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Summer Camps


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Summer Camp 2021

We are thrilled to reintroduce our specialty summer camps for grades k-8! From Sports, to Arts, to Nature, we’ve got it all!  For summer pre-k summer programs, click here.

  • Payment plans, sibling discounts, and scholarships are available
  • Registration deadline is Monday, May 31


June 21-August 6 (Full Session)
June 21-July 16 (First Session)
M-F 9a-3:30p / After Camp 9a-3:30p (available at all locations with the exception of mini camps)

Registration Closed


We are busy implementing ways for our campers to safely participate in the following activities

  • Swim Lessons 1 x week (Grade K-2)
  • Open swim at Hidden Creek Aqua Park
  • Open swim at Rosewood Beach
  • Outdoor field trips in the Chicago metropolitan areas
  • Visits to Park District facilities and parks

Most importantly, this coming summer, your child will have a chance just to be a kid, getting the most out of summer! Couldn’t we all use a little of that?

Important Dates

Feb 3 – Resident Registration (Feb 10 for non-residents)
Mar 31 – Early Bird Discount Deadline
April 16 – Payment Plan registration deadline
May 1 – Refund deadline less $50 (no refunds after)
May 31 – Registration & Friendship Request deadline
June 7 – Parent manual emailed & week of parent meetings (virtual)
June 11 – Refund deadline for mini camps
June 14 – Camp forms due

 Safety Is Our Top Priority

The Park District is committed to the safety of our community.  We use the 3W’s and will do so at camp if it is still recommended. We will continue to follow safety guidelines from health experts and update our polices and practices accordingly. Changes to the summer camp curriculum, locations, or cancellations may be required, in which case you will be notified by email.

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To view our program guide, click here or on the image above.

Is my child old enough to participate in camp? 

Do you have a CIT Program?

  • To keep everyone safe, we will not have the CIT program for the 2021 season, we look forward to safely reintroducing it in 2022.
  • We have extended our camp offerings for campers through 10th grade, campers in grades 6 and up will be placed in groups and locations with other campers their age.

What are the camp hours?

  • May of our camps run from 9a-3:30p with the option for After Camp until 5:30p.
  • There are some variations to this scheduled based on the camp you choose.

Is door-to-door bus service available?

  •  To reduce exposure to campers of different groups, bus service is not available for the 2021 season, to extend your day, sign up for After Camp.
  • The camper’s parent or guardian must be able to provide reliable transportation to and from camp each day. Carpooling is discouraged, and only allowed for campers within the same group. As of now, due to the self-wellness assessment requirement, campers may not walk or bike to camp without an adult present.
  • First Student Inc. School buses will be used for field trip transportation. Open windows, AC, socially distant seating arrangements, and face coverings will enhance your camper’s safety during transportation.

How are camp groups formed? 

  • To help everyone make new friends, groups are randomly assigned.
  • Groups may be co-ed with a maximum of 12 campers in each group and up to 2 staff (not including directors or assistant directors).
  • Campers of the similar ages are grouped together, groups are not formed based on the school campers attend.

Do you take friendship requests?

  • Friendship requests may be submitted for 2 campers of the same age and gender.
  • Must be submitted by May 31.
  • Friendship requests must be mutual and submitted by both parties.
  • Anti-friendship requests, requests for groups larger than 2, or late friendship requests will not be honored.
  • Friendship requests are available online after registration.

Who supervises the campers?

  • Our camp directors and counselors are highly motivated, responsible, and have a proven track record of their ability to be an effective mentor and leader. They often times have previous experience in a camp or childcare setting.
  • Additional hands on supervision from seasoned  fulltime Park District staff
  • 12:2 camper to staff ratio.
  • All staff receives extensive training in first aid, behavior management, health, wellness and safety.

What if I need a refund?

  • Refund deadline is June 1, less a $50 service fee, no refunds after this deadline.

Can I switch to a different camp if I change my mind?

  • Requests for a transfer must be submitted by June 1. Transfer requests are contingent on availability.
  • There are no additional fees for transfers, a balance may be owed or a refund returned if there is a difference in price for the two camps.

