Summer Camps

Please click on a Summer Camp below.

After Care (Centennial Park)

Location

Name: Centennial Activity Center
Address: 100 S. Western Avenue
Phone: 847-390-2356
Email: centennialafter@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Robin Battaglia
Title: Youth Coordinator
Phone: 847-292-8901
Email: rbattaglia@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up
see below
General Information

After Care at Centennial Park is only available for campers enrolled in Sports Camp, Camp Varsity, Camp Rewind, and Art Extravaganza. Campers relax at After Care 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 27. 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 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.

After Care Pick-Up Map

Camp Newsletters:

Before & After Care (Maine Park)

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: Maine Park 847-390-2359
Email: beforeandafter@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Robin Battaglia
Title: Youth Coordinator
Phone: 847-292-8901
Email: rbattaglia@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up
See 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 27. 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.

Before Care Drop-Off Map
After Care Pick-Up Map

Camp Newsletters

Camp Curiosity

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-530-9483
Email: campcuriosity@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Molly Jacobsen
Title: Early Childhood Supervisor
Phone: 847-685-4400
Email: mjacobsen@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.
General Information

Looking for a great summer camp for your preschooler? Camp Curiosity is the perfect high-energy camp! Campers enjoy weekly themes, outdoor adventures, games, art and crafts, music, free play, and outdoor water fun. Water play activities include our portable pools, interactive water tables, and sprinklers. 

To shake things up a bit this summer, our curious campers get to explore some special programming like never before! Some of our visitors include a workout with George’s Gym, Kid Rock, story time with the Park Ridge Librarians, music and dancing with Devorah the Bumblebee Fairy, giant bounce houses, a playful puppet show, a Jigglejam concert, and visits to the Wildwood Nature Center.

Participants are divided into multiple camp rooms. Children must be completely toilet trained by the first day of camp. A camp t-shirt is included in the camp fee.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch, a water bottle, and a change of clothes in a Ziploc bag. 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.

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 their swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. Don’t forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit.

Camp Newsletters

Camp Rewind

Location

Name: Washington Elementary School
Address: 1500 Stewart Avenue
Phone: 847-489-5371
Email: camprewind@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Liz Gilroy
Title: Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3367
Email: egilroy@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.
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 Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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: Forms available online

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.

Weekly Themes:

  • Week of June 6: Kickoff To Summer Week
  • Week of June 13: Friendship Fun Week
  • Week of June 20: Games Galore Week
  • Week of June 27: Food Frenzy Week
  • Week of July 4: Stars & Stripes Week
  • Week of July 11: Outdoor Explorers Week
  • Week of July 18: To Infinity & Beyond Superheroes Week
  • Week of July 25: Around The World Week
  • Week of Aug 1: Tropical Beach Bash Week
  • Week of Aug 8: Adventureland Week

Camp Varsity

Location

Name: Centennial Fitness Center
Address: 1515 W. Touhy Avenue
Phone: 847-390-2360
Email: campvarsity@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jim Dihu
Title: Athletic Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3316
Email: jdihu@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.
General Information

Camp Lunch Program: Forms available online.

Swimming:   We use Centennial Aquatic Center 3-4 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.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

FIELD TRIPS

Each session we go on a field trip 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 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. We fill them before and during the trip.
  • Sunscreen or Bug Spray: Trips may include outdoor activities. Please bring 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 recyclable and reusable container with a drink. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trip days.

