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Summer Camps

What inspires you to play?

Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department offers a variety of great Summer Camp options available for children ages 3 years old to 8th grade.

The Parks and Recreation Department is excited to present the 2016 Camp brochure in a couple of weeks.  Families can explore a series of two week options in most of our camps as well as the traditional full six week option.  Lake Forest is the best place to get out and play, make lasting memories and have your ultimate summer outdoors!  We offer you a wide variety, with great flexibility for an exceptional value.  Get inspired to play this summer at Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Camps!

Summer Camps 2016

Permission Slip for Lake Forest Day Parade


Camp Brochure 2016 PDF   

    Camp Handbook PDF's

Additional Information

D: Stands for Deposit
You have an option to pay a deposit when you register to secure your spot in the camp. Balances are due by May 1, 2016 to retain your spot in the camp.

Grade Information
The grade listed for each camp refers to the grade campers will have completed at the end of this school year. Please refer to the specific age/grade requirement as detailed for each individual camp. If your child is currently in Kindergarten or 1st grade, please contact the main office at (847) 234-6700 to be sure we have a grade indicated in our files.

Camp Staff and Training
A qualified adult director supervises each camp. Counselors at each camp are mature and enthusiastic college and high school students. All camp staff complete an extensive training program that includes supervision and safety techniques, activity development and first aid.

Change in Camp Locations
Though we do our best to secure camp locations in advance, occasionally we must relocate our camp due to last minute construction needs from the public schools or insufficient enrollment numbers necessitating consolidation of sections. If this should occur, you will always be given the choice of a full refund or a transfer to an alternate available camp.

Peanut Free Policy
We are requesting your cooperation in partnering with us to ensure a safe environment for children with nut allergies. Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department has identified these operational practices for everyone to follow:

  • Parents with children that have a nut allergy are requested to list this information on their registration form in the medical conditions section and notify the staff as soon as possible.
  • When we are notified of a nut allergy and we know the severity of the allergy, we will notify families registered in that particular program. If the allergy is life-threatening, the program environment will automatically become a nut free zone.
  • For programs designated nut free, we will ask all families to cooperate by packing lunches and supplying snacks that do not contain any nut or nut by-products. Unfortunately, due to ever-changing processing practices and product ingredients, it is not feasible for us to provide you with a comprehensive list of what items to avoid.
  • This is where we need your assistance. We ask that parents take a few minutes when preparing a lunch or snack to review the list of ingredients on each item prior to packing it. We recognize that this may be an inconvenience for your child’s food choices, but the safety of another child’s life must take precedence.
  • Staff will do their best to monitor foods that may pose a potential harm to the allergic child. However, since many items may be without their original packaging and since we have so many children in each program, it is not feasible to inspect every food item from every child to ensure compliance.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation! Should you have questions with this practice, do not hesitate to give us a call.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

SUMMER CAMPS (with deposit option). 

  • For withdrawal requests received in writing no later than June 1, 2016, a credit equal to 90% of the fee paid for the camp will be placed on your account.
  • From June 2, 2016, until before the 1st meeting of the second week of the camp, a credit equal to 80% of the camp fee will be placed on your account.
  • No refunds will be given after the 1st meeting of the second week, except in the case of documented medical reasons or moving out of the area.


All other Camps and Programs that do not offer a deposit option.

  • For withdrawal requests received in writing no later than 7 days prior to the beginning of the class, a credit equal to 90% of the full fee for the class will be placed on your account.
  • From 6 days prior to the start of class until before the 3rd meeting of the class, a credit equal to 80% of the class full fee will be placed on your account.
  • No refunds will be given after the 3rd meeting except in the case of documented medical reasons or moving out of the area.

Counselor in Training
(Grade 8-10)
This is a special program for Lake Forest students only, who are currently enrolled in and finishing grades 8th through 10th this year or are 14 to 15 years old. The C.I.T.s are volunteer workers for the Recreation Department’s summer programs. The purpose of this program is to help the older youth of Lake Forest develop leadership skills through a summer camp work experience. The many skills learned by the C.I.T. will aid the individual in possibly obtaining future paying job opportunities. Most summer programs will meet June 13 - August 5. C.I.T.s are required to attend an intensive training session during the week of June 6.  Placement in the camps will vary.  A packet of more information including a C.I.T. application will be available for pick up March. 1st. Applications must be submitted to the Recreation Dept. by April 6, 2015 for consideration. For more information, contact Joe Mobile, Program Manager at 847-810-3941.

Loc: Various Camp Sites
Fee: $210
Note: No camps August 5. Additional volunteer opportunities may exist for interested individuals.

31059901   Mon-Fri         9:00am-3:00pm      Jun 6-Aug 8

For more complete information click here to check out the C.I.T. information packet.  



220 E. Deerpath, Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 234-2600
Non-Emergency Police:  (847) 234-2601

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