changing. Two-piece suits are best for girls due to toileting.

Water Play: Depending on the weather, camp utilizes a fenced-in playground for water play. The weather is never certain, but you should always send your camper ready to play in the water. Campers should bring a towel and sunscreen on a daily basis. Don’t forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit. Please send your child with water shoes, as the water play area has wood chips.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Little Explorers Camp (ages 3)

Little Explorers Camp
ages 3
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
847-561-7539
littleexplorerscamp@prparks.org
Supervisor
Brooke Plofsky
Early Childhood Supervisor
847-685-4400
bplofsky@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Campers will be in the Playtime Parkway room. Campers will enter through the fenced-in playground on Scottlynne Drive. They will have water play first.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Little Explorers is the perfect program to introduce young children to their first camp experience. Through games and activities, your camper learns the importance of sharing, listening, and cooperation. Campers keep busy doing arts and crafts, songs and circle time, outside play, and water time. Water play activities include portable pools, sprinklers, and water tables. Professional entertainment is provided several weeks throughout the summer! Campers can pre-order hot lunch or bring a nut-free lunch to camp. Children must be age appropriate by the first day of camp.

Children need to be fully potty trained for this camp. No pull-ups or diapers.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to children before drop-off.

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack to hold a nut free snack, water bottle, bathing suit, towel, and a change of clothes in a ziplock bag. Snacks need to be in a separate bag/container from your child’s lunch box. All items need to be labeled with their name.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears comfortable shoes and clothing that is appropriate for outside play and messy craft projects. Have their bathing suit on under their clothes for easy changing. Two-piece suits are best for girls due to toileting. Kids will need to arrive at camp wearing water shoes, as there are wood chips in the water play area.

Water Play: Depending on the weather, Little Explorers Camp utilizes the outside fenced-in playground for water play. The weather is never certain, but you should always send your camper ready to play in the water. Campers should bring a towel on a daily basis. Don't forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Nature Camp Youngers (ages 6-8)

Nature Camp Youngers
ages 6-8
Location
Wildwood Nature Center, Maple Room and Wildwood woodchips
529 Forestview Avenue
847-390-2358
naturecampyoungers@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clauson
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
847-692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Located in the woodchips in front of the Wildwood Nature Center (west side of the Wildwood building) and indoors in the adjacent classroom, the Maple Room. Campers need to be checked in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check identification until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Lunch & Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch in a reusable container, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form. Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears appropriate shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off.

Swimming: Nature Camp swims at the Centennial Aquatic Center 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. Please check the weekly calendar for swimming days.

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip weekly unless there is a field trip. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name). If they do not have a fishing pole, Wildwood has poles and nets to borrow. Camp also provides bait, or the campers can bring their own.  Wildwood also supplies bait, or campers can bring their own bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge). 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

FIELD TRIPS

Campers must wear their camp t-shirt on trips. Arrive at camp on time, as the buses depart on schedule. A Field Trip Permission Form must be filled out prior to the trip.

Certain trips require additional waivers. These field trip specific waivers will be emailed to you prior to the field trip.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), sunscreen, and bug spray. Certain field trips might also require special equipment (like helmets).  You will be notified of any special requirements prior to the field trip.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the field trip activity.
  • Lunch and Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container and water in a refillable bottle. Camp Hot Lunch program is not available on field trips.
Field Trip Schedule

Trip and Event are subject to change.

  • June 11 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 18 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons, Skokie
  • June 25 – Water Lab Event
  • July 2 – Bee’s and Bee Keeping Lesson and Hike at Lyman Woods, Downer’s Grove
  • July 11 – Animal Show
  • July 16 – Photo Foraging Hike Trip, Lake Avenue Woods, Northbrook
  • July 23 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • July 30 – Archery
  • Aug 8 – Color War

Nature Camp Juniors (Ages 8-9)

Nature Camp Juniors
ages 8-9
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
529 Forestview Avenue
naturecampjuniors@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clausoon
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
847-692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Located at the end of Forestview or Sylviawood. Nature Camp Juniors meets on the east side of the Wildwood Nature Center at the Pavilion or the Wildwood classroom adjacent to the Pavilion, the Oak Room. Campers need to be checked in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check identification until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Lunch & Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch in a reusable container, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form. Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears appropriate shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off and fill out the sunscreen permissions on the ePACT form for staff to apply spary on sunscreen for your child throughout the camp day.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper daily with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. Camp Calendars are emailed to the email linked to registration on the Wednesday before the session starts.  If you are enrolled in multiple sessions, we try to keep swim days on the same day each week, however, special events and field trips might impact the swim days.

