Welcome to your BEST SUMMER EVER!

Welcome to the best summer ever! Gurnee Park District prides itself in providing a fun-filled, safe and affordable camp experience for your child. Your child will have the chance to experience:

  • fun and new activities
  • meeting and seeing old and new friends
  • exciting adventures
  • arts and crafts
  • outdoor swimming and/or water play
  • nature
  • sports

Did you know?
We offer a variety of camp options to that meet your needs.

Important Camp Dates:

Registration:
Begins Monday, February 6

Camp Open House:
Location: Your Child's Campsite
Date: Thursday, June 8
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Come to your child’s campsite and meet the counselors.

Camp Swim Test
Location: Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
Dates: Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 11
Time: 10:00-10:30 am  

 Experience Quality at an Affordable Price

We provide you with quality staff, variety of camp options, the right program length as well as the best value to make sure you and your family have the best summer ever!

Staff

Our well-trained seasoned staff is committed to each camper's safety and well-being.

Variety

From sports to nature and from crafts to outdoor survival, we have just the right camp for your child!

Program Length

Choose from full and half day camps with multiple times available. Additionally, we offer camps in one or three week sessions throughout the summer. Some camps have a three day per week option to fit your schedule. 

Download three day camp fees.

Value

You can't beat the Park District for a truly terrific camp experience at an affordable price.

Age Groupings

There are many options to best meet the needs of all campers. Sign up for the program reflecting the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2017.

Two Convenient Locations

Gurnee Park District offers two convenient camp locations. Pick the location that works best for you and your family!

Hunt Club Park Camps
920 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee

The following Schedules will be available in the Spring
Adventure Camp
Aquatic Adventure Camp
Camp Creations
Discovery Camp
Half Day Voyager Camp
Junior Explorers
Kindergarten Explorers
Mini Explorers
Sports Camp
Step into Sports Camp
Summer Preschool
Summer Sprouts

Viking Park Camps
4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee

The following Schedules will be available in the Spring
Adventure Camp
Discovery Camp
Explorers Camp
Friends from Fiction
Game Time Camp
Half Day Voyager Camp
Junior Counselor Camp
Nature Camp
Outdoor Survivor
Safety City
Summer Preschool
Teen Camp

Customize Your Child's Summer Camp Experience

We offer full and half day camps to meet the needs of you and your family for all youth ages. 

These camps and preschool programs offer your child a fun, introduction experience into our programs. We offer:

  • Camp Growing Tree: Mini Explorers, Jr. Explorers and Explorers Camps (Half Day)
  • Camp Growing Tree: Summer Sprouts (Half Day)
  • Growing Tree Summer Preschool: Two or Three Days a Week (Half Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Discovery Camp (Full Day)
  • Friends from Fiction Camp (Half Day)
  • Game Time Camp (Half Day)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Kindergarten Explorers (Half Day)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Safety City Camp (Half Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Discovery Camp (Full Day)
  • Friends from Fiction Camp (Half Day)
  • Game Time Camp (Half Day)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Nature Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Safety City Camp (Half Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Step Into Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Technology Mini-Camps (Enrichment Camp)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Adventure Camp (Full Day)
  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Nature Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Step Into Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Technology Mini-Camps (Enrichment Camp)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Adventure Camp (Full Day)
  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Nature Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Step Into Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Technology Mini-Camps (Enrichment Camp)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Adventure Camp (Full Day)
  • Aquatic Adventures Camp (Full Day)
  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Camp Creations (Full Day)
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Technology Mini-Camps (Enrichment Camp)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Adventure Camp (Full Day)
  • Aquatic Adventures Camp (Full Day)
  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Camp Creations (Full Day)
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Junior Lifeguard Training (Special Interest)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Swim Instructor Internship (Special Interest)
  • Technology Mini-Camps (Enrichment Camp)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Aquatic Adventures Camp (Full Day)
  • Art Exploration (Enrichment Camp)
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Camp Creations (Full Day)
  • Cooking Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Half Day Voyager Camp (Half Day)
  • Junior Lifeguard Training (Special Interest)
  • Messy Mania Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Mini Camp (Full Day)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Science Camp (Enrichment Camp)
  • Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Swim Instructor Internship (Special Interest)
  • Teen Camp (Full Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Junior Lifeguard Training (Special Interest)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Swim Instructor Internship (Special Interest)
  • Teen Camp (Full Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

