Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp Program Descriptions

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					               Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp
                       Program Descriptions

Day Camp
A popular program at many neighborhood parks, the summer day camp
program allows children ages 6 to 12 the opportunity to spend the day with old
friends and make new ones in a fun and supervised setting. Children can
participate in recreational & environmental activities, enjoy arts and crafts, take
field trips, play sports or take a dip in the neighborhood pool. Length of camp,
ages and fees vary by park.

Play Camp
Play camp is day camp with age-appropriate recreation for youngsters ranging in
age from 3 to 5 years. Participants learn early sports skills and join in basic art
activities in a shorter day packed with summer fun. Length of camp, ages and
fees vary by park.

Toddler Camp
Toddler camp is a 1-1/2 hour interactive time for toddlers as young as 12 months
to as old as 3 years, accompanied by a parent or guardian. Park staff members
lead the group in arts and crafts, music and movement, sports, bubbles and
water fun primarily outdoors.


                                 Specialty Camps

Advanced Soccer Camp
Soccer camps are for boys and girls ages 9 to 14. This one-week camp provides
youth with the opportunity to learn, have fun, and improve their soccer skills.

Adventure Camp
Adventure recreation activities are extremely physical and promote team
building. Field trips correspond with the theme.

Arts@Play
This camp is designed specifically to engage “tweens” ages 12 to 14 in the arts
all summer long. Participants dance, sing, play, paint, sculpt, draw, create,
choreograph, write, and perform under the direction of professional artists.
Besides hands-on activities, campers will participate in field trips and a final
event for parents.
Babysitters Camp
Participants in babysitters camp learn practical skills such as first aid, fun
children’s games, appropriate forms of discipline and basic childcare. Those who
complete the camp will be awarded a certificate to build their resume for the
babysitting business.

Camp Sign
Camp sign for deaf & hard-of-hearing youth is a 6-week fun-filled exciting
summer day camp for youth ages 6 to 12 years. Activities include swimming, arts
& crafts, field trips within the city, fishing, tennis, nature and environmental
activities, and end-of-camp party. Camp fees vary by park.

Camp Create: Cook, Garden & Sew
This program is ideal for those interested in learning life skills while having fun
with their friends. The campers will learn the art of various skills through fun easy
projects ranging from starting their own garden to an easy sew project to cooking
a delicious treat.

Cheerleading Camp
In this camp, children learn techniques that are needed for jumps, motions,
stunts and basic tumbling required for participation in cheerleading programs in
their schools and in competitive cheerleading programs. This program is
recommended for children 6 to 17 years of age. This camp provides a dynamic
form of recreational fitness activity through self-discipline and a sense of self-
accomplishment and success for each individual.

Clubhouse/Pre-Teen Camp
Too young for teen gathering, yet too old for traditional day camp, 11 and 12 year
olds are in a class all their own. That’s why there’s Clubhouse, a program
tailored to meet the needs of this in-between age group. Activities vary by park
and include arts and crafts, sports and field trips. Length of camp and fees vary
by park.

Cooking Academy
Teens ages 13 to 17 learn the basics of the culinary arts including how to
properly handle knives and cooking utensils, as well as how to prepare meat to
roast, grill and fry. Teens will also learn about appetizers, breads and desserts.
Call 773-256-0149 for more information.

Competitive Team Gymnastics Camps
The Competitive Team Camps help improve the skill level for each participant on
the boy’s and girl’s competitive gymnastics teams. These advanced camps offer
the talented and motivated gymnast a chance to train, compete and excel as part
of a team while providing a dynamic form of recreational fitness activity through
disciplined performance. Instructor approval required to register for these
camps.
Cultural Arts Camps
Spend this summer participating in activities that nurture your creative side.
Cultural camps offer summer fun through various genres. Youth ages 6 to17 take
part in art, dance, music, theater or a mixture of all cultural arts. Fees and ages
vary according to program.

Dance Camp
In this high energy, creative and fun dance camp, participants ages 6-12 will be
exposed to a variety of dance styles. Hip-hop to ballet, jazz to tap, modern to
Latin, there’s something for everyone. Fees and ages may vary according to
program.

