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1st and 2nd Grade Camp Descriptions

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 2018. Download the guide here.

AM Camps

Art around the World (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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!

Coding Lab (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150

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 created using both low-tech and high-tech techniques. Have a blast while you use critical thinking and problem solving skills to build a foundation for coding literacy. Instructor: Scott Naber (weeks 1 & 2) Joel Blecha (week 3). Content will be the same each session.

Experimentation Station (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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.

LEGO Architects (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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 like Frank Lloyd Wright, Jeanne Gang, and 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.

LEGO Stop Motion (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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: Ryan Winchell. 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.

Origami Movie Shorts (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150

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.

Playground Physics (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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: Sarah Becker. Content will be the same each session.

Science around Us (1st-2nd)

Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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.

Storybook Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 15 9:00-11:30 AM $150
Week 2June 18 to June 22 9:00-11:30 AM $150
Week 3June 25 to June 29 9:00-11:30 AM $150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4) 9:00-11:30 AM $125

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 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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 Heyman. Content will be the same each session.

Theater of the Wild (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

1-week session Tell your story with no boundaries. 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 the West Cook Wild Ones.

PM Camps 

Junior Detectives (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00$125

1-week session

Solve the mystery of the stolen art with science! Become a crime scene investigator and get eyewitness accounts, match ink samples through chromatography, and analyze fingerprints and DNA (are these hair fibers our thief’s or leftover cat hair?). Each day, you’ll uncover new evidence until you find the culprit. Share your analysis with a real-life crime fighter to earn your junior detective badge. Instructor: Sarah Becker. Content will be the same each session.

LEGO Pre-Engineering (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

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: Scott Naber. Content will be the same each session.

Music Makers (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

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.

Rainforest Yoga (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

1-week session Stretch your mind and body as you explore the rainforest with stories, music, art, jungle movement and meditation. Build and decorate a giant rain stick to transport yourself into the wild. Learn to use your breath to both calm and energize your body, and build coordination, balance and strength. Instructor: Kim Vulinovic. Content will be the same each session. To participate fully in the class, children should wear comfortable clothes (e.g., leggings/sweats, not dresses, tights or jeans). In partnership with YogaKids of Oak Park.

Space Rangers (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

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, and 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.

Story Quilts (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

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 personal art 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.

Tinker Time (1st-2nd)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

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!

Toy Inventors (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

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.

Weather Science (1st-2nd)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

1-week session Are you wild about weather? Learn about the science behind wind, rain, clouds and storms through hands-on experiments. Make it rain in a jar, build an anemometer to measure air speed, see centripetal force in action with a tornado in a bottle, and simulate earthquakes with a shake table. Finally, you’ll discover the TV weatherperson’s “green screen” trick – and create your own weather forecast video complete with a cool background of your choosing. Instructor: Jen Buckley. Content will be the same each session.

3rd and 4th Grade Camp Descriptions
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 2018. Download the guide here.

AM Camps 

Coding for Kids (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150

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 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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.

Comics Creator (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

1-week session  Write and design your own hand drawn or digital comics! 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 write your own storyline. Take a field trip to a local comic shop to talk about what it takes to get a comic published. 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.

Kitchen Chemistry (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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 Stop Motion (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11  to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00- 11:30 AM$125

1-week session  Make an animated movie using LEGOs! Create your storyboard, build your LEGO scenery and characters, capture the action with the camera, and put it all together through iMotion software, making your video appear seamlessly animated. End the week with a film festival, and share your videos 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!

LEGO Testers (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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, test, and rebuild your bridges multiple times. Instructor: Seth Baker. Content will be the same each session.

Minecraft: Create (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 159:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 229:00-11:30 AM$150

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.

Minecraft: Explore (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

1-week session Join fellow campers in a secure Minecraft world for unique 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.

Science around Us (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 299:00-11:30 AM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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.

Song Engineers (3rd-4th)

Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)9:00-11:30 AM$125

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

Art around the World (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30 -3:00 PM$150

1-week session  Every day you will explore a different part of the world. Find each location on a map, learn greetings in the local language, hear exciting stories from these exotic lands, and create art inspired by your “travels.” Destinations will include Greece, Egypt, Japan and more. 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.

Claymation (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

1-week session  Make an animated movie using clay! Learn how to create an armature (framework), handle the camera, create your storyboard, build your characters from clay and create stop-motion animation. Then we’ll put it all together, making your clay character move so it appears seamlessly animated. Instructor: Mindi Maneck. Wear only clothes that can be ruined – clay is messy! – and 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.

