The Chicago Park District will offer a variety of virtual programs this summer, along with some in-person programs. Day Camp, Junior Lifeguards, gymnastics and late summer special recreation sports camps will be offered in-person. Participants in these programs will engage in activities that observe social distancing and other public health guidelines. Capacity will be limited in accordance with city and state guidelines. A virtual version of our standard day camp program and our special recreation day camp program will be available, along with other online classes such as arts & crafts, fitness, dance, and specialized special recreation programs.
Registration for in-person day camp began June 11 & 12. Registration for all other summer programs will be offered entirely online beginning Friday, June 26 at 9 am.
While the in-person camp experience will be different in several ways, many of the fun activities kids are used to experiencing will remain, such as arts & crafts, non-contact sports, wellness and nature-based activities, and in-house special events. The safety of all campers is our priority. Camps will run in accordance with state and city guidelines, limiting the number of campers we can safely program for at each park. Due to space limitations, camp will only be available for Chicago residents.
Spots are still available in some camps.
Learn More About Day Camp
This aquatics sports camp for ages 8-15 focuses on teaching participants the skills necessary to become a future lifeguard. Participants will learn to row a boat, paddle a rescue board and various rescue techniques at select beach locations throughout the city. The program runs from July 6 to August 14. All participants must successfully demonstrate swimming proficiency for their level in order to remain in the program. Any participant who is unsuccessful will be released from the program and issued a refund with a 15% penalty. Due to space limitations, this program will only be available for Chicago residents.
Learn more about this program: Junior Lifeguard Information Packet
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A selection of gymnastics classes, including three 2-week recreational camps, will be also offered this summer from July 6 through August 14. Due to the current health crisis many changes will be in place to ensure the safety of all. Changes include smaller ratios, lower targets, shorter training times, following health guidelines, and different procedures for drop off and pick up that will be strictly enforced. Training groups will have a staff to participant ratio of 1:9. Due to space limitations, these programs will only be available for Chicago residents. With these changes, the program quality will not be compromised and above all the safety of all patrons will be at the top of our list.
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Special Recreation Sports Camp
In late summer a limited number of in-person Special Recreation Sports Camps will be offered for children and adults with a primary intellectual or developmental disability, at various locations throughout the city. The parks hosting these camps will offer two 1-week sessions, from August 17 – 21, and August 24-28. Camps run Monday through Friday, from 9 am – 12 pm. Camps will run in accordance with state and city guidelines, limiting the numbers of campers we can safely program for at each park. Due to space limitations, camp will only be available for Chicago residents.
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Day Camp – more information to come
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Variety of Weekly Classes
Weekly virtual classes will be offered for a variety of activities such as arts & crafts, fitness and dance. These classes are offered for all age groups and most run four or five weeks from July through August.
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Special Recreation Day Camp
This virtual camp offers a wide range of activities for children and adults with a primary intellectual or developmental disability. Camps are taught by specially trained staff and include arts and crafts, games, fitness, theme weeks and much more. The program runs Monday through Friday, from July 13 - August 7, for two hours each day - morning or afternoon session times vary by park.
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Special Recreation Specialized Programs
The following virtual programs will be offered for the Special Recreation community this summer:
• For individuals whose primary disability is visual impairment: Goal Ball, Blind/VI Archery, Blind/VI Fitness
• For individuals with a physical disability or visual impairment: Paratriathlon
• For individuals with a primary physical disability: Adult WC Softball and Youth WC Softball
• For individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing: Camp Sign (youth) and Teen Leadership Camp (teens)
• Veteran and Active Military Community: Veteran Sports and Virtual Valor Games Midwest