BASE CAMP DESCRIPTIONS

DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL OUR AMAZING CAMPS

Summer BASE Camp Program Descriptions, 2019

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All camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2019.
 

Mega Makers Mini-Week (NEW CAMP)

Mega Makers Mini-Week is a new camp experience for the week of July 4th. From July 1st-3rd we’re running a full-day (9am-3pm) mini-week of camp. There is no half-day option for this week.  Campers will experience six mini-camps in three days as they participate in a different morning and afternoon session each day. Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp. When registering, please indicate if your child will bring a lunch or if you wish to purchase a healthy boxed lunch for an additional fee. All boxed lunches must be ordered ahead of time. Cost of camp: $185 . Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp. When registering, please indicate if your child will bring a lunch or if you wish to purchase a boxed lunch for an additional fee. All boxed lunches must be ordered ahead of time. Cost of camp: $185

Experience six unique STEAM-focused activities in three fun-filled days:

  • Improv Games – Cooperate, collaborate, and think on your feet with silly improvisational theater games.
  • Twisted Fibers- Design your own drop spindle to transform a puff of wool into multicolored yarn.
  • LEGO Physics – Experiment with “action and reaction” to build a rocket-powered LEGO car.
  • Fizz Pop Boom – Concoct contained (and safe) explosions with basic kitchen ingredients.
  • Creative Circuits – Construct a paper circuit to light up your artwork with LEDs.
  • Folk Art – Create your own masterpiece inspired by beautiful and storied Mexican folk art.

 

AM Camps

Art Around the World (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Every day is a new adventure as you explore a different part of the world. We’ll find locations on a map, learn greetings in the local language, hear exciting stories from exotic lands, and create art inspired by our “travels.” Destinations will include Greece, Egypt, Japan and more, and each stop earns a stamp in your passport. Invent your own country and imagine its art and culture as you build a landmark of your own design. Instructor: Kim Jones. Content will be the same each session.  Please dress for mess!

Experimentation Station (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Conduct hands-on experiments with things gooey, strange, stinky, colorful, eruptive, surprising and always fun! Hypothesize about the science behind the reactions you see. You’ll finish camp with a lab book of experiments that you can do again at home. Instructor: Caroline Baker. Content will be the same each session. Please note that some experiments will involve small servings of candy (nut free), and we will make ice cream (with a non-dairy option). Ingredients can be provided upon request.

JumpstART (1st-2nd) NEW!

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Want to make art that is bold, colorful, and seems to jump off the page? Be inspired by a variety of artists and art movements including the playful and distinctive Pop Art and Optical Art movements, as you experiment with color, texture, and contrast. Think like an artist and give new meaning to everyday items and images from popular culture. You’ll create paintings, collages and more that are full of color and energy. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for mess!

LEGO Architects (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Use your creativity and problem-solving skills to construct celebrated natural and human-made wonders using LEGOs! Projects will build on ideas from famous Chicago-area architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Jeanne Gang, and contemporary architect Frank Gehry. Kids will work both individually and in small groups. We’ll document our projects and share them with friends and family at the end of camp. Instructor: Ryan Winchell. Content will be the same each session.

Origami Movie Shorts (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Learn about the Japanese art of paper folding and create your own origami characters. Working in small teams, write a story script and create a short film using iMovie to bring your characters to life. We will end the week with a film festival for friends and family while enjoying a Japanese snack. Instructors: Molly Sakamoto and Katie Noonan. Content will be the same each session.

Outdoor Engineering (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Engineer practical and amazing solutions that could help you survive in the wild. Can you make a solar oven that’s hot enough to melt marshmallows for s’mores? Or make your own compass, or a battery using dirt? Harness the power of the sun and the Earth with hands-on design challenges as you plan, build, test, and eat your solutions! Activities will take place outdoors. Instructor: Jim Hawyard. Content will be the same for each session.

Science Around Us (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Learn about the science of everyday life. We’ll take walking field trips to community gardens to examine how plants grow and discover how we can replicate that process without soil. We’ll investigate chemistry in nature with natural dyes and more. And we’ll explore the physics of movement through breakdancing and traditional playground games.  Campers will actively investigate the scientific rules that govern our daily life and discover new possibilities they never imagined. Instructor: Maya Barros Odim. Content will be the same each session.

Space Rangers (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Blast off on an intergalactic adventure! Get up close with outer space as you create constellations, moon craters and balloon rockets. Step into the shoes of an astronaut and simulate walking, writing and working in a spacesuit. Skype with a NASA astronaut/doctor to learn more about space careers. You’ll even sample astronaut food. Instructor: Jen Buckley. Content will be the same each session. Please note this camp will include a selection of freeze-dried foods, with allergy-friendly options. Ingredients provided upon request. Campers will not actually leave Earth’s atmosphere.

Storybook Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 21 9:00-11:30 AM $155
Week 2June 24 to June 28 9:00-11:30 AM $155

Want to design modern endings to classic fairy tales? Get creative and engineer new solutions to old problems. Find a better way for Rapunzel to escape her tower, invent a parachute for Jack and the Beanstalk, or re-design baby bear’s bed for Goldilocks. Experiment and work together to imagine solutions that don’t require a prince or a Fairy Godmother! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Instructor: Jennifer Buckley. Content will be the same each session.

Summer STEAM (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Spend the week exploring STEAM with a sampling of exciting summer-themed projects. Get a taste of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math with new activities each day. Make a watermelon volcano, engineer a boat, bring a story to life through animation, create your own colorful kaleidoscope, and more. Question, design, build and create, all while engaged in play. Instructor: Caitlin Tish. Content will be the same each session.

Toy Inventors (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Be your own toy maker! Examine your favorite toys to understand what makes a toy great. Then you will create one-of-a-kind contraptions and toys from recycled materials such as wheels, pipes, and other reusable odds and ends. Using hand cranks and gears, learn how you can make your toys move. Collaborate on ways to improve your designs for maximum fun. Show off your cool creations to friends and family. Instructor: Anna Petrick. You’re welcome to bring in your own recycled materials to add to ours. Content will be the same each session.

