Welcome to the 2013 Champaign-Urbana Area Summer Camps Guide! If you are looking for quality experiences for your child this summer, you’ve come to the right place. Registration for summer camps is now up and running at many organizations, although some may not have information ready yet.
Thank you so much to our featured listing sponsors for helping to make this guide possible: Amara Yoga & Arts; The Little Gym; Champaign Park District; Savoy Recreation Center; Urbana Park District; I-Power Gymnastics; Champaign County Forest Preserve District; Countryside School; Next Generation; and Leaders for Life Martial Arts. If your organization would like to have a featured listing, please contact us at editor(at)chambanamoms.com.
Kids Art & Yoga Camp at Amara Yoga & Arts
Dates: Week 1: July 8 – 12 – Public Art and Famous Paintings; Week 2: July 15–19 Shadow Puppets & other Puppet Friends; Week 3: July 22 – 26th – Dragons and Fairytales Galore!; Week 4: Build a Fairy House and Fairies to Live in it. Monday – Friday 8:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Ages: 4 -11
About: Summer camp at Amara will be a blend of art and yoga in a fun and relaxed environment. Art activities will be fun and open–ended. Kids learn basic yoga elements through focused breathing, play, storytelling, balance and creative visualization. Cost: $129/week ($119/week for 2nd sibling).
Parent Comment: ”Ms. Kathryn’s art classes have helped my daughter explore different kinds of art in a creative yet structured way: Lily has crafted colorful mandalas, designed and created unique dolls and stuffed animals, experimented with classic art forms such as portraiture and painting and has even learned to weave and sew. In short, Amara Yoga and Arts and Ms. Kathryn manage to balance wonderful instruction with just the right amount of freedom and play-a winning combination for my eight-year old!” – Veronica Hemrich
The Little Gym
Dates: Camps start the week of June 3rd and end on August 23rd. Times are Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays 9 a.m.- 12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
About: Every week during Summer we have camps available to members and non-members on Mondays, Wednesday & Fridays 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and Tuesday and Thursday 1pm – 4pm. Each week we have a different theme and each day has different activities. Half way through each 3 hour camp we have a snack and craft time. The themes are Cars Planes truck and trains, X-treme sports of all sorts, Superhearo’s, Lights camera action, Secret agent gyms bond, Hip hop karate chop, The Little Gym Olympics, Barnyard Bonanza & Sky rangers. The kids have a blast!!!
Parent Comment: I love The Little Gym camps! My favorite part is how flexible they are. You can pick any day, morning or afternoon-or both! My son loves going to camps and I love knowing that he is safe and having a great time!
Champaign Park District
Dates: Camps run from June 3 to August 9 and are available with both full and partial day options.
Ages: Champaign Park District offers a variety of summer day camps for children of all abilities ages 6 to 15.
About: Camps are held at a variety of locations including the Leonhard Recreation Center, Springer Cultural Center, Douglass Recreation Center and Hays Recreation Center. Scholarships are available for families facing economic hardship. Registration begins March 15 for residents and March 25 for non residents. For more information go to www.champaignparkdistrict.com.
Dates: June 8 to July 16
Ages: 3 to 12 years old
About: What are your kids doing this summer? Have them spend it with the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. Choose from a variety of day camps at Lake of the Woods in Mahomet or Homer Lake near Homer. If they are interested in nature, want to know what it was like to live on the grand prairie, discover the world of gardening or hit the links at Lake of the Woods Golf Course then these camps are for them!
Parent Comment: “My boys came home every week with something new and exciting to share with the family. Love this program!”
Next Generation Science Camp for Middle Schoolers
Dates: May 27-August 16
Ages: Students who have completed fifth through seventh grade
About: NGS Middle School Science Summer Camp offers a unique combination of structured and unstructured activities. With daily labs and explorations, visits to the University of Illinois campus, along with swimming and games in the afternoon, there will be plenty to keep your middle school student engaged and having fun this summer. Space is limited, sign-up early.
