Summer Day Camps & Programs
May 1, 2012
Bloomington Parks and Recreation
Eight one week sessions run June 11th - August 3rd.
Day Camp - For ages 6-11
M-F, drop off 7:00 - 9:00 am; pick up 3:30 - 5:45 pm
Registration Deadline is the Thursday before each session begins by 5:00 pm.
Campers must bring swim suit, towel, sack lunch, and drink daily.
The cost is $90/session or $680 if registering for all 8 sessions at one time.
For a full listing of summer activities see www.bpard.org
Bloomington Public Library Summer Reading Program begins June 4 - This year’s Summer Reading
theme is Reading is Sooooooo Delicious, and the Library’s many food-related programs will – as always – be
offered absolutely free!
- Registration: June 4-July 22 (registration may be completed online or in person at the Library or on the
- Prize pickup: June 18-August 5
The Library’s Summer Reading Program is for people of all ages – 0-105!
End of Summer Reading Party - Don’t forget to join us from 10-noon on August 11 for our End of Summer
Reading Party at the Library. We’ll have games, balloon animals, and live entertainment.
BNAP Summer Camp – The Center for Youth and Family Solutions (formerly Catholic Charities)
Contacts: Iris Hildreth or Brenda Richardson, 829-6307
Registration is at The Center for Youth and Family Solutions, 603 N. Center St., Bloomington
Camp held at Holy Trinity Jr. High, 705 E. Roosevelt, Bloomington
For ages 6-13, M-F, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, June 4 through July 20.
$350 per child for 7 week session.
Includes: Breakfast, lunch and snack daily; educational and recreational activities; arts & crafts; out-of-town
fieldtrip and much more! Handicap accessibility is limited.
Cub Scout Day Camp & Cub Scout Resident Camp: for information & registration forms visit www.wdboyce.org
Day Camp for Cub Scouts in grades 1-5:
Three,3-day sessions at Comlara Park, Evergreen Lake.
Sessions run Mon-Wed or Th-Sat, June 11-13, June 14-16 (Sat overnight offered), June 21-23
8:45 am - 4:30 pm, $93 Registration fee
Cub Scout Resident Camp for grades 1-5:
Offered July 13-15 or July 20-22
East Bay Camp, Lake Bloomington
$195 Scout/Parent fee, includes meals
Please see website for complete camp details.
Boys & Girls Club
Contact: Laura Duvendack, 829-3034
Camp held at Boys & Girls Club, 615 W. Illinois, Blm.
For ages 5-12
M-F, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm (7:30-5:30 for an additional fee)
Camp runs June 4th through August 10th.
A: $200/child payable at registration
B: $240/child paid in two payments - $120 at registration and $120 at beginning of week 5
C: $300/child: paid weekly - $30 a week payable on Monday of that week
D: $Add an additional $25 to one of the previous options and be registered for 7:30-8:30 and 4:30-5:30.
Limited financial assistance is available where applicable.
For more details or to download application, see www.bgcb-n.org
Camp Hope - Camp Hope is an 8-week summer adventure and enrichment program, designed for kids, ages
6 through 14. It is also offered as two 4-week sessions. The program is structured to provide a fun and safe
environment for children during their summer break. Some daily activities include arts & crafts, sports, music
and drama, indoor/outdoor games, swimming, local and out-of-town field trips, guest speakers, and
opportunities to serve in the community.
-Two 4-week sessions are offered: Session#1- June 11-July 6; Session #2 - July -9-August 3.
Campers can sign up for the first, second, or both sessions.
-Cost is $75/week for first camper in family; $65/week for each additional camper
-Breakfast, Lunch and PM Snack provided daily
-Hours are from 7:30am - 4:30pm; After Camp Care is available
-Three age divisions for each session are: 6-8yrs.; 9-11yrs.; and 12-14yrs.
-Location: Center for Hope Ministries, 14940 Old Colonial Road, Bloomington, IL 61705, 309-827-2009
-All staff are trained in CPR and First Aid
-Tuition assistance is available for families that qualify
Contact: Jamillah Gilbert, Camp Director, 309-827-2009
Camp Kearney (pronounced KAR-knee) in Glasford, IL is offering a FREE week of summer camp to central
Illinois underprivileged kids this summer (there are 10 one week sessions). Kids are organized into age groups.