These camps offer your child a camp experience filled with activities guaranteed to transport your child into a world of imagination and discovery. We offer:

  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Junior Lifeguard Training (Special Interest)
  • Outdoor Survivor Camp (Full Day)
  • Sports Camp (Full Day)
  • Teen Camp (Full Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

Learn to become a camp counselor and add swim lessons to your camp experience. We offer:

  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim
  • Junior Counselor Camp (Full Day)

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.

Learn to become a camp counselor while you are attending camp. You’ll become CPR and First Aid Certified, learn how to problem solve and assist with special events among many other fun and interactive activities.

  • Junior Counselor Camp
  • Before and/or After Camp: Learn to Swim

Click here to view camp availability, location and fees.


Getting Started

Sign up for the program reflecting the grade your child will be entering in the fall of 2017. In order to register for camp, you may pay a $50 deposit or the full amount per child for each session at the time of registration to hold your spot. Note: The $50 deposit is non-refundable. All camp fees must be paid in full two weeks before the session begins.

Download a Complete Guide of All Summer Camp Options.

Download three day camp fees.

Camp Frequently Asked Questions

We want you and your family to be prepared for all of our summer fun. View our most frequently asked questions below. Download the extended version below or use the quick links for brief answers.

Download the Full Version of the Frequently Asked Questions Document

Summer camp builds confidence, independence and a sense of responsibility. Campers will meet new friends, develop social skills and patience. Your child will have the opportunity to swim at our Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center, participate in fields trips and cookouts. Check out your child’s camp calendar to see what fun is in store this summer!

Summer Preschool and Summer Sprouts offers an important opportunity to continue to establish the routine of preschool, reinforce skills and bridge one school year to the next.

  • Summer Information Form
  • All items should be labeled and brought daily to camp and preschool:
    - Water Bottle
    - Sunscreen
    - Lunch and Beverage
    - Swim Suit and Towel (Camp Only)
    - Insect Repellent (Camp Only)
    - Snack
    - Comfortable Shoes
    - Complete Change of Clothes (For our Younger Campers)

Join us at our Camp Open House at your child’s camp site on Thursday, June 8 from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Click here to be redirected to the camp calendar webpage - Coming Soon

Camp is conducted outdoors and is held rain or shine, hot or cold. Campers will go inside on rainy days and will take shade/seek air conditioning on hot days. Extra water activities will be scheduled on hot days.

We transport campers by bus and Park District 15-passenger vans. All bus drivers have their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Camp Growing Tree:

  • Explorers Camp - Viking Park: 847-599-5492
  • Friends from Fiction Camp - Viking Park: 847-599-5493
  • Game Time Camp - Viking Park: 847-599-5493
  • Jr. Explorers - Hunt Club Park: 847-599-5462
  • Kindergarten Explorers – Hunt Club Park: 847-599-5463
  • Mini Explorers - Hunt Club Park: 847-599-5461
  • Safety City - Viking Park: 847-599-5493

Growing Tree Preschool:

  • Summer Preschool/Summer Sprouts Summer Preschool - Viking Park: 847-599-5493
  • Summer Preschool - Hunt Club Park: 847-599-5462
  • Summer Sprouts - Hunt Club Park: 847-599-5461

Youth Camps:

