Camp

Summer Camp

Register by February 29, 2020 to lock in the Early Bird Rate and save up to 10%! 

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 May 29, 2020, 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!

AQUATICS CAMP (Ages 7-13)

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, and stand-up paddle boarding. During rough days, campers will play games on the beach, including volleyball and baseball. 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. All participants will receive a shirt to wear. Pair with Sailing Camp to stay all day and save 10%! Must register in person to lock in discount. 

SAILING CAMP (Ages 7-13)

New and experienced sailors will enjoy fun and 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. All participants will receive a shirt to wear. Pair with Aquatics Camp to stay all day and save 10%! Must register in person to lock in discount. 

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

Our action-packed camp is a full day of adventure. Every day brings something new, including arts and crafts, sports, and special events. With access to softball and soccer fields, an indoor gym, art studios, enrichment rooms, and much more, the Takiff Center provides space for lots of active play! Camp includes one participant shirt and three swim shirts. 

Camp Adventure (Entering Grade 4 or Grade 5)

High energy and overflowing with choices, Camp Adventure meets your need for independence and variety! At the Takiff Center, campers have full use of the gym and athletic fields, a dedicated space for arts and crafts, and more. Camp includes one participant t-shirt and three swim shirts.

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.

CITY SLICKERS (Grades 5-9)

Join us for the exciting adventure into the City of Chicago. The camp will go on a new adventure each day by riding the CTA train into Chicago to visit museums, parks, and historic landmarks. While traveling through the city, the camp will use public transportation services. This will help campers navigate the city while learning about our treasured skyline.

BASIC TRAINING BAKING BOOT CAMP (Ages 4-6 or Ages 7-12)

Curious how to make your own pastries from scratch? Aspiring bakers who love to get their hands sticky in the kitchen will love this camp! Young chefs will learn the basics of scratch-baking and how to make everything from breads to fresh pastas, muffins to cookies, and more. We use all portable baking equipment and tools, and each recipe can be recreated at home. Young chefs will love creating sweet AND savory baked goods in this tasty, engaging, and imaginative camp.

GLOBAL TASTE BUDS (Ages 4-6) 

Cook your way around the world in our globally-inspired cooking camp! In this delicious camp, young chefs will cook recipes from countries all around the world and explore customs, songs, geography, and languages associated with each recipe. Young chefs will cook and gobble up tasty, healthy cuisine from South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. KIDS

Kids COOKING NETWORK (Ages 7-12)

Does your young chef love watching cooking shows on TV? In this exciting camp, young chefs will work together in cooking challenges inspired by favorite cooking TV shows such as Master Chef Jr, Kids Baking Championship, Chopped Jr, and Cutthroat Kitchen. We will learn how to use different cooking equipment and techniques, explore flavor pairings, and create tasty mouthwatering recipes from scratch each day. Young chefs will get their creative juices flowing in this fun and delicious cooking adventure!

GAME DEVELOPMENT (Grades 5-8)

Want to make your own video game? What if you could build your own game system too? In this introductory game-design camp, students will use 3D-printing and laser cutting tool sets to build and customize a hand-held game system. After putting together the electronics and 3D printed parts, campers will design a fully functional video game. After learning how to render graphics, campers will move things on the screen with their own code, design their own levels, and program the objective into their game. No prior programming experience is needed. S

STEAM MAKERSPACE: MUSICAL INSTRUMENT DESIGN, ELECTRIC HARP (Grades 3-6)

Do you want to learn music, no strings attached? Our electronic- instrument design camp is sure to pluck your harp strings. Campers will create a digital harp that is played by touch. After designing, building, and decorating their wood and acrylic instruments, campers will light them with color-changing LEDs. Campers will then program the sound and tone of their instrument before learning to play real songs No music experience? No problem. Our exciting game Harp Hero will help campers master their instruments in no time.


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.