Camp Kearney is a ministry of Peoria-based South Side Mission.For more information, visit
http://www.southsidemission.org/index.php?section=7 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child Care Resource and Referral Network (CCRRN) - Provides child care referrals to families looking for
child care any time of the year. Summer child care is needed by a very large number of families. For options,
call CCRRN at (309)828-1892 or (800)437-8256. Email email@example.com or go to the website
www.ccrrn.com for “Quality Counts Online Child Care Search”.
Children’s Home & Aid Scott Early Learning Center
Summer School Age Program includes high-quality care and education, weekly fieldtrip, water day & park
day. Education program includes journaling, elementary school activities, language and reading enhancement,
organized games, etc. Program is for children 6 to 10 years old. New families welcome! Cost is $160/week.
There is an additional one-time activity fee of $40 and a one-time new family registration fee of $30.
District 87 sponsors the Summer Food Service Program and offers free meals to ANYONE 18 or under at
the following sites:
Location Breakfast Lunch Exceptions
Boys & Girls Club June 11 thru
9:00 to 12:00 to Closed July
1615 W. Illinois August 10,
9:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. 4th
Irving School June 11 thru
12:00 to Closed July
602 W. Jackson August 3,
1:00 p.m. 4th
Second Presbyterian Church June 11 thru 11:30 a.m. Closed July
313 N. East St. August 3, to 12:30 4th
Bloomington weekdays p.m.
Sheridan School June 11 thru
12:00 to Closed July
1403 W. Walnut August 3,
1:00 p.m. 4th
Schools open for breakfast during summer educational programs
Bloomington Junior High June 11 to
8:30 to Closed July
901 N. Colton, Bloomington July 6th
9:00 a.m. 4th
Summer school weekdays
Irving School July 24th to
602 W. Jackson, August 9thth
Bloomington, Early Start M-Thurs
Sheridan School July 31st to
1403 W. Walnut August 16th
Bloomington, Early Start M-Thurs
1202 E. Locust Street July 9th-20th
Bloomington - Raider 101
If you have questions, call Kate at 309-827-6031, X-227.
The Summer Food Service Program is available to all eligible children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.
Any person who feels that he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write immediately to: USDA,
Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.
Easter Seals - Timber Pointe Outdoor Center Day Camp - Designed for parents who are seeking an
alternative to Summer Day Care, and for kids who are looking for a SUMMER ADVENTURE in the GREAT
OUTDOORS! NINE exciting weeks make up the Summer 2012 Day Camp Program. Each week has its own
theme and campers may choose any combination of weeks or the WHOLE summer! Campers will have the
opportunity to ride horses, swing on the zip-line, hang out with the barn-yard critters, ride a wagon, boat, swim,
roast S’mores over a camp fire, craft-out, discover nature, learn crazy songs, and more! Parents may drop
their campers off at Timber Pointe by 7:30am and pick them up by 5:30pm. Campers will be grouped
accordingly by age. Explorers ages 4-7, Challengers ages 8-10, and Navigators ages 11-13. Breakfast, lunch
and an afternoon snack will provide fuel for campers as they learn, play and grow at Timber Pointe Outdoor
Center. Cost is $125.00 per week and is open to the entire community. For more information please call the
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center office at 309-365-8021 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ecology Action Center
Contact: Kris Hall 309-454-3169
For students entering 6th – 10th grade; week long camp, 9-3 daily, June 25-29 or July 18-22
Eco-Experience Camp - Co-sponsored by the Ecology Action Center and Normal Parks & Rec, this camp will
explore some of McLean County’s environmental challenges. We’ll monitor the health of local streams by
collecting tiny creatures living there, improve water quality in our creeks by educating citizens about storm
water run-off issues, plant trees, learn about native plants, and more. We’ll visit Sugar Grove Nature Center,
Comlara Park, and a maybe even a local swimming pool.
Adventurous students registering for this camp should be prepared to be hot, get wet, work hard, and have a
fabulous time actively helping the world around us become a better place!
Campers will meet each day at the Ecology Action Center and then be transported to our various sites by van.
Fee is $85 and registration is handled through Normal Parks and Recreation (www.normalparks.org)
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Summer Opportunities - Registration for Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
summer camp has begun! There are awesome summer opportunities for ALL girls entering grades
Kindergarten through 12th. You don’t have to be a Girl Scout to attend.
