Day Camp 2016

Explore the Spirit of Chicago – My Neighborhood, Our City

As summer winds down, so do our day camp programs.
It was another great summer in the parks – keeping 40,000 kids active, engaged and safe.
We had a great time doing it –we hope our campers felt the same way.  Let us know:
 Take the 2016 Day Camp Survey

Late summer camps are available in many parks.  These camps run the second and/or third week of August.
View late summer camps & register now.

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What brings our campers back each year?

Affordable

Affordable

Most camps cost between $1 and $3 per hour. Fees vary depending on the program, but are always affordable.

Convenient

Convenient

You’re sure to find a camp near you, close to home or work, with convenient hours - choose camp alone (6 hours) or add in early bird and/or extended camps to cover the full day (8-10 hours, varies by park).

Fun

Fun

There’s so much to do! Variety of activities was the #1 reason parents chose our camps. 2016 camp theme: Explore the Spirit of Chicago –My Neighborhood, Our City, will bring an added level of fun to camp this year. Learn more.

Field Trips

Field Trips

The #1 reason campers chose our camps, behind parent’s decision. Campers go on at least one trip each week.

Staff

Staff

Our staff is great! The overwhelming majority of parents surveyed said the quality of staff met or exceeded their expectations. Learn more about the day camp staff.

Swoosh Summer Academy   Summer camp counselors are supported by Nike.  

Variety of Offerings

Variety of Offerings

Standard Camps: Day Camp (6-12 yrs), Play Camp (3-5 yrs.), and Teen Camps (13-15).

Numerous specialty camps are also available.

93% of parents said, "Yes, we’re sending our kids back next year!"

The top five things campers liked most about camp

Field trips
Field trips
Making new friends
Making new friends
Playing outside
Playing outside
Special activities
Special activities
Playing sports
Playing sports

What Patrons are Saying

Learn More About Chicago Park District Day Camps

Financial Assistance

The Chicago Park District has limited funds available to provide financial assistance for families who wish to enroll in the 2016 summer day camp program.

Lunch

Lunches and/or snacks will be provided for enrolled children at most camps.  View menus:  Main Menu, Vegetarian Menu, Gluten Free Menu, Field Trip Menu

FAQ's

Frequently asked questions about the Chicago Park District Summer Day Camp.

Important Dates

View Programs Online:
Monday, March 21, 2016
Online Registration Begins:
Monday, April 4, 2016  for parks West of California Ave.
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 for parks East of California Ave.
In-Person Registration Begins:
Saturday, April 9, 2016 for most parks. Some parks begin on Monday, April 11
Day Camp runs:
July 5 – August 12, 2016
Late Summer Camps* run:
August 15 – August 19 or August 26 (varies by park)
*offered at many parks

Source:  stats provided based on 2014 parent day camp survey.