Parent Comment: “I have been waiting for Next Generation School to start a summer camp for middle school students! We will definitely be attending this summer!”
Urbana Park District
Dates: One-week sessions that meet 8:30am to 3pm, Monday-Friday, June 3 to August 2. Extended camp is available until 5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Earlier drop off times are available for some camps.
Ages: Preschool through middle school
About: Nature Day Camp, Summer Arts Camp, Sports and Aquatics Camp are offered by the Urbana Park DIstrict. Each session includes filed trips and this summer the district adds back outdoor swimming to the list of activities (at the new Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center.) Teens and middle schoolers can get involved with camp as well. Teens in Action Camp is a service learning experience. Counselors In Training volunteer time all summer and assist with camp activities. Junior Counselors learn valuable skills in this summer job. Check the park district program guide–available from the home page–for dates, times, fees and descriptions. Early bird registration pricing going on now for all summer camps.
Parent Comment: “Thank you for providing a fun and creative environment! I appreciate the balance between indoor art activities and outdoor play. Also, my daughter loved the two afternoons of swimming. Overall we were very happy with the session and look forward to more in the future!”
Dates: June 3-August 23. Most are Monday-Friday week long camps; Offering morning and afternoon camps, numerous themes to choose from. Each camp has a different time, but they all range in between 7:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
About: Offering a variety of morning and afternoon camps to suit your needs. We are including a healthy sack lunch program that is free to our all-day campers. With lots of activities to maintain a physically active program coupled with some valuable life skills that will last your child a lifetime.
Parent Comment: My son has loved the two summers he’s spent participating in the half-day All-Star Sports and Baseball Camps at Savoy Recreation Center. He comes home happy, tired and excited to go back again the next day. — Dana G. Williams
I-Power School of Gymnastics, Inc.
Dates: Full Week Camps (8 a.m. – 5 p.m.) June 10-14 – Nutrition/Gymnastics Week; July 8-12 – Olympic Sports Week; August 5-9 – Gymnastics Week; August 12-16 – Bouncy House Week. Half Day Camps (1 – 4 p.m.) June 3-7; June 17-21; June 24-28; July 1-5; July 15-19; July 22-26; July 29 – August 2. Wee (Preschool) Camps (8 a.m. – noon) June 3-7; July 15-19; August 12-16.
About: We offer summer camps for all age groups, all summer! Our camp focus is fun through fitness!
Parent Comment: “”Camps at I-Power Gymnastics keep the kids moving from the beginning to the end!”
Dates: Different camps offered weekly for various grade levels during June (Session 1 – June 10-14, Session 2 – June 17-21, Session 3 – June 24-28). Camps meet Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 12 noon.
Ages: Kids entering Kindergarten – 9th grade depending on the camp. Camps open to students from any school.
About: Our summer camps are open to ANY student from ANY school. Choose from weekly specialized camps in art, computers, sports, LEGO robotics, books, science, crafts, and much more. Detailed information and enrollment forms are available on our website.
Parent Comment: “My children have attended these camps since Kindergarten. I love that both of them could choose camps to match their interests from LEGO robotics and digital photography to theater and volleyball.” – mother of a 4th grader and a 7th grader
Spanish Summer Camps
Dates: Session 1 June 3-28; Session 2 July 8 – Aug 2. Camps meet 5 days a week (Monday-Friday) morning (8:30 –12:00) or afternoon (1:30-5:00); or full time (8:30—5:00). Minimum 2 weeks: any session, any week, morning or afternoon
Ages: 4 to 11
About: The University Language Academy Spanish summer camps are open to all children who want to explore Spanish as well as for children of Spanish-speaking families. Children will have the opportunity to explore or continue developing the language and gain knowledge of the rich cultural traditions of the Spanish-speaking world through stories, games, outside play, songs, and crafts while being immersed in Spanish. Our teachers are native or near-native Spanish speakers with experience working with children. The main purpose of our classes is that children hear, understand, and produce Spanish. In order to do this in a meaningful and entertaining way, children perform a variety of activities and tasks.