Girl Scouts of Central Illinois offers sessions for every level of camper and all kinds of interests, including day
camp, resident camp, and weekend and family events. Sessions include Canoes and Kayaks, Sweet Chefs,
Archers and Anchors, and much more! Find a camp session or family outing that’s right for you!
You may access the full Summer Activities Guide and all registration forms on our website at www.girlscouts-
gsci.org or call us at 877-231-1446. Financial assistance is available. Sessions fill quickly – register today!
Heartland Community College YEP – Youth Enrichment Program – HCC Community Education, 268-8160
Class times, number of sessions, and course fees vary, as well.
Registration has begun for students in elementary - high school. Community Education at Heartland
Community College is offering over 100 classes for youth with topics that include: Computers, Arts & Crafts,
Performing Arts, Life Skills, Academic Enrichment, Space & Science, Sports Camps, Horseback Riding and
more! Pre-registration is required for all programs. Financial assistance is available to qualified individuals. Call
Community Education at (309) 268-8160 for a schedule and to register for programs. Online registration and a
list of programs are available at www.heartland.edu/communityEd.
ISU College for Youth
Contact: ISU Conference Services, 438-2160
A wide variety of summer camp opportunities are available; visit http://www.cfy.illinoisstate.edu.
For pre-schoolers (4 y/o by Sept 1) through 9th grade
Select classes by the grade level your child will be entering in the fall.
Two-week sessions: June 18th - June 29th and July 9th -20th - M-F, 9:00 am - 1:45 pm (class times vary)
$120/child/class unless otherwise noted. A limited number of $60 scholarships are available for students
needing financial assistance(one per family). Requests for scholarships must be made by May 20.
ISU Summer Basketball Camps - Summer is just around the corner and I wanted to let you know that our
camps are quickly approaching.
June 11th- Shoot-out for all Varsity, JV, Jr. High, and AAU teams
June 12th-14th – Day Camp for girls entering grades 1–8
June 29th-30th – Team Camp open to all Varsity, JV, Jr. High and AAU teams
Please visit http://ww.illinoisstatessportscamps.com for more information and to register. We would love to
have your daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters, and family friends attend. Last year’s camps were a big
hit. Our goal remains to provide a great atmosphere for each young person so that they will develop a love for
the game of basketball. Hope to see you this summer!
Kindermusik presented by Music Connections Foundation
Contact: Kathryn Henderson, 828-6806, or email@example.com
Class Location: Evangelical Free Church, 2910 E. Lincoln, Bloomington
Exciting Summer Camps for children birth to seven years and their families. See the website for descriptions of
all classes and registration information www.musicconnections.net.
Lose the Training Wheels – www.losethetrainingwheels.org Hosted by Easter Seals this program uses
adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and trained staff to enable individuals with disabilities to
learn to ride a two-wheel bicycle. Participants attend one 75 minute session each day for five consecutive
days where they learn to ride while accompanied and encouraged by a volunteer “spotter”. Over the course of
the week the bikes are continually adjusted in an effort to challenge riders appropriately as they gradually
discover the skill and joy of riding.
To register for the camp, participants must meet the following criteria:
Have a diagnosed disability
Be at least 8 years old
Have a minimum inseam of 20 inches
Weigh less than 220 pounds
Be able to walk without assistive devices
Be able to side-step quickly
Be able and willing to wear a properly fitted helmet
Cost is $75, applications must be received no later than June 25, 2012. A limited number of scholarships are
available based on financial need. Call 309-686-1177 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request
an application or for volunteer information.
Marcfirst’s School to Work Summer Program is a 6 week course, June 18th- July 27th, for students ages 16
and older with a disability that are still enrolled in high school and want to expand on skills and knowledge to
prepare them for employment. The small group of 10-12 students will learn work-preparedness skills, job
shadow several businesses in town, learn fixed bus routes in a group setting, and expand on computer
knowledge and social skills. The group will leave the 6 week course with a resume, completed career interest
assessments, and interview training. Participants will have structured curriculum based classes on Monday,
Wednesday and Fridays. The School to Work Summer Program is of no cost to the participants. Participants
have the option to attend Friendsfirst, from 9:30 am-12:30 pm, on Tuesday and Thursdays for a one-time fee of
$30 to further expand community and social skills.
Initial Application and Teacher’s Recommendation form are required by May 7th for consideration. Please
contact email@example.com or 309-451-8888 x265 for further information and applications.
Miracle League Baseball – visit www.miracleleagueci.com for more information or to sign-up.