PM Camps

Coding Lab (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 9 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Get a taste of coding basics through visual games and hands-on activities. Move from a simple understanding of sequencing to basic programming on the computer. We will create an original animation using the Scratch Jr program as well as bring coding logic to life by programming an Ozobot robot to follow basic movement commands. Have a blast while you use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to build a foundation for coding literacy. Instructors: Joel Blecha (week 4); Erin Howe (week 5). Content will be the same each session.

Kuumba Kids Dance (1st-2nd) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Move and groove as you embark on an exciting journey of African culture. Practice and perform dances and soungs from countries such as Mali, Guinea and Nigeria. Discover regional differences in musical and movement styles and create your own percussion instrument. Express yourself through dance and gain confidence and social awareness. Instructor: Donna Callendar. Content will be the same each session. In partnership with Kuumba Kids Oak Park

LEGO Stop Motion (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Make an animated movie using LEGOs! Create your storyboard, build your LEGO scenery and characters and capture each step of the action with the camera. Then, put on your producer hat and bring it all together using iMotion software. Your final product will be your very own animated stop-motion video. Instructor: Emile Williams. Bring simple, recycled materials to create your movie set (more information given during the first day of camp). You may register for multiple sessions; campers can animate different stories each session.

LEGO Pre-Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Use LEGO Mechanisms to take on exciting challenges – building machines that carry the most weight, roll the farthest or the fastest! Working in groups or individually, you’ll build vehicles, mini-robots, catapults and contraptions of all sorts. Sketch, design and create small machines, figuring out along the way what works and what doesn’t. Some projects will incorporate instructions to follow, while others will be free-form design, bringing out your inner inventor. Instructor: Jen Buckley. Content will be the same each session.

Music Makers (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Experiment with sound and vibration in music and nature. How can you produce tones and rhythm with everyday materials? See how sound waves work by building your own ear drum and a salt vibration experiment. Construct your own instruments like crocodile castanets, shoebox guitars, water xylophones and more. Join us for a music maker parade on Friday. Instructor: Anna Petrick. You’re welcome to bring in your own recycled materials to add to ours. Content will be the same each session.

Playground Physics (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session What makes a slide faster or slower? How high will a ball bounce on different surfaces? What makes a swing swing? Join us outside and explore the science behind your favorite playground equipment, learning about resistance, friction, and forces that defy gravity through hands-on experiments and play. Then, work together to design the best playground ever using your new physics knowledge. Instructor: Jessica Baylian. Content will be the same each session.

Quilt Your Story (1st-2nd)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Tell a story–in fabric! Learn the science behind dying fabric, how to transform fiber through felting, and the mechanics of hand and machine stitching. Bring together art, science and your imagination to create a mini-quilt that will express the unique story of YOU. Present your final creation in our exhibit on the final day of camp. Instructor: Pamela Penney. You may register for multiple sessions; campers will make different quilts each session.

Storybook Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 $155

Want to design modern endings to classic fairy tales? Get creative and engineer new solutions to old problems. Find a better way for Rapunzel to escape her tower, invent a parachute for Jack and the Beanstalk, or re-design baby bear’s bed for Goldilocks. Experiment and work together to imagine solutions that don’t require a prince or a Fairy Godmother! If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Instructor: Jennifer Buckley. Content will be the same each session.

Theater of the Wild (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Unleash your inner Wild Thing! Explore our local wilderness through a field trip, build camp spirit with theater games, and get inspired by nature. Then through improvisation and collaborative writing, create an original performance with costumes and scenery of your own design. Gain stage skills and confidence while becoming the next generation of caretakers for the Earth. Instructor: Rhona Taylor. You may register for multiple sessions; campers will write different plays each session. In partnership with West Cook Wild Ones.

Tinker Time (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Become an innovator the old-fashioned way – by tinkering! Learn how things work with cool materials, real tools, and time to explore in a fun, safe space. You can build a marble run, construct ramps, plan a maze, or come up with your own original creation from scratch. Work in a team or by yourself, learn problem-solving skills, and follow your own interests. Instructor: Caroline Baker You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different innovations each session!

Full Day Camps

Mega Makers Mini-Week (NEW CAMP)

Week 3July 1 to July 39:00 AM – 3:00 PM$185

3-Day Session Mega Makers Mini-Week is a new camp experience for the week of July 4th. From July 1st-3rd we’re running a full-day (9am-3pm) mini-week of camp. There is no half-day option for this week.  Campers will experience six mini-camps in three days as they participate in a different morning and afternoon session each day.Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp. When registering, please indicate if your child will bring a lunch or if you wish to purchase a boxed lunch for an additional fee. All boxed lunches must be ordered ahead of time.

Experience six unique STEAM-focused activities in three fun-filled days:

  • Improv Games – Cooperate, collaborate, and think on your feet with silly improvisational theater games.
  • Twisted Fibers- Design your own drop spindle to transform a puff of wool into multicolored yarn.
  • LEGO Physics – Experiment with “action and reaction” to build a rocket-powered LEGO car.
  • Fizz Pop Boom – Concoct contained (and safe) explosions with basic kitchen ingredients.
  • Creative Circuits – Construct a paper circuit to light up your artwork with LEDs.
  • Folk Art – Create your own masterpiece inspired by beautiful and storied Mexican folk art.

 

All camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade as of Fall 2019. 
 

Mega Makers Mini-Week (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP! 

Mega Makers Mini-Week is a new camp experience for the week of July 4th. From July 1st-3rd we’re running a full-day (9am-3pm) mini-week of camp. There is no half-day option for this week.  Campers will experience six mini-camps in three days as they participate in a different morning and afternoon session each day. Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp. When registering, please indicate if your child will bring a lunch or if you wish to purchase a boxed lunch for an additional fee. All boxed lunches must be ordered ahead of time. Cost of camp: $185

Experience six unique STEAM-focused activities in three fun-filled days:

  • Use Your Noodle – Create outdoor games and obstacle challenges with pool noodles, then get active to field-test your creations.
  • Twisted Fiber – Design your own drop spindle to transform a puff of wool into multicolored yarn.
  • LEGO Physics – Experiment with “action and reaction” to build a rocket-powered LEGO car.
  • Fizz Pop Boom –  Concoct contained (and safe!) explosions with basic kitchen ingredients.
  • Creative Circuits – Construct a paper circuit to light up your artwork with LEDs.
  • Folk Art – Create your own masterpiece inspired by beautiful and storied Mexican folk art.

