Summer Camp registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis and camps are only open until filled. If you have attended a previous session, that does not guarantee a spot in future sessions. Please register early! Participants who register for any camp after the register by date (one week before camp starts) will incur a $15 surcharge. Be sure to include your child’s t-shirt size when you register. Refunds are not available if your child is sick.
The Park District does not require children to have a medical examination to attend camp. However, it is important to accurately complete the Emergency Forms. If your child requires medication during camp, please complete the Permission to Dispense Medication Form. If your child has special needs such as allergies, please complete the Allergy Action Plan. Find Emergency Forms on the Camp Forms page. All required documents must be turned into the Park District office prior to the start of camp.
Parent Manuals for each camp are available on the Camp Forms page. Parent Manuals contains all you need to know about camp, including lunches, field trips, swimming activities, camp clothes, hours, and more. When you sign the Emergency Form, you’ll need to confirm you’ve read the Summer Camp Parent Manual.
To choose an age-appropriate camp for your child, use the grade that your child will be entering in the fall. All campers in preschool programs must be of age by the first day of camp. Proof of age may be required.
All camp sessions must be paid in full at the time of registration with the exception of Full Day Day Camp, GoGirlGo! Camp, Teen Sports Camp, Breakaway Camp and Full Day Sports Camp. If you’re registering for more than one session for any of these camps, the first session must be paid in full at the time of registration. To secure a spot in additional sessions of camp, a $25 down payment is required per session. Fill out the Automatic Camp Payment Form (available on the Camp Forms page) to secure your spot in additional sessions of a camp. When you fill out the form, the balance will be charged to your debit/credit card the Friday before the session begins.
Park District camp staff is composed of recreation professionals, educators, teacher’s aides, college students studying related fields and high school students. Each camp site has a Camp Director who oversees day-to-day operations. Staff are certified in First Aid, CPR and AED and have attended training on safety policies and procedures, management techniques and lesson planning.
Camper Drop-Off and Pick-Up
We are concerned about our camper’s safety not only at camp, but also in arriving and departing camp. It is very important that camp staff know the means by which each camper will arrive and depart each day. We ask parents to walk their child to the arrival and departure destinations each day (whether this is inside or outside). If you are not available to pick up your child, only those people listed on the Emergency Form will be allowed to pick up your child from the program. A picture I.D. may be requested from you or anyone picking up your child.
Contacting the Park District
If you need to leave a message for staff members or call in for a sick child, please call the Park District office at (847) 223-7529. The office opens at 8:30am, Monday through Friday.
Contacting Your Child’s Camp Director
As part of our ongoing goal to communicate with parents, the Park District has equipped Directors with a cell phone. You may contact your Camp Director at anytime on the camp cell phone, if needed. The Camp Director’s phone number will be posted on the camp schedule. Peace of mind and the safety of your camper are only a phone call away!
Reporting Safety Concerns
The Park District is committed to providing a safe place for your recreational activities. We encourage Grayslake residents to report safety concerns about our facilities and parks by calling (847) 223-7529. You can leave a message any time of the day, seven days a week. Because of the high volume of people using our facilities each day, our facilities can change daily. We want to know if you see something that concerns you.
Release of Information
During camp sessions, photos and videos are often taken of all participants and posted online (social media, website, etc.) and included in print publications. Please see the back of the registration form for details.