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip weekly unless there is a field trip. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name). If they do not have a fishing pole, Wildwood has poles and nets to borrow.  Wildwood also supplies bait, or campers can bring their own bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge). 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email sent out on Wednesdays before the start of the camp week for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

FIELD TRIPS

Campers must wear their camp t-shirt on trips. Camp t-shirts will be passed out the week of their first field trip. Please arrive at camp on time, as the buses depart on schedule. A Field Trip Permission Form must be filled out prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers. These waivers will be emailed to you prior to the field trip.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), sunscreen, and bug spray. Certain field trips might also require special equipment (like helmets). You will be notified of any special requirements prior to the field trip.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the field trip activity.
  • Lunch and Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container and water in a refillable bottle. Camp Hot Lunch program is not available on field trips.
Field Trip Schedule
  • June 11 – Dinosaur presentation by Paleontologist Lisa Zago
  • June 19 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons, Skokie
  • June 24- Water Lab Event
  • July 3 – Bee’s and Bee Keeping Lesson and Hike at Lyman Woods, Downer’s Grove
  • July 11- Animal Show
  • July 17 – Photo Foraging Hike Trip, Lake Avenue Woods, Northbrook
  • July 24 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • July 31- Archery
  • August 9 – Color War

Nature Camp Olders (ages 9-11)

Nature Camp Olders
ages 9-11
Location
Wildwood Nature Center
529 Forestview Avenue
847-489-2461
naturecampolders@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clauson
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
847-692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Located at the end of Forestview or Sylviawood. Nature Camp Olders meets on the east side of the Wildwood Nature Center at the Pavilion or the Wildwood classroom adjacent to the Pavilion, the Oak Room. Campers need to be checked in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check identification until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Lunch & Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch in a reusable container, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form. Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Clothing: It is important that your child wears appropriate shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off and fill out the sunscreen permissions on the ePACT form for staff to apply spary on sunscreen for your child throughout the camp day.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper daily with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar. The Supervisor and Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. 

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip weekly unless there is a field trip. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name). If they do not have a fishing pole, Wildwood has poles and nets to borrow.  Wildwood also supplies bait, or campers can bring their own bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge). 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

FIELD TRIPS

Campers must wear their camp t-shirt on trips. Camp t-shirts will be passed out the week of their first field trip. Please arrive at camp on time, as the buses depart on schedule. A Field Trip Permission Form must be filled out prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers. These field trip specific waivers will be emailed to you prior to the field trip.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), sunscreen, and bug spray.  Certain field trips might also require special equipment (like helmets).  You will be notified of any special requirements prior to the field trip.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes and dress appropriately for the field trip activity.
  • Lunch and Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container and water in a refillable bottle. Camp Hot Lunch program is not available on field trips.
Field Trip Schedule

Trips and Schedules are subject to change.

  • June 13- Fishing and Pond Dipping at Busse Woods, Elk Grove
  • June 20 – Canoe at Skokie Lagoons, Skokie
  • June 25- Brookfield Zoo
  • July 1 – Bee’s and Bee Keeping Lesson and Hike at Lyman Woods, Downer’s Grove
  • July 8 & July 9- Archery
  • July 18 – Photo Foraging Hike Trip, Lake Avenue Woods, Northbrook
  • July 24 – Indoor Rock Climbing at Climb Zone
  • July 31- Garfield Park Conservatory
  • August 9 – Color War

S.S.O. Camp Rewind (ages 6-9)

S.S.O. Camp Rewind
ages 6-9
Location
Lincoln Middle School
200 S. Lincoln Avenue
847-489-5371
camprewind@prparks.org
Supervisor
Mat Skorupski
Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
847-692-3367
mskorupski@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily bases. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

  • District 64 provides a staff member to wait with your child until Park District staff arrives to accompany your child to their camp location.
  • Pick up time is 10:00am or 11:40am depending on WOW registration.
  • Depending on the age and location, once the Park District staff arrive to the Summer School wing, everyone will walk to the cafeteria as a group in Lincoln Middle School.
  • Depending on the age and location, once the Park District staff arrive, everyone will walk over as a group to the Lincoln Middle School cafeteria from Washington Elementary School.
  • Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map
General Information

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center approximately 3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool.