 

AM Camps

Animation Studio (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Bring your imagination to life using LEGOs, clay, drawings, and more! Develop and build a story, create your characters and setting, then capture the still scenes on camera. Put it all together using iMotion software for a finished stop-motion movie! End the week with a film festival, and share your animated videos with family and friends. Instructor: Emile Williams. Bring simple, recycled materials to create your movie set (more information given during the first day of camp). You may register for multiple sessions; campers can animate different stories each session!

Art in Motion (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
 

1-week session Explore the work of Alexander Calder, an American sculptor who turned line art into dynamic three-dimensional form. In this camp we’ll focus specifically on his mechanical traveling circus piece, Calder’s Circus. Combine clay, wire and found materials to create kinetic and stable pieces that, together with the magic of stop motion animation, will allow us to make our own Calder-inspired miniature marvel! Instructor: Mindi Maneck.

Coding for Kids (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155
 
1-week session  Learn to code by exploring a variety of different coding sites, including MIT’s Scratch. Explore programming and design, then create animations and games in sites such as Scratch, building up from wherever your skill level begins. Apply math, problem-solving, critical thinking, reasoning, and computational skills to create digital projects in a fun educational environment. Instructor: Paula Spring. Content will be the same each session.

Coding with Ozobots (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  Ozobot Bit is the world’s smallest smart robot. Build both creativity and coding skills by programming your bot to do cool stuff. Use a computer program called Ozoblockly and code using colored patterns to make the tiny robot follow directions, dance, and move. Advance from basic color coding to intermediate block-based programming with Bit. By the end of the week, your robot will complete a maze designed by you and your fellow campers. Instructor: Scott Naber. Content will be the same each session.

Kitchen Chemistry (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

 

1-week session  Let’s taste science! Using basic kitchen tools and ingredients, we will take a close look at the chemical reactions that create our foods. This camp will be full of hands-on and delicious experiments– exploring the role of elements, examining molecular bonds and live cultures, creating gases, and discovering how food dyes are made. We’ll take a look at nutrition and the environmental impact of the foods we eat, too. Learn how to mix kitchen ingredients to make cleaning supplies to leave our workspaces sparkling clean. Instructor: Angie Cataldo.  Content will be the same each session. Note: all ingredients will be nut and egg free, and dairy and gluten modifications can be made upon request.

LEGO Designers (3rd-4th) Now Available for 3rd/4th!

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  With LEGO bricks as your tools, go beyond your knowledge of built structures to imagine and assemble your own architectural masterpieces. Learn about architects, buildings, and designs from all over the world, and the ideas and influences that inspired them. Then work individually and in small groups to bring your own architectural ideas to life. We’ll document our projects and share them with friends and family at the end of camp. Instructor: Ryan Winchell.Content will be the same each session.

LEGO Testers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-Week Session Your job is to engineer the perfect bridge in an imperfect world. You will plan, design, build, and test a bridge structure out of LEGOs. But here’s the twist: you must also meet the engineering specs (size of the bridge and requirements for a minimum load weight) and manage a budget for materials with limited resources. Working in teams, you will build, analyze, test, and rebuild your bridges multiple times to fine-tune your design. Instructor: Seth Baker. Content will be the same each session.

Minecraft: Explore (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Join fellow campers in a secure Minecraft world for creative design challenges. We will be using teamwork and problem-solving skills to create and read maps, tackle environmental challenges, and virtually explore architecture from different places and times. We’ll create our own adventures, build societies and systems, and plan treasure hunts in the immersive and creative world of Minecraft. Instructor: John McDowell. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

Sew It: Felty Friends (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Have you ever wanted to make your own silly or sweet plush toy? Transform your inventive design from a sketch into a lovable monster or playful stuffed animal.  Learn to use, adapt and create patterns; use simple math and geometry to engineer your creations with felt, needle and thread; then add your own distinctive details using embroidery or embellishment. You’ll have sew much fun fabricating one-of-a-kind creatures and creations! Instructor: Georgina Swanson. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can make different creations each session.

Song Engineers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session What are the building blocks of a great song? Learn programs such as GarageBand and SoundTrap to gain a better understanding of the fundamentals of songwriting.  Add your own lyrics, and sing, rap, or play instruments if you would like to experiment with those skills.  Each camper will write an original composition and have the option to share it with the world. No background in music required. Bring your own headphones/earbuds (though some will be available). Instructor: Andrew Seymour.  You may register for multiple sessions; campers can create new songs each session

PM Camps

Breaking It Down (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30 -3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Have a blast and try new moves, learn to choreograph and improvise. Explore the history and music that influence hip hop culture and the Breaking style of dance.  Then get fast and low with top rocks, down rocks, and freezes. You will show off your quick footwork and ‘hip’ dance style in a showing on the last day of camp. Instructor: Maya Barros Odim. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can try new dance moves each session! Note: all music will be kid-friendly.

Create It: Community Reimagined (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Decipher and create personal, imaginative and practical maps. Go on a neighborhood walk to discover different elements that create a community. Become an urban planner and transform your 2D map into a 3D model of an imagined community using recycled materials or LEGOs. Surprise guests from our local community will add to the fun! Instructor: Scott Naber. Content will be the same each session.

Critter Science (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Inspect insects, mammals and other living things up close and personal! Analyze and dissect real specimens, learning all about insect parts, animal bones and muscles, a variety of chicken tissues, and lots more. You’ll learn how living organisms are built and what makes them function. Use microscopes for a closer look into the wonders of these small critters. Document your observations in a sketch journal just like a real scientist, and bring it home to continue your adventures. Instructor: Seth Baker. Content will be the same each session.

