Gurnee Park District Summer Camp
Summer camp in Gurnee
Summer camp in Gurnee

  Full Day Summer Camp

Gurnee Park District Summer Camp promotes fun, adventure and friendship in an outdoor environment. Full day options are available at our Hunt Club and Viking Park locations. 

  • 3 or 5 days a week options:
    • For children going into K-10th grade. Camp will be held from 9am-3:30pm with the option to add before camp (6:30-9:00am) and after camp (3:30-6:00pm).
    • Limited 3-day options available. Parents will choose which 3 days their child(ren) attend camp. The 3 days must be consistent each week or parents must provide a schedule prior to the start of camp. 
  • Swimming:
    • All full day summer camps will swim at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center 3 days a week. 
  • Field Trips:
    • Full day camps will participate in field trips. Check the field trip calendar for specific dates.
  • Cookouts:
    • Full day camps will participate in cookouts. Cookout menus consist of hot dogs, walking tacos, pizza, chips, and watermelon. Check camp calendars for specific dates
  • Indoor Space:
    • Summer camp will be held outdoors. Should there be inclement weather, indoor space will be provided. 
  • 3 Sessions Available

  Half Day Summer Camp

Gurnee Park District offers Half Day Summer Camp held at our Hunt Club location. Campers will enjoy all the FUN of summer camp from 9:00am - 12:00pm!

  • 3 or 5 Days a Week Options:
    • 5-day, half day options are available for K-5th grade from 9:00am-12:00pm.
    • Limited 3-day options available. Parents choose which 3 days their child(ren) attend camp. The 3 days must be consistent each week or parents must provide a schedule prior to the start of camp.
  • Swimming:
    • Half Day Camp will swim one day a week at the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center.
    • Water play will be provided on non-swim days when the weather allows.
  • Indoor Space:
    • Summer camp will be held outdoors. Should there be inclement weather, indoor space will be provided. 
  • 3 Sessions Available

 Early Childhood Camp and Summer Preschool

Our Early Childhood programs are geared for children ages 3-5. We offer fun outdoor recreation as well as summer learning in preperation for the school year. 

Explorers Camp at Hunt Club

2, 3, or 5 day options are available for 3-5 year olds from 9:15-11:45am. Campers must be toilet trained.

  • Water play - water play days will have sprinklers, hoses, and games.
  • Indoor Space - summer camp will be held outdoors. Should there be inclement weather, indoor space will be provided.

3 sessions are available

Summer Preschool at Hunt Club

3-Day (MWF) Summer Preschool is for 3-4 year olds who want a boost to help transition to preschool in the fall.

  • Children must be toilet trained. 
  • Summer Preschool is an indoor program with a 15 minute recess.

3 sessions available

 Two Convenient Locations. One Fun Summer.

2022 Summer Camp options will be offered at Hunt Club Park and Viking Park. 

Hunt Club Park

920 Hunt Club Road Gurnee, IL

Hunt Club Park summer camp in Gurnee

Register for Hunt Club Summer Camps - OPEN February 7th at 7:00am

Viking Park 

4374 Old Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL

Viking Park summer camp in Gurnee

Register for Viking Park Summer Camps - OPEN February 7th at 7:00am

Camp Swim Test

All K-10th grade campers swim at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center. All campers will be required to take a swim test.

Testing dates allow parents to observe the swim test and allow your child to be tested when the facility is not open to the public. Those who do not attend a swim test day will be tested the first day their camp goes swimming. Campers will not be allowed to swim until they have been tested. 

Camp Swim Test Dates at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center:

  • Saturday, June 4 (9:30-10:30am)
  • Sunday, June 12 (9:30-10:30am)

 Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about summer camp? We're happy to help. See if your question is answered below or download full version here

Please make sure all items are labeled. Camper should bring the following each day: 

  • mulitple face coverings (for when indoors) 
  • snack 
  • lunch (if applicable) 
  • water bottle 
  • sunscreen spray 
  • swim suit 
  • towel 
  • insect repellent
  • extra clothes to accomodate weather (swim wear, rain jacket, sweatshirt, etc.) 

Children should wear comfortable clothing; appropriate both for the weather and for messy camp activities. Please do not send campers to camp with favorite outfits or special clothing as they may get ruined.

  • face coverings - required when campers and staff are indoors. If mask guidance changes, parents will be notified.
  • gym / athletic shoes - please no sandals or open toed shoes.
  • backpack - can use the one provided by camp or bring one from home. 

Hunt Club Camps

If you are dropping off before 9:00am or picking up after 3:30pm - pull up to the front of the Hunt Club Park Community Center and sign in/out your child. If it is raining, you will need to park and enter the building.

