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WHO CAN GO TO BASE CAMP?
DO I REGISTER MY CHILD BASED ON THEIR GRADE THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR?
MY CHILD HAS AN IEP & RECEIVES CLASSROOM SUPPORTS; CAN THEY PARTCIPATE IN BASE CAMP?
BASE Camp strives to be an inclusive environment for all children in our community. While we staff our camps with certified teachers along with certified teaching assistants and a social worker, we do not have the ability to provide the assistance of a one-on-one aid on a daily basis. We do our very best to ensure it is a positive experience for all campers and we encourage you to contact Angie Hawkins to discuss any questions or concerns about whether BASE Camp is right for your child. When registering for camp, please share information regarding learning, physical, emotional and behavioral needs for your child in our camper form. This will help us to make BASE Camp a great experience for your child.
WHAT IS YOUR FOOD POLICY AT CAMP?
WHAT MAKES BASE CAMP SPECIAL?
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!”
HOW LONG HAS BASE CAMP BEEN IN OPERATION?
WHAT IS THE OAK PARK EDUCATION FOUNDATION?
Founded in 1989, the Oak Park Education Foundation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization that brings artists, architects, scientists, poets, and technology experts into K-8th grade classrooms at every District 97 school. Our professional partners share their passion for learning while deliering about 4,700 hands-on, minds-on experiences each year. OPEF runs BASE Camp as a way to continue the engaged learning into the summer. BASE Camp is also an important source of funds for OPEF’s free in-school programming for District 97.
WHO TEACHES AT BASE CAMP?
WHERE ARE YOUR CAMPS HELD?
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR BASE CAMP?
Yes! OPEF is pleased to make a generous but limited number of FULL and PARTIAL scholarships available to District 97 students. Contact Amy Struckmeyer with questions. Our general scholarship policy is below:
- Only children eligible for, and participating in, the Oak Park District 97 free or reduced lunch program qualify for FULL 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.
- Please visit our scholarship information page for more details, including lunch access, early morning drop off and extended care.