Eco Poets (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Are you ready to see your world in a whole new way? Explore the natural environment through careful observation, reading and writing poetry, and creative movement. How do other poets describe the seasons or a tree? How would you? We’ll combine poetry with nature-related scientific experiments and ecology-inspired art, and record it all in a field notebook to take home at the end of the week. Instructor: Jenn Morea. Content will be the same each session.

Know It! Grow It! (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Ever heard the expression, “You are what you eat”? Let’s investigate and examine the food we put into our bodies. We’ll learn to detect sneaky ingredients and decipher mysterious food labels. From field trips to science, art and growing projects, we’ll explore all aspects of the food chain. We’ll take an excursion with our food from farm to table and work to attract pollinators to the garden. Finally we’ll put all of this knowledge to use when we visit a community garden in Austin to work with real food crops. Instructor: Lindsay Smith. Content will be the same each session. In partnership with Seven Generations Ahead.

LEGO Engineering (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Identify challenges in your world and build solutions, on a miniature scale. Build a LEGO bridge, a mobile medical truck, a rocket – think big! Using LEGO Motorized Mechanisms, design and create vehicles, mini-robots, and motorized contraptions of all sorts. Some projects will incorporate instructions to follow while others will be free-form design, bringing out your inner inventor. Instructor: Scott Naber You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different machines each session!

Mask Maker (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-wk session Sacred, practical and playful masks have been an important part of communities around the world since antiquity. Explore traditional masks and the cultures, traditions and values of the people who use them. Then express your own personal culture through the art of mask making using plaster, paint, and other creative embellishments. What symbols, colors, designs and more can be used to identify you? Each camper will turn their one-of-a-kind mask into a decorative work of art to be displayed in a gallery setting on the last day of camp. Instructor: Kim Jones. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for mess!

Messy Mixtures (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Combine ingredients and mix an assortment of ooey, gooey, and absolutely astonishing compounds! From invisible ink and color-changing slime, to squishy circuits and (totally safe) explosions, you’ll experiment with new concoctions each day. Learn chemistry concepts while having fun and getting messy. Instructor: Caitlin Tish. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for a mess.

Minecraft Create (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
 Week 2 June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Join fellow campers to explore architectural and urban planning endeavors through Minecraft. We will collaborate to build a fully functioning city, balancing all of the necessary construction while respecting the landscape and environment around us. Campers will build their own homes and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, while overcoming fun challenges, all within a secure Minecraft world. Instructor: Griffin Waterman. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

Time Warp Tales (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
 Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Embark on a magical journey interweaving fact and fiction, history and hilarity! Inspired by the book series Time Warp Trio, explore drawing, painting, writing and drama to create and document an amazing original adventure story. This integration of the visual arts and theater will excite and engage campers’ imaginations, culminating in a performance featuring costumes, scenery and script of our own design. Instructor: Rhona Taylor. You may register for multiple sessions; campers will write different plays each session.

FULL DAY CAMPS

Mega Makers Mini-Week (3rd-4th) NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 1 to July 39:00 AM-3:00 PM$185

3-day session Mega Makers Mini-Week is a new camp experience for the week of July 4th. From July 1st-3rd we’re running a full-day (9am-3pm) mini-week of camp. There is no half-day option for this week.  Campers will experience six mini-camps in three days as they participate in a different morning and afternoon session each day. Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp. When registering, please indicate if your child will bring a lunch or if you wish to purchase a boxed lunch for an additional fee. All boxed lunches must be ordered ahead of time. Cost of camp: $185

Experience six unique STEAM-focused activities in three fun-filled days:

  • Use Your Noodle – Create outdoor games and obstacle challenges with pool noodles, then get active to field-test your creations.
  • Twisted Fiber – Design your own drop spindle to transform a puff of wool into multicolored yarn.
  • LEGO Physics – Experiment with “action and reaction” to build a rocket-powered LEGO car.
  • Fizz Pop Boom –  Concoct contained (and safe!) explosions with basic kitchen ingredients.
  • Creative Circuits – Construct a paper circuit to light up your artwork with LEDs.
  • Folk Art – Create your own masterpiece inspired by beautiful and storied Mexican folk art.
Unless otherwise noted, camps at this grade level are held at Beye Elementary School. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade as of Fall 2019. 
 

Mini-Week (All Day)

New for 2019, From July 1st- July 3rd we’ll be running a full-day mini-week of camp for students in grades 1-6. Camp will run from 9am- 3pm all three days. There is no half day option for this week. Camp price is $200, which includes a $15 material fee. Campers in 5th and 6th grade (as of Fall 2019) should choose between the following:

DIY Entrepreneurs Mini-Week  NEW CAMP!

3-day session  Get crafty and market-savvy in this intensive three-day business boot camp. Mix essential oils and natural ingredients to make bath bombs and lip balm from scratch. Consider the cost of raw materials and labor versus the market value of your goods. Brainstorm branding and gain marketing skills as you design labels and packaging for your handmade products. Then help choose a local charity to be the recipient of the profits as you prepare to sell your wares in the real world. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Camp price includes a $15 materials fee.

Note: Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp.  Please indicate if your child will bring a sack lunch, or add a boxed lunch option for an additional fee.

LEGO Design Studio Mini-Week  NEW CAMP!

3-day session What does it take to make a design original and captivating? Join us as we explore fundamental design elements of art and architecture. The backdrop of Unity Temple allows for a perfect examination of the principles of design. In looking at features of this newly renovated landmark building, you’ll learn how to communicate design ideas and examine various spatial understandings used in the creative process, such as how a 2D drawing can best illustrate a 3D form. You will construct a miniature LEGO model of Unity Temple as a final project to take home. Instructor: Ryan Venhorst. In partnership with Unity Temple. Camp price includes a $15 materials fee.

Note: Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp.  Please indicate if your child will bring a sack lunch, or add a boxed lunch option for an additional fee.

