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

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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