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Camp Guide

Register today for one or more cool local summer camps.

Outdoors

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 Cary Park District’s solution to the summertime boredom blues for children in grades K – 8. Sign up now to give your child a summer vacation loaded with rich outdoor interactive experiences. Each week-long session offers a variety of daily activities including fishing, hiking, creating crafts, swimming at the Park District pool, playing sports, and exploring on field trips. Located in the beautiful Fel-Pro RRR Conservation Area, Camp ECHO is a perfect environment to ensure your child has a daily dose of fresh air, social interaction, physical activity, and mental stimulation all summer long. 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://ymcachicago.org/sage/pages/summer-day-camp

Phone

815.526.1679

Dolphin Swim Club

Keep kids active, healthy and busy all summer long when you join Dolphin Swim Club for swimming booster camps and stroke clinics. These week-long swim camps are for all ages and skill levels and are held in our warm, indoor, saltwater pools. Our skilled instructors will teach water safety, teach swimming skills and improve stroke mechanics. Camps run weekly all summer long! New this year: Live out your dreams of turning two feet into one tail during Mermaid U clinics for all ages. Classes for Sprites ages 3-6 and Pixies ages 6-9 (with an adult in the water with them) and Sea Maidens ages 9-15 will run weekly July- August!

Location

825 Munshaw Lane, Crystal Lake

Website

https://dolphinswimclub.com

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. $190 per 4-day camp; all supplies included.

Location

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

Website

http://creativeartsinc.org/summer

Phone

815.219.9243

The Studio Art School

This summer marks ten years of creative summertime fun at The Studio Art School.

Artsy elementary age kids will enjoy our Monday to Thursday camps, where all kinds of brilliant goodness goes on. Wednesday evenings, a guided paint a long is just the ticket after a busy day. Teens and Tweens get motivated and masterful during our fine art evenings, with projects planned to challenge and inspire. Fine art materials are always provided, and projects range and change from week to week. So join us for a brilliant time of art making, crafty creating, interesting antics and fun friendships!

Find your options and deets online at thestudiomchenry.com.

Location

McHenry

Website

https://www.thestudiomchenry.com

Phone

815.385.3990

STEM & More

Challenger Learning Center

Simulated space missions, super hero science and engineering design challenges are just a few camp adventures that will ignite the potential in your child. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) summer camps are available for children in Grades 1-12. Inspiring, exploring and learning … this is our mission. Register online, by phone or in person to make new discoveries with us this summer!

Location

222 Church St., Woodstock

Website

http://challengerillinois.org/summer-camps

Phone

815.338.7722

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

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