AM Camps

Comics Creator (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Write and design your own hand-drawn comics and mini graphic novels! Learn about the history of visual storytelling, starting with the classic comic strip, and discuss what makes a compelling character. Create your own characters and construct your own storyline. The completed creations will be printed in a colorful comic book form to take home. Instructor: Guillermo Delgado. Content will be the same each session.

Creative Contraptions (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00 -11:30 AM$155

1-week session Challenge yourself to bring a totally new contraption to life using ingenuity and elements such as a ping pong ball, an egg carton and dominos. Collaborate with your fellow campers to configure roller coasters and other Rube Goldberg-inspired devices of your wildest imagination with found objects and recycled materials. Creativity and knowledge of simple machines will come together in this fun and wacky camp as you solve simple problems in the most complicated way possible. Who knows what hilarious inventions you’ll come up with! Instructor: Lindsey Bennett. You may register for multiple sessions; you can create new contraptions in each..

Hocus Focus (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session Discover the transformational art of photo editing. Learn how to consistently produce superior-quality images, as well as how to easily fix image issues. And then take your photos to the next level with the magic of special effects–make your subjects appear to fly or transport them to a faraway place. By the end of the week you’ll have an original and polished photography portfolio to take home and showcase to your friends and family. Instructor: Vernon Robinson. Campers are encouraged to bring their own SLR camera or digital point-and-shoot. Content will be the same each session.

Mindstorms Robotics (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 4July 8 to July 129:00-11:30 AM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 199:00-11:30 AM$155

1-week session  New to robotics? Want to know more about coding? Learn to design, build and program cool robots using LEGO’s most advanced robotics technology – Mindstorms EV3. Work as a team to complete projects and games created specifically for EV3. You can build robots like a raptor arm, space tracker, robodozer, and more. Through the engineering design process you will gain the skills needed to build and program robots, and understand how technology works in real-world applications. Instructor: Griffin Waterman (Weeks 1 and 2); Jessica Baylian (Weeks 4 and 5). You may register for multiple sessions; you can take on new challenges with each.

Tinker Lab (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 5July 15 to July 199:00 – 11:30 AM$155

1-week session Do you love experimenting and working with your hands? You’ll tinker with a variety of familiar and new materials using ideas from MAKE: magazine and a toolbox of maker supplies. You might fabricate a greeting card that lights up or an art-making bot. Boost your innovation, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking skills with new maker challenges each day, and immerse yourself in the captivating process of design and invention! Instructor: Erin Howe.

Urban Biker (5th-6th)

Week 4July 8- July 129:00 – 11:30 AM$160
Week 5July 15 – July 199:00 – 11:30 AM$160

1-week session Cycle your way around your neighborhood!  Explore Oak Park and River Forest by bike with this chaperoned group, and stop to see the sights in your communities.  Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Understand the mechanics of your bike and how to keep it moving smoothly. Learn independence and navigation, with a focus on bike safety. Instructors: Peter Schwob and Guillermo Delgado. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes), spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details. While camp content and destinations may be repeated, campers may register for both sessions.

VEX Robotics, Intro (6th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Weeks 1 and 2June 17 to June 288:45 -11:45 AM$350Brooks or Julian Middle School, please choose when registering, may register at either school
Weeks 4 and 5July 8 to July 198:45-11:45 AM$350Brooks Middle School (students from all schools welcome)

2-week session Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun, camp environment. Working in small teams, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice both autonomous and driver control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructors: Brian Shinners and Tasia Rodriguez (Weeks 1-2); Brian Shinners and Marc Bishop (Weeks 4-5 ). Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

VEX Robotics, Intermediate (6th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Weeks 1 and 2June 17 to June 288:45 -11:45 AM$350Brooks Middle School (students from all schools welcome)
Weeks 4 and 5July 8 to July 198:45-11:45 AM$350Brooks Middle School Only (students from all schools welcome)

2-week session Build on what you learned in “Intro to VEX” or through previous beginner robotics experience, such as LEGO Mindstorms. Collaborate with a teammate to build a robot. Then control its movements with autonomous and remote control using more advanced ROBOTC program language and sensors. Boost your designing, building, and programming skills. Instructors: Brian Shinners and Tasia Rodriguez (Weeks 1-2); Brian Shinners and Marc Bishop (Weeks 4-5). Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Web Design (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 219:00 – 11:30 AM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 289:00 – 11:30 AM$155

1-week session Share your favorite hobby or interest–whether it’s gaming, music or cooking–with your friends and the world. Merge technology, art and imagination to create a fully functioning website you build yourself. Explore graphic design, develop engaging layouts, learn how to embed pictures and links, then bring it all together into a secure website using simple coding through the Adobe Dreamweaver platform. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Campers should bring a USB flash drive to save their work. Content will be the same each session.

PM Camps

Board Game Design (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Take your board game playing know-how to the next level and become an inventor! In this camp you’ll start by playing popular and creative games to figure out how they work and what makes them fun — what logical thinking, math or memory skills do you use to play them? Use what you’ve learned to think outside the box and brainstorm ideas for your own tabletop games, then create and revise a prototype to play test with other campers. You’ll have fun creating a catch phrase to pitch your invention to your family and friends at a game release party on the last day of camp. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Content will be the same each session.

Carnival Game Maker (5th-6th) New Camp!

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Do you enjoy playing skee-ball, ring toss, and other games of chance? Take your hand at designing and building your own versions of popular carnival and boardwalk arcade games. Flex your maker muscles as you turn recycled materials, LEDs, motors and more into interactive games large and small. From mini pinball machines to ball tossing catapults, you’ll be limited only by our collection of supplies and your imagination. Add the finishing touches, then invite your family and friends to test your creations at the end the week with a DIY carnival extravaganza. Instructor: Jocelyne Adkins. Content will be the same each session.

Digital Art (5th-6th) New Camp!

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Make a famous painting talk, create a colorful paint application, or build a digital art project similar to a photography filter. Learn to use important elements of coding, such as programming, sequencing, variables and events to create animations, interactive artwork, and more. This camp uses Google’s CS First computer science curriculum along with the Scratch programming language. Instructor: Lindsey Bennett. Content will be the same each session.

