camps

Camp trends

Camp has been an American tradition for more than 150 years. Some things at camp — forming friendships, having fun, practicing new skills and summer learning gains — will never change. However, trends do. Who goes to camp? In 2013, American Camp Association (ACA) estimated …

Some-camp for everyone

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Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) is an independent, nonprofit agency dedicated to serving both Chicagoland’s Jewish and greater communities as well as developing leaders and volunteers. JCYS is an all-inclusive organization that welcomes families of all faiths and backgrounds. It serves more than 2,000 …

Smartypants camp

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Summer camp is a great place for kids to do, see, and play during the summer months off from school. Better yet, the Chicagoland area has some great options for kids who love to learn and prefer activities that challenge the mind as much as …

Get your kicks at camp: Fill your child's summer with sports

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Sports summer camps are in no short supply. For little soccer players up to a world-class approach to footy with a little German flair, Hansa Soccer Camp in Buffalo Grove lets boys and girls grow their all-around talent as well as specialize in goalkeeping and …

Camp’s added benefits

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Going to summer camp is about so much more than just having fun and hanging out with friends. Summer camp also provides a safe environment for children to learn new skills and gain self-confidence, reaching far beyond summer. Learn New Skills “The foundation of camp …

The Gift of Resiliency

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All parents wish the very best for their child; wishes like happiness, success in school, fulfillment with their life and the ability to make and keep friends. Resilient children who can adapt to new situations can only realize each of these attributes. Camps are the …

Homesickness and camp: what to do if your child is away and lonely 

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While summer camp offers children a chance to experience many different activities, no one wants to spend the time wishing they could go home. Meredith Stevens, Camp Echo program manager with McGaw YMCA in Evanston, said that they remind campers that everyone gets homesick, including …

Top 10 things you never knew about camp

Top 10 things you never knew about camp Camp has become a staple of the summer season. Each year, millions of children, youth and adults head to the hills, lakes, valleys and parks to participate in the time-honored tradition of camp. While most people easily …

5 questions: Bravo Performing Arts Academy in Oak Park

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Bravo Performing Arts Camp in Oak Park is celebrating its 12th year this June. Here’s a Q&A with Tina Reynolds, Bravo’s artistic director and program manager, to describe this successful and popular summer option for kids. The summer program is scheduled for June 9 through …

Day and overnight summer camp

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Spending time at camp, day or overnight, is a brilliant way for children to develop, become inspired, make friendships, learn independence and have a fun experience over the summer. Daytime camp readiness Attending camp for a set amount of hours during the day is a …

Technology at camp

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Spring is right around the corner. Before we know it, summer camp will be in full swing. Camps are busy creating groups, scheduling activities and preparing for your camper’s arrival. Before long, you will be putting your camper on the bus and sending them to …

Hey, kids! Go play outside

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Get outside and take in the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Kids who participate in nature camp will greatly benefit from warm weather activities, connecting with animals, budding summer friendships and alfresco adventure. “The Park District of Highland Park’s Heller Nature Center offers a …

Happy camper

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These long, cold winter days sometimes make focusing on the fun of camp that awaits us every summer difficult. A great camp is more than just fun and games. Camp provides a tremendous opportunity for children to begin laying the foundation for a healthy and …

Theater kids shine at the  Metropolis Performing Arts Centre

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Located in downtown Arlington Heights, the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre (MPAC), which consists of a 350-seat theater, a ballroom, four classrooms and 13 music studios, has been entertaining and nurturing members of the community and beyond since 2000. The theater hosts more than 300 performances …

On giving summer camp the good, ol’ college try

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Kids that go to camp have transformative experiences. Not only do they learn valuable physical or mental skills but also they interact socially on a diverse level that exceeds what they’re able to do at home with siblings or parents. I would even go so …

Choosing the right camp for your child

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Every child can benefit from camp. That’s right. This statement might sound bold, but camp directors everywhere witness the power of camp and the transformative effect it can have on a child’s happiness, self-esteem and character. The key to ensuring that your child gains the …

Why to sign up for camp early

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Camp registration may not be the first thing on your New Year’s resolutions list. However, you have loads of reasons to enroll your child now — and it’s not just to secure a spot. Get discounts and special requests accommodated. Niki Papak, camp director at …

Camps keep kids moving and the benefits coming

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Camps that focus on physical activities — such as sports or the performing arts — aren’t just centered on skills and drills. These camps offer not only fun and fitness but also emotional and developmental benefits as well. By name alone, Legacy Sports Camps in …

On giving summer camp the good, ol’ college try

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Kids that go to camp have transformative experiences. Not only do they learn valuable physical or mental skills but also they interact socially on a diverse level that exceeds what they’re able to do at home with siblings or parents. I would even go so …

Camps for kids who need structure

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Camp can be a place of fun and learning, but some kids may need some extra structure in their summer camp experience. Here are regional camps that offer just that: Camp STAR: Camp STAR, based in Highland Park, is for youth ages 6 to 12 …

A model camper: On the circus and self-esteem

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For a fun alternative to a traditional summer camp experience, consider sending your child to CircEsteem Camp, located at 4730 N. Sheridan Rd. in Chicago. The mission of CircEsteem is to improve the campers’ self-esteem and interpersonal communication skills using fun and interactive circus activities …

Camps embrace technology

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Spring is right around the corner. Before we know it, summer camp will be in full swing. Camps are busy creating groups, scheduling activities and preparing for your camper’s arrival. Before long, you will be putting your camper on the bus and sending them to …

Is your child ready for overnight camp?

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Parents are going to know best when trying to determine if their child is ready to go to overnight camp. Gordie Kaplan, executive director of the ACA Illinois office, said that for most children ages 8 to 10 is when they are ready to stay …

American Camp Association announces alliance with the National Research Center for College & University Admissions

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The American Camp Association (ACA) is pleased to announce a new educational alliance with the National Research Center for College & University Admissions (NRCCUA), a nonprofit educational research organization that, for 40 years, has conducted the largest nationwide survey of high school students and serves …

Keeping kids healthy at camp

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Good nutrition and adequate sleep are probably not the first thing on your child’s mind while he’s at camp. Luckily, camps have their ways of making sure he and his fellow campers stay healthy. One of the biggest concerns at summer camps is hydration. “Staying …