2018 Summer Camp Guide is Here! Registration Going on Now!
Registration for summer camp is now open. Registration is first-come, first-served. There is no more lottery. Select a camp topic of interest below:
2018 Summer Camp Brochure
Browse Summer Camp Listings by Age or Interest
2018 Camp Timeline
Registration Deadlines and Refund Policy
2018 Summer Camp Manual
Payment Plan and Scholarship Info
Health and Emergency Info
Summer Camp FAQs
Summer Camp Timeline
January 18, 2018 - 2018 Summer Camp brochure released online.
February 3, 2018 - 2018 Summer Camp Registration opens to Oak Park Residents at 8:30 AM on a first come-first served basis.
February 3, 2018 - 2018 Summer Camp Open House at Ridgeland Common Recreation Complex (415 Lake St. Oak Park, IL 60302) from 8am to 12 noon. Come get any of your camp questions answered and register on the spot with our customer service staff!
February 10, 2018 - 2018 Summer Camp Registration opens to Non-Residents at 8:30 AM.
April 2, 2018 - Last day to take advantage of the 2018 Summer Camp Payment Plan (more information below).
Mid-April, 2018 - Balance due statements sent to all customers using the 2018 Summer Camp Payment Plan.
April 30, 2018 - Last day to take advantage of Early Bird camp prices!
May 1, 2018 - Full payment for all camp sessions must be made by 5 PM or the Park District will cancel registrations. Prices go up $5 for 1/2 day and extended day camps and $10 for full day camps.
May 29, 2018 - Please have all 2018 Participant Emergency Forms completed by this time so our staff has time to create authorized pick-up lists and allergy lists.
June 4, 2018 - First day of camp!!
Registration Deadlines and Refunds
Register Early and Save! If you register by April 30, you will receive a reduced camp rate! Fees increase May 1 to 2018 rates. Prices go up $5 for 1/2 day and extended day camps and $10 for full day camps.
The deadline for registration for summer camps (unless indicated otherwise) is 5pm on the Thursday prior to the start of each session. This allows the Park District to properly and safely staff our camps.
If you should need to cancel a camp registration, a $25 cancellation fee will apply to all refunds for each session of park district camps if camp fees are $150 or more; $3 cancelation fee for camps under $150. Cancellation requests must be made to program supervisors or customer service a minimum of two weeks prior to the start of camp to receive a refund. Refund requests within two weeks will only be considered if the vacated spot can be filled with another participant.
Summer Camp Payment Plan and Scholarships
Camp payment plans are available thru April 2nd for the summer of 2018. A $25 non-refundable deposit is required for each camp session. Full payment for ALL camp sessions must be made by 5 PM, May 1, 2018 or the Park District will cancel the registrations. Customers will receive a statement with their balance due during the month of April.
To take advantage of the payment plan when registering online just change the overall payment amount on your “Begin Checkout” screen to reduce the payment amount to $25 for each camp in your cart (so for 2 camps, the total require deposit is $50).
Scholarships for camps are available to eligible families. Depending on your household size and income, qualifying households may get 75%, 55%, or 35% of fees covered toward registration fees up to $300 maximum per person with no maximum per household! See more info about scholarships.
2018 Summer Camp Listings
Please read each description carefully to be aware of the offerings of each camp. In addition to our outstanding supervisory staff and low camper-to-counselor ratios, our camps include arts & crafts, swimming, sports, games, exciting field trips, a cool t-shirt and much more. We provide the best and most economical camp experiences around.
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The Park District of Oak Park is proud that many of our camps are accredited by the American Camping Association (ACA). This nationally recognized program, developed exclusively for the camp industry, focuses on program quality, health and safety issues. It also requires us to review every facet of our day camp operations on an annual basis. We have voluntarily submitted to this independent audit by camp experts and have earned this mark of distinction.
Staff to camper ratio for ACA Accredited Camps is 1:6 for campers ages 3-5, 1:8 for campers ages 6-8, and 1:10 for campers ages 9-13. Campers must be within the camp’s age range by the first day of the session they are signed up for. Any registration submitted without a date of birth will be held until the date is verified. Parents or caregivers will be required to sign their children out of camp on a daily basis, unless we have written permission in advance for a child to go home on their own, in which case the child will sign themselves out of camp (only allowed for campers ages 10 and up). Each camper will receive a camp t-shirt for the first session of camp in which they attend.
Health & Emergency Information
Youth and Participant Emergency Forms are necessary for the safety of our campers, and staff will not allow campers to be dropped off without having one on file. We ask that parents complete the online participant emergency form on or before the Thursday before camp starts so that we can have time to prepare for camp. Parents will receive from Camp Doc with a link to complete their child's emergency form.
If your child will need to take medication while at camp, the Medication Dispensal Form must also be filled out. No medication (including inhalers or bee sting kits) will be dispensed unless this form has been completed. Get additional prescriptions filled now so we can keep them on site throughout the summer.
If your camper has an allergy or a special accommodation request, please indicate this information upon enrollment. While an allergy free campsite cannot be guaranteed, staff will work with you to make the environment as safe as possible for your camper.
For more information about summer camps at the Park District of Oak Park please contact Customer Service at 708-725-2000.