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5 Ways We’re Keeping Teens Active this Summer

We know that teens are social creatures, and looking for the perfect place to engage! We’re offering multiple opportunities for teens to get out of the house and be a part of the community. They’ll laugh. They’ll learn. They’ll grow. And, who knows, they might even thank you.

Junior Lifeguard Academy

Ages 12-15

Jump into summer! Junior Lifeguard Academy will increase your teen’s confidence, physical conditioning, and safety awareness.

They will learn a thorough introduction to water safety, first aid, and aquatic rescue techniques from our veteran members of our award-winning lifeguard team. The goal of this program is to provide participants with the skills necessary to apply for lifeguarding positions with the Champaign Park District after they turn 16.

Jul 11- Aug 10
Questions: topher.wendt@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2581


Your teen can give back while learning new skills and making an impact. We love to offer first-time experiences to teens, and volunteering is a great stepping stone to a first job. Volunteers can help in many ways: as baseball and soccer coaches, at the Virginia Theatre, and even with our Special Recreation with Special Olympics. 

Check out our volunteer opportunities.
Questions: volunteer@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3926




Ages 12-18

The Champaign Park District and Banks, Bridgewater & Lewis (BBL) Fine Arts Academy are teaming up to present Drumology.


Teens will learn about the basics of playing the drums or other musical instruments, or become a majorette with skills.


May 19
Questions: tiffany.white@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2573


Douglass Teen Camp

Ages 12-15

Looking for a place for your teen to hang out this summer? Look no further! Join us for weekly out-of-town field trips, socializing, local outings, job readiness training, swimming, and much more! Lunch is provided.

May 30-Aug 4, weekly sessions
Questions: tiffany.white@champaignparks.com or 217-398-2573


Leonhard Teen Camp


Ages 12-15
Join Leonhard teens in learning firsthand what it is like to be a day camp leader, serve in your community, take weekly field trips, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. Campers will need to bring a sack lunch, drink, swimsuit, and towel daily.

May 30-Aug 11, weekly sessions
Questions: shannon.meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

Looking for more Teen programs? See our Teens/Pre-Teens page, our offerings in Cultural Arts, and our trips in Enrichment for All!

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