Lift Off: Aeronautics (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Investigate and test the dynamics of flight by building different aircraft models and learn first hand about combustion and trajectory by launching your own rockets. Investigate physics concepts such as energy conservation, buoyancy and the forces of flight. During the week you’ll design, build, and test airplanes, rockets, Chinese lanterns and more. The sky’s the limit as we explore the science of aeronautics. Instructor: Ryan VenHorst. Content will be the same each session.

Make It Handmade (5th-6th)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Learn empowering and practical life skills in this hands-on modern homesteading camp. From making bread and beeswax candles to hand sewing, campers will learn self-reliance and “do-it-yourself” skills that cultivate resourcefulness and an appreciation for the handmade. Each day will feature a new “make-and-take” project that will teach valuable skills as well as the environmental impacts and economic benefits of maintaining an urban homestead. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse.

Maker Challenge (5th-6th)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session  Find out what it takes to be a “maker” in this hands-on camp. Not only will you learn how to design and create fun items, you will also set out on a journey into a series of challenges that will take you to the limits of your creativity. Each day you will learn a new skill, then you and your team will work to complete a task with specified materials, guidelines and the Inventables’ Carvey 3D Carver. Instructor: Vernon Robinson. Content will be the same each session.

Minecraft Create (5th-6th)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:00 PM$155
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Join fellow campers to explore architectural and urban planning endeavors through Minecraft. We will collaborate to build a fully functioning city, balancing all necessary construction while respecting the landscape and environment around us. You will build your own homes and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, while overcoming fun challenges, all within a secure Minecraft world. Instructor: Griffin Waterman. Previous experience with Minecraft is helpful, but not necessary. Content will be the same each session.

Mosaic Mural Project (6th-8th)

Weeks 1 and 2June 17 to June 2812:30-3:30 PM$370Brooks Middle School

2-week session  Help create colorful community mosaic murals to be installed at four Oak Park elementary schools. Combine ceramic pieces made at each school during the school year with traditional mosaic techniques learned in camp. Created around a central theme of unity, each small-scale mosaic will incorporate both handmade and prefab pieces. Get your hands dirty as you complete a personal piece to take home, then stunning exterior works of art designed specifically for each school. Instructors: Tracy Van Duinen, Kristi Murray and Phil Swistowicz. In partnership with District 97. Please dress for a mess. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Science of Sweets (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Studying sugar sure is sweet! In this camp you’ll take a close look at the delicious science of sugar. Examine how temperature influences crystal formation and see first hand how science works to create different textures in sucrose. Density, saturation, and dynamic equilibrium are just a few terms you’ll explore while experimenting to make glass, rock, gummy, slimy and spongy sweets. Instructor: Angie Cataldo. Content will be the same each session. Note: All ingredients will be nut free.

Video Game Design (5th-6th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 24 to June 28 12:30-3:00 PM$155

1-week session Video game designers develop original characters, tell compelling stories, create intriguing graphics, and more. Learn basic video game coding concepts by making a variety of different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and quest games. This camp uses Google’s CS First computer science curriculum along with the Scratch programming language. Instructor: Peter Kowalczuk.

Full Day Camps

DIY Entrepreneurs NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 1st-July 3rd9:00 AM to 3:00 PM$200 

3-day session  Get crafty and market-savvy in this intensive three-day business boot camp. Mix essential oils and natural ingredients to make bath bombs and lip balm from scratch. Consider the cost of raw materials and labor versus the market value of your goods. Brainstorm branding and gain marketing skills as you design labels and packaging for your handmade products. Then help choose a local charity to be the recipient of the profits as you prepare to sell your wares in the real world. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Camp price includes a $15 materials fee.

LEGO Design Studio NEW CAMP!

Week 3July 1st-July 3rd9:00 AM to 3:00 PM$200Unity Temple

3-day session  What does it take to make a design original and captivating? Join us as we explore fundamental design elements of art and architecture. The backdrop of Unity Temple allows for a perfect examination of the principles of design. In looking at features of this newly renovated landmark building, you’ll learn how to communicate design ideas and examine various spatial understandings used in the creative process, such as how a 2D drawing can best illustrate a 3D form. You will construct a miniature LEGO model of Unity Temple as a final project to take home. Instructor: Ryan Venhorst. In partnership with Unity Temple. Camp price includes a $15 materials fee.
Note: Lunch supervision is included with this all-day camp.  Please indicate if your child will bring a sack lunch, or add a boxed lunch option for an additional fee.

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 17 to June 218:30 AM to 4:30 PM$550Beye School
Week 2June 24 to June 288:30 AM to 4:30 PM$550Beye School

1-week, full-day session Learn to sail on Lake Michigan and explore the science, technology, engineering and math that sailors use every day! We’ll take a bus each morning to the Columbia Yacht Club. Using REACH, US Sailing’s STEM education curriculum, answer questions like: How does this boat float? What does geometry have to do with sailing? Does the wind pull or push a sailboat? Half your day will be spent inside the yacht club doing hands-on, sailing-related STEM activities, and the other half out on the lake on a J/22 sailboat, five campers per boat, with a US Sailing-certified instructor. Campers will be grouped 5th/6th and 7th/8th together. Instructor: John Pletsch. You may register for multiple sessions; content will be different each session. Price includes daily bus transportation to and from Beye School and lunch at the CYC. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

Unless otherwise noted, camps at this grade level are held at Brooks Middle School. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade as of Fall 2019. Please note, there are no camps for grades 7-8 the week of July 1st.

AM Camps

Digital Design: SketchUp (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 218:45-11:45 AM$175
Week 2June 24  to June 288:45-11:45 AM$175

1-week session  If you can imagine it, you can build it in SketchUp! Learn to create models of objects and buildings with this easy to use 3D computer modeling program. You’ll focus on creating a retail space or product of your own imagination. Start by drawing lines and shapes, then push and pull surfaces to turn them into 3D forms. Consider all the elements that make a building or object functional and distinctive, then bring it to life in three dimensions.  Instructor: Ryan VenHorst. Content will be the same each session.