  • Adventure 2/3 - Hunt Club Park: 224-374-3303
  • Adventure 2/3 - Viking Park: 224-548-0012
  • Adventure 4/5 - Hunt Club Park: 224-374-3302
  • Adventure 4/5 - Viking Park: 224-374-3305
  • Aquatic Adventures - Hunt Club Park: 224-261-6698
  • Before/After Camp - Hunt Club Park: 847-561-0455
  • Before/After Camp - Viking Park: 224-548-0124
  • Camp Creations - Hunt Club Park: 224-261-6698
  • Discovery Camp - Hunt Club Park: 847-815-5021
  • Discovery Camp - Viking Park: 847-815-4983
  • Enrichment Camps: 847-599-3746
  • Half Day Voyager - Hunt Club Park: 847-561-0455
  • Half Day Voyager - Viking Park: 224-548-0124
  • Junior Counselor - Viking Park: 224-374-3304
  • Mini Camp - Hunt Club Park: 847-815-5021
  • Nature Camp - Viking Park: 224-261-6698
  • OASIS – Hunt Club Park: 224-374-3301
  • Outdoor Survivor – Viking Park: 847-561-0681
  • Sports Camp – Hunt Club Park: 847-815-5029
  • Step Into Sports Camp – Hunt Club Park: 847-815-3721
  • Teen Camp - Hunt Club Park: 224-645-3830
  • Teen Camp - Viking Park: 847-815-5027

Additional Numbers:

  • Gurnee Park District Main Office: 847-623-7788
  • Dina Dowmon, Early Childhood Camp Coordinator: 847-599-5499
  • Davida Doyle, Youth Camp Coordinator: 847-599-3764
  • Sabrina Hinkens, Recreation Supervisor: 847-599-3746
  • Sue McDougle, Facility Manager: 847-599-3767
  • Scott Crowe, Director of Recreation: 847-599-3756

If medicine is to be dispensed at camp, a separate Dispense Medication Release Form must be completed. If you child has allergies requiring medication, an Allergy Action Form is also required.

Click here to download the entire list of policies for food allergies and medication at camp.

Refunds will be processed up to two weeks prior to the start of a session. A service charge of $50.00 per session per child will be assessed for full day camps, half day camps, Camp Growing Tree, Summer Sprouts and Summer Preschool. A $5.00 charge will be assessed on all enrichment, specialty and mini camps. Camp service charges cannot be transferred. Refunds will not be issued if requested less than two weeks prior to the camp start date.

Inclusion with WSRA Special Rec

Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA) and its member districts, believe that all participants should be provided with leisure opportunities that allow for performance at their highest level of ability. Inclusion helps provide a smooth transition from WSRA to a member Park District/Township program. If you are interested in Park District/Township programming and desire inclusion assistance, contact the WSRA office at 847-244-6619.


Hunt Club Park Camps
  • Adventure 2/3 Camp
  • Adventure 4/5 Camp
  • Aquatic Adventure Camp
  • Discovery Camp
  • Half Day Voyager Camp
  • Sports Camp
  • Step into Sports Camp
  • Teen Camp
  • Mini Explorers
  • Junior Explorers
  • Kindergarten Explorers
  • Summer Preschool
  • Summer Sprouts
  • Camp Creations

Viking Park Camps
  • Adventure Camp
  • Discovery Camp
  • Half Day Voyager Camp
  • Teen Camp
  • Outdoor Survivor
  • Junior Counselor Camp
  • Nature Camp
  • Camp Growing Tree
  • Explorers Camp
  • Safety City
  • Friends from Fiction
  • Game Time Camp
  • Summer Preschool

Permission Slips

Please have all applicable forms filled out before the first day of camp and all field trips.

Hunt Club Park Camps
920 North Hunt Club Road, Gurnee
  • Adventure 2/3 Camp
  • Adventure 4/5 Camp
  • Aquatic Adventure Camp
  • Discovery Camp
  • Half Day Voyager Camp
  • Sports Camp
  • Step into Sports Camp
  • Teen Camp
  • Mini Explorers
  • Junior Explorers
  • Kindergarten Explorers
  • Summer Preschool
  • Summer Sprouts
  • Camp Creations
Viking Park Camps
4374 Old Grand Avenue, Gurnee
  • Adventure Camp
  • Discovery Camp
  • Half Day Voyager Camp
  • Teen Camp
  • Outdoor Survivor
  • Junior Counselor Camp
  • Nature Camp
  • Camp Growing Tree
  • Explorers Camp
  • Safety City
  • Friends from Fiction
  • Game Time Camp
  • Summer Preschool