10 summer camps on the North Shore to take a closer look at

Credit: Finish Strong Athletics

As a veteran of corporate retail, I’ve gotten used to operating at least two seasons ahead. When it’s fall in the real world, we’re planning for spring. For us, the holidays get underway in late August. “Wait, which month are we actually in?” is a common errant thought spoken aloud during meetings.

 

This blurring of time officially spilled over into my personal life the other day, when I received an email nudging early registration for my son’s summer camp. It’s the dead of January but these things happen fast, and spots fill up pretty quickly. I set aside some time to do a little research for myself, and now I figure, hey, maybe my seasonal confusion could help you out, too. Here are 10 summer camps on the North Shore worth their weight in ice cream and lemonade.

 

Apachi Day Camp

 

Ages: Age 4-6th grade

 

Where: Northbrook

 

Highlights: Sports, arts and crafts, a climbing wall and pedal boating.

 

North Shore Country Day School Summer Camp

 

Ages: 3-13

 

Where: Winnetka

 

Highlights: Spanish and Chinese immersion programs, a mariner program and adventure activities.

 

North Suburban YMCA Day Camp

 

Ages: Age 2-8th grade

 

Where: Northbrook

 

Highlights: Sports, gymnastics, visual arts and digital media.

 

Banner Day Camp

 

Ages: Age 3-9th grade

 

Where: Lake Forest

 

Highlights: Sports, arts, aquatics, adventure activities, and leadership programs for older kids.

 

Decoma Day Camp

 

Ages: 3-13

 

Where: Northbrook

 

Highlights: Daily swimming lessons, equestrian activities, door-to-door transportation and free extended care.

 

Noggin Builders Summer Camp

 

Ages: Age 3-8th grade

 

Where: Northbrook

 

Highlights: Hands-on activities including STEM, problem solving and teamwork games.

 

Good Times Summer Day Camp

 

Ages: 4 ½-14

 

Where: Glenview

 

Highlights: Daily field trips, swimming twice a week, adventure activities and camper/counselor weekly challenges.

 

Hi Five Sports Camp

 

Ages: Pre-K-7th grade

 

Where: Northfield

 

Highlights: Broad array of sports with special focus on developing teamwork and leadership skills.

 

Finish Strong Athletics Sports Camp (Boys Only)

 

Ages: 1st-6th grades

 

Where: Lake Forest

 

Highlights: Athletics with a focus on developing well-rounded athletes.

 

Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls

 

Ages: Age 4-7th grade

 

Where: Lake Forest

 

Highlights: Multi-sport offerings all onsite, plus off-site golf and equestrian activities.

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