We will only attend a few days a week, or a few weeks, can you accommodate us?

  • Voluntary absences including a late start or missed days will not be prorated or refunded, this includes travel or other personal reasons.
  • Schedules will not be modified or customized for individual families or participants.
  • If you have an emergency or illness that causes you to miss your camp, give us a call.

How do I get more details about camp after I register? Will I meet the staff?

  • Parent manuals and forms will be emailed to the main contact on the camper’s account the week of June 7.
  • Camp manuals, forms, and schedules will not be sent to multiple adults. These must be distributed to additional adults by the main contact listed on the account.
  • The Park District will host a virtual parent meeting the week of June 7 to answer questions prior to the start of camp.

How often do campers swim?

  • Campers in grade k-2 receive swim lessons 1x week. Lessons are designed to promote safety
  • Campers in grade k-2 are not permitted to use the deep end or slides regardless of skill level
  • Campers in grade 3-8 can take a swim test to be permitted to use the slides and deep end
  • The amount of open swim varies from camp to camp
  • Similar precautions will be taken for visits to beaches or swim facilities outside of the Park District.

Do campers eat at camp?

  • Campers must bring a sack lunch and water bottle to camp everyday.
  • Hot lunch is not provided.
  • Snacks or special treats like ice cream are occasionally provided.
  • Campers may not bring food baked or prepared at home to share with their camp group.

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.

How do you protect everyone’s health & safety?

Although camp and other recreation programs always have an inherent risk, the park district have taken several measures to promote safety and wellness in our programs.

  • Physical exams are not required but please do make staff aware of allergy or medical conditions.
  • Campers must be able to complete daily life tasks through verbal cues (including but not limited to, toileting, feeding, dressing, applying sunscreen, bug spray, keep track of personal items, and generally following instructions. For safety, physical assistance not provided).
  • Campers must arrive with sunscreen, lunch, water bottle, and be dressed in closed toed-secure fitting shoes in weather appropriate clothing.
  • Safety procedures related to Covid-19, health, hygiene, and general wellness recommended by the CDC and IDPH are implemented. These practices may change as information evolves but generally includes the following:
    • Patrons and staff must complete a self-wellness assessment every day upon arrival
    • Patrons & staff displaying symptoms of any illness may not attend camp until it is safe to do so as indicated by a health professional
    • Everyone must wash hands, wear a mask, and watch their distance
    • Facilities and surfaces are cleaned and sanitized
    • outdoor activities are prioritized
    • Sharing of supplies and equipment is limited to items that can be sanitized between use
  • Do you take temperatures or screen for Covid at camp?
    • No. For everyone’s safety, our goal is to prevent anyone who has symptoms, has been exposed, or thinks they may have been exposed, from entering our facilities or program. Therefore, we require everyone to take their own temperatures and complete a self-health assessment before arriving at the park district. This includes staff.

Will you require your staff to get vaccinated? Will they wear a mask if they are vaccinated?

  • Based on current information from health experts, everyone will be required to wear face coverings even if they are vaccinated.
  • At this time, vaccinations will not be required for employment.

Communicating with Us

  • Each camp has a specific Supervisor overseeing each camp, as well as a camp director. To communicate with us outside of camp hours, contact your camp supervisor or call us at 847-831-3810.
  • A list of camp supervisors and their contact information can be found in the Camp Program Guide.
  • Instructions for communicating with us during camp will be sent out in the parent manual in early June.

My child is too old for camp, can they be a counselor?

  • We are always looking for OUTSTANDING individuals to join our camp team. It is an extraordinary place to gain professionalism, be a leader and mentor, and earn some extra money. To apply, click here! 
  • To be a camp counselor, applicants must be at least 16 years of age and are able to demonstrate their communication and leadership skills, commitment, responsibility, and independence.
  • Parents, we strongly encourage on your interested applicant to contact us regarding potential employment. This demonstrates their commitment, independence, leadership skills, initiative, and responsibility. We are happy to chat with interested applicants
  • Applicants should have a background in a camp or childcare setting

Let’s Take Back Summer!