Parent Comment: “We went to Puerto Rico this summer, and our 4-year-old daughter spoke better Spanish than we did!”
Leaders for Life Martial Arts
Dates: Session 1, Pirates vs. Ninjas, June 3-7 ; Session 2, Super Hero Camp, June 10-14; Session 3, Mario and I-App camp, June 17-21; Session 4, Minute-To-Win-It/Fear Factor, June 24-28; Session 5, World Champ Camp, July 1-3; Session 6, Rank Camp, July 22-26; Session 7, Water Wars, August 5-9
Ages: 4 and up
About: Not just kicks and punches… summer camp at Leaders For Life works hand in hand with your efforts as a parent providing the Life Skills necessary for your child. Each day is full of fun activities designed to challenge and educate.
Parent Comment: “My kids really enjoy going to camps at Leaders For Life. They like that there are different things to do every day. They don’t want to be late in the morning and want to stay until the very end. As a mom I don’t need to worry when they are there.”
St. Peter’s UCC Summer Theater Camps
Dates: Storybook Theatre Camp, June 10 – 21, 9:00 -3:30, Ages 7 thru 15; Puppet Camp, July 15 – 19, 9:00 – 3:30, Ages 6 thru 15; Schoolhouse Rock, Jr. Musical Theatre Camp, July 29 – August 16, 9:00 – 3:30; Ages 6-15. Preschool camp available weekends on Saturdays starting July 27. Camps range in price, starting at $130 per week. After-camp available 3:30 to 5:30, $75 per child, per week.
Ages: 6-15 for weekday camp; 3-10 for Saturday camp
About: St. Peter’s Christian Arts Center offers its summer theater camps for the third year in a row. Under the direction of Champaign native Jodi Prosser-Muller, children ages 6-15 learn what goes into producing a show from beginning to end. Everything including set design, improv, voice, costuming, and theatrical terms will be explored. The camps end with a performance for family and friends. No prior experience on stage is required! Our Saturday camps are perfect for younger children.
Parent Comment: My children had a wonderful time at St. Peter’s theater camp last summer. They spent time learning about theater production and performance in a relaxed and fun atmosphere. Over the course of the camp the kids really started to work as a team and take ownership of their production. During the final performances, you could see how proud the kids were of what they’d created. They can’t wait to do it again this summer! -Amy Chamley
Gymnastics Camp at Champaign Gymnastics Academy
Dates: June 3 -August 16 (No camp July 1-5) 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (Drop off 8:30 a.m.-9:00a.m./Pick-up noon -12:30 p.m.)
Ages: 4 -13
About: In addition to CGA’s regular classes, they are offering week-long half day camps. These camps are perfect for any child who wants to explore gymnastics in a safe and fun environment! All levels of gymnastics ability are welcome. Camps will be led by our qualified and talented coaching staff. Children will have an opportunity to learn gymnastics skills on all of the Olympic events, as well as participate in confidence-building games and themed crafts. The week will conclude with Friday Fun Days which will feature a unique guest or activity, including visitors from the Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, local fire department, college gymnastics demonstration, face painters, and more! Cost: $90 members & $105 non-members, per week. Sign up for 4+ weeks & receive a 10% discount for each week; Sign up siblings for the same week & receive a 10% discount for each additional child.
Our list continues:
Stephens Family YMCA: Y Day Camps provide an exciting, safe community for young people to explore the outdoors, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills and make lasting friendships and memories. You must register in person at the Stephens Family YMCA.
Dates: June 3 through August 9
Ages: Kids age 3 through 8th grade
Camp Kiwanis (Girl Scout Camp), located in Mahomet near Lake of the Woods: Different themes each week, including water, reading, art, outdoors.
