2021 Summer Camp
The Park District is pleased to announce it is offering a comprehensive selection of summer camps for kids of all ages and interests. From half-day preschool camps and our traditional SPARK day camp, to sports camps and & skate camps, fun will be the name of the game! For those who like to explore nature and science, we have you covered as well as creative arts camps for our future artists. Coming back this year are specialty camps for chess, LEGO, basketball, tennis, cooking and more. Due to State restrictions on pool capacity, only a few camps will be visiting the pool this summer.
Camp registration begins 8:30am on Saturday, March 13 for all Oak Park residents. Registration for non-residents begins 8:30am on Saturday, March 20. Payment plans are available. Register by April 30 with a $25 non-refundable deposit for each camp to secure your spot. Register early. Camp prices go up May 1. REMEMBER, please register your child for the grade he/she will be entering in fall 2021.
Virtual Camp Information Meetings
Not sure what camp to register for? Attend one, two or all of the virtual camp information meetings to be held March 8-10 from 6:30pm to 8pm where our program supervisors will provide you with camp details and answer your questions.
Click here for Open House Schedule and Zoom links. Or, click on each camp section below to see the recorded open house video:
Early Childhood Ridgeland & Gymnastics Sports & Ramp Camp
Teens Nature Camps Summer Creative Arts Workshops (SCAW)
Camp Spark Circus & Dance
Scholarship and CDM Programs
The Park District offers a Scholarship Program for those in need of financial assistance. Complete an application here. A Childcare Discount Membership Program is also available for all full-day camps. You must apply and get approval prior to registering for camp. Complete an application here.
Get on the Wait List
Camp maximums are established based on the current State and DCFS guidelines. These guidelines may change between now and the start of camp. If the camp you are interested in is full, PLEASE get on a wait list. Space may become available.
Summer Camp COVID-19 Guidelines
All Summer Camp programs follow current state and local COVID-19 guidelines. The Park District will continue to make adjustments as new guidelines are introduced. Detailed safety protocols and camp information will be communicated by each Camp Supervisor closer to the start date of each camp. If you have any camp questions, please contact Customer Service at 708.725.2000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camp Timeline
Friday, March 5, 2021 - Release of the new Summer Camp Guide.
Saturday, March 13, 2021 - Registration opens to all Oak Park residents
Saturday, March 20, 2021 - Camp registration opens to all non-residents
Saturday, May 1, 2021 - Camp fees increase
Monday, June 7, 2021 - Camps begin on or after this date
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).
Health & Emergency Information
Once you register your child for camp, you will be contacted to complete a health and emergency contact form which must be submitted prior to the start of camp.
For more information about summer camps at the Park District of Oak Park please contact Customer Service at 708-725-2000 or email@example.com.