If you are not registered for before/after camp, drop off/pick up will be at the following locations:

Adventure Camps             -           Athletic Fields/Tents
Discovery Camp                -           Athletic Fields/Shelter
Teen Camp                         -           Athletic Fields/Tents
Half Day Camp                   -           Basketball Courts/Shelter
Sports Camp                      -            Field next to Community Center/Tent
Step Into Sports Camp     -            In front of Community Center
Mini Camp                          -            Hunt Club Activity Room (inside Community Center)
Early Childhood Camps   -            Preschool Wing (inside Community Center)

Viking Park Camps

If you are dropping off before 9:00am or picking up after 3:30pm - pull up in the circle drive in front of the Viking Park Community Center and sign in/out your child. If it is raining, you will need to park and enter the building.

If you are not registered for before/after camp, drop off/pick up at the following locations:

Adventure Camps             -            Drop off - grass area S. of registration office (tents)
                                                            Pick up - band shell
Discovery Camp                -            Viking Park Shelter
Teen Camp                         -            Basketball Courts
Jr. Counselors                     -            Bench across from basketball courts

DROP OFF/PICK UP Procedures

Drop Off : Parents/guardians dropping off for Before Camp (6:30 - 9:00am) will sign in each day. Parents and children remain in their vehicle. A staff member will come to your vehicle, at that time the child(ren) may exit the vehicle and walk with the staff member to join their camp group.

Those dropping off at 9:00am or after: campers may exit the vehicle and walk to their camp site and check in with their counselor.

Pick Up: All campers must be signed out each day by a parent or other adult over the age of 18 authorized on the ePACT Information Form. Parents will need to park and walk to the camp site to sign their child(ren) out. Anyone with whom the staff are not familiar with will be asked to show identification. Campers may leave only with those who are listed on the ePACT Information Form. 

We ask that campers do not bring phones or other devices to camp. If a camper must bring it, we ask that it remain in their backpack. They must have permission from the camp staff in order to use their phone or electronic device. 

Parents are asked to call their child’s camp cell phone number when trying to contact their child during camp. We ask that campers who want to contact their parents, do so via the camp cell phone and not their personal cell phone unless they are given permission by camp staff.

The Gurnee Park District is not responsible for any trades, lost, stolen, or broken items that may result when bringing personal items to Summer Camp. 

Parents will be asked to complete an information form via ePACT. This form will ask about any allergies your child may have, as well as if your child will need to be given medication during program hours. If medication is to be given during program hours, a separate Dispense Medication Form must be completed and uploaded to the ePACT Information Form. Instructions on how to complete the ePACT Information Form will be emailed to you. Children may not attend Summer Camp unless an ePACT Information Form is completed. This form must be updated every year.

Food allergy procedures include: 

  • Any food provided by the Gurnee Park District will be peanut/nut free
  • Children will wash hands or use hand sanitizer before eating
  • Children with peanut/nut allergies will sit at a designated peanut-free table
  • All staff go through epi-pen/ training
  • Children with allergies must complete the Allergy Action Plan by answering the questions on ePACT
  • Please make counselors aware of any food allergies and/or food restrictions your child may have
  • While we understand there are many types of food allergies and restrictions, the Gurnee Park District cannot accommodate every child’s dietary need

If medication is to be given at camp, a separate Dispense Medication Release Form must be completed. If your child has allergies requiring medication, an Allergy Action Form is also required. These forms can be found on your ePACT account and must be uploaded to your child’s ePACT Form.

Please note the following guidlines regarding medication at camp:

  • If parents make note that their child has a special need that requires medication (asthma, food allergy), the Gurnee Park District MUST have that medication at camp (no matter how mild the condition may be) in order for the child to attend.
  • Prescription medication must be brought in its original container and labeled with the child's name.
  • Please only send daily dosages, as we cannot be responsible for an entire prescription.
  • Staff will NOT administer shots or injections to campers (Note: staff are only allowed to admininster Epi-Pens).
  • The Gurnee Park District reserves the right to not administer medication which is considered an unreasonable accomodation.

Camp is conducted outdoors and is held rain or shine, hot or cold. Camp will be held outdoors as much as possible. Campers will go indoors on rainy days and will take shade and seek air conditioning on hot days. Extra water activities will be scheduled on hot days.

Rain locations include: 

  • The Gurnee Park District utilizes the Hunt Club Park Community Center, Viking Park Community Center and District 50 and 56 schools as rain locations.
  • The Gurnee Park District will transport campers to and from their rain location if offsite.
