Summer Camps

As the school year comes to a close, there are a few things parents should consider before sending their kids off to camp.

“I think they should look for a camp that really fits their child, ‘do they want their camper to be really active throughout the day? Do they want them traveling through the city or something closer to home?’” said Ashley Balsten, YMCA’s Safari Camp Assistant Director.

If you’re looking for a camp that will keep your kid engaged in different activities on a daily basis, the Naperville Park District has been around for years and has something for everyone.

“We have all these travel days of swimming, to field trips, and movies, it keeps things fun and allows kids to be excited about the next day,” said Beth Durso, Program Manager at Naperville Park District.

But if your kid is more of a history buff and would enjoy transforming into a pioneer, soldier, or even a treasure hunter, signing them up for camp at Naper Settlement would put them right into action.

“We have individual themes for each day, one day is all centered around CSI and spies and different detectives who work with a variety of groups around. The Naperville Police Department comes around and they do this whole forensics investigation,” said Anna Di Cosola, Learning Experiences Director at Naper Settlement.

Yet another camp in town focuses on molding future leaders, this special program by the YMCA aims to enrich campers minds all while giving back to the community.

“We started a camp called Camp E.D.G.E which stands for educate, develop, give, and experience. Three days of the week they spend time volunteering for other non-profits in community. We see a lot of growth with the kids who go to that over the summer they learn more about themselves and giving back to others and not just its playtime,” said Judy Ellertson, Executive Director of Fry Family YMCA.

These are just some of the samplings offered by these organizations, which have camps for kids of various ages. And though registration is still open, camp deadlines are quickly approaching.


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