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Summer Camps

We set the bar “high” for our camps and that is why more and more families continue to spend their summers with us.
Your child will have a chance to get a little dirty, make new friends, build self-esteem, spend time every day in the great outdoors, be part of a team, and have a sense of belonging. And, most importantly your child will have a chance to just “be a kid” getting the most out of summer!

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Come Explore…Summer Camp!

From the arts to sports, from outdoor adventures to circus – give your child the opportunity to jump out of his/her comfort zones and into exciting, healthy and safe new worlds to explore and discover this summer!

Choose from over 25 summer camps! You are sure to find that special camp that fits your child’s unique interests and your busy schedule.  Plus, you can’t beat the Park District for a truly terrific camp experience at affordable prices!

Flexible Options

Make summer camp a breeze for you and your family with these great options:

2018 Session Lengths & Dates: 
7 Weeks: June 18-Aug 3 
4 Weeks: Jun 18-Jul 13
3 Weeks: Jul 16-Aug 3

Busing… Door-to-door bus service is available for many of our camps
Extended Care… Before & After Camp offers convenient care in the mornings and afternoons when you need to extend the day a little longer.

Camps are structured with a variety of activities and outdoor play to maximize the fun and contribute to your child’s physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.  Our staff is trained to reinforce the value of friendship, good sportsmanship, celebration of achievement, and “Can Do” attitudes.

So, what are you waiting for…. come explore the Park District of Highland Park summer camps….

CampAgesDescription
Before & After Care
Before/After CampGrades 1-8Gear up for camp or wind-down after the day is done.
NEW! Swim 'N Gym After CampGrades 1-8Finish your camp day with a splash! Spend the afternoon swimming in the indoor pool and playing in the gym.
Counselor In Training
CIT Leadership CampGrades 7-10Too old for traditional camp but not old enough for a job? This camp is for your child!
Early Childhood & Kindergarten
Camp Sunshine & More Camp SunshineAges 3-5The perfect "first camp" opportunity. Each day is filled with exploration, socialization, confidence building and creating memories!
Variety Camps
Crew CampsJunior Crew: Grades 1-2

Senior Crew: Grades 3-7
No need to choose one favorite activity... we have them all! Crew is the total package!
Creative Camps
SpotlightersJunior Spotlighters: Grades 1-2

Senior Spotlighters: Grades 3-7
Spend your summer acting, dancing, and singing your your way to the big stage!
Big Top/Little TopGrades 4-8Run away to the circus for a once in a lifetime camp experience! Discover hidden talents and learn skills you can't learn anywhere else!
Nature Camps
Sand TrackersGrades 1-2Ahoy Camper! Spend your summer hunting for treasure, playing in the sand and discover nature's wonders.
Coast GuardiansGrades 3-4Discover the treasures of Lake Michigan as a true beach explorer!
TrekkersGrades 5-6Adventure Seekers Wanted! Make your own path through the wilderness at this non-competitive, out of the ordinary adventure camp!
Outdoor Adventure CampGrades 7-9From camping under the stars to caving in the depths of the Earth, or speeding through the trees on a zip line. Build confidence and experience the great outdoors this summer!
Sports Camps
Jr. Varsity SportsGrades 1-4Get outside for an action-packed summer playing sports and having fun along the way!
Varsity SportsGrades 5-8Sports are fun, but it is REALLY fun when you can play with your friends and become a better player along the way!
Girls Play Strong CampGrades 3-6Learn from the best sports instructors in the area, build meaningful friendships, and take on new adventures all summer long!
NEW! Girls Play Golf CampGrades 3-8Looking to start your camp season with something different this 1 week class teaches girls the basics of golf!
NEW! HP Golf Academy Pick-a-WeekGrades 3-8All the greatness of HP Golf Academy with the flexibility to pick your week!
Highland Park Golf AcademyGrades 3-8Get into the game with the finest in PGA golf instruction! We'll give you the tools to improve and have fun playing!
Tennis AcademyAges 7-16Whether you are a serious player or picking up a racquet for the first time, the Academy is a great way to build fundamentals.
NEW! Top Spinners Frosh/JV PrepGrades 9-12Elevate your opportunity to excel at your High School tryouts. Focus is on doubles play and strategy. (indoor camp)
End-of-Summer Mini Camps
Mini Camp SunshineAges 3-5Continue the camp fun! we'll enjoy field trips, arts and crafts, outdoor game, songs, and story time!
Tennis Camp MiniAges 7-16Extend your summer tennis camp experience with expanded instruction in tennis basics.
Mini CrewGrades 1-5Extend your summer with games and activities. Get creative in arts, and come along for fun field trips!
Hook, Line and SinkerGrades 4-8For fish-fanatics! Perfect for boys and girls who love to fish.. or those who would like to learn!
Girls' Outdoor ChallengeGrades 4-8Challenge yourself (and your new best friends) to exciting new outdoor experiences!
NEW! Mini-Post Golf CampGrades 3-8Looking to extend your camp experience for the summer? Golf keeps you outdoors and we give you the skills to kick up your game!

