Build A Summer Education for kids grades 1-8.


Explore your community and make new friends.


Engaging programs that integrate Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.


Hands-on camps help teach problem solving and boost confidence.


Thanks to all the families who took a leap of faith with us and re-imagined their summer. We hope you enjoyed your special box kits and the shortened urban biker program. We know that this is a summer your family will always remember and we’re proud to have played a small part of it.

Have questions? See our list of frequently asked questions to learn more about OPEF and BASE Camp.

BASE Camp News

Now Offering Partial Scholarships for BASE Camp

Now Offering Partial Scholarships for BASE Camp

NEW! Partial Scholarships Available For the first time, thanks to our generous donors, we are offering PARTIAL scholarships to D97 families with campers going into grades 1-8 in the fall. If you don't qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, but still find it a...

New Mosaics Grace D97 Walls

New Mosaics Grace D97 Walls

NEW MOSAICS GRACE THE WALLS OUTSIDE FOUR D97 SCHOOLS It's always inspiring to see creative ideas burst into fruition for all to enjoy. This school year you will find original mosaics by renown artist Tracy Van Duinen gracing prominent exterior walls of...

Teacher Spotlight: Guillermo Delgado

Teacher Spotlight: Guillermo Delgado

Folk Art fun with BASE Camp's Guillermo Delgado Guillermo Delgado is the kind of OPEF instructor that makes campers feel instantly at ease. When visiting his BASE Camp Folk Art classroom, Delgado had familiar classical soundtracks from top movies like...