Coding with Ozobots (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150

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: Joel Blecha.

Critter Science (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

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.

Kinetic Contraptions (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

1-week session With ingenuity, a paper cup, some twine, a ping pong ball and domino tiles, some totally new contraption will come to life! You’ll spend the week collaborating to configure this and other “found” stuff into the Rube Goldberg device of your wildest imagination. Creativity and knowledge of simple machines come together in this fun and wacky exercise of solving a problem in the most complicated way possible. Instructor: Salome Yigzaw. Content will be the same each session.

Lego Engineering (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

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: Griffin Waterman (Weeks 1 and 2); Caitlin Heyman (Weeks 3 and 4). You may register for multiple sessions; campers can build different machines each session!

Origami Movie Shorts (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150

1-wk 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.

Raise Your Voice (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:00 PM$125

1-week session Have a lot to say? Express yourself through spoken word and creative writing. Explore the elements that make poetry come to life: writing, character development, lyricism and performance! Analyze poetry and the lyrics of your favorite music to see the power of well-chosen words. Experiment with different ways of adding movement to your poetry. You’ll build a community of friends and finish the week with a poetry slam performance. Instructor: Maya Barros Odim. Content will be the same each session

Song Engineers (3rd-4th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:00 PM$150

1-week session Explore and create fun and interesting music using technology and your own creativity. No background in music required. Learn programs such as GarageBand and SoundTrap to gain a better understanding of the building blocks 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. 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.

Storybook Engineering (3rd-4th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:00 PM$150
 Week 2 June 18 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$150

1-week session  Take myths, fables and stories from around the world and engineer new solutions to old problems. Design a stronger web for Anansi the spider, invent a better way for Icarus to fly, or build a mighty bridge that the troll can’t destroy. Experiment and work together to imagine solutions through the magic of engineering and the wizardry of science. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again! Instructor: Caitlin Heyman. Content will be the same each session.

Theater of the Wild (3rd-4th)

Weeks 1-2June 11 to June 2212:30-3:00 PM$300

2-week session Tell your story with no boundaries. 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. In partnership with the West Cook Wild Ones.

5th and 6th Grade Camp Descriptions
All camps at this grade level are held at Julian Middle School. Please read camp descriptions carefully as some camps are available for grades 6-8 only. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade as of Fall 2018. Download the guide here.

AM Camps

Comics Creator (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45 – 11:45 AM$140

1-week session Write and design your own hand drawn or digital comics! 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. Take a field trip to a local comic shop to talk about what it takes to get a comic published. 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.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Everyday Design (5th-6th)

Weeks 1 & 2June 11 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$340

2-week session How do architects choose a design? Could you use the same building for a bank and a house? Would you design the same house in a prairie as you would in a forest? Campers will learn about Frank Lloyd Wright and explore his Oak Park buildings to see how his designs responded to the challenges and distinctions of different spaces, needs, and communities. Through hands-on activities, like redesigning everyday objects, campers will examine design concepts and the principles of universal design. In the last week of camp, campers will work in small groups to design and build cardboard furniture to fit the needs of various community spaces in Oak Park. Instructor: Mary Beth Osowski. In partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

Girl Writes (5th -6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$140

1-week session  Calling all girls! Tell your story your way in this creative journaling camp. Travel around Oak Park for inspiration, and even visit a Chicago literary destination. Workshop each other’s writing and celebrate female voices to create a collective chapbook (a small paperback booklet, containing poems or fiction). Chapbooks will be distributed around town on the final day of camp. Make an impact on your community through the power of the pen. Instructor: Nefret Stringham. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can create different projects each session. Wear walking shoes for our frequent outings.

Good Guerilla Artist (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$140

1-week session Share your creativity with the community! From bottle cap mosaics to yarn bombs to whirligigs, you’ll create wacky and wonderful outdoor artworks and install them around the neighborhood to surprise and delight passersby. Each student will make some projects to keep and many to give. Instructor: Liita Forsythe. You may register for multiple sessions; campers can create different projects each session. In partnership with The Little Bits Workshop.

Hocus Focus (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$170

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 subject 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. Kids are encouraged to bring their own SLR cameras or digital point-and-shoot. Content will be the same each session.

Lift Off: Aeronautics (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$170

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.

Minecraft Explore (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$170

1-week session Join fellow campers in a secure Minecraft world for unique 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.

