Cool Camps

Summer camps throughout the area are in full swing, and some are taking camping to the extreme. A few campers this summer are trading in their fishing poles and sleeping bags for guitars and amps. School of Rock in downtown Naperville is giving kids who love music an opportunity to rock out with their summer camp program.

“They start learning the songs on Monday and it’s like a crash course of being in a rock band,” says Show Band Director Patrick McKenna. “On Friday, they take it to the stage.”

Enrollment for School of Rock summer camp is now open, and campers get to improve their talents at guitar, base, keyboard, drums, or vocals.

Campers at Vertical Endeavors in Warrenville are enjoying a different kind of rock this summer, scaling the walls of Illinois largest indoor rock facilitates. Camps run weekly whenever school is out and climbers ages 6 and up are introduced to this extreme sport by a team of professional instructors.

“Our gym is set up so new climbers can come in and try the walls,” says Facilities Director Scott Williams. “It’s something where they can just climb at their own level.”

“I feel proud of myself for getting to the top,” says ten year old camper Jay Batra. “It’s a big achievement for me because this is my first time climbing.”

Camp can also be a way for children to excercise their mind as some future Einstein’s discovered at Naperville Park District’s Little Scientists Camp. Designed especially for preschoolers, this camp lets kids discover through experimentation and hands on learning.

“We really have the philosophy of learning through play,” says camp counselor Carol Terrazzano. “We will give them guidelines and they will explore and learn on their own.”

Whether it’s rocking out or rock climbing, the Naperville area has a variety of camps that offer a unique summer experience.


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