Evanston launches summer camp offers for young people

If you haven’t fallen victim to the “Baby Shark” earworm yet, look no further than Evanston’s list of youth summer camps. A “Baby Shark” Camp at Bent Park, where campers experience music through emotion, is one of more than 100 children’s camps offered by the city this summer.

Read on to learn about the city’s full list of summer campuses, focusing on a variety of activities – with something for every age group.

What courses are offered?

Camp categories offered by the Evanston Parks and Recreation Department include Arts, Sports, Cooking, Comedy, and Ecology. Others focus on playing specific sports, including basketball, fencing, figure skating, soccer, golf, gymnastics, hockey, tennis, and ultimate Frisbee.

The city will also organize variety camps, which will allow children to combine different activities such as arts and crafts or experience outdoor adventures. The Robert Crown Community Center will host open workshops with themed arts and crafts workshops like puppet making, sculpting and painting.

For those who wish to become instructors, the city will offer training programs for certain specialized programs: general and rink camps at the Robert Crown Centre, aquatic camps on Dempster Street Beach and an ecology camp.

All camps will support campers with medication, behavior management and physical assistance, according to the city’s website. Camp Spark, offered at Park School in conjunction with the Evanston/Skokie School District 65 Special Education Program, will serve as additional space designed primarily for children with physical, developmental and health care needs.

Camp REAL at Lovelace Park will also reserve 10 places for children with additional needs.

What health and safety guidelines will the camps have?

The camps will follow current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to Evanston’s website.

All attendees and camp staff will be required to wear masks in situations designated as “appropriate” by the CDC, according to the website. The CDC’s current mask guidelines, last updated March 21, recommend people wear a mask “when there’s a lot of COVID in your community” and in crowded public places, as noted on their website.

Staff and campers will be “strongly encouraged” to social distance at least six feet. Wellness screening will be conducted for all campers and staff upon arrival at camp, and all camp facilities and surfaces will be routinely sanitized.

How do I register my child for camp?

Although registration day for camp was February 12 for residents and February 21 for non-residents, registration is still ongoing. Registration is available in person at recreation centers and registration support will be available by calling 311 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

There will also be a waiting list for full camps.

Evanston offers applications for financial assistance to eligible Evanston residents based on family size and income at community centers, the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, and through a form available on the city’s website.

Registration will close the Thursday before the start of each camp session.

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In-person camps prepare for a socially distant summer

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