SewEco (6th-8th)

Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$140

1-week session How are clothes and other fabrics made and how do they end up in the store? From the fibers used, to the dyeing process, to shipping and packaging, even the hangers on which they are hung, textiles have a significant impact on the environment. Campers will learn technological advances to help make textiles greener, how to look at unwanted textiles in a different way, and through a series of projects, how to sew in an eco-friendly way by reusing textiles. Additionally, campers will learn how to use sewing tools correctly, including a sewing machine, and will be exposed to the way sewing machines work, types of fabric, correct sewing and garment vocabulary. Instructor: Angie Cataldo.

Spoken Word (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$170

1-week session Immerse yourself in the supportive and electrifying spoken word community. Through music and rap, explore the poetic elements and emotions of song lyrics and be inspired to write your own original pieces. Participate in an editing and performance workshop to perfect your poems and your delivery. Create multi-media artwork that illustrates your writing, with the canvas reflecting the emotions, colors, and theme of your spoken word piece. Finish the camp with a snap-worthy live performance and artwork showcase. Instructor: Isaiah Makar. You may register for multiple sessions; you can write new pieces each week.

Textile Engineering (6th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170

1-week session Reverse engineer your wardrobe!  Campers will learn how garments are created through the process of deconstructing an article of clothing, drafting a sewing pattern and sewing a new garment. In addition to measuring, drafting and engineering changes to a pattern, campers will learn how to use sewing tools correctly, including a sewing machine, and will be exposed to the way sewing machines work, types of fabric, correct sewing and garment vocabulary. Instructor: Angie Cataldo.

Urban Biker (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$175
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$145

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. Instructor: Peter Schwob. 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. 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 (6th-8th)

Week 1 and 2June 11 to June 228:45 -11:45 AM$340
Week 3 and 4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$310

2-week session Learn to design, build, and program robots from scratch. You’ll work in teams, taking on a series of exciting challenges that will build both mechanical and programming skills in creating bots. This is a great opportunity for those new to VEX, as well as kids with previous experience, to experiment, learn and have fun. Instructors: Marc Bishop and Gretchen Junker. Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Special note about VEX camps:  Due to the District 97 summer construction schedule, Brooks is not available for BASE Camp this summer.  VEX is offered only at Julian this year, open to students from all experience levels and all schools.

PM Camps

Good Food Experience (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:30 PM$170

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.

Homesteading (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session Inspired by Sugar Beet’s popular Homesteading Camp, we have pulled together the highlights for an exciting hands-on adventure. From making dough and beeswax candles to 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 hands-on skills as well as the environmental impacts and economic benefits of maintaining an urban homestead. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Content will be the same each session.

Humans of Oak Park (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session  Based on the popular social media series “Humans of New York,” this camp will delve into the real stories of everyday Oak Parkers. We will visit several different downtown Oak Park areas to spontaneously interview locals, as well as arrange conversations with community leaders. Incorporating interview skills, photography, writing, design and editing, we’ll produce a blog to highlight the stories of our community. Instructor: John Colucci. You may register for multiple sessions.

Kitchen Chemistry (5th-6th)

Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$140

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. Note: all ingredients will be nut and egg free, and dairy and gluten modifications can be made upon request.

Maker Challenge (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

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.

MINDSTORMS Robotics (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session New to robotics? 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, electric guitar, 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: Richard Rollo. You may register for multiple sessions; you will take on new challenges with each.

MINDSTORMS Robotics (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$140

1-week session New to robotics? 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, electric guitar, 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: Richard Rollo. You may register for multiple sessions; you will take on new challenges with each.

Minecraft Explore (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:30$170

1-week session Join fellow campers in a secure Minecraft world for unique 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.

Mosaic Mural Project (6th-8th)

Weeks 1 and 2June 11 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$370

2-week session  Create a colorful and informative mosaic mural at Julian Middle School this summer. Designed in partnership with the Julian school community, the mosaic will be a tribute to Oak Park scientist and social activist, Percy Julian. Learn to use different mosaic techniques: micro and macro pieces, sculptural elements, photo transfer and tile preparation. Get your hands dirty as you work to complete a stunning exterior work of art. Instructors: Edd Magierski, Phil Swistowicz, and Tracy VanDuinen. In partnership with District 97. Please dress for a mess. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

STEAM Connector (5th-6th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session Immerse yourself in the amazing, interconnected world of STEAM. Test critical thinking skills, ask questions, and work through the creative process with hands-on activities that connect Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics. Explore Fibonacci in nature and its connection to the Golden Rule. Understand the unique structural properties of geodesic domes, then make your own. Use potential, kinetic and mechanical energy to create art that mimics nature. Instructor: Tasia Rodriguez. Content will be the same each session.