Miracle League of Central Illinois; 421 Kays Dr, Normal, IL 61761; 309-451-4500
Every child deserves to play baseball. Their mission is to:
-provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play Miracle League baseball, regardless of their abilities.
-promote community support and sponsorship of Miracle Leagues.
-promote the construction of special facilities that meet the unique needs of Miracle League players and their
-provide opportunities for children with disabilities to play.
We cannot change or cure the medical issues life has dealt disabled children. What we can do is provide them
with an opportunity to experience the joy and benefits that come from our National pastime – baseball.
Normal Parks and Recreation
Contact: Colette Farner, 454-2444 or 454-9540
For kids entering 1st - 6th grades.
Sessions available: June 11th – August 9th (three 2 week sessions).
Day camps held at Anderson, Fairview and Maxwell Parks.
M-Th, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Fee: $145 per child for regular day camp for each 3 week session.
Additional $60 for extended days -- Early/Late Bird Camp (6:45-9:00 am and 3:30-5:45 pm)
Freaky Fridays are available for $25-50 per week.
Other specialized day camps are offered through the Children’s Discovery Museum.
For a full listing of summer activities see www.normal.org.
The Normal Public Library sponsors SUMMER READING PROGRAMS for all ages. Reading is Sooooo
Delicious at the Normal Public Library - Registration begins May 30, 2012.
Children’s Reading Program - The Children’s reading program motivates children to retain and enhance
reading skills gained throughout the school year and is open to all children from toddlers through the
completion of sixth grade. Children who have not completed Kindergarten listen to books to complete goals.
Children who have completed Kindergarten through sixth grade read books at their own reading level to
complete goals. FREE activities are offered to children who enroll in the program. Prizes are awarded as
participants continue to read/listen and progress through the program.
*Readers who have completed sixth grade have the option of participating in either the Children’s or Teen
Children’s Activities - A wide variety of activities including movies, a book club, crafts, a magic show, If You
Give a Cat a Cupcake play, family story hours, lapsits, cook a book contests and more will be available to
children participating in the Summer Reading Program!
Book Bonanza – All readers who complete the program by turning in all 6 reading logs will get to choose a
free book to keep!
Teen Reading Program - The TEEN reading program is for students who have completed sixth through
twelfth grade. Free paperback books are earned as participants reach reading goals. There are special prizes
for readers who complete the program. In addition, several teen activities will be held throughout the summer.
*Readers who have completed sixth grade have the option of participating in either the Teen or Children’s
A.R.K.S. - Adults Reading Kids’ Stuff is a reading program for adults ages eighteen and over. Read children’s
books and win prizes along with the kids.
For more information contact the Children’s Department at 454-4668, the Teen Department at 452-1757, or
visit the library website at www.normalpl.org.
Shakespeare’s Apprentice Camp: (2 one week sessions) $200.00 each
For students grades 6 - 10 who are interested in an introduction to acting, theatre vocabulary, improvisation
combat and the life and times of William Shakespeare. Students will research and perform a fun adaptation of
a Shakespeare play at the end of the week for family and friends. Using Shakespeare’s language to tell a story
will give the students the skills needed for the advanced Shakespeare camp.
July 9 - 13, noon - 6pm (session 1) and/or July 16 - 20, noon - 6pm (session 2)
Call (309) 438-8785 for more information.
Shakespeare’s Advanced Acting Camp: (One 2 week session) $350.00
For students grades 6 - 10 who have attended Shakespeare camp previously and/or are ready for a more
intense study of Shakespeare’s language, texts stage combat and concentrated rehearsals for a performance
of scenes, monologues and soliloquy from Shakespeare’s plays The camp will also include a question and
answer class with guests from the Illinois Shakespeare Festival summer season.
July 23 - August 3, noon - 6pm (session 3)
Call (309) 438-8785 for more information.
Shakespeare the Puppeteers (one week session)
Discover the fun of puppetry and the world of Shakespeare.
July 23 - 27, 9am - 4pm
Youth entering Grades1-2 and Grades 3-5
Children's Discovery Museum (contact CDM for registration at 309-433-3444)
S.O.A.R. (Special Opportunities Available in Recreation)
Contact: Diana Nicol or Nicole Kohler: 434-2260 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Specialized, specific recreation programs for children with disabilities.
For ages 4 to 21 (can vary by program). June 18 – July 27, Mon-Thurs; hours vary.
