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Jen's Camp
Chicago, Illinois

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2625 N Orchard St
Chicago, Illinois 60614



CAMPER GENDER(S): Coed Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Jen's Camp was designed for kids and families! Our goal? Make the entire experience from registering to day to day camp easy on the families and provide the kids with great activities and choices about how they spend their day. We saw families struggling with programs that only ran for 3 hours and saw first hand the strain that added to family units. Our goal is to make things easy on the families. That means less time coordinating logistics. We are open from Monday, June 20 - Friday, August 12, 2022, Monday - Friday from 7:30a - 6p.

SPECIAL NEEDS CAMPERS: We are not set-up or staffed to help a camper 1:1. While camp cannot provide an aide, families are welcome to provide an aide for their camper as long as they are cleared by us first. Once we’ve received all the completed paperwork and confirmed background checks are clear for an aide, they will be able to attend camp with your camper. This is a long process as background checks can take weeks to clear so, if this is the right step for your family, we recommend reaching out as soon as possible to begin.

Dance, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, Basketball, Football, Soccer, Technology, and more.

CAMP LOCATION: We are located in the heart of Chicago's Lincoln Park! We rent the indoor and outdoor space at Alcott Elementary School.

CAMP FACILITIES: The indoor space is air conditioned and equipped with new filtered water bottle filling stations, restrooms, and is home to many of our activities including but not limited to: Stop motion animation, art lab, sewing (hand and machine), our relax area (think beanbag chairs, spa music, some essential oils in a diffuser from time to time books, chess, checks, etc), pool, table hockey, giant connect four, ping-pong and more! We also have access to the auditorium, cafeteria and 8 indoor classrooms.

The outdoor space includes a playground, full-size turf soccer field, lots of blacktop space for hopscotch, foursquare, chalk city and more! The entire outdoor space surrounded by an iron fence, which is locked during camp.

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: Our fee is inclusive and covers morning and afternoon snacks, lunch and all of our offered activities, automatically. There are no extra registration steps for certain programs, no before or aftercare needed. We never leave campus so caregivers can drop off and pick up their campers whenever it is best for them within our hours of operation. We offer registration for the whole summer (best value), weekly blocks or by the day. Need just an afternoon? Snag a spot in our half-day pilot program from Noon - 6p.

The campers choose from the open activities (different activities are open at different times of day) and spend their time doing what interests them the most. All of our activities are designed to be intuitive, meaning even the youngest of campers can walk right up to the activity and get started. How? Meticulous preparation and plan ahead so that it all comes off as simple and easy to engage in.

We have visual guides for campers to reference and staff always nearby if a camper should want a little help or a high-five to celebrate some cool new thing that they just tried for the first time! From stop motion animation to hand sewing to water play on the turf field - we've got a great summer planned for your campers! Registration is open!

All of our staff will be up to date on their covid vaccinations, CPR/First Aid/AED certified, background checked and federal and state levels. We also have staff with food manager certification.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS OR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: Scholarships are fulfilled for the season, however, if you are interested, please email Jen's Camp so we can put your on our email list for next year!

YEAR-ROUND PROGRAMS: We also run a spring break camp that coincides with Chicago Public School spring break week. (Monday - Friday)

OTHER CAMP INFO: Our areas are offered to campers as choices throughout the day. Different areas are open at various times throughout the day and campers can chose the areas that interest them the most:
Outdoor Recreation
Technology (Stop motion animation)
Indoor Games (Mini pool, ping-pong, table hockey, fooseball, giant connect four)
Outdoor Games (pack a swimsuit, we will open a water activity when the weather allows)
Refresh Area (beanbags, chess, checkers, books)
Art Lab (from basic coloring to full blown projects - new themes each week)
and much, much more!
Check out our website for more information!

Registration is open for the entire summer, weekly blocks or day passes.
We are open from Monday, June 20 - Friday, August 12, Monday - Friday from 7:30a - 6p.

All registration covers all of our hours, activities, morning and afternoon snack and lunch! There is no need for before/aftercare, no registration deadlines and no rush to add the fun activities we offer! Why? It is our goal to lighten the logistical load on our families so that they can have more time together!

$3,319 a summer

$550 a week

$115 a day

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