Urban Biker (6th-8th)

Weeks 3-4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$320

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.

Web Design (5th-6th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$140

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.

You Glow (5th-6th)

Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$140

1-week session  Nourish mind, body and spirit! Learn fun ways to practice self-care, then engage your entrepreneurial skills to sell your handmade products. Use pantry staples and whole ingredients to make natural lip balms and beautiful DIY body care items, customized with essential oils. Make wellness teas and waters to sip on for healthy hydration. Learn the art of journaling, meditating, and other relaxation techniques to calm the body and mind. Finally, design and create packaging for your body care products and sell them at a pop-up market. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse.

 

Full Day Camps

Paper HeART (6th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45 AM-3:30 PM$350
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45 AM-3:30 PM $290

1-week session How can you use art as a catalyst for change? Join the Paper HeART experience to explore the intersection of art and social justice. Through field trips and guest speakers, see first hand how artists bring awareness to human rights, politics, and social responsibility. Discover new ways to express yourself through visual arts, photography and digital storytelling. Learn about the history of social movements, then choose an issue that matters to you to research and create an art piece inspired by the change you want to see in the world. Camp will end with an exhibit showcasing student work. Instructors: Karen Fogg and Tye Johnson. Lunch supervision is included with this camp. You may register for multiple sessions; you can chose a different project each week.

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:30 AM to 4:30 PM$550
Week 2June 18 to June 228:30 AM to 4:30 PM$550

1-week session, 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: Miranda Tucker. You may register for multiple sessions; content will be different each session. Price includes daily bus transportation to and from Julian and lunch at the CYC. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

7th and 8th Grade Camp Descriptions
Locations of camps for these grade levels are at  Julian Middle School. Read more about our amazing BASE Camp teachers. Please register for your child’s grade level as of Fall 2018. Download the guide here.

AM Camps 

Lift Off: Aeronautics (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$170

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.

Mosaic Mural Project (7th-8th)

Weeks 1 & 2June 11 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$370

2-week session Create a colorful and informative mosaic mural at Julian Middle School this summer. Designed in partnership with the Julian school community, the mosaic will be a tribute to Oak Park scientist and social activist, Percy Julian. Learn to use different mosaic techniques: micro and macro pieces, sculptural elements, photo transfer and tile preparation.  Get your hands dirty as you work to complete a stunning exterior work of art. Instructors: Edd Magierski, Phil Swistowicz and Tracy VanDuinen. In partnership with District 97.  7th and 8th graders may register for both the morning and afternoon session.

SewEco (6th-8th)

Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$140

1-week session How are clothes and other fabrics made and how do they end up in the store? From the fibers used, to the dyeing process, to shipping and packaging, even the hangers on which they are hung, textiles have a significant impact on the environment. Campers will learn technological advances to help make textiles greener, how to look at unwanted textiles in a different way, and through a series of projects, how to sew in an eco-friendly way by reusing textiles. Additionally, campers will learn how to use sewing tools correctly, including a sewing machine, and will be exposed to the way sewing machines work, types of fabric, correct sewing and garment vocabulary. Instructor: Angie Cataldo.

Textile Engineering (6th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170

1-week session Reverse engineer your wardrobe!  Campers will learn how garments are created through the process of deconstructing an article of clothing, drafting a sewing pattern and sewing a new garment. In addition to measuring, drafting and engineering changes to a pattern, campers will learn how to use sewing tools correctly, including a sewing machine, and will be exposed to the way sewing machines work, types of fabric, correct sewing and garment vocabulary. Instructor: Angie Cataldo.

VEX Robotics (6th-8th)

Week 1-2June 11 to June 228:45-11:45 AM$340
Week 3-4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$310

2-week session Learn to design, build, and program robots from scratch. You’ll work in teams, taking on a series of exciting challenges that will build both mechanical and programming skills in creating bots. This is a great opportunity for those with no experience, as well as students with previous experience, to experiment, learn and have fun!  Instructors: Marc Bishop and Gretchen Junker. Content will be the same each session. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders.

Special note about VEX camps:  Due to the District 97 summer construction schedule, Brooks is not available for BASE Camp this summer.  VEX is offered only at Julian this year, open to students at all experience levels and from all schools.

