2020 Summer Camp Information

2020 Summer Camp Registration

The Prospect Heights Park District day camps are accredited by the American Camping Association.

Registration is now open online for camp! Camp will run July 6-August 14. 

Summer Camps 2020 have a new look but the safety of our campers and staff is our highest priority. During Summer Camp our facilities will not be open for public use. Only program participants and visitors with appointments will be allowed in the buildings.  

Camp staff is working hard to reinvent traditional camp games and activities, mainly outdoor to adapt to the Restore Illinois restrictions and social distancing requirements. We are happy your child(ren) will be joining us and wanted to share the state and federal guidelines we will be following for camps during this summer. Please note as guidelines change we will be making changes and communicating them with you. We understand that some of these changes may be new and challenging for our campers. We will take time to explain and demonstrate hand washing/sanitizing, face masks and social distancing and we ask that you begin talking about the importance of this at home to best prepare your camper.

Once registration is completed please be sure to visit our website to download the parent handbook, camp emergency and information forms.  These forms should be filled out for each child and turned in prior too or on the first day of camp.  If needed medical forms for dispensing of medication should also be filled out.

Camp forms, emergency cards and questions pertaining to Jr. Explorers, Explorers, Adventure, Sports, Before and After Care, and Last Hurrah should be sent to Laura Fudala, lfudala@phparks.org

Camp forms, emergency cards and questions pertaining to Creative & Performing Arts Day Camp, Production Camp, Sets and Design After Care, and hot lunch should be sent to Marci Glinski, mglinski@phparks.org

Camp Open House

Prior to camp starting we will be emailing out to our families a bio about each member of our camp team.

About the Staff

Our camp coordinators are seasoned staff members who have been with us for numerous years and are currently pursuing or have completed a college degree. All of our counselors for camps with children over five years of age have graduated high school and show an aptitude towards childcare education. All of our staff is CPR/AED certified.

Important Camper Information

Campers should bring , towel, backpack, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, water bottle, and lunch daily. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS NOON THE FRIDAY BEFORE THE NEXT SESSION if openings are still available. REGISTRATIONS AFTER THE DEADLINE will be charged $10 LATE FEE. REGISTRATIONS ON THE PROGRAM START DAY will be charged $20 LATE FEE.

Items to be brought to camp daily

Campers should bring a backpack, towel, sunscreen, a personal size bottle of hand sanitizer, water bottle, facial covering, and a lunch in a disposable bag.

Face Coverings

We will do our best to create environments where children are free to play and enjoy their summer without use of a face covering, but there may be times where it is required, when they cannot keep 6 feet of social distancing.   All participants are asked to bring a face covering each day and will be required to wear it when social distancing measures cannot be obtained. Many of our camp activities for summer 2020 will be programmed outside as recommended by the CDC guidelines.

 Participants should wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times except when eating, playing a musical instrument, or when outside and able to maintain a safe social distance (exceptions can be made for people with medical conditions or disabilities that prevent them from safely wearing a face covering).

Supplies and Equipment

In an effort, to limit the supplies that are handled by multiple children during the day, we are asking that families supply markers, crayons, scissor, glue and glue stick.  All supplies should be put into a supply pouch or a zip lock bag with campers name on it.  Supplies should be stored in your child’s backpack. 

Personal Hygiene

Hand washing will be frequent.  Each program room will have a hand sanitizing station.

Facility Cleaning

Camp will be following all recommended CDC guidelines for cleaning procedures. 

Health Monitoring

If your child can respond “Yes” to any of the questions below OR show symptoms, please keep your child at home if they are sick or do not feel well.

  • Have you felt feverish?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Have you been experiencing difficulty breathing or shortness of breath?
  • Do you have muscle aches?
  • Have you had a new or unusual headache (i.e, not related to caffeine, diet, or hunger, not related to a history of migraines, clusters, or tension, not typical to the individual)?
  • Have you noticed a new loss of taste of loss of smell
  • Have you been experiencing chills or rigors?
  • Do you have any gastrointestinal concerns (i.e. abdominal, pain, vomiting, diarrhea)?
  • Is anyone in your household experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19
  • To the best of your knowledge, have you or anyone in your household come into close contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

If a participant does develop symptoms while at camp, they should be sent home until they have had no fever for at least 72 hours, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms have first appeared. If a camper does contract COVID-19, they should remain isolated at home for a minimum of 10 days after symptom onset and can be released after fever less and feeling well ( without a fever-reducing medication) for at least 72 hours OR has 2 negative COVID-19 tests in a row, with testing done at least 24 hours apart.

If participant does contract COVID-19, we would contact the proper authorities and follow the appropriate protocol. 

If a child or staff member becomes ill at camp they will be immediately isolated from the group.  Campers will be supervised at all times.

Travelling Restrictions

Currently a travel history to countries that have a level 3 Travel Health Notice (which means widespread & ongoing transmission) would not be able to attend a camp until the stay home for a period of 14 days from the time they left the level 3 area.  Current level 3 travel health notice countries include: China, Iran, Italy, and South Korea.

Notice of Risk

Participants and parents/guardians please remember you are the ultimate decision-makers with respect to whether you or your children have underlying health conditions that may put you or them at heightened risk in public setting and whether you or your children should be in a public program at this time.  All participants must comply with COVID-19 related policies (and all other policies), and failure to do so may lead to prompt dismissal for the program or facility.

Drop-off & Pick-up Locations

Jr. Explorers Camp Curbside in front of GMRC Curbside in front of GMRC
Explorers Camp Curbside Elm Street North Bound  Curbside Elm Street North Bound
Adventure Camp Curbside Elm Street North Bound Curbside Elm Street North Bound.
Sports Camp Curbside Eisenhower School (front of school)  Curbside Eisenhower School (front of school)
Before and After Care Curbside in front of GMRC Curbside in front of GMRC
Creative/Performing Arts Day Camp Curbside back lot of GMRC at the Stop Sign Curbside back lot of GMRC at the Stop Sign

Camp Billing

NEW! Option 1 – Automatic Bill Pay

  1. Sign up for all your camp needs.
  2. You will automatically enrolled in camp billing.
  3. Cancellations can be made on Fridays by noon before the week of billing.

Option 2 – Pay as you go

Register as you go as long as spots are available.  Payment will be due at the time of registration.

  • Camp payments are due Mondays prior to the camp week.  Example:  Week 1 is due Monday, June 29
Week Due
Week 1 June 29
Week 2 July 6
Week 3 July 13
Week 4 July 20
Week 5 July 27
Week 6 August 3

Refund Guidelines

  • Refunds for full sessions may be given the Fridays before the week of billing.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing to the supervisor.
  • Payments are not prorated due to vacation or illness.

Camp Forms