Explore Printmaking (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 128:45-11:45 AM$175
Week 5July 15 to July 198:45-11:45 AM$175

1-week session  Design, play and experiment with an introduction to relief printmaking: monotypes, block prints, mini screen prints, and more. Work individually and collaboratively to create one-color and multi-color prints.  Examine the social impact of prints historically and today, and take a field trip to the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative to see professional artists in action. Get inventive and messy (in a good way!) creating small editions of postcards and fine art prints. Instructor: Jill Kramer Goldstein. Content will be the same each session. Please dress for a mess.

Girls Bike (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 2June 24 to June 288:45-11:45 AM$175

1-week session A version of our popular Urban Biker camp, for girls only! Build your endurance and self-confidence–you’ll be amazed by how far you can go. Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Learn self-sufficiency, independence and navigation. In addition to exploring Oak Park and River Forest, we’ll ride the Salt Creek trail and stop to see the sights in surrounding communities. Instructors: Caroline Rodriguez and Peter Schwob. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes) and spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. Limited loaner bikes are available; please contact camp director for details.

Graffiti Art (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 4July 8 to July 128:45-11:45 AM$175
Week 5July 15 to July 198:45 to 11:45 AM$175

1-week session Explore hip-hop culture through visual and poetic art. Learn about your relationship with the natural environment through indigenous folktales, then merge your wisdom with fine art and graffiti art skills. Practice calligraphy, discover the tenets of graffiti writing, and create a unique lettering style of your own. End the week creating a mini-mural with acrylic and non-toxic spray paint which incorporates poetry and collaged images into a narrative promoting environmental stewardship and cultural appreciation. This camp presents hip-hop arts as a vehicle for self-empowerment and community beautification.  Instructor: Lavie Raven. In Partnership with the University of Hip HopContent will be the same each session. Please dress for a mess.

Minecraft Create: Advanced (7th-8th) NEW CAMP

Week 4July 8 to July 128:45-11:45 AM$175

1 week session Similar to our Minecraft Create camps for younger grades, join fellow campers to collaboratively build a fully functioning city. You’ll construct your own home and then move on from there, developing food and water sources, schools, parks, and other necessary infrastructure, all within a secure Minecraft world. A series of surprising cooperative challenges will add to the fun and take this camp to the next level. Instructor: Griffin Waterman. 

Mosaic Mural Project (7th-8th)

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 288:45-11:45 AM$370

2-week session Help create colorful community mosaic murals to be installed at four Oak Park elementary schools. Combine ceramic pieces made at each school during the school year with traditional mosaic techniques learned in camp. Created around a central theme of unity, each small-scale mosaic will incorporate both handmade and prefab pieces. Get your hands dirty as you complete a personal piece to take home, then stunning exterior works of art designed specifically for each school. Instructors: Tracy Van Duinen and Edd Magierski. In partnership with District 97. Please dress for a mess.

VEX Robotics: Intro (6th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 288:45-11:45 AM$350Brooks OR Julian Middle School, please choose school when registering
Weeks 4-5July 8 to July 198:45-11:45 AM$350Brooks Middle School Only, students from all schools welcome

2-week session Learn the basics of robot design and programming in a fun, camp environment. Working in small teams, build a fully-functioning bot from a kit, then play games to practice both autonomous and driver control using ROBOTC program language. This is a great opportunity for those with little or no robotics experience. Experiment, learn and have fun! Instructors: Brian Shinners and Tasia Rodriguez (Weeks 1-2 at Brooks); Tim Walsh and Jason Morrell (Weeks 1-2 at Julian); Brian Shinners and Marc Bishop (Weeks 4-5 at Brooks). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

VEX Robotics: Intermediate (6th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 288:45-11:45 AM$350 
Weeks 4-5July 8 to July 198:45-11:45 AM$350 

2-Week Session Build on what you learned in “Intro to VEX”’ or through previous beginner robotics experience, such as LEGO Mindstorms. Collaborate with a teammate to build a robot. Then control its movements with autonomous and remote control using more advanced ROBOTC program language and sensors. Boost your designing, building, and programming skills! Instructors: Brian Shinners and Tasia Rodriguez (Weeks 1-2); Brian Shinners and Marc Bishop (Weeks 4-5). Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

VEX Robotics: Intensive (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 288:45-11:45 AM$350 
     

2-Week Session Do you have VEX robotics experience and want to take it to the next level? During this two-week intensive, hands-on camp, you will work with other experienced builders to design, create and program a competition-style robot using the new V5 platform, testing your bot using the new VEX game. This camp is a great opportunity for you to learn the new system and amp up your technical and teamwork skills! Instructors: Tim Walsh and Jason Morrell.

Video Game Design (7th-8th) NEW CAMP!

Week 1June 17 to June 218:45-11:45 AM$175 

1 Week Session Video game designers develop original characters, tell compelling stories, create intriguing graphics, and more. Learn basic video game coding concepts by making a variety of different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and quest games. This camp uses Google’s CS First computer science curriculum along with the Scratch programming language. Instructor: Peter Kowalczuk.

PM Camps

Film Shorts (7th-8th)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:30 PM$175
Week 5July 15 to July 1912:30-3:30 PM$175

1-week session  Join us for this hands-on movie-making camp! Work solo and in small teams to create your personal four-minute original film. Collaborate and get creative on storyboard development, scene design and staging. Take turns acting out the story and filming it, working both sides of the camera. You’ll even see firsthand how the experts use drones in filmmaking. Then, using iMovie software, edit your own final cut to take home. Instructor: Mason Strom. Use of your own digital video camera is encouraged, or you may share camp-provided ones. In partnership with Oak Park River Forest High School.