Ages: Girls entering grades 1-5
Chanute Air Museum Club Invention is a national program implemented locally by the Rantoul museum.
Ages: First through Sixth Graders
College for Kids at Parkland College offers science, theatre, writing, computers, and much more.
Dates: June 17-27 and July 8-18
Ages: Entering grades 3 through 8
Community Center for the Arts, Urbana, offers a variety of music, drama and culture camps.
Dates and ages vary with each camp; general music camps last one week (9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily).
Ages: 6 and up
4-H Memorial Camp, Monticello (residential camp): Five days of fun and adventure in the out-of-doors.
Dates: Champaign County children welcome.
Dates: June 4 – July 4
Girls’ Adventures in Mathematics, Engineering, and Science (GAMES) at the University of Illinois
Dates: July 14– July 20
Ages: open to academically talented girls who will enter grades 9 through 12 in fall 2012.
Indian Acres Swim Club Day Camp, Champaign
Dates: June 3 – August 19, 8:30 a.m. to noon
Ages: 3 – 12
Illinois Summer Youth Music
Dates: June 16 – 22, June 23 – July 29, July 7 – July 13
Ages: Junior high and high school
ISYM is not a day camp; students are housed in the Illinois Street Residence Halls on the University of Illinois campus.
KinderCare Champaign offers 12 weeks of full-day camps, with a different theme each week.
Dates: May through August
Ages: Pre-school through school-age
La Petite Academy, Champaign, offers a different full-day camp each week including space camp, arts and crafts, animal camp, weekly swimming and more.
Dates: June through August
Ages: Kindergarten through age 12
Orpheum Children’s Science Museum, Champaign, offers art, science, Lego robotics, grossology, explosions and more
Dates: All camps have morning sessions (8:30 a.m. – noon) with optional afternoon care. Week-long sessions run from June 10 through August 9.
Ages: K – seventh grade, depending on camp.
Soccer Planet, Urbana: Soccer camps
Dates: Various dates, depends on the camp
Ages: 7-14, depending on the camp
Spanish Summer Camps is a University of Illinois program that promotes early second language acquisition; stories, games, songs, and crafts while immersed in Spanish.
Dates: June 3 – August 2; half day and full day options
Tap In Leadership Academy: Summer Enrichment Program is a multicultural six-week program. Housed at the McKinley Foundation on University of Illinois campus, each week, scholars explore a different culture/world area through hands-on learning facilitated by university professionals.
Ages: students entering 5th – 12th grade
University of Illinois Sports Fitness Program of The Department of Kinesiology and Community Health offers half-day and full-day enrollment in two-, four- and eight- week sessions.
Dates: June 10 – Aug. 1; program runs Monday through Thursdays.
Ages: 7 – 12
University of Illinois Summer Sports Camps: Led by U of I coaches/players. Dates/ ages vary. wrestling, football, gymnastics, golf, basketball, cross country, track and field, tennis, softball, baseball, volleyball, soccer, swimming. For boys and girls.
Dates: Begin in early June
Ages: 6 though high school
University of Illinois Young Writers Summer Camps: Enrichment opportunity for young writers.
Urbana School District STEM Enrichment Camp: Provide hands-on exploration in science, math, engineering, and technology
Dates: June 3- 13, M-Thursday, all day. While the program is primarily for Urbana students, out-of-district students can participate by paying an extra fee.
Ages: children entering 1st grade – 8th grade
Summer Math Quest: math enrichment
Dates: Tuesdays or Fridays, June 11th to July 19th, meets once a week for two hours
Ages: Students entering grades 6 – 9
Hayasaki Gymnastics Center: boys and girls gymnastics, and cheer tumbling
Dates: Five different weeks offered – full and half days available.
Ages: 4 and up
Does your organization have a camp that we have missed? Don’t have information yet? Add your info in the comments.