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Summer Camps

Registration for Camp Hometown has now closed. We look forward to seeing those who registered!

Looking for some summer fun?!  Check out some of our mini-camps!

 

Some Park District facilities are closed and some programs are canceled.  See a status update here.

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Registration for Camp Hometown is now closed, we look forward to seeing our campers!

There is still time to sign up for summer fun! Check out some of our Mini-Camps below.

Variety
Art & Dance Mini Camp
Hulapalooza Mini Camp
Musical Theatre WorkShop

Nature
Summer Seekers Mini Camp
Sun Sand & Science

Athletics
Baseball Mini Camp
Jv Sports of All Sorts Mini Camp
Girls Play Strong Mini Camp

 

 

Eligibility

  • Must be entering grade 2-8 in the fall of 2020
  • Must be a permanent Highland Park resident
  • 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. Campers may not walk or bike to camp without an adult present.

Staff Supervision

  • Hands on supervision from full and part time Park District staff
  • 10:2 camper to staff ratio
  • All staff receives extensive training in first aid, behavior management, health, wellness and safety

Camp Session Refund Policy

  • Refund deadline is June 15, less a $100 service fee, no refunds after this deadline

Transfers

  • Requests for a transfer must be submitted by June 15. Transfer requests are contingent on availability.

Parent Manuals

  • Parent manuals and forms will be emailed to the main contact on the camper’s account by June 22
  • 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 to answer questions prior to the start of camp

Health and 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.
  • Campers must adhere to a strict hand washing schedule,
  • High touch surfaces will be sanitized every 2 hours at minimum, or, after use
  • Surfaces will be cleaned throughout the day, and sanitized before and after the program begins
  • Toys and learning tools not able to be sanitized will not be used
  • The use of playground equipment is not currently permitted
  • Face coverings must be worn by campers, adults, and staff at drop off, pick up, on bus rides, in hallways, bathrooms, and when social distancing cannot be guaranteed. The park district will take measures to encourage social distancing like seat assignments, outdoor activities, barriers, and traffic flow patterns, to limit the need for a face covering
    • One reusable face covering will be provided to campers. Campers are welcome to provide their own if preferred
  • Campers must perform an at home self-health check before joining us at camp. Instructions will be included in the camper manual
  • Campers will be provided a camp kit to limit the need for sharing
  • Camp groups will not intermingle, this may be updated as information becomes available from IDPH, CDC, and local officials, and, deemed safe by the park district
  • Campers and staff displaying symptoms of illness will be removed from the group, and an approved adult will be required to pick them up. Campers will be supervised by staff when quarantined.
  • Campers may only return to camp after they have been fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever reducing medications, symptom free for 10 days, and a 14 day quarantine after possible exposure, and have a note from a physician indicating the above requirements have been met and it is safe for them to participate
  • If campers have illnesses like allergies, or other non-contagious conditions that may appear similar to a contagious illness, a note from a physician stating they are not contagious is required
  • To protect your camper and those they interact with, campers that do not adhere to camp rules and the above guidelines may be removed from the program

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.

Friendship Requests

  • For the 2020 camp season, camp groups will not intermingle
  • For the 2020 season, friendship requests will not be accepted. No exceptions.
  • If you would like your camper to be guaranteed to be in the same group as their friend, register for a location that only has one group per grade level.

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 17-August 2.
  • 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.

Camp Hometown
in lieu of specialized camps, including Nature Camps, the park district will be offering one general camp called Camp Hometown. This camp was developed for Highland Park families who previously registered for camp and need a safe and nurturing environment for their children while parents and guardians spend their day at work. To provide a safe and healthy environment for our campers, camp families, and staff, the camps can accommodate only a limited number of children. To learn more about Camp Hometown and register for camps, click here. 

 

Camp Hometown
in lieu of specialized camps, including Crew Camps, the park district will be offering one general camp called Camp Hometown. This camp was developed for Highland Park families who previously registered for camp and need a safe and nurturing environment for their children while parents and guardians spend their day at work. To provide a safe and healthy environment for our campers, camp families, and staff, the camps can accommodate only a limited number of children. To learn more about Camp Hometown and register for camps, click here.