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Schaumburg Park District summer camps provide excitement, nature exploration and activity

A camper throws the ball to a friend at last summer's baseball camp at Schaumburg Park District.

A camper throws the ball to a friend at last summer's baseball camp at Schaumburg Park District.

Plan summer camp activities at Schaumburg Park District before school is out!

Schaumburg Park District will offer full and half-day camps for children with a variety of interests and busy schedules at the District’s facilities and parks from June to August.

Play baseball, kick a soccer ball or dodge balls! Children will have an abundance of opportunities to participate in physical activity, enhance sports skills and have fun in numerous sports camps. This summer's camps feature badminton, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, dodgeball, flag football, football, gymnastics, lacrosse, pickleball, skateboarding, soccer, track and field, volleyball and wrestling.

The District’s athletic camps will be taught by Park District staff, Blackline Athletic Sports Performance, Challenger Sports, Chicago Bulls Training Academy, Chicago Red Stars, Coerver Coaching, Professional Soccer Academy, Skyhawks Sports Academy, True Lacrosse, White Sox Training Center and local school coaches at the Sport Center, 1141 W. Irving Park Road; Olympic Park, 1675 E. Old Schaumburg Road; Meineke Recreation Center, 220 E. Weathersfield Way; Schaumburg Tennis Plus, 1416 N. Payne Road; the District’s tennis courts; and School District 54 schools. These camps are Schaumburg CAN (Children – Activity – Nutrition) programs. Schaumburg CAN’s mission is to align the community around opportunities that build a foundation of healthy activity and nutrition for children.

Learn the skills needed to become the next great artist, actor or designer! The Community Recreation Center, 505 N. Springinsguth Road, will be home to cultural arts camps for children with a passion for the arts. The camps are a great opportunity for children to show off their talent, improve existing techniques and learn new skills. The District’s cultural arts camps showcase cartooning, ceramics, dance, drama, fashion design, interior design, jewelry making, movie making, painting, poms and video game animation.

Tots will have fun, too! Early childhood camps will feature crafts, educational projects, field trips, healthy eating activities, outdoor exploration, swimming, songs and stories. Camps are led by qualified individuals with early childhood experience. Additional early childhood camps will teach valuable safety lessons at Ken Alley Safety Park, 421 N. Springinsguth Road.

Go outside and explore nature at Spring Valley! The Nature Center and Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road, will offer summer camps with a focus on nature and farm-related themes for children ages 5 to 15. Children will appreciate exploring every corner of Spring Valley in Valley Ventures Camp, learning about fossils in Fossil Frenzy Camp and taking care of farm animals in Farmer Boot Camp. Other fun, educational opportunities include learning about bugs, cooking, fish, reptiles, farm animals, nature, rocks and survival.

The District offers camps for teenagers to experience what life was like over 120 years ago in Historian’s Apprentice Camp at Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley. Participants ages 13 to 15 will dress in historic clothing, cook over a wood burning stove, learn animal care and show off their new skills to the public. Teens can also check out the summer long Teen Voyager camp. The popular camp will give teens ages 11 to 14 the chance to enjoy a wide range of activities and go on field trips to museums, parks, swimming pools and baseball games.

Get crazy outdoors with friends during the week! Wacky Wagon Camp for children ages 6 to 12 will run June 11 to July 19 at Bock Neighborhood Center, 1223 W. Sharon Lane; Meineke Recreation Center; and the Community Recreation Center. This free drop-in camp program is held Monday through Thursday. Camp features swimming on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Wacky Wednesdays and Theme Fridays. Field trips, picnics and Friday theme days have a fee. Pre-registration and fees are required for Theme Fridays.

The District’s camps vary in cost and dates. Registration is available at Schaumburg Park District facilities and online at parkfun.com. Registration is ongoing until camps are filled.

For more information and the summer camps guide, visit www.parkfun.com or call (847) 490-7020.

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