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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