Camp

Summer Camp

Glencoe Park District staff is looking forward to a great season of summer camp! This year brings back many of your favorite activities and special events, as well as:

  • New field trips, including theme parks, water parks, arcades and more!
  • More extended day options for all ages, designed to accommodate working families (7-9 AM and 3-6:30 PM)
  • Multiple session options, including 8-week, 4-week and 2-week programs.
  • Optional catered lunch service for Sun Fun and Camp Adventure.

Register for eight, four, or two-week sessions and choose full or half day options. Check out our Camp Guide for program details, extended care options, and specialty camp information. To register for a camp listed below, click on the age/grade link.Camper Information Forms must be completed by June 3, 2019, in order to participate.

SUMMER'S EXTENSION CAMP (ENTERING PRESCHOOL GRADES 1-5)

Kick off summer and end summer with Summer’s Beginning Camp and Summer’s End Camp. Kids will have a blast as they participate in a multitude of activities including sports, arts and crafts, cooking, swimming, and outdoor activities. We provide refrigeration for lunches when on site. Scholarship recipients are eligible for the Camp Early Bird rate/fee regardless of their date of registration. Must register in person to get Early Bird rate.

Teddy Bears (Age 2)

Two’s and not-quite two’s join the summer fun in this friendly first-camp program. Our experienced teachers keep things relaxed with careful attention and sensitivity to these first-time campers. Singing, cooking, painting, and playtime keep your little ones happy and busy as they make friends and take steps toward independence. 

Panda Bears (Age 3)

Summer fun means arts and crafts, making friends, music, cooking, and lots of playtime. That’s what’s in store for our three-year-old Panda campers. Add a little running in the sprinklers, a little digging in the garden, and a satisfying dose of paint and glitter, and you’ve got the recipe for a happy camper!

Koala Bears (Age 4)

Koala Camp ramps up the summer fun with water play, music, field trips, and theme days. Each camp includes days of sunshine and splashing at the beach, field trips to nature preserves and fun indoor play spaces, and musical performances.

Kinder Korner Camp (Kindergarten, Age 5)

A high-energy camp for almost-kindergartners, Kinder Korner Camp is a great place to make friends, move muscles, and challenge imagination. Cooking, singing, games, and crafts are based on weekly themes custom-made for busy 5-year-olds. Dress up as a princess, a pirate, or an elephant – every day brings a new surprise! And we don’t stop there – Kinder Korner Camp hits the trail with weekly beach days and field trips, by bus and on foot, to The Grove, local parks, and more!

Sun Fun (Entering  Grade 1, Grade 2, or Grade 3)

If you love being active in the summer, Sun Fun is the perfect camp for you! Every day brings something new, as campers rotate through arts and crafts, sports, and exciting special events. With access to softball and soccer fields, an indoor gym, ceramics and art studios, a stage, enrichment rooms, and much more, the Takiff Center provides an opportunity for lots of active play!

Camp Adventure (Entering Grade 4 or Grade 5)

Want more adventure? Camp Adventure is the place to be! At the Takiff Center, young athletes have full use of the gym and Jerry Reinsdorf Field to participate in basketball, soccer, baseball, floor hockey, and much more. Artistic campers enjoy a dedicated space for arts and crafts, as well as drama activities. Campers enjoy “Camper’s Choice,” a portion of the day in which they can participate in activities of their choice.

Action Quest (Entering Grades 6-9)

Campers are constantly on the go, enjoying three weekly field trips, excursions to area water parks, and visits to Glencoe Beach for sailing lessons, swimming, and beach volleyball. We’ll spend a night camping at Glencoe Beach. On-site days at Watts Center include activities like field games, basketball, gaga and nine holes of disc golf at the Watts Park course. On select days, camp extends into the evening for trips to a Cubs game and Great America so campers truly have a full day of fun with their friends. If you’ve always wanted to try activities like scuba diving, rock wall climbing, and sailing, this is the place for you!

COUNSELOR-IN-TRAINING PROGRAM (CIT) (ENTERING GRADES 7-10)

Learn how to work with children and develop leadership skills. After participating in training, you will be assigned to a camp group and help implement activities under the supervision of the CIT and camp directors. In addition to accompanying your group on camp outings, you will go on four CIT-only field trips. Registration is separated by full and half-day programs. Half-day camp days and times vary depending on placement. One of the camp goals is to teach responsibility, so CITs must commit to the entire registered camp session. Please note: CITs are required to attend CIT trips and training days. CITs are not with their camp group on these days.

STEAM CAMPS (GRADES 1-7)

Explore science, math, engineering, art, and technology in our new STEAM camps! Add high-tech accessories to your bike with Bionic Bike, Step into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and use science, technology, and creativity to bring to life the spells, potions, and gadgets from the popular series. Have a blast building rockets and watching them soar with Rockets

ART CAMP (GRADES 2-4)

This unique camp experience is for kids who love art! Campers will experience a variety of art mediums including ceramics, watercolor, drawing and painting. Professional art instructors will visit throughout the session to work on techniques and guide the campers’ creative process. Camp will also visit the Glencoe Beach and Botanical Gardens for nature inspiration.

FISHING CAMP  (AGES 8-11)

Discover the basics of fishing! We’ll meet at the Skokie Lagoons each day to learn about equipment, how to bait a hook, and the best locations to fish in the area. Fishing poles and all supplies will be provided.

OUTDOOR SURVIVOR CAMP  (GRADES 1-5)

Learn outdoor skills, including first aid, canoeing, climbing, fire safety, outdoor cooking, knots and camping survival skills. This camp includes a field trip, a bike ride, swimming at the beach and an overnight camp-out to utilize the skills learned in this three week camp!


AQUATICS CAMP AT GLENCOE BEACH (AGES 9-13)

Enjoy Glencoe Beach and beautiful Lake Michigan! This unique experience takes place at the Glencoe Beach Boat House. Spend the summer kayaking, Hobie cat sailing, surfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. During rough days, campers will boogie board or play games on the beach, including volleyball, and baseball. On stormy days, camps move to the Takiff Center for indoor fun. Each session begins with boater safety lessons and in-water instruction. All campers will be required to wear life jackets and complete a swim check. 

SAILING CAMP AT GLENCOE BEACH (AGES 9-13)

Enjoy safe sailing adventures on Lake Michigan. Sailors learn the basics of steering, trimming the sail, and balancing the boat in an exciting, hands-on way. Using U.S. Sailing teaching methods, sailors practice land and water drills making Sailing Camp fun, safe and educational. Sailors complete a swim check at the beginning of camp, so instructors are aware of weak and nervous swimmers. Life jackets are worn by campers whenever on or near the water.