Web Design (7th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45-11:45 AM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45-11:45 AM$140

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

Builder Workshop (7th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 2912:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$140

1-week session  Put away your tech and discover the fun of creating with your hands.  From simple furniture to a working lamp, use found objects and basic building materials to construct projects of your own design. Choose from a variety of materials on hand, or be inspired by your own thrift store find to makeover an everyday object into something all your own. Camp will involve use of woodworking tools and electrical equipment under adult supervision. Instructor: Manny Apostol. You may register for multiple sessions; you will take on new projects each week.

Homesteading (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session Inspired by Sugar Beet’s popular Homesteading Camp, we have pulled together the highlights for an exciting hands-on adventure. From making dough and beeswax candles to 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 hands-on skills as well as the environmental impacts and economic benefits of maintaining an urban homestead. Instructor: Cheryl Munoz. In partnership with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse. Content will be the same each session.

Humans of Oak Park: World Changers (7th-8th)

Weeks 3-4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$310

2-week session Based on the popular social media series “Humans of New York,” this camp will delve into the real stories of everyday Oak Parkers. We will visit several different downtown Oak Park areas to spontaneously interview locals, as well as arrange conversations with community leaders. Incorporating interview skills, photography, writing, design and editing, we’ll produce a blog to highlight the stories of our community. Finish the camp with an artwork showcase. Instructor: John Colucci. Participation will include some cross-collaboration with Spoken Word.

MINDSTORMS Robotics (6th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 1512:30-3:30 PM$170
Week 2June 18 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$170

1-week session New to robotics? 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, electric guitar, 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: Richard Rollo. You may register for multiple sessions; you will take on new challenges with each.

Mosaic Mural Project (6th-8th)

Weeks 1 & 2June 11 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$370

1-week session Create a colorful and informative mosaic mural at Julian Middle School this summer. Designed in partnership with the Julian school community, the mosaic will be a tribute to Oak Park scientist and social activist, Percy Julian. Learn to use different mosaic techniques: micro and macro pieces, sculptural elements, photo transfer and tile preparation.  Get your hands dirty as you work to complete a stunning exterior work of art.  Instructors: Edd Magierski, Phil Swistowicz, and Tracy VanDuinen. In partnership with District 97. Please note: This camp is for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. 7th and 8th graders may sign up for both the morning and afternoon session.

 

 

Spoken Word: World Changers (7th-8th)

Weeks 3 & 4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4)12:30-3:30 PM$310

2-week session Immerse yourself in the supportive and electrifying spoken word community. Become a part of a movement of social activists helping your community and the world be a better place. Through music and rap, explore the poetic elements and emotions of song lyrics and be inspired to write your own original pieces based on the issues that matter to you. Create multimedia artwork that illustrates your writing, with the canvas reflecting the emotions, colors, and theme of your spoken word piece. Finish the camp with a snap-worthy live performance and artwork showcase. Instructor: Isaiah Makar. Participation will include some cross-collaboration with Humans of Oak Park.

Urban Biker (7th-8th)

Weeks 1-2June 11 to June 2212:30-3:30 PM$350
Weeks 3-4June 25 to July 6 (no camp July 4) (open to 6th graders)12:30-3:30 PM$320

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.

Full Day Camps 

Paper HeART (6th-8th)

Week 3June 25 to June 298:45 AM-3:30 PM$350
Week 4July 2 to July 6 (no camp July 4)8:45 AM-3:30 PM $290

1-week session How can you use art as a catalyst for change? Join the Paper HeART experience to explore the intersection of art and social justice. Through field trips and guest speakers, see first hand how artists bring awareness to human rights, politics, and social responsibility. Discover new ways to express yourself through visual arts, photography and digital storytelling. Learn about the history of social movements, then choose an issue that matters to you to research and create an art piece inspired by the change you want to see in the world. Camp will end with an exhibit showcasing student work. Instructors: Karen Fogg and Tye Johnson. Lunch supervision is included with this camp. You may register for multiple sessions; you can chose a different project each week.

 

REACH Sailing (5th-8th)

Week 1June 11 to June 158:30 AM-4:30 PM$550
Week 2June 18 to June 228:30 AM-4:30 PM$550

1-week 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/6yh and 7th/8th together. Instructor: Miranda Tucker. Content will be the same each session. Price includes daily bus transportation to and from Brooks plus lunch and supervision at CYC. In partnership with the Columbia Yacht Club.

