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BASE Camp News
We had a big turnout for Maker Day 2017 on MLK Day with more than 200 kids participating! From the intricate […]Read More ›
By January 30th, we’ll be able to give you all the details about the 2017 BASE Camp schedule for 2017 […]Read More ›
It’s going to be a fun-filled day for grades K-8 with unique projects using materials in unexpected ways. You’ll make […]Read More ›
BASE Camp Parent
“Our daughter had an amazing time this summer... We were so impressed by the teachers, students and materials. We are already looking forward to next summer. Thanks!”
BASE Camp Parent
“My son had a wonderful experience thanks to the BASE Camp scholarship. And he's starting to understand if he really wants to do something all he has to do is keep trying.”
District 97 Principal
“Thank you for showing my daughter the unknown can be fun, exciting, and educational.”
BASE Camp Teacher
"We know kids are having a good time when they don't ask what time it is and don't want to go home."
BASE Camp Parent
"What a great camp on every level! Love it. Fantastic job!"
BASE Camp Administration
Lindsay BruceBASE Camp Director / firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay Bruce joined OPEF in 2015 to help co-lead BASE Camp. In 2016, she was promoted to BASE Camp Director. Lindsay’s background in higher education administration has prepared her well to support BASE Camp’s growing programs. After completing her bachelor’s degree at Tufts University, Lindsay worked in college and high school admissions, connecting families with the right educational environments for their children. Lindsay earned her master’s degree at Harvard, where she studied access and success in education, higher education management and student development. Most recently, she ran the Student Success Center at University of Massachusetts Boston, working to increase graduation rates of STEM students through learning communities, academic support, and peer mentoring.
Angie HawkinsBASE Camp Assistant Director / email@example.com
Angie Hawkins, a 13-year veteran art teacher, worked primarily at Burnham Elementary School in Cicero. In addition to teaching, she collaborated with colleagues on various committees aimed at using data analysis to increase student achievement and parent involvement. She also brings several summers of experience working in a north suburban park district as a camp coordinator providing a safe and fun outdoor learning environment for children of all age ranges. Angie holds a BFA in Art Education from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Educational Leadership from Northeastern Illinois. She has been a part of the Oak Park community for four years with her husband and two young children.
Amy StruckmeyerBASE Camp Operations Coordinator / firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Struckmeyer, worked in the field of architecture for more than a decade, taking on many design and management roles. She has been active in the Irving PTO, developing and growing their relatively new after-school enrichment program. From programming and establishing a budget to facilitating enrollment and managing day-to-day operations, she was involved in overseeing all aspects of the now thriving program. Amy earned a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Master’s of Architecture from the University of Washington in Seattle. Amy and her husband, Jim, have lived in Oak Park since 2000. Their two children attend District 97 schools and have enjoyed many BASE Camp experiences.
Frequently Asked Questions
More Info about BASE Camp
BASE Camp is also the Oak Park Education Foundation’s “innovation incubator,” and we are always looking for ways to improve favorite BASE Camps and devise new camps that make kids and parents say, “Cool!”
OPEF runs BASE Camp as a way to continue the engaged learning into the summer and on days off from school. BASE Camp is also an important source of funds for OPEF’s free in-school programming for District 97.
- Only children eligible for the Oak Park District 97 free or reduced lunch program qualify for BASE Camp scholarships.
- Parents/guardians will be responsible for a portion of camp cost.
- Those families requesting scholarships can register online, completing camp selections for their child but not paying their portion of the camp fee right away. They will be contacted and, if approved, camp prices will be adjusted to the scholarship levels.
In addition to scholarships provided by BASE Camp directly, the Oak Park Township offers Financial Assistance Scholarships (FAS) for youth, to assist children in participating in activities and/or programs they are financially unable to access. Learn more here.
The specific cancellation fee varies based on camp type, so refer to the BASE Camp registration system for specifics.
We are a nut-free program. Please do not send your child with peanut or tree-nut products for lunch or snack. If a child has special dietary needs due to medication, allergies, illness, or special circumstances, please note these needs in his/her registration form.
Depending on which BASE Camp your child is attending, more details about food at camp will be shared directly with parents/guardians via email.