Field Trip Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 7: Play and Spin, Niles, IL
  • Friday, June 10: Safari Land, Villa Park, IL
  • Tuesday, June 14: Haunted Trails, Burbank, IL
  • Friday, June 17: TBD
  • Tuesday, June 21: Chicago Dogs Game, Rosemont, IL
  • Friday, June 24: Enchanted Castle, Lombard, IL
  • Tuesday, June 28: Top Golf, Schaumburg, IL
  • Friday, July 1: Rainbow Falls, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Tuesday, July 5: Par-King Mini Golf, Lincolnshire, IL
  • Friday, July 8: Bowlero, Niles, IL
  • Tuesday, July 12: Play and Spin, Niles, IL
  • Friday, July 15: Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge, IL
  • Tuesday, July 19: WhirlyBall, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Friday, July 22: Safari Land, Villa Park, IL
  • Tuesday, July 26: Action Territory, Kenosha, WI
  • Friday, July 29: Enchanted Castle, Lombard, IL
  • Tuesday, August 2: Haunted Trails, Burbank, IL
  • Friday, August 5: Rainbow Falls, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Tuesday, August 9: WhirlyBall, Vernon Hills, IL
  • Friday, August 12: Bowlero, Niles, IL

Camp Wannalottafun!

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-390-2365
Email: wannalottafun@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Robin Battaglia
Title: Youth Coordinator
Phone: 847-292-8901
Email: 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 Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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 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: Forms available online

Camp Newsletters:

Discovery Crew Olders

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-390-2357
Email: discoverycrewolders@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jennifer Clauson
Title: Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
Phone: (847) 692-3570
Email: 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.
General Information

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Camp Lunch Program: Forms available online.

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. 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 pole, Wildwood has poles to borrow. We provide bait, or campers can bring their own. 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): To participate, campers bring item(s) from home (burger, brat, hotdog, etc.) to be cooked at camp, along with 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 that there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or event. 

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 General Field Trip Form prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers.

  • What to Bring: Campers must bring their own backpack (as opposed to sharing), a water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • What to Wear: Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.
  • Lunch: Send a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trips.

Field Trip Schedule

MWF 

  • Fri, June 10: Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Fri, June 24: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka
  • Fri, July 1: Bee Keeping Workshop at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
  • Mon, July 11: Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos Park
  • Mon, July 18: Cernan Space Center, River Grove

Tu/Th 

  • Thurs, June 9: Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Thurs, June 23: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka
  • Thurs, June 30: Bee Keeping at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
  • Thurs, July 14: Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos Park
  • Tues, July 19: Cernan Space Center, River Grove

Camp Newsletters:

Discovery Crew Youngers

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-878-2034
Email: discoverycrewyoungers@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jennifer Clauson
Title: Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3570
Email: 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.
General Information

Camp Pick-Up & Drop-Off Map

Snack & Water Bottle: Send a nut-free snack, lunch, and water bottle daily in a reusable container labeled with your child’s name. 

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

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

Camp Lunch Program: Forms are available online.

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. 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 pole, Wildwood has poles to borrow. Camp provides bait, or the campers can bring their own.

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers bring item(s) from home (burger, brat, hotdog, etc.) to cook at camp, along with a bun. Food needs to be in container or plastic bag, labeled with your name. Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, send them with a regular lunch. Campfire days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or event.

FIELD TRIPS: Wear you camp t-shirt. Arrive on time; buses depart on schedule. Complete a General Field Trip Form prior to the trip. Certain trips require additional waivers.

  • Bring a backpack, water bottle, sunscreen, bug spray, and a peanut/tree nut-free lunch in a reusable container. Camp Lunch program is not available on field trips.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately.

Field Trip Schedule - MWF 

  • Fri, June 10: Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Fri, June 24: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka
  • Fri, July 1: Bee Keeping Workshop at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
  • Wed, July 13: Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
  • Wed, July 20: Cernan Space Center, River Grove

Field Trip Schedule - Tu/Th 

  • Thurs, June 9: Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Thurs, June 23: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka
  • Thurs, June 30: Bee Keeping at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
  • Thurs, July 14: Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia
  • Thurs, July 21: Cernan Space Center, River Grove

Camp Newsletters:

Kick Off to Kindergarten Camp

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-372-2194
Email: kindergarten@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Molly Jacobsen
Title: Early Childhood Supervisor
Phone: 847-685-4400
Email: mjacobsen@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.
General Information

