SUMMER CAMP general information

  • 2024 Registration will begin on Monday, March 11 at 9am for Residents and Monday, March 18 at 9am for Non-residents
  • Registration will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to each week of camp or until the camp fills to the maximum number of participants.
  • Snacks and lunch are not provided by the Park District.
  • All campers should arrive to camp dressed in comfortable clothes that can get messy, socks, and gym shoes.
  • No refunds will be given for missed camp days unless cancelled by the Park District.
  • Waitlists will not be available for traditional day camps which includes Early Childhood camps, Kinder camp, Adventure camps, Teen Trekkers, Nature and Museum camps. If you do not get a spot in your preferred camp, please check online regularly to see if a spot has become available.
  • Age/Grade requirements have been set based on the age appropriateness of the camp activities and camp structure. For camps that are based on grade level, the participant must be entering that grade to participate in that camp.
  • All participants must be fully potty-trained and independent with bathroom needs.

traditional summer camp hours in 2024

Both Adventure Camps and Teen Trekkers will run from 9:00am-5:30pm with an option to add on before care from 7:00-9:00am. Kinder Camp will end at 4:00pm with an option to add on after care from 4 - 5:30pm. Campers may be picked up anytime between 4 - 5:30pm.

full-day CAMP PAYMENT PLAN

  • Enrollment in Traditional Day Camps automatically enrolls participants in a monthly payment plan.

    • Traditional Day Camps are defined as Kinder Camp, Adventure Camp, Teen Trekker, All-Day Nature Camp & Teen Wilderness Explorer Camp.
  • Upon registration, a $20 deposit is required to secure your spot. This deposit is applied towards each week of camp.

  • The monthly payments will be automatically charged on *May 15 for camp sessions 1-4; June 17 for camp sessions 5-8; and July 15 for camp sessions 9-11.

    • *Camp sessions 1 - 4 are no longer available for monthly payments. Enrollment in these weeks on or after May 9 will require full payment.
  • The $20 deposit becomes nonrefundable after the scheduled installment billing date has passed.

  • Any before care enrollments must be paid in full at the time of registration and are not a part of the monthly payment plan.

  • After care enrollment for Kinder Camp and Nature Camps must be paid in full at the time of registration and are not part of the monthly payment plan.

2024 Summer Camp Parent Manual (traditional full day camps)

Click the button below to review the Parent Manual for Traditional Full-Day Camps (Kinder Camp, Adventure Camps and Teen Trekkers).

parent communication

A "Welcome to Camp" email was sent May 22, 2024, with general camp information including what to wear to camp, what to bring to camp and camp policies. Please note, snacks and lunches are not provided at any camp. Following the initial communication, each camp will be emailed no later than the Friday prior to each session with specific camp information for the upcoming week.

Lincoln Center Camps: Welcome to Camp 

Rec Center Camps: Welcome to camp

Field Trip Calendars

REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Registration deadline is Wednesday prior to each week of camp or until the camp fills to the maximum number of participants.

CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TRADITIONAL DAY CAMPS

  • Cancellations/refund requests must be submitted at least 5 days before the camp start date.
    • Participants who withdraw before the scheduled installment billing date will incur a $5 service fee per participant, per camp.
    • If you cancel after the billing date but 5 days before the camp start date, the $20 deposit is nonrefundable.
    • If you cancel after the billing date and less than 5 days before the camp start date, your request will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the $20 deposit fee is nonrefundable, and the refund amount will be subject to a $5 late cancellation fee. A refund is not guaranteed.
  • If withdrawing for a medical reason of any kind, a doctor's note will be required for consideration and will be subject to applicable cancellation fees.
  • Self-cancellation prior to the billing date can be done online through your account. Or, visit dgparks.org/request-a-refund to complete a refund request form
  • No refunds will be given for missed camp days unless cancelled by the Park District.

participant information/Emergency forms

  • The Downers Grove Park District will be utilizing ePACT for camper information/emergency forms. Within 1 week of your camp registration, you should receive an email from ePACT to set up an account and complete your camper's electronic information/emergency forms.
  • Information/emergency forms for each camper must be completed through ePACT no later than the Wednesday prior to your child's first camp session and you only need to fill out the forms once regardless of how many camps your child is enrolled in.
  • Campers will not be allowed to attend camp until the information/emergency forms are completed.
  • If your camper is enrolled in a program that is currently using the ePACT system, you will receive an email from ePACT to verify your child's information is correct and up to date.

What to Bring to Camp Each Day

Full Day Camps
  • Backpack
  • Change of clothes
  • 2 snacks
  • Lunch
  • Filled re-fillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen (arrive already applied - sunscreen is for re-applying)
  • Kinder/Adventure Camp: all of the above PLUS a beach towel to sit on. A swim suit will be needed on determined water days.

Half Day Camps

  • Backpack
  • Change of Clothes
  • 1 snack
  • Filled refillable water bottle
  • Sunscreen (arrive already applied - sunscreen is for re-applying)

What to wear to camp eACh day

  • Comfortable clothing that can get messy/wet/muddy
  • Closed toed shoes/boots with socks
  • Sunscreen already applied
  • Nature Camps: all of the above PLUS insect repellant already applied and a hat is recommended

financial assistance program

In an effort to provide recreation, health and wellness opportunities to all residents, including those who are experiencing financial hardships, the Downers Grove Park District has established a Financial Assistance Program. Participants must reside wihtin the boundaries of the Downers Grove Park District to be eligible. For eligibility requirements or to donate to the Financial Assistance Program, please visit www.dgparks.org/financial-assistance-program.


Adventure Camp

June 3 to Aug. 9

Adventure Camp: This full-day, week-long camp for children entering grades 1 to 5 will keep kids having fun all summer! Every day brings something new, including arts and crafts, sports, field trips and special events. Summer camp field trip calendar will be available in Spring 2024. No camp June 19, July 4 and July 5


KINDEr CAMP

June 3 to Aug. 9

Check out this camp just for children entering kindergarten! This camp incorporates age-appropriate camp activities, art projects, group games, field trips and much more! Summer camp field trip calendar will be available in Spring 2024. No camp June 19, July 4 and 5.

REGISTER ONLIne

TRADITIONAL FULL-DAY CAMP BEFORE care

June 3 to Aug. 9

BEFORE CARE

Need summer camp care before 9:00 am? We've got you covered! Before care for all Traditional Full-Day Camps is available from 7:00 to 9:00am at the Lincoln Center. This camp is located at the Lincoln Center and will be a combination of all Traditional Day Camp participants. Adventure Camp 3rd-5th grade and Teen Trekkers will be bussed from the Lincoln Center to the Recreation Center every morning for the 9am start of camp. Before care registration must be paid in full at the time of registration and is not a part of the monthly payment plan. No camp on June 19, July 4 and 5.

 


 

THANK YOU TO OUR CAMP SPONSOR, JACKSON FAMILY DENTISTRY!