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Summer Camps



Remember when summer camp meant you played outside all day, did crafts, learned a skill, made new friends, played games, and sang songs? Make lasting memories for your kids this summer at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Summer Camps!
Lake Forest Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences right here in our community with a flexible schedule, affordable pricing, and a reputation that is second to none. 
From traditional, super fun day camps, to sports, nature, dance, art, and technology, there is a camp for every child. While our 8 week camps are a great value, many camps are offered from 1 week to 8 weeks, so you can customize your summer camp schedule to fit your family’s summer plans. 

Summer Camp Guide 2019


Registration opens March 5 for residents, March 12 for non-residents.


    Camp Handbooks & Schedules (coming soon)
  • Everett Explorers Handbook
  • Summer Discovery Daily Schedule
  • Summer Discovery Handbook
  • All Stars & Beyond Handbook
  • McCormick Camp Handbook
  • Twigs Parent Manual
  • Permission Slip for Lake Forest Day Parade

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, 2018 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, 2018, a credit equal to 90% of the fee paid for the camp will be placed on your account.
  • From June 2, 2018, 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

CIT Packet 2019

(Grade 8-10) This is a special program for Lake Forest students only, who are currently enrolled in and finishing grades 7 through 10 this year or are 13 to 15 years old. The CITs 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 work experience. The many skills learned by the CIT will aid the individual in possibly obtaining future paying job opportunities. Most summer programs will meet June 19 - August 11.  CITs are required to attend an intensive training session during the week of June 12. Placement in the camps will vary. A packet of information, including a CIT application, will be available for pick up March 15th. All potential CITs must attend the staff training week where they will learn valuable job training skills to prepare them for potential future employment. This week of training will include various job skills, team building, time at the individual camps, and will end with a field trip just for the CITs. Additional volunteer opportunities may exist for interested individuals.

Contact: John Eldridge, Program Manager, 847.810.3940


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

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