BASE Camp Arboretum Adventures
Monday, October 12, 2015 - 8 AM - 3 PM
One-Day BASE Camp, Columbus Day 2015 (K-5th). Three different age-appropriate adventures led by a BASE Camp teacher and Morton Arboretum experts:
Open to all children in grades K–5, from any school. COST: $100* [ Extended camp available 3-6 PM, +$25 ]
Drop-off, pick-up and extended camp at Brooks Middle School, 325 S. Kenilworth, Oak Park. Bus transportation is included, as well as a peanut-free snack and BASE Camp cinch sack. Dress your child for the weather – our program is happening rain or shine. Children should bring a peanut-free picnic lunch and comfortable shoes for walking.
* There is a limited number of scholarships available for children participating in the District 97 free and reduced-lunch program.
BASE Camp delivers one-day camps throughout the school year, plus week-long summer camps, to create fun hands-on learning for all 1st to 8th grade 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
Oak Park Education Foundation is excited to introduce BASE Camp's newest offering, Arboretum Adventures.Read More ›
Completing its sixth year, BASE Camp served more Oak Park area kids than ever -- with a broader array of unique camps.Read More ›
New D97 superintendent Dr. Carol Kelley visited Summer BASE Camp 2015, seeing various camps in action.Read More ›
The murals and tour were created by 6th-8th grade students participating in OPEF BASE Camp’s public art projects between 2011-15.Read More ›
BASE Camp Coordinators
Jenny RoenBASE Camp Coordinator
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
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.