Fun Summer Camps: Your 2022 List

Camps always make summer a blast for kids and there’s so much to choose from. Here, Chicago Parent’s advertising partners share their top summer camp offerings.

Whatever your kid is into, there are summer camps in Chicagoland to grab their interest. From swimming, tennis, or just good old-fashioned arts and crafts, Chicago Parent’s advertising partners share what’s on offer for this summer. There’s ample time to enjoy everything summer has to offer, but be sure to register or reserve your spot soon! Then relax and just let summer begin.

Camp Ben Frankel

Overnight Camp
Ages: 7-17
Where: 1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda
Camp Ben Frankel is an overnight summer camp for children and teens in search of a welcoming and inclusive Jewish community. Located in southern Illinois amidst the Shawnee National Forest, campers choose from 100+ activities, including aquatics, sports, horseback, arts and STEM.

Camp Galileo

Day Camp
Ages: PreK-10th grade
Where: Locations Vary
At Camp Galileo, preK-rising 10th graders engage in hands-on, STEAM-based learning. Supported by staff, kids get inspired to turn their big ideas into reality — and have the fun-filled summer of their lives. Optional extended care offered.

Camp Kamaji for Girls

Overnight Camp
Ages: 7-16
Where: 32054 Wolf Lake Road, Cass Lake, Minnesota
Kamaji is a safe, kid-centric, fun-filled place to unplug, learn new skills like water skiing, horseback riding or sailing, grow independence and make life-long friendships with people from all over the world. Kamaji is owned and operated by a local Lake Bluff family.

Camp Naper at Naper Settlement

Day Camp
Ages: Grades 1-8
Where: 523 S. Webster St., Naperville
Expect a summer full of learning and exploration June-August. Utilizing Naper Settlement’s beautiful 13-acre museum campus as their learning laboratory, campers will go on adventures in history, art, science and more.

Camp Nicolet for Girls

Overnight Camp
Ages: 7-17
Where: PO Box 1359, Eagle River, Wisconsin
Enjoy a summer adventure in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and learn or perfect water skiing, horseback riding, sports, sailing and more, plus exciting trip opportunities and leadership training. Traditional 3- and 6-week sessions offered, plus one-week specialty horseback riding and water skiing/wakeboarding camps.

GrowGirl: A Woodlands Academy Summer Camp

Day Camp
Ages: Campers entering grades 4-6
Where: 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest
GrowGirl is an all-girls summer day camp open to campers entering grades 4-6. Taught by world-class faculty from Woodlands Academy, this camp offers a one-of-a-kind interdisciplinary approach to exploration, growth and fun.

Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia, Wisconsin

Overnight Camp, Specialty Camp
Ages: Target ages are parents with 4- to 12-year-old children
Where: 8425 HWY 38, Caledonia, Wisconsin

The Camp-Resort offers 12 activities daily during peak season, most of which include Yogi Bear, Cindy Bear and Boo Boo! Visit the largest floating water park and obstacle course in the U.S. at sister property, Bear Paw Beach & Adventure Island.

KidzToPros STEM, Arts & Sports Summer Camps

Day Camp, Virtual Camp
Ages: 4-14
Where: Multiple locations throughout Chicago and Cook County

Kids ages 4-14 can now explore a variety of new robotics, art, makerspace, programming and sports activities all summer long. Save $50 on your registration with code CHIP-50.

Interlochen Arts Camp

Overnight Camp
Ages: 8-18
4000 J Maddy Parkway, Interlochen, Michigan

World-renowned summer arts programs that encourage emerging young artists to explore and refine their artistic passion. From cabin games to exploring the outdoors, students experience all the fun of summer camp while expanding their capacity in music, theater, dance, creative writing, visual arts and film.

Center for Talent Development at Northwestern University

Day Camp, Overnight Camp
Ages: Age 3-Grade 11
Where: 617 Dartmouth Place, Evanston

A variety of summer options for gifted students, from online courses to in-person, academic day and residential camps on Northwestern’s Evanston campus and other Chicagoland sites. Enrichment courses and challenging high school honors and Advanced Placement courses for credit available.

UIC Engineering Experience Camp

Day Camp
Ages: Campers entering grades 4-12
Where: UIC East CampusLabs (pickup and drop off at UIC Daley Library, 801 S. Morgan St., Chicago)

Hands-on fun for kids who like to make things, led by researchers in engineering education, faculty, graduate and undergrad students with backgrounds in STEM and engineering tutoring. Weeklong camps with each day dedicated to a unique engineering discipline: biomedical, chemical, computer science, electrical and computer, and mechanical and industrial. Aftercare available.

iD Tech

Day Camp
Ages: 7-19
Where: Various locations and online

A premier destination for STEM education, with on-campus and online programs that sharpen students’ coding, game development and creative skills. Choose from summer programs held at prestigious campuses nationwide, virtual tech camps, teen boot camps, online private lessons, or small-group online classes.


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