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SYP at Leonhard

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Registration for 2023 Summer Youth Programs begins on Monday, March 13 for Residents of C-U and Thursday, March 23 for Non-Residents of C-U. 

Ages 6-12

Leonhard SYP is planning a summer filled with old favorites and new adventures. Whether your child attends one week or all summer, our staff is excited help your child build their self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and make lasting memories. Leonhard staff and kids strive to be kind, honest, and helpful.

The 10 week summer program will include sports, arts, fitness, outdoor activities, swimming, field trips, and so much more. Your child will need to bring a nut-free sack lunch and refillable water bottle each day. Morning and afternoon snack will be provided by Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Any COVID-19 guidelines will be enforced and followed.

Is Leonhard SYP swimming? Yes, in some capacity we will swim at Sholem Aquatic Center.
Is Leonhard SYP taking field trips? Pending COVID-19 restrictions. We will also be bringing some field trips to US!

DateLeonhard Themes
May 30 - June 2* Leonhard Spirit
June 5 - June 9Epic Underwater Adventure
June 12 - June 16Farm Frenzy
June 19 - June 23Grab Your Passports
June 26 - June 30Full STEAM Ahead
July 3 - July 7*Party in the USA
July 10 - July 14Nature Discovery
July 17 - July 21Comets & Constellations
July 23 - July 28Color Me Crazy
July 31 - August 4Aloha Party


No Program*: May 29, July 4
Day: M-F
Time: 7:30a–5:30p
Location: Leonhard Recreation Center
Fee (R/NR): $175/225 per session
Questions: shannon.walter@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3988

Payment Schedule

Payments may be made throughout the summer in accordance to the payment schedule. We require at least a $20 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.org or in the parent handbook. Participants will be dropped at this time and space offered to waiting list participants. Registration during the two weeks prior to a session will require full payment at registration.

Summer Youth Program 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

Please see other tabs for Program Scholarships & Child Care Resource Services (CCRS).

2023 Payment Schedule

WeekDatesFull Payment Due by 5p Friday*$20 Deposits Accepted Thru Friday**
1May 30 - June 2May 19May 12
2June 5 -June 9May 26May 19
3June 12 - June 16June 2May 26
4June 19 - June 23June 9June 2
5June 26 - June 30June 16June 9
6July 3 -July 7*June 23June 16
7July 10 - July 14June 30June 23
8July 17 - July 21July 7June 30
9July 24 - July 28July 14July 7
10July 31 - August 4July 21July 14

*  Non-Payment by due date will result in participant being dropped and space offered to waiting list participants. May re-enroll if space is available. CCRS participants: please see the front desk regarding payment details.

** $20 deposits must be made to hold space through the “Deposits Accepted” date. Full payment is due if registering during the two weeks prior to the start of a session.

Required Form & Resources

  • 2023 Summer Youth Program Parent Handbook – Fillable >>
  • CUSR Inclusion Services >>
    • Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation offers inclusion services for Champaign Park District programs. 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 with INCLUSION REQUEST on the registration form. For more questions, email grace.tissier@champaignparks.org, CUSR Manager & Inclusion Coordinator.

Scholarship Information

Youth Scholarship Program

The scholarship program is designed to provide families of the Champaign Park District the opportunity to get their children involved in fun, safe, quality programs that they may not be able to afford without assistance. These activities help provide children with the ability to improve their physical health, to engage with peers of all abilities, grow self-confidence, strengthen their creativity, develop social relationships, strengthen their appreciation for the outdoors, and improve their technical skills and abilities.

Visit our Scholarship Opportunities page for forms and more information.


Child Care Resource Services (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 youth programs by paying a $10 deposit per child/per session of the program. 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.

Please Note: Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is unable to accept CCRS payment due to changes in governmental regulations.

Questions: Child Care Resource Service (http://ccrs.illinois.edu/), 217-333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516

Inclusion Services

CUSR offers inclusion services for Champaign Park District programs. 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 as needed on registration form.

*Inclusion services may be limited due to the spread of Covid-19. Please call CUSR or CPD program supervisor to learn what accommodations are available at the time of registration.

For more questions, feel free to email CUSR Manager grace.tissier@champaignparks.org!




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