To help get over the preschool blues, our Kickoff to Kindergarten campers enjoy weekly themes, outdoor adventures, games, art and crafts, music, free play, 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. For starters, we know that little kids love to dress up, so this will be a perfect activity for Spirit Week, as well as an entire week of showing off that will end with a Talent Show! Some of our special visitors include a workout with George’s Gym, story time with the Park Ridge Librarians, a musical instrument jam session with Devorah the Bumblebee Fairy, giant bounce houses, a playful puppet show, a Jigglejam concert, and visits to the Wildwood Nature Center. So let the fun begin!

Be aware that participants are divided into multiple camp rooms. A camp t-shirt is included in the camp fee.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack to hold a nut-free snack and lunch, water bottle, and a change of clothes in a ziplock bag. 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.

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 their swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. Don’t forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit.

Camp Lunch Program: Forms available online.

Camp Newsletters:

Kids Quest

Location

Name: South Park Rec Center
Address: 833 W. Talcott Road
Phone: 847-344-9608
Email: kidsquest@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Robin Battaglia
Title: Youth Coordinator
Phone: 847-292-8901
Email: rbattaglia@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.
General Information

Welcome to Kids Quest! We are excited for a fun-filled summer. Campers have a wonderful experience in a safe, fun-filled atmosphere. Campers enjoy fun weekly themes that always include messy art, wacky science, and outdoor/indoor games. Other surprise visitors come in throughout the summer for extra fun.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Swimming: We use 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.

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 bring 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: Forms available online.

Camp Newsletters:

Nature Camp Olders

Location

Name: Wildwood Nature Center
Address: 529 Forestview Avenue
Phone: 847-489-2461
Email: naturecampolders@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jennifer Clauson
Title: Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3570
Email: 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 classroom adjacent to the Pavilion. 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.
General Information

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Snack & Water Bottle: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and water bottle daily in a recyclable and reusable container labeled with your child’s name. 

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.

Lunch:  Pack a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container labeled with your child’s name; or sign up for the camp lunch program.

Camp Lunch Program: Forms available online.

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. 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 pole, Wildwood has poles to borrow. Camp also provides bait, or the campers can bring their own.

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. To participate, campers bring a grill-able item from home (burger, brat, hotdog, etc.) to be cooked at camp, along with 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 that there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, please send them with a regular lunch. Campfire days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or event.

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.

  • Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold sunscreen, bug spray, a nut-free lunch, and water bottle. Camp Lunch program is not available on trip days.
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the trip.

Field Trip Schedule

  • Wednesday, June 15: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka
  • Wednesday, June 29: Bee Keeping Workshop at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove
  • Friday, July 15: Morton Arboretum, Lisle
  • Thursday, July 21: Swallow Cliff Woods, Palos Park
  • Thursday, Aug 4: Cernan Space Center, River Grove

Camp Newsletters:

Nature Camp Youngers

Location

Name: Wildwood Nature Center, Maple Room and Wildwood woodchips
Address: 529 Forestview Avenue
Phone: 847-390-2358
Email: naturecampyoungers@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jennifer Clauson
Title: Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3570
Email: jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up
Located in the woodchips in front of the Wildwood Nature Center and indoors in the adjacent classroom. 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 them until the staff is familiar with the pick-up person. Please make sure all pick up people are listed on your ePACT form.
General Information

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Snack & Water Bottle: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and water bottle daily in a recyclable and reusable container labeled with your child’s name. 

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.

Lunch:  Pack a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container labeled with your child’s name; or sign up for the camp lunch program.

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

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. 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 pole, Wildwood has poles to borrow. Camp also provides bait, or the campers can bring their own. 

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers cook their own food over the campfire. To participate, campers bring a grill-able item from home (burger, brat, hotdog, etc.) to be cooked at camp, along with 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 that 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 event.

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.

  • Backpacks: Campers must bring their own backpack to hold sunscreen, bug spray, a nut-free lunch, and water bottle. 
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the trip.

Field Trip Schedule

  • Tuesday, June 14: Canoeing at Skokie Lagoons, Winnetka, IL
  • Tuesday, June 28: Bee Keeping Workshop at Gilbert Park, Downers Grove, IL
  • Tuesday, July 12: Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL
  • Wednesday, July 20: Red Oak Nature Center, Batavia, IL
  • Tuesday, Aug 2: Cernan Space Center, River Grove, IL 

Camp Newsletters:

S.S.O. Camp Rewind

Location

Name: Washington Elementary School
Address: 1500 Stewart Avenue
Phone: 847-489-5371
Email: camprewind@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Liz Gilroy
Title: Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3367
Email: lgilroy@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.
General Information

Park District Pick-Up Location at Summer School:

  • District 64 provides a staff member to wait with your child until Park District staff arrives to accompany your child to their camp location.
  • Once the Park District staff arrive, everyone will walk over as a group to Washington Elementary School.
  • Pick up time is 10:00am or 11:40am depending on WOW registration.
  • Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Camp Lunch Program: Forms available online.

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.

Daily Items:

  • 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 will include outdoor activities. Please bring sunscreen and bug spray.
  • Walking/Hiking Shoes: Wear comfortable closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately.
  • Sack Lunch & Beverage: Send a peanut/tree nut free lunch in a reusable container with a drink.

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.

Themes:

  • Week of June 6: Kickoff To Summer Week
  • Week of June 13: Friendship Fun Week
  • Week of June 20: Games Galore Week
  • Week of June 27: Food Frenzy Week
  • Week of July 4: Stars & Stripes Week
  • Week of July 11: Outdoor Explorers Week
  • Week of July 18: To Infinity & Beyond Superheroes Week
  • Week of July 25: Around The World Week
  • Week of Aug 1: Tropical Beach Bash Week
  • Week of Aug 8: Adventureland Week

S.S.O. Nature Camp

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: Youngers: 847-390-2303 / Olders: 847-652-7979
Email: ssonatureyounger@prparks.org / ssonatureolder@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Jennifer Clauson
Title: Wildwood Nature Center Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3570
Email: jclauson@prparks.org
Drop Off & Pick Up
Please see below.
General Information

S.S.O. Nature Camp has separate rooms for ages 6-8 and ages 9-12.

Park District Pick-up Locations at Summer School:

  • 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).  S.S.O. Camp Pick-Up Map (Youngers); Camp Pick-Up Map (Olders)

Snack & Water Bottle: Send a peanut/tree nut free snack and water bottle daily in a recyclable and reusable container labeled with your child’s name. 

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

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

Camp Lunch Program: Campers eat lunch with when they arrive on site. Bring a lunch and drink in reusable containers or order Camp Lunch. Forms are available online.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center approximately 2-3 afternoons per week if weather permits. The weather is never certain, so send your camper to camp each day ready to go swimming. Campers should bring a swimsuit, towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. 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 to borrow. The camp provides the bait, but campers can also bring bait from home.

Campfire Cooking Days (optional): Campers bring item(s) from home (burger, brat, hotdog, etc.) to cook at camp, along with a bun. Food needs to be in container or plastic bag, labeled with your name. Make sure your camper is aware there is food in their backpack. If campers do not want to participate, send them with a regular lunch. Campfire days vary or might not occur if there is a trip or event.

Camp Newsletters:

Sports Camp

Location

Name: Centennial Fitness Center
Address: 1515 W. Touhy Avenue
Phone: 847-390-2363 (Grades 1-3) / 847-390-2362 (Grades 4-5)
Email: scyounger@prparks.org (Grades 1-3) / scolder@prparks.org (Grades 4-5)

Supervisor

Name: Jim Dihu
Title: Athletic Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3316
Email: 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.
General Information

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

Camp Lunch Program: Forms are available online. Camp lunch program is not available on full-day field trips.