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch in a reusable container, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, and an extra change of clothes.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Cell Phones & Electronics: The District is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items at camp. The idea of camp is to unplug from electronics, so that is the main focus. Please encourage your camper to leave those valuables at home.

S.S.O. Teen Trail Blazers (Ages 10-14)

S.S.O. Teen Trail Blazers
ages 10-14
Location
Washington School
1500 W. Stewart
224-500-4049
teentrailblazers@prparks.org
Supervisor
Mat Skorupski
Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
847-692-3367
mskorupski@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

  • District 64 provides a staff member to wait with your child until Park District staff arrives to accompany your child to their camp location.
  • Pick up time is 10:00am or 11:40am depending on WOW registration.
  • Depending on the age and location, once the Park District staff arrive to the Summer School wing, everyone will walk to the cafeteria as a group in Lincoln Middle School.
  • Depending on the age and location, once the Park District staff arrive, everyone will walk over as a group to the Lincoln Middle School cafeteria from Washington Elementary School.
  • Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map
General Information

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center and Hinkley Pool 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool.

Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch in a reusable container, water bottle, swimsuit, towel, and an extra change of clothes.

Sunscreen & Bug Spray: Camp includes outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.

Clothing & Shoes: It is important that your child wears appropriate clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day. Please wear comfortable closed-toe shoes.

Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form

Cell Phones & Electronics: The District is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items at camp. The idea of camp is to unplug from electronics, so that is the main focus. Please encourage your camper to leave those valuables at home.

Sports Camp (ages 6-12)

Sports Camp
ages 6-12 (Entering 1st - 6th Grade)
Location
Centennial Fitness Center
1515 W. Touhy Avenue
847-390-2363 (Grades 1-2) / 847-390-2362 (Grades 3-4) / 847-390-2360 (Grades 5-6)
Supervisor
Jim Dihu
Athletic Supervisor
847-692-3316
jdihu@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form Camp lunch program is not available on full-day field trips.

Swimming: We swim at Centennial Aquatic Center daily, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool.

FIELD TRIPS

We go on a field trip each session or will have a special event. On field trip days campers must wear their camp t-shirt. Please be sure to be at camp on time, as the buses for the field trips depart on schedule. Complete a Field Trip Form prior to the trip.

  • Field Trip Forms: Sports Camp Rookies, Sports Camp MinorsSports Camp Majors
  • Backpacks: Campers must bring their own manageable backpack (as opposed to sharing) to hold their lunches, water bottles, etc.
  • Water Bottle: Buses can get hot, so campers should bring a water bottle that fits in their backpack.
  • Sunscreen or Bug Spray: Trips may include outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the trip.
  • Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trip days.
Field Trip Schedule
  • June 14 - Safari Land, Villa Park
  • June 21 - Just for Fun Roller Rink, Mundelein
  • June 28 - Rainbow Falls, Elk Grove
  • July 12 - Top Golf, Schaumburg
  • July 19 - Mystic Waters Water Park, Des Plaines
  • July 26 - Bowlero, Niles
  • August 2 - Play and Spin, Niles
  • August 9 - Enchanted Castle, Lombard

Teen Trail Blazers (ages 10-14)

Teen Trail Blazers
ages 10-14
Location
Washington School
1500 W. Stewart
224-500-4049
teentrailblazers@prparks.org
Supervisor
Mat Skorupski
Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
847-692-3367
mskorupski@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Campers need to be signed in and out on a daily basis. Please make sure you have your photo I.D. ready, as we check them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

General Information

Get ready for high-energy, non-stop action this summer while enjoying trips, sports, special events, and pool time. Choose 5, 3 or 2 days a week and don’t miss out on the chance to be a part of the camp that you help plan!

Camp Location: Please note, on June 19 and July 3 camp will move to Maine Park due to school closure. Information will be provided.

Camp Lunch Program: Download Camp Lunch Form. Camp lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Swimming: We swim at Centennial Aquatic Center 2-3 afternoons per week, weather permitting. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming in questionable weather. Lifeguards assess campers' swimming ability on the first trip to the pool. 

