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Summer 2017 Day Camp Information

Our camps are run just like they should be – kids enjoying activity-filled days while parents relax knowing their children are being supervised by quality leaders leading quality programs! Participants will enjoy traditional day camp activities such as sport activities, games, weekly pool days, and field trips. Snacks are now provided through Public Health at camps at the Douglass Community Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, and Springer Cultural Center!

Need to fill out your forms? See links below:

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Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation Summer Day Camp

Ages 5–22
CUSR Summer Day Camp is designed for participants ages 5-22 years who have a disability and/or receive special education services. Special Recreation registration forms are available at CUSpecialRecreation.com, or at the following facilities: Hays Recreation Center, Douglass Community Center, Leonhard Recreation Center, and Springer Cultural Center.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p OR half day 12:30–5:30p
Location:
Spalding Recreation Center; Ages 5-12
Jefferson Middle School; Ages 13-22
Fee (R|NR):
$135|$202.50 per full day session
$94|$141 per half day session
No online registration available.
Questions: Jessica.DeYoung@champaignparks.com or 217-239-1152

Creative Kids Day Camp

Ages 5-11 (must have completed 1 year of Kindergarten)
Put your creative minds and hands to work, and join the fun. Along with traditional day camp activities, swimming, and field trips, this exciting camp offers children an introduction to the arts throughout the summer with workshops in visual arts, crafts, dance, and performing arts by specialized art and pottery instructors. Each camper should bring a sack lunch and drink daily. Swimming will be at the Sholem Aquatic Center and Urbana Aquatic Center. Don’t forget a swimsuit and towel on pool days.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR): $120|$180 per session
Questions: Melanie.Kahler@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

 
 

Creative Kids HALF Day Camp

Ages 5-11 (must have completed 1 year of Kindergarten)
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–12:30p OR 12:30–5:30p
Location: Springer Cultural Center
Fee (R|NR): $75|$112.50 per session
No online registration available.
Questions: Melanie.Kahler@champaignparks.com or Sean.Hurst@champaignparks.com at 217-398-2376 for more information.

 

Douglass Day Camp

Ages 6-11
Explore the endless possibilities of fun at the Douglass Community Center. Each week our daily activities will be led according to the themes shown in the box below and will include games, crafts, swimming, field trips, and more! The fee includes a camp t-shirt, daily snack, and admission for field trips. Each camper should bring a water bottle, swim suit, and towel daily. Lunch is provided.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p (Breakfast: 7:30-8:30a; Camp activities start: 8:30a)
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR): $90|$135 per session
Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

 
 

Leonhard Day Camp

Ages 6-11
This traditional style summer camp keeps children physically and mentally active by focusing on week-long themes ranging from the arts to athletics, science to superheroes! This year we have attached each theme with a character value that we will be teaching through the week. Each camper should bring a sack lunch, drink, swimsuit and towel daily. Leonhard staff and kids strive to be kind, honest, and helpful.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR): $120|$180 per session
Questions: Shannon.Meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

 
 

Girls Explore Camp Program

4th through 7th Graders
Girls Explore Summer Camps logo 2016-01We’re going full STEAM ahead in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics for girls ages 4th-7th Grade (Fall 2017) Girls Explore Camp operates Monday-Friday from May 30 – August 4. The objective of the Girls Explore Camp is to involve girls in safe and fun activities throughout the summer. We provide the space for girls to be silly and play, while also learning about a variety of topics. Participants do not have to commit to the entire summer; they may participate anywhere from one to ten weeks. Campers will spend part of the day focused on the weekly topic and the rest of the day participating in recreational activities. Breakfast and lunch are provided. Campers need to bring their own snack.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p (Breakfast: 7:30-8:30a; Camp activities start: 8:30a)
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR): $165|$247.50 per session 
Questions: Katherine.Hicks@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3919

 
 

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Douglass Teen Camp

Ages 12-15
Looking for a place to hang out this summer? Look no further! The Douglass Community Center has the right spot for you. Join us for weekly out-of-town field trips, socializing, local outings, job readiness training, swimming, and much more!  Lunch is provided.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p
Location: Douglass Community Center
Fee (R|NR): $120|$180 per session
Questions: Tiffany.White@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3971

 
 

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.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R|NR): $120|$180 per session
Questions: Shannon.Meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

 
 

New! Summer Youth Sports Camp

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Ages 9-11 boys & girls
Join us for our new sports half-day day camp! Participants will get to play and learn about basketball, badminton, bocce ball, spike ball, and other new and traditional sports. Campers will also learn sportsmanship, teamwork, and proper stretching and warming up for activities. Both June and July sessions will consist of the same activities.
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–Noon
Location: Edison Middle School
Fee (R|NR): $76|$114 per session (t-shirt included)
Questions: Shannon.Meissner@champaignparks.com or 217-819-3988

 
 

Additional Information

Parents: The participant packets must be completed and submitted by the first day at drop off before a child can attend. Packets are both online and at the facilities for pickup.

Inclusion: Champaign Park District supports inclusion at all camps and programs through Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation. Upon an initial assessment, services that are deemed appropriate based on each individual will be provided. If needed, a one-on-one aide will work with your child. When registering, please fill in ADA information on registration form. Call CUSR at 217-239-1152 for more information.

Payment Information

Although we strive to make any Champaign Park District camp affordable, we understand that it may be difficult to pay all costs up front. Because of this, we require at least a $10 non-refundable deposit per child, per session to hold a spot. The balance will be due ten (10) days (Friday by 5p) before the session begins. See payment schedule online at champaignparks.com or in parent handbook.

Participants will be dropped at this time and  space offered to waiting list participants. Registration during the two weeks prior to a camp session will require full payment at registration. Click to download the 2017 Day Camp Fee Schedule!

Day Camp Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refunds of fees paid minus the required deposit (per child/per session) will only be given through seven (7) days before the start of the session unless otherwise noted.

Questions? 217-398-2550

Scholarships & Resource Services

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Jimmy John’s Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. Questions: 398-2550.

Form 2017-18 This form will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018. Page 3 is one page per child, so print multiple copies if needed. CUSR participants should use CUSR Scholarship Form 2017-18.

Scholarship Add Programs This form will be used by anyone who has already been approved for a scholarship and needs to add more programs. One page per child. CUSR participants should use CUSR Scholarship Add Programs.

If you would like to submit your completed scholarship application with the required documents by email, please send them to tom.gilbert@champaignparks.com

Child Care Resource Service (CCRS)Child Care Resource Service helps income-eligible parents who are working and/or going to school to pay for their child care. Eligibility is based on family size and parents’ income. Working families whose incomes are at or below 50% of the state median income level may be eligible. Processing the application can take up to 10 business days, once all the necessary information is received. Please pick up an application form from CCRS. CCRS approved families may register for summer camps by paying a $10 deposit per child/per session of camp. These deposits may be refunded at the end of the summer once all CCRS checks are received and there is a credit balance. If money is still owed on your account once CCRS checks have been applied, you will be responsible for the rest of the bill. Because the Park District does not receive payment from CCRS until one month after the service was provided, your deposit could be refunded as late as October. Questions: Child Care Resource Service, 217-333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516

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