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Summer camp opportunities abound at Schaumburg Park District

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  • Children play soccer in one of Schaumburg Park District's sports camps.

    Children play soccer in one of Schaumburg Park District's sports camps.
    Schaumburg Park District

Schaumburg Park District

Spend the summer in exciting camps at Schaumburg Park District!

The District will offer full and half-day camps for children with a variety of interests at the District's facilities and parks from June to August.

Hit a baseball, cartwheel in gymnastics and ollie on a skateboard! Children will have opportunities to participate in physical activity, enhance sports skills and have fun in sports camps. This summer's athletic camps will feature badminton, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, dodgeball, flag football, football, golf, gymnastics, kickball, lacrosse, pickleball, skateboarding, soccer, tennis, and track and field.

The District's athletic camps will be taught at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road; Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road; Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way; Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road; the District's tennis courts; and School District 54 schools. These camps are Schaumburg CAN (Children -- Activity -- Nutrition) programs. Schaumburg CAN's mission is to align the community around opportunities that build a foundation of healthy activity and nutrition for children.

Learn the skills needed to become the next great artist, actor or designer! The Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, will host cultural arts camps for children with a passion for the arts. The camps are a great opportunity for children to show off their talent, improve existing techniques and learn new skills. Cultural arts camps will showcase cartooning, ceramics, crafts, dance, drama, fashion design, interior design, jewelry, keyboarding, movie making, painting, poms and video game animation.

Early childhood camps for the area's littlest children will feature adventures, crafts, educational activities, field trips, healthy eating, LEGOs, outdoor exploration, swimming, songs and stories. Camps are led by qualified individuals with early childhood experience. Safety Town, The Great Safety Adventure and Safety Explorers will teach valuable safety lessons to children ages 5 to 8 at Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road.

Varied interests? General interest camps will allow children to take part in a variety of activities. Adventure Day Camp will let children ages 7 to 11 have a summer packed with swimming, field trips and recreational activities. New camp sessions will begin weekly. Other general interest camps will feature chess, computer game design, LEGO robotics, music making and strategic games.

Go outside and explore nature at Spring Valley! Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, and Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 201 S. Plum Grove Road, will offer summer camps with a focus on nature and farm-related themes for children ages 5 to 15. Children will explore every corner of Spring Valley in Valley Ventures Camp, complete farm chores in Chores and Chortles Camp, fish at different ponds in All About Fish Camp, and take care of farm animals in Farmer Boot Camp. New camps being offered this summer will feature rocks, animals, birds, insects, art projects, pioneer life and night hikes.

There are plenty of cool camp options for teens, too! The District will offer camps for teenagers to experience what life was like over 120 years ago in Historian's Apprentice Camp at Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley. Participants ages 13 to 15 will dress in historic clothing, cook over a wood burning stove, learn animal care and show off their new skills to the public. Teens can also check out the summer long Teen Voyager camp. The popular camp will give teens ages 11 to 14 the chance to enjoy a wide range of activities and go on field trips to museums, parks, swimming pools and baseball games. New Teen Voyager camp sessions begin weekly during the summer.

Get wacky outdoors with friends during the week! Wacky Wagon Camp for children ages 6 to 12 will run 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m., June 3 to July 18 at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane; Meineke Recreation Center; and the Community Recreation Center. This free drop-in camp program is held Monday through Thursday. The camp features outdoor play from Monday to Wednesday, swimming from Tuesday to Thursday, Thursday Expeditions and Fantastic Fridays. Pre-registration and fees are required for Thursday Expeditions and Fantastic Fridays.

District camps vary in cost and dates. Registration is now available at Schaumburg Park District facilities and Registration is ongoing until camps are filled.

For more information and the summer camps guide, visit or call (847) 490-7020.