Camp Add-Ons (Extended Camp + Lunch)

Camp Add-Ons (Extended Camp + Lunch)

Early Drop-Off

(8:00-9:00 AM, grades 1-4 at Beye Elementary and grades 5-6 at Julian)

To make BASE Camp more convenient for working families, we are now offering early drop-off for campers entering grades 1-6. Early Drop-Off begins at 8:00am at Beye Elementary School and Julian Middle 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 ($32 week of July 2nd)

Extended Camp

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

With a new STEAM-focused currciulum, extended camp will be more fun than ever before! Unwind with a mix of structured and unstructured play, hands-on science, cooking and art projects, both inside and out. Available for children in grades 1-4 enrolled in an afternoon BASE Camp. Pick up any time before 6pm. Also open to 5th-6th grade campers, who will be walked over to Beye from Julian. Staff: Sandy Noel, Margaret O’Malley, Ty Smith.

Cost: $95/week ($70 week of July 2)

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 Julian 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 ($32 for week 4), 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 now purchase daily boxed lunch and two snacks for $30/week ($24 for the short week of July 2nd). 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 menu 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 Assistant Director, at ahawkins@opef.org.

Registration/Payment Options

Registration Information

BASE Camp registration for 2018 opens January 31st at noon. Please register here.

Please note that BASE Camp changed registration systems in November 2016. If you have never registered for camp, or not registered for a camp since 2016, you will need to create a new user account and password, and add each child to the system. If you were registered for camp in 2017, you can log back into your account and choose the 2018 season.

Wait List Procedure
If a camp you are interested in is full, you may add yourself to the wait list through our registration system.  Should an opening become available, BASE Camp staff will contact the names on the wait list in the order received. If your name is next up, you will be contacted by email right away and offered the open spot with no obligation to take it. You will have 48 hours to reply before the next name on the wait list is contacted. While we do not have an online way to share your place on the wait list, feel free to contact us at any time for a status update. Openings to the list are, as you might guess, difficult to predict!

For questions, please contact Amy Struckmeyer, Operations Coordinator, at astruckmeyer@opef.org.

Payment Plan Overview

Families may elect to pay via payment plan.

The payment plan’s initial deposit includes a $25 non-refundable registration fee per camp, as well as a $10 deposit per add-on item (early drop-off, extended camp, or lunch items), due at the time of registration. A $50 deposit is required for 2-week or full-day camps ($100 for 4-week or Sailing), $25 of which is a non-refundable registration fee.  The remaining balance will be billed in equal installments on March 15 and April 16, 2018 to the credit card on file.

If the credit card on file is declined, BASE Camp staff will notify you via email and give you 48 hours to respond and update your payment information.

Payment plans not completed by April 16 will result in cancellation of camp registration.  Refunds will be issued for any amount paid beyond the required registration fees per camp.

To take advantage of this payment plan, choose the “installment plan” payment option at checkout.

For questions, please contact Amy Struckmeyer, Operations Coordinator, at astruckmeyer@opef.org.

Cancellation Policy
Refunds, less a $25 fee per camper per session, must be requested no less than 14 days before the first day of registered camp sessions. No refunds will be issued after that date. Contact Amy Struckmeyer at astruckmeyer@opef.org to cancel a camp registration.

Scholarship Information
Scholarships are available for families that qualify. Find more information here.

Camp Locations

Our camps take place at centrally located Oak Park public schools.

Beye Elementary School

Beye Elementary School

230 N. Cuyler, Oak Park, IL for incoming 1st-4th graders.

Percy Julian Middle School

Percy Julian Middle School

416 South Ridgeland, Oak Park, IL, for incoming 5th-8th graders.

 

BASE Camp Staff

BASE Camp employs a team of year-round professional staff, as well as an outstanding seasonal staff of teachers, building managers, teacher assistants and youth counselors. Read more about our teachers’ backgrounds here.

Lindsay Bruce

Lindsay Bruce

Lindsay Bruce
BASE Camp Director
lbruce@opef.org
708-524-3026

Angela Hawkins

Angela Hawkins

Angela Hawkins
BASE Camp Assistant Director
ahawkins@opef.org
312-802-8755

Amy Struckmeyer

Amy Struckmeyer

Amy Struckmeyer
BASE Camp Operations Coordinator
astruckmeyer@opef.org
312-282-0139

2017 Policies and Procedures

2018 policies will be available in March 2018. In the meantime, to help with your planning, you can find a complete list of 2017 policies about attendance, drop off and pick up, and other important issues here.

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