Good Food Experience (7th-8th)

Week 1June 17 to June 2112:30-3:30 PM$175
Week 2June 24 to June 2812:30-3:30 PM$175

1-week session Engage with our local food system from seed to plate. Through exciting hands-on experiences in the garden and the kitchen, campers will explore complex issues such as global warming, hunger relief and biodiversity. From seed starting to pasta making, you’ll gain new culinary and life skills to impress family and friends, and find inspiration for a lifetime of thoughtful food choices.Tastings, special guests, growing projects, and hands-on cooking are all part of the journey. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Note: Ingredients will be tailored to accommodate camper food allergies.

Mosaic Mural Project (6th-8th)

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 2812:30-3:30 PM$370

2-week session Help create colorful community mosaic murals to be installed at four Oak Park elementary schools. Combine ceramic pieces made at each school during the school year with traditional mosaic techniques learned in camp. Created around a central theme of unity, each small-scale mosaic will incorporate both handmade and prefab pieces. Get your hands dirty as you complete a personal piece to take home, then stunning exterior works of art designed specifically for each school. Instructors: Tracy Van Duinen, Kristi Murray and Phil Swistowicz. In partnership with District 97. Please dress for a mess. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Urban Biker (7th-8th)

Weeks 1-2June 17 to June 2812:30-3:30 PM$360
Weeks 4-5July 8 to July 1912:30-3:30 PM$360

2-week session On day one you’ll ride 10 miles with this chaperoned group, potentially building up to a fast-moving 26-mile ride on the last day of camp! Practice street navigation and safe group riding in an urban environment, following rules of the road and fixing problems along the way. Learn self sufficiency, independence and navigation! In addition to exploring Oak Park and River Forest, ride The 606 trail in Chicago, the Salt Creek Trail and stop to see the sights in surrounding communities. Instructors: Peter Schwob and Guillermo Delgado. Required daily items include a road-ready bike with gears (no dirt bikes) and its spare inner tube, bike lock, helmet, snacks, water bottle and closed-toe shoes. Bicycles should be inspected and tuned up at a local shop before the start of camp. While camp content and destinations may be repeated, campers may register for both sessions.

Web Design (7th-8th)

Week 4July 8 to July 1212:30-3:30 PM$175
Week 5July  15 to July 1912:30-3:30 PM$175

1 week session Share your favorite hobby or interest–whether it’s gaming, music or cooking– with your friends and the world. Merge technology, art, and imagination to create a fully functioning website you build yourself. Explore graphic design, develop engaging layouts, learn how to embed pictures and links, then bring it all together into a secure website using simple coding through the Adobe Dreamweaver platform. Instructor: Jim Hayward. Campers should bring a USB flash drive to save their work. Content will be the same each session.

Full Day Camps

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 17 to June 218:30 AM-4:30 PM$550Beye School
Week 2June 24 to June 288:30 AM-4:30 PM$550Beye School

1-week, full-day session  Learn to sail on Lake Michigan and explore the science, technology, engineering and math that sailors use every day! We’ll take a bus each morning to the Columbia Yacht Club. Using REACH, US Sailing’s STEM education curriculum, answer questions like: How does this boat float? What does geometry have to do with sailing? Does the wind pull or push a sailboat? Half your day will be spent inside the yacht club doing hands-on, sailing-related STEM activities, and the other half out on the lake on a J/22 sailboat, five campers per boat, with a US Sailing-certified instructor. Campers will be grouped 5th/6th and 7th/8th together. Instructor: John Pletsch. Content will be the same each session. Price includes lunch at the CYC plus daily bus transportation to and from Beye. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

 

Camp Add-Ons (Extended Camp + Lunch)

Early Drop-Off

(8:00-9:00 AM, grades 1-6 at Beye Elementary)

To make BASE Camp more convenient for working families, we offer early drop-off for campers entering grades 1-6 who are also enrolled in a morning camp. Early Drop-Off begins at 8:00am at Beye Elementary School. Campers will be supervised by adult BASE Camp staff and youth counselors, engaging in a variety of low-key activities, games and playground time. More details will be sent to registered families in advance of camp.

Cost: $40/week ($25 week of July 1-3)

Extended Camp

(3:00-6:00 PM, grades 1-6 at Beye Elementary)

With a new STEAM-focused curriculum, extended camp will be more fun than ever before! Unwind with a mix of structured and unstructured play, hands-on science and art projects, both inside and out. Available for children in grades 1-6 enrolled in an afternoon BASE Camp. Pick up any time before 6pm.

Cost: $95/week ($60 week of July 1-3)

Lunch Options

Lunchtime Supervision

When your child is registered for both a morning and an afternoon camp, lunchtime supervision at camp is included! Just add that selection to your camp online registration form. With Lunchtime Supervision, kids at Beye and Brooks can bring their own sack lunch or purchase boxed lunches from us in advance. They’ll enjoy a little down time together, inside and on the playground, in the care of our friendly staff. After lunch, campers are escorted to their next camp and the afternoon fun begins!

If your camper is registered for only an AM or PM camp, you may add Lunchtime Supervision for a fee of $40/week and either send a sack lunch or purchase a boxed lunch from us (see below).

Food Options

Bring your own nut-free lunch, or purchase one from us in advance!

Boxed Lunch
Families enrolled in all-day BASE Camp can purchase daily boxed lunch and two snacks for $30/week ($18 for the short week of July 1-3). The Oak Park Education Foundation partners with the food service group at the Oak Park River Forest High School to provide the lunches. OPRF High School is the same group that provides lunches during the school year to all Oak Park public-school students.

The boxed lunch menu will include a sandwich/wrap, fruit, vegetables, and water, plus a morning/afternoon snack. All lunches are nut-free, and vegetarian and limited dairy options are available. We’re still putting the finishing touches on this year’s menu, but please see the sample menus below.

BASE Camp 2018 Sample Menu

Sample Vegetarian Menu

Sample Limited Dairy Menu

The menu is subject to minor changes and there are no substitutions. Boxed lunch with snacks are sold by the week only and must be prepaid; there will not be extra food on-site for sale.

Questions about lunch? Contact Angie Hawkins, BASE Camp Co-Director, at ahawkins@opef.org.