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Discover exciting local summer camps that capture every child's interest. Register today!

Health & Fitness

Crystal Lake Park District

The Crystal Lake Park District really does have summer camp planning covered and, more importantly, there is a camp to fit every need. This year’s Summer Camp Survival Guide lists the many camp options offered at the park district. Families can choose an American Camp Association-accredited Full Day Camp (ages 3-16), District 47 Summer After School Camp, Preschool Enrichment Camp, Social Butterfly Preschool Camp, Sports Camps, Dance Camp, Pom Pon Camp, History Camp, Chess/ Math Camps and Robotics Engineering Camp.

Location

One East Crystal Lake Ave., Crystal Lake

Website

http://crystallakeparks.org

Phone

815.459.0680

Cary Park District

Camp ECHO is ready and in full force this summer! This camp for children and teens in kindergarten through 8th grade is jam-packed with a variety of non-stop activities that will keep your child going for the entire day. Camp ECHO is located in the beautiful Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area in Cary. The majority of the day is spent outside where children play, exercise, gain independence, learn life skills, make friends and have a memorable summer. In addition to arts, crafts, sports and games, campers will explore the outdoors through fishing, hiking, scavenger hunts and more. Plus, campers swim at the park district pool and go on a field trip each week. Also offered for younger children are Sunshine Camp (ages 3-5) and Tiny Tots Camp (ages 2-3) allowing young children to gain independence, make friends and work on those important social and motor skills.

Location

Fel-Pro RRR, 1520 Crystal Lake Road, Cary

Website

http://carypark.com/rccms/summer-day-camp

Phone

847.639.6100

Sage YMCA

Summer is the ideal time for kids to get up, get out and explore. The Sage YMCA is offering camp to give kids and teens an adventurous, active and healthy summer—one that will surely be described as “the best summer ever” for years to come. Like so many other Y programs, Y camp keeps kids moving, exploring and learning through the summer with programs that offer youth fun and unique experiences with an opportunity to explore the outdoors, meet new friends, discover new interests and create memories that last a lifetime. Enroll your child today and help them keep their minds and bodies active.

Location

701 Manor Road, Crystal Lake

Website

http://sageymca.org/sagedaycamp

Phone

815.459.4455

ChatterGirls Self-Esteem Program

Changing the Chatter: Celebrating ChatterGirls program goes beyond public education to assist young girls in developing life skills for becoming confident, strong young women. Girls meet for five consecutive days, June 26-30 or August 7-11. All participants receive a goody bag including T-shirt, journal and more!

Location

BCU, Community Room, 415 S. Main St., Crystal Lake

Website

http://chattergirls.net

Phone

815.404.8343

Dolphin Swim Club

Join Dolphin Swim Club over summer break for our swimming booster camps and stroke clinics. These camps boost swimming skills, hone stroke mechanics, and keep kids active and busy! Register today for our affordable camps by calling 847.854.1300. Mention The Weekender and ask for your $10 discount when you sign up for at least two weeks of camp.

Location

825 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake

Website

https://dolphinswimclub.com/locations/crystal-lake

Phone

847.854.1300

Immanuel Lutheran

Keep kids active all summer at Immanuel Lutheran Summer Camps for grades K-6. Seven sport camps and eight education camps, June 7-August 4, additional camps include Snapology using LEGOS. The camps are christian-based with 15 minute daily devotion. Campers receive t-shirt, take-homes and daily healthy snack. Trained and fully vetted teachers and coaches. Extended care before, during and after.

Location

300 S Pathway Court, Crystal Lake

Website

http://immanuelcl.org/discover/summer-camps-2017

Phone

815.459.1441

Arts & Crafts

Creative Arts Inc.

Draw, paint, sculpt and sew at Creative Arts Inc. Studio Art Camps. Weekly camps for ages 4-17 run June through August, Mon-Thurs, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.  Explore exciting new projects each week, led by professional artists and instructors. Outdoor lunch fun in the Dole Mansion’s spacious lawns and gardens, plus a mini field trip to the beach, will keep your young artist active and inspired to make art. Try oil pastels, watercolors, acrylic painting on canvas, fantasy/sci-fi, anime-style drawing, clay, and more – all in just four days!  At the end of each week, families are invited to a camp art show to celebrate their young artist and new art friends.  $180 per 4-day camp; all supplies included. Register online.

Location

400 Highland Ave., Crystal Lake (cottage behind the Dole Mansion)

Website

http://creativeartsinc.org/summer

Phone

815.219.9243

Amber's Art Place

Amber’s Art Place at the Studio Art Center in Lake in the Hills offers unique art camps and fun outdoor activities for ages 4-17 that encourage creative freedom and give individual attention. Camp theme is Art For Art Sake – campers choose their imagery. It’s $178 per four-day camp 134 per three-day camp; 5 percent off during open house house, March 4, noon-4 p.m.; 5 percent off for sibling.

Location

Trinity Commons, 9243 S. Rt 31, Lake in the Hills

Website

http://ambersartplace.com

Phone

815.404.6520

The Studio Art School

Drawing, painting, pottery and more happen at The Studio’s famous summer art camps. Each week brings a fresh variety of projects that challenge and engage the imagination and inspire your child’s creativity while developing art skills under the guidance of our dedicated staff. Weekly camps are 10-11:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday for grades 1st through 3rd; and from 1-2:30 p.m. for grades 4th through 8th. For grades 1st through 6th, a canvas and easel paint-a-long offering will guide campers though a new painting each day. Paint-a-long times are 6-7 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays.

Location

3316 W. Pearl St., McHenry

Website

http://thestudiomchenry.com/classes

Phone

815.385.3990

Sage Studio

Sage Studio Theatre Workshops at Raue Center For The Arts offers the ultimate learning experience for anyone interested in the world of theater. All classes are taught by working industry professionals and have a max class size of 16 to ensure personal attention and hands-on experience.

Location

26 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake

Website

http://rauecenter.org

Phone

815.356.9212

STEM & More

McHenry County College

If you’re dreading the annual “I’m bored” mantra from your kids this summer, take heart. McHenry County College summer kids programs offer a wide range of classes and camps for kids entering first through 12th grades that are specifically designed to keep kids busy, engaged, and maybe even light a spark for a future career. Camps include sports, STEM, cooking and more.

Location

8900 Rte. 14, Crystal Lake

Website

http://www.mchenry.edu/kidsandcollege

Phone

815.455.3700

Mathnasium of Crystal Lake

Did you know that most kids lose about two months of grade level equivalency in mathematical computation skills over the summer months? Summer math programs at Mathnasium of Crystal Lake can prevent summer learning loss and help students catch up or get ahead in math! Students in our summer programs receive a comprehensive assessment and each students’ learning plan is tailor-made for them to target their specific learning needs. The sessions are balanced between introducing new skills and developing problem solving skills and number sense all in a fun and caring environment. Programs are very flexible and you may choose how many sessions per week your child attends.

Location

28W Crystal Lake Plaza, Crystal Lake

Website

http://mathnasium.com/crystallake

Phone

815.526.3453

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