Age Requirements

  • When choosing an age-appropriate camp for your child, please to sure to use the grade that your child will be entering in fall 2018
  • Preschool campers must be of age by the first day of camp
  • Five-year olds must be entering Grade K in 2018

Staff Supervision

  • Each camp is supervised daily by a qualified adult director.
  • Some camps, depending on size, also have an assistant director.
  • Each camp’s high school- or college-age counselors are chosen carefully by the Park District for their demonstration of maturity and enthusiasm.

All camp staff members complete an extensive training program, which includes supervision and safety techniques, activity development and first aid.

Camp Session Refund Policy

Full Camp:
1. A full refund (less a $50 service charge per camp session) will be given if a camp refund form is properly submitted to the Park District before 5pm, Feb 29. This cutoff date also applies to the second session of camp.
2. A full refund (less a $200 service charge per camp session) will be given if a camp refund form is submitted to the Park District after 5pm, Feb 29 and before 5pm, May 13. This cutoff date also applies to the second session of camp.
3. No refunds are granted after 5pm, May 13. There are no exceptions to this policy. This cutoff date also applies to the second session of camp.
4. Bus transportation fees for all services are not refundable after 5pm, April 22.

Mini Camp and Extended Camp:

A full refund (less a $50 service charge per camp session) will be given if a camp refund form is submitted to the Park District before 5pm, June 17. No refunds are granted after this date. There are no exceptions to this policy.

Transfers

  • For all camps, except Heller Nature camps, transfers from one camp to another must be made before 5pm, April 22.
  • Transfers involving Heller Nature camps must be made before 5pm, April 1
  • If additional fees are required, payment is due at the time of transfer.

Parent Manuals

Parent manuals for camps beginning in June are mailed at the end of May.  Manuals contain all of the information you’ll need to know about camp, including lunch, field trips, swimming activities, camp clothes, hours, busing schedules, and more.

Camp Location Changes

Please note that a camp location may be changed from time to time due to unforeseen building repairs and construction schedules. The Park District of Highland Park would like to recognize and thank School District 112 and 113 for use of their facilities.

Communicating with Us

  • Contacting the Office… If you need to leave a message for staff members or call in for a sick child, call 847.831.3810 beginning at 8 am, Monday – Friday, June 20-August 5.
  • Contacting Your Child’s Camp Director…  All camp directors are equipped with a cell phone.
    Peace of mind and the safety of your camper are only a phone call away!
  • Reporting Safety Concerns… We are committed to providing a safe place for recreational activities and encourage you  to report safety concerns about our facilities and parks by calling 847.831.3968.  Leave a message any time of the day, seven days a week. We want to know if you see something that concerns you.
  • Camp Newsletter… In keeping with the Park District Green Initiative, our camp newsletters are paperless. The newsletters will be emailed to you and most camp newsletters are available on the Park District website.

Health and Safety

Emergency Form
The Park District does not require children to have a medical examination to attend camp. However, it is important to accurately complete the emergency form that is included in your parent manual. If your child has special needs such as allergies, phobias or medical alerts such as epilepsy or asthma, please include this information with home and work phone numbers on the form we provide. These forms must be returned to your camper’s director on the first day of camp.

Camp Nurse
The camp nurse is accessible to staff during camp hours by cell phone and reviews all emergency forms, medical forms and accident reports, assists in medical distribution, checks first aid supplies and assists in other areas.

Special Accommodations ADA Information
The Park District of Highland Park encourages participation by everyone! If you or a family member have special needs and would like to participate in a program, we will be happy to make reasonable modification(s) to meet your needs. Please indicate on the registration form or online if you would like information regarding our inclusion programs and/or specifically identifying any need for and request for reasonable modification(s) according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Park District of Highland Park provides recreational opportunities for all residents of Highland Park. People with and without disabilities are encouraged and invited to register for all Park District of Highland Park programs of interest. People with disabilities will not be discriminated against in the delivery of Park District of Highland Park programs.

To discuss our policies, programs or services or to raise a claim of discrimination on the basis of disability, contact Liza McElroy, our ADA Coordinator, at 847.831.3810.

Friendship Requests

Friendship requests may only be submitted for:

  • Junior & Senior Crew
  •  Junior Varsity & Varsity Sports
  • Girls Play Strong
  • Coast Guardians
  • Sand Trackers
  • Junior & Senior Spotlighters
  •  Camp Big Top/Little Top (Session I only)

In the spirit of teaching children adaptability, friendship requests serve to join a pair of campers rather than separate them.  Due to the unique structure of activities at all other camps, children are placed into camper groupings and friendship requests are not available.

Guidelines for friendship requests:
The Friendship Request Form is located in the center spread insert of the 2018 Summer Camp brochure

  • Only one friend may be placed with your child, and both must be entering the same grade in the fall and be of the same gender
  • You may only request one friend, and that friend must also request you (you may turn in your requests separately)
  • Friendship requests that list more than one friend will not be honored
  • Friendship requests are only accepted if the form in the brochure is completely filled out
  • Friendship requests are not accepted after 5pm, May 13
  • Friendship requests cannot be submitted online. Requests must be dropped off at West Ridge Center before May 13 at 5pm for online registration