Cell Phones & Electronics: The District is not responsible for damaged, lost, or stolen items at camp. The idea of camp is to unplug from electronics, so that is the main focus. Please encourage your camper to leave those valuables at home.

FIELD TRIPS

We go on several field trips throughout the summer on Wednesday or have a special event. On field trip days, campers must wear their camp t-shirt. Please be sure to be at camp on time, as the buses for the field trips depart on schedule. Complete a General Field Trip Form prior to the trip.

  • Backpacks: Campers must bring a backpack to hold their lunches, water bottles, snacks, change of clothes, etc.
  • Water Bottle: Buses can get hot, so campers should bring a water bottle that fits in their backpack.
  • Sunscreen or Bug Spray: Trips may include outdoor activities. Please apply sunscreen before camp and bring extra sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately for the trip.
  • Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trip days.
  • S.S.O. TTB: If your camper is attending Summer School, on field trip days, they have the option to (1.) attend a full-day of camp fun and participate in the field trip, OR (2.) go to summer school and miss camp completely. For planning purposes, we ask that parents tell the Coordinators on Tuesday what their child is doing, as those are the only two options.
Field Trip Schedule

2024 Schedule coming soon

Wonders of Nature (Ages 6-11)

Wonders of Nature Camp (Ages 6-11)
ages 6-11
Location
Maine Park Leisure Center
2701 W. Sibley Street
Youngers: 847-652-7087 / Olders: 847-652-7979
ssonatureyounger@prparks.org / ssonatureolder@prparks.org
Supervisor
Jennifer Clauson
Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
847-692-3570
jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up

Wonders of Nature Camp has separate rooms for ages 6-8 (Hickory Room) and ages 9-12 (Walnut Room).

  • District 64 provides a staff member to wait with your child until Park District staff arrives to transport your child to their campsite.
  • Field School participants meet Park District staff inside the building. The meeting location will be communicated before the program starts.
  • Pick-up time is 10:00am or 11:40am depending on registration.
  • Campers are accompanied from school to their campsite by camp staff. Your camper is transported in a school bus or Park District 15 passenger bus to their specific camp location.

Camper Pick-Up Location from Camp: Campers are picked at the Maine Park Leisure Center at the outdoor Nature Classroom or inside in the adjacent Hickory Room (youngers) or Walnut Room (olders). 

Camp Pick-Up Map (Youngers) / Camp Pick-Up Map (Olders)

General Information

Lunch & Drink: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and lunch in a reusable container, or you may order a hot lunch from our camp lunch program.  Also send your camper with water to drink in a reusable refillable container.

Clothing: Wear shoes and clothing that reflects a busy, messy camp day.

Sunscreen: Please apply sunscreen to your child before drop-off.

Swimming: Wonders of Nature Camp swims at the Centennial Aquatic Center approximately 2-3 afternoons per week if weather permits. The weather is never certain, so send your camper with a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on the swimming days listed on the weekly camp calendar.  The Supervisor and the Recreation Program Division Manager determine if campers go swimming if the weather is questionable. Lifeguards assess swimming ability on the first pool trip. 

Fishing Days: We fish/pond dip once a week. Campers are encouraged to bring their own pole (labeled with their name) on fishing days. If they do not have a pole, Wildwood has fishing poles and nets to borrow. The camp provides the bait, but campers can also bring bait from home (please let your counselors know if you have bait in your backpack so it can be stored in the fridge).

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. Depending on the week, your camp could be doing breakfast, lunch, or dessert. Reference the welcome email for what to send with your child. Remember to pack a bun or other necessary items. Food needs to be labeled with the child's name and ready to be stored in the fridge (in reusable container or plastic bag). Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire Cooking days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or special event. Please check the weekly camp schedule (emailed a few days before the start of the camp week) for your campfire cooking day.

Specialty Camp Info

The Park Ridge Park District offers a variety of one-week specialty camps each summer. Offerings include early childhood camps, dance camps, technology camps, Brickton Art Camps, The Stage School theater camps, a wide variety of athletic camps including camps from Hot Shots, All Star Sports, J Dreams Basketball, EVP Volleyball, Lil' Kickers & Skills Institute, plus much, much more!

View the Camp Brochure
Specialty Camp Info