Downers Grove Park District
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Spring Break Camps
American Girl Doll Camp - Spring Break Edition
Spend a week of camp getting to know different American Girl dolls and their stories in history. Each doll has a fascinating story which makes history fun to learn. Bring your favorite doll every day to share in crafts, stories and adventures. Location: Downers Grove Park District museum.
Strategy for Kids
Develop your child's logic, problem-solving and planning skills. In each class, children will learn two or three new skill based games (no luck or chance involved!) Both team and individual games will be played. There will also be a tournament with prizes! Location: Lincoln Center
Spring Break Escape Camp
Join us for awesome days filled with your favorite activities including field trips, games, sports, crafts and more. Meet new people, make new friends and have a good time! Location: Lincoln Center
Chess Spring Break Camp
Camp is designed for both beginners and experienced young players. All participants learn cool new strategies at the appropriate level from a renowned Chess Scholars coach. Each class consists of a fun interactive teaching period and guided practice time. There will also be a chess competition with prizes! Each camper takes home a chess set and an award. Location: Lincoln Center
Kids First Volleyball Camp
Spring into Volleyball! Games and instruction each day- players practice at the start of each session leading to competitive volleyball games. Excellent coaches prepare the players to succeed through the teachings of volleyball drills that will increase skills and safety. Location: Recreation Center
Kids First Flag Football Camp
Flag football camp teaches kids football safety preparation and aligning players' bodies giving them the best chance to avoid injury. This camp also includes skill positions training, techniques on speed, quickness, body balance, first step directional movements, football safety awareness, and sportsmanship. Location: Recreation Center
Kids First Spring Break Badminton
Spring Badminton Anyone! Badminton drills and games are played each session as coaches teach proper basics making the games fun and competitive. Camp offers training such as hand grips, racket positioning, serving, body balance, and first step directional movements for this fast and quickly paced game. Location: Recreation Center
Spring Break Nature Camp
Go outside after a long winter! Spend your spring break discovering all of the changes that happen at Lyman Woods during the exciting spring season! Each day of camp includes fun crafts, games, outdoor adventures and a mid-camp snack. Dress to be outdoors and to get muddy and wet.
Location: W.F. Sherman, Jr. Interpretive Center
Downers Grove Park District summer camps include action-packed sport camps, unique specialty camps, traditional day camps and our ever-popular preschool camps! Take a swing at our new golf camps or explore your historical side at one of our museum camps. It’s your chance to play at the Downers Grove Park District.
Summer Camp Philosophy
We believe in enriching activities that encourage social and emotional growth, promote respect and kindness toward others and foster a sense of pride and honesty in both action and words. It is our goal to provide opportunities for campers to expand their knowledge and skills, experience active fun-filled days, explore the outdoors and develop lifelong friendships.
Pee Wee Camp - 2 1/2 - 3 Years
Is your child ready to begin his or her journey into independence? Pee Wee Camp is designed to help young children transition into a structured program, where gaining independence and fostering socialization skills are emphasized. A caring and comforting environment with experienced teachers are the heart of the program. Creative expression, circle time and motor skill development will help your child get ready for their next classroom adventure. Class structure is consistent with the fall ThreeSchool program, the stepping stone to the Lincoln Learning Center Program.
Exploration Station: 3 - 5 Years Old
Preschool campers have a blast making new friends while enjoying stimulating activities in a supportive atmosphere. Creativity and imagination abound as campers actively engage in their world through arts & crafts, stories, songs, indoor and outdoor games and free play time. Camp activities enhance social skills and ease separation anxiety. Camp includes a daily nut-free snack.
Ready 4 Preschool Mini-Camp: 3 - 4 Years Old - NEW THREE DAY OPTION!
Ready 4 Preschool Mini-Camp combines the excitement of summer adventures with preschool-readiness themes that inspire children to learn and grow. The structure of camp is consistent with the Lincoln Learning Center preschool program, building a sense of continuity and familiarity. Themes are supplemented with crafts, songs, games and outdoor play. A nut-free snack is served during camp. Children are required to be potty trained.
Adventure Camp: 1st - 5th Grade (Full-Day Option); 1st - 3rd Grade (Half-Day Option)
|Thank you to our 2013 Adventure Camp and Teen Trekkers Sponsor!|
Adventure Camp offers children a traditional camp experience including group games, sports, skits, songs, stories, swimming, field trips, crafts and team building activities. Adventure Camp follows the motto: Play fair, play hard…doing your best is more important than being the best.
Flexible enrollment options include full and half-day weekly sessions, daily registration and extended care before and after camp.
Teen Trekkers: 6th - 9th Grade
Hey Middle School Students! Tired of sitting at home with nothing to do over the summer? Gather your friends and join us for Teen Trekkers. Your summer will instantly become a memorable one with laughter and crazy good times! Each week we travel around Chicago and the suburbs experiencing interactive, action-packed days with old and new friends. Favorite past trips include: Six Flags Great America, Navy Pier, Xtreme Trampoline, Game Works, rock climbing, a variety of water parks, Haunted Trails and more!
"I was very impressed with the counselors at the beginning of the summer when they were able to greet both my Teen Trekker and Adventure Camper by name. Both boys were impressed that they were remembered from last year.
Thank you for offering such a great program for Teens. They are difficult to keep amused and you are doing a great job.Thank you again for the high quality program and staff."
- Beth, Mother of 2013 Teen Trekker Participant
Junior Counselor Program: Entering 7th - 9th Grade
The Junior Counselor program allows young adults the opportunity to train to become a camp counselor. Participants will develop leadership skills by assisting camp staff with daily activities at Adventure Camp. It all starts with learning how to apply and interview for a summer camp job. From there, Junior Counselors will receive guidance in the areas of lesson planning,safety and organizational skills. A truly rewarding experience for young adults interested in working with children and serving as a role model.
Applications must be submitted along with an essay explaining why you wish to become a Jr. Counselor. All candidates must be available for an in-person interview.
Golf Camps: 4 - 18 Years Old
New Junior Golf Camps at the Downers Grove Park District Golf Course for ages 4 – 18 offer new golfers instruction on the basics of golf and experienced golfers the chance to continue to learn the game.
FUNdamental Sports Camps: 5 - 10 Years Old
FUNdamental Sports is a sports-based program that provides a holistic framework to facilitate learning and life skill development in today’s youth. We use sports as an opportunity for kids to connect with others, enhance their skills, and have a positive athletic experience.
Take FUN to the next level this summer with soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and sportsters multi-sport camps! For more information, click on Sports Camps in the Current Programs box at the top of the page.
Sports Camps: 5 - 14 Years Old
These week long camps focus on fundamentals, sportsmanship, teamwork and fun! Experienced energetic coaches provide professional instruction.
Nature Camps: 4 - 14 Years Old
Summer at Lyman Woods is full of exciting outdoor adventures! Summer camps are packed with nature exploration, crafts and games, muddy fun in the garden and plenty of nature play in the Wild Woods! Each camp is designed to encourage play in nature while introducing age-appropriate nature and science concepts. Our summer camp counselors are trained naturalists with a background in outdoor education. Parents will receive a detailed orientation packet via email.
Satisfy your historical interests and experience American History throughout the summer with a selection of nine distinct and interesting history camps. Sign up for a week or just a day with our new flexible schedules!
Receive a complimentary historic memento when you register and complete three weekly history camps. Camps are offered every week of the summer and are generally for children ages 7-12 years.