May register for one, several, or all. Registration for each program is separate and sites vary daily.
Scholarships and payment plans available (fees vary greatly by program). For specific summer program
information visit http://www.cityblm.org/parks/SOAR/pdfs/SOAR-brochure.pdf.
UNITY and Tech Wizards Summer Enrichment Program
Contact: Any UCC staff @ 862-4041
Open to youth ages 5-18, depending on the week. All day camps run from 11:15-5 pm on days indicated, lunch
included. Registration starts May 21 from 12-7 pm.
June 18-22 Day Camp: Photo Lab I (ages 5-entering 5th grade)
July 9-13 Day Camp: Photo Lab II (Entering grades 6-12)
July 16-20 Day Camp: Robotics Academy (ages 5-entering 12th grade)
August 6-9 Day Camp: Engineering Academy (ages 5-entering 12th grade)
August 10-12 Overnight Camp: (Entering grades 6-12)
Camp location and registration will be at UNITY Community Center, 632 W. Orlando Avenue, Normal.
$5 registration per child for the Day Camps, $40 for the overnight camp.
Western Avenue Community Center – Summer Academy - Incoming 8th & 9th Graders only
June 11th – July 20th, Monday – Friday 9am-4pm
Activities: Art & Music, Leadership & Character Building, Reading/Math Review, Swimming, Basketball & other
Fun Activities, possible Trip to Chicago.
The fee for Summer Academy is $78/child. Fee includes camp t-shirt, learning materials, lunch daily, snacks
and entry into all scheduled activities.
Registration forms are available for pick-up at Western Avenue Community Center, 600 N. Western Avenue,
Bloomington, IL 61701, or call (309) 829-4807 x311 to request form through the mail. Registration forms due
Wednesday, May 23, 2012. Questions? Contact Christy Komnick 309-829-4807 x311.
Phone-in and walk-in registrations will not be accepted. Limited scholarships are available for the registration
fee. You must speak personally to Christy and submit registration from before Wednesday, May 23rd.
YMCA Summer Day Camp 2012
Contact: Alicia Whitworth, 827-6233 or firstname.lastname@example.org www.bnymca.org
Summer Day Camp at Northpoint School 2602 E. College Ave.
For children entering grades K-8th
May 29 - Aug 17
M-F, 8:30 am - 4:00 pm. Extended hours available: 7:00-8:30 am & 4:00-5:30 pm (no additional fee).
Registration currently underway and runs throughout the summer.
Camp registration fee: $35/individual or $50/family.
3 Day Option - $66/Member $90/Prospective Member
5 Day Option - $105/Member $135/Prospective Member
4 Day Holiday weeks- $88/Member $120/Prospective Member
**Must pay 2 weeks prior to actual camp week**
Limited financial assistance available for those who qualify.
YWCA OFFERING SURVIVOR SUMMER CAMP - YWCA McLean County is offering child care summer camp
with a Survivor theme. Summer camp dates are from June 4 – August 10 (6 am – 6 pm for the Hershey Road
site and 6:30 am – 5:30 pm, Oakland Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Sarah Raymond
School). Campers will be able to:
Share summertime fun with fellow campers and great counselors
Understand different cultures
Respect for fellow campers, yourself and the community
Variety of crafts, activities and swimming
Interact with a diverse group of campers
Opportunities to explore sites throughout Central Illinois
Raise awareness of team and leadership skills
The Camp is open to children ages 5 – 12. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are provided daily. Locations
are YWCA McLean County, Oakland Elementary School, Washington Elementary School and Sarah Raymond
School. Field trips include Funks Gem and Mineral Museum, Tobin’s Pizza, Sommer Park (Peoria), Ropp
Cheese Farm, Comlara Park, Sugar Grove Nature Center, Raspberry Grove Equestrian Center and Decatur
Museum and Zoo.
Weekly fees are: 5 days ($170), 4 days ($150) and 3 days ($130), with a $35 fee due at registration. Early bird
registration is until May 18. The first 50 to register receive a free CARS 2 Disney® beach towel. For additional
information, contact Anita Conrad, 662-7826, ext. 274 (email@example.com) or Liz German, 662-7826, x
This document is published by PATH.
PATH always welcomes your input on the resource lists we provide to the community. Please contact
Cathy Beck, 834-0507, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or comments. Rev. 05/08/2012