BASE Camp Build 4 Good
Monday, January 18, 2015 - 8 AM - 3 PM (+Extended Camp 3-6 PM)
Spend MLK Day with us for hands-on fun with a community service twist!
Registration opens on December 1, 2015. Camp will be at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School (325 S. Kenilworth, Oak Park).
Sign up for our email list to be among the first to know when registration is open. See photos from last year’s MLK Day BASE Camp.
K-5th Grade - $80*
K – 5th graders will be grouped by age range. The four groups will move through four activities together. Each 90-minute activity will be led by a teacher with a youth counselor at hand.
Can you save the world with LEGOs? Working in small teams, identify challenges in your world and build solutions, on a miniature scale! Build a LEGO bridge, a mobile medical truck, a rocket - think big!
Brr! It’s cold outside and some people in our community need help staying warm. Make fleece blankets, scarves and hats with local partner Giving Artfully to be donated to Project Linus and The Kids’ Kloset.
Build for Birds
Put your imagination to the test designing for our feathery friends! Older campers will construct and decorate ornamental bird houses and younger campers will make bird feeders to hang in your own backyard.
Get up and get moving with these fantastic gym games. From Pirates of the Caribbean to Team Battleship, you’ll love connecting with friends old and new as you work together as a team. Wear sneakers!
6th-8th Grade - $110*
6th – 8th graders choose from one of two exciting all-day workshops.
Get a hands-on look at cutting-edge robotics with a visit from the world-renowned Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. You’ll see their latest innovations in physical medicine - bionic arms, prosthetic limbs and more. With the support of Triton College engineering experts, you’ll build your own robotic arm - constructed of wood and powered by hydraulics. Test it out and take it home to impress your friends and family. Price includes materials for hydraulic robotic arm. Max 25 kids
Coding Field Trip
Visit Microsoft Woodfield for a YouthSpark coding experience to ignite your future with computer programming! You’ll participate in a coding tutorial to program your own game, working at your own pace -- learn the basics or progress to more advanced work. Then, work in teams for an App Pitch session; learn what it takes to turn your big ideas for apps and programs into reality. Price includes field trip bus transportation to and from Woodfield Mall. Max 20 kids
* Option to purchase lunch and/or Extended Camp (3-6 PM).
There are a limited number of scholarships available for children participating in the District 97 free and reduced-lunch program. See registration page for more details.
BASE Camp delivers one-day camps throughout the school year, plus week-long summer camps, to create fun hands-on learning for elementary kids from any school!
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 News
BASE Camp has added a community service twist to its popular MLK Day camps on January 18, 2016. All K-8th kids from any school are invited to register.Read More ›
Nearly 90 Oak Park area children joined us for Arboretum Adventures, our first ever BASE Camp on the Columbus Day holiday.Read More ›
Oak Park Education Foundation is excited to introduce BASE Camp's newest offering, Arboretum Adventures.Read More ›
BASE Camp Coordinators
Jenny RoenBASE Camp Coordinator / email@example.com
Jenny Roen joined OPEF in 2012 as the BASE Camp Coordinator. Her background is a mix of volunteer projects, non-profit consulting and corporate marketing. Locally, she has been closely associated with Girl Scouts, Parenthesis, and Hatch School. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in Advertising, Jenny relocated to San Francisco, Boston and the NYC metro area. She has lived in Oak Park with her husband, Dave, and two children since 1990.
Lindsay BruceBASE Camp Coordinator / firstname.lastname@example.org
Lindsay Bruce joined OPEF in 2015 to help co-lead BASE Camp. 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.
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.
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.