Early Childhood Gymnastics Camps
The Early Childhood Gymnastics Camps give children the opportunity to
succeed, use their imaginative skills, enhance listening capabilities, develop self-
esteem and confidence through tumbling, movement exploration, balancing, and
the development of gross motor skills. Obstacle courses, theme weeks, ribbons,
balls, balance beam, bars, and vaulting are part of this fun experience. This
program is recommended for children ages 4 to 5. This camp provides a dynamic
form of recreational fitness activity through self-discipline and a sense of self-
accomplishment and success for each individual.

Junior Lifeguards
This aquatic sports camp emphasizes the skills necessary to become a future
lifeguard. Participants ages 8 -15 learn how to row a boat, paddle a rescue
board, and various rescue techniques at select beach locations
throughout the city. Junior leaders and safety leaders have an opportunity to
learn CPR and other safety skills. A swim skills test is required. Fees vary by
age and length of program.

Karate Boot Camp
Karate Boot Camp is a fast-paced program with activities to push each individual
to do their personal best. Participants will learn proper techniques and life skills
that will help them in everything they do. Physical abilities developed include
endurance, strength, flexibility and balance. We encourage kids to come out and
try something new.

Leadership Camp
This camp combines service to the park with fun activities for teens. Junior
counselors learn how to assist with park camp activities for children several
days each week, as well as enjoy special trips and events.
Lil’ Campers
Lil’ Campers is a popular alternative to our traditional day camp. The shortened
day allows parents to send their children to the park to play with friends and
make new ones in a fun and supervised program. Children participate in
recreational activities, arts & crafts, attending field trips, playing sports or taking a
dip in the neighborhood pool.

Nature Camp
Parks highlight all the wonders of our environment in a specialized nature camp,
which also incorporates art into the appreciation of nature’s beauty.

Neighbor Sports
Neighbor Sports is a sports initiative sponsored by the City of Chicago to
encourage teens to stay physically active and safe during summer. Program is
offered at 27 sites throughout the city. This early evening summer sports
program aims to significantly increase the number of teens ages 13 to18 who are
actively participating in sports leagues. Teens participate in basketball, volleyball,
or soccer league. Co-ed and girl-specific leagues are offered, and teens are split
into groups based on age.

Special Recreation Day/Night Camps
Offered at select locations, day/night camps offer a wide range of activities for
children and adults with disabilities. Programs are taught by specially trained
instructors and include arts & crafts, field trips, sports, games and much more.
Length of camp and fees vary by park.

Special Recreation Sports Camp
Children and adults with disabilities across the city will learn to play with a
concentration on exercise, sportsmanship and friendly competition. Available
camps include: basketball, biking, fitness, floor hockey, gymnastics, in-line
skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Length of camp and fees vary by park.

Sports Camps
The Chicago Park District offers a menu of sports camps at parks throughout the
city. Participants learn to play with a concentration on exercise, sportsmanship
and friendly competition. Available camps include: basketball, biking, fitness,
floor hockey, gymnastics, in-line skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball. Length of
camp and fees vary by park.

Summer in the City
From the Loop to their local neighborhood, campers will take daily fun-filled
excursions in this specialty camp. Trips may include miniature golf, IMAX at Navy
Pier, laser quest, behind the scene tours and the list goes on. Join us for an
awesome time this summer. Activities, dates, ages and costs vary by park.
Tumbling Camps
Youth and teen tumbling camps challenge participants to achieve maximum
success while developing tumbling skills that demonstrate speed, strength and a
series of acrobatic maneuvers that include somersaults, flips and twists. This
program is recommended for children ages 6 to 17. This program is
recommended for all levels.

Urban Campers
Children camp out under the starry skies in Urban Campers, an outdoor
education program that introduces youth ages 9 to 12 to local nature. At
neighborhood parks, children learn outdoor technical skills like fishing, building a
campfire and putting up a tent. At the end of the week, they’ll have an
opportunity to apply this knowledge during a 24-hour camping experience in a
local park. There is limited space for this camp. This program runs for one week.