Swimming: We use Centennial Aquatic Center 3-4 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.

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 General Field Trip Form prior to the trip.

  • 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 bring 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

  • Friday, June 10: Safari Land, Villa Park, IL
  • Friday, June 17: TBD
  • Friday, June 24: Enchanted Castle, Lombard, IL
  • Friday, July 1: Rainbow Falls, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Friday, July 8: Bowlero, Niles, IL
  • Friday, July 15: Pickwick Theatre, Park Ridge, IL
  • Friday, July 22: Safari Land, Villa Park, IL
  • Friday, July 29: Enchanted Castle, Lombard, IL
  • Friday, August 5: Rainbow Falls, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • Friday, August 12: Bowlero, Niles, IL

Sunshine Camp

Location

Name: Maine Park Leisure Center
Address: 2701 W. Sibley Street
Phone: 847-561-7539
Email: sunshinecamp@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Molly Jacobsen
Title: Early Childhood Supervisor
Phone: 847-685-4400
Email: mjacobsen@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.
General Information

Sunshine Camp is the perfect camp to introduce young children to their first day 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 fun. Outdoor play is located in our fenced-in 2-year-old playground. Water play activities include portable pools, sprinklers, and our special interactive water tables for exploring. Activities vary weekly with unique themes so that campers may enroll in all sessions for even more fun!

Get your sunglasses and dancing shoes on because our little Sunshine campers will get some special programming this summer including visits from Kid Rock, story time with the Park Ridge Librarians, music and dancing with Devorah the Bumblebee Fairy, giant bouncy houses, a colorful ball pit, and visits to the Wildwood Nature Center. Don’t miss out on the fun! A camp t-shirt is included in the camp fee.

Children need to be fully potty trained for this camp.

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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

Backpacks: Please bring a backpack to hold a nut free snack, water bottle, and a change of clothes in a ziplock bag. 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.

Water Play: Depending on the weather, Sunshine Camp utilizes the outside fenced-in 2-year-old 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 their swimsuit, a towel, and sunscreen on a daily basis. Don't forget to label your child's towel and swimsuit.

Camp Newsletters:

Teen Trail Blazers

Location

Name: Prospect Park (O'Connor Community Building)
Address: 733 N. Prospect Avenue
Phone: 224-500-4049
Email: teentrailblazers@prparks.org

Supervisor

Name: Liz Gilroy
Title: Teens & Cultural Arts Supervisor
Phone: 847-692-3367
Email: lgilroy@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.
General Information

Camp Drop-Off & Pick-Up Map

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

Swimming: We use Hinkley Pool for swimming 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. 

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 a field trip each session 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 their own 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 bring 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: Please note, all field trips are subject to change.

  • June 15 – Bowlero in Niles
  • June 22 – Top Golf in Schaumburg
  • June 29 – Urban Air in North Riverside
  • July 13 – Congo River Mini Golf in Hoffman Estates
  • July 27 – Laser X Laser Tag in Addison
  • August 3 – Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago
  • August 10 – Dave & Busters in Rosemont

Themes:

  • Week of June 6: Kickoff To Summer Week
  • Week of June 13: Friendship Fun Week
  • Week of June 20: Games Galore Week
  • Week of June 27: Food Frenzy Week
  • Week of July 4: Stars & Stripes Week
  • Week of July 11: Outdoor Explorers Week
  • Week of July 18: To Infinity & Beyond Superheroes Week
  • Week of July 25: Around The World Week
  • Week of Aug 1: Tropical Beach Bash Week
  • Week of Aug 8: Adventureland Week

Specialty Camp Info

The Park Ridge Park District offers a variety of one-week specialty camps each summer. Offerings include early childhood camps, Brickton Art Camps, The Stage School theater camps, a wide variety of athletic camps including camps from SportsKids Inc and All Star Sports, plus much, much more!