What age group do I sign my child up for?
Camps are listed by age groups. Please register your child for an age appropriate camp. If your child is entering kindergarten through eighth grade, please register your child according to what age they will be by September 1.
Who are the coordinators and counselors?
Each camp is supervised by a qualified, experienced coordinator who oversees the day-to-day operations of camp and the counselors. Counselors at each camp are a mix of mature and enthusiastic college and high school students. All staff members complete an extensive training program that includes supervision, safety techniques, curriculum development, CPR certification, and basic first aid.
What should my child wear to camp?
All campers should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes to camp. We recommend that campers wear clothing that can get dirty, as our activities are hands-on.
What is the pick-up procedure for the camp programs?
Pick up is promptly at each camp's designated conclusion time. (Please refer to your camp brochure.) Staff will ask the pick-up person for a photo ID until they recognize the individual. A five-minute grace period will be granted for late pick up. If the pick-up person is later than five minutes, a charge of $1 per minute will be issued. If pick-up person will be later than 15 minutes, parents will be notified to pick-up their child up After Care at the Maine Park Leisure Center.
What is the ratio of campers to counselors?
For children 5 and younger, the maximum staff-to-participant ratio is 1:6. Ages 6 to 8 have a 1:8 ratio. Ages 9 and up have a ratio of 1:10.
Do I need to send food to camp?
Some camps have a snack break during the camp day. We encourage nutritionally beneficial snacks. For all day camps and camps that end at 1:15pm, please send a peanut- and nut-free lunch and beverage in a labeled, eco-friendly container.
Is there a camp lunch program?
Yes, we have partnered with Spuntino’s to prepare hot and cold lunches delivered daily to your child’s camp site. Order forms will be available online, at the Camp Info Meeting, and at the camp site. Orders are due the Wednesday prior to the week you are ordering lunch. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, dropped off at Maine Park Leisure Center office, or returned to your site coordinator. For more information, please call 847-692-5127. Please remember there is no lunch service on field trip days.
What’s the Park District’s policy regarding booster seats?
If your camper is under the age of 8, the Park District will require the individual to use a booster seat. The Park District will provide the booster seat.
Can my child bring toys or electronic devices from home?
No. Please do not let your child bring personnel belongings from home. We know how important and expensive some items can be. The Park Ridge Park District is not responsible for anything lost, stolen, or broken.
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Summer School Options
If I attend summer school, what camp should I sign up for?
S.S.O. Camp Rewind, S.S.O. Nature Camp, or Youth Adventure Camp.
Need a lift to Summer School?
Sign up for our Before Care & Transportation to Summer School.
Do I have to pay for transportation?
Transportation from summer school to camp is included in the camp fee for S.S.O. Camp Rewind and S.S.O. Nature Camp. For any transportation questions, please contact Bobby Pierobon.
Will my child be supervised between school and camp?
The school provides a staff member to wait with your child until Park District staff arrives for transportation. Park District staff will accompany children to their campsite.
What if summer school is not in session?
Summer school registrants may attend a full day of camp on June 10, June 11, and July 5.
Do I need to let the Park District know if I will not need transportation from Summer School?
Yes, please let your Site Coordinator know.
Where do I pick up my child at the end of the day?
Pick-up will be at your child’s campsite.
Can I buy hot lunch?
Will my child be able to swim?
If camp goes on a field trip, what do I do?
Your child can arrive at camp at 9:00am to attend the full day of camp and participate in the field trip or attend Summer School and go to an alternate camp location. S.S.O. Nature Camp does not go on field trips.
Does Youth Adventure Camp offer a summer school option?
Yes, camp may be prorated for summer school by request only.
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Swimming at Camp
Swimming activities vary by camp and are specified in the camp description. For the convenience of our parents, pool passes are not necessary for campers to enjoy our pools during camp hours. All of our campers will be admitted as part of the camp fees when attending the pools during the camp program. Parents who want their child to use Park District pools after camp hours or on weekends have the option of paying a daily fee or purchasing a pool pass.
Do all camps go to the pool?
No. Sunshine Camp, Camp Curiosity, and Camp Wannalottafun! have "water days". "Water days" consist of sprinklers, water toys, and baby pools. Early Explorer Camp and August Adventures will utilize Prospect Park Splash Pad.
How are campers swimming levels determined?
Swim tests are conducted on the first visit to the pool by the Park Ridge Park District’s aquatic staff. All campers are tested for swimming ability by swimming the width of the pool. Lifeguards are on the deck and in the pool assisting the campers, along with counselors. Color coded bracelets are distributed to designate which area of the swimming pool campers may use. Pool rules will be maintained for all campers, including minimum height requirements.
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How will staff know if my child has allergies or medical needs?
The Park District does not require children to have a medical examination to attend camp. However, the week of May 13, we email parent information that includes emergency forms. It is very important to complete these forms and return the forms by May 18. If your child has medical concerns such as asthma or allergies, please include this information on the emergency forms.
What if my child needs to take medicine at camp?
If your child needs to take maintenance medication, camp staff will assist in reminding your child. You will need to fill out a Camp Medication Release Form. This form can be found on the website or you can pick one up at the Maine Park Leisure Center. All medications must be brought one daily dose at a time in the original pharmacy bottle including the label with the doctor’s instructions.
What if my child has special needs?
In compliance with the American Disability Act, please notify us if your child has any special needs by checking the appropriate box on the registration form or by notifying one of the supervisors. As always, your confidentiality is respected.
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Refunds and Prorations
How can I receive a refund for camp?
Prior to the start of the first day of camp, a full refund minus a $3 administrative fee will be granted. After the camp begins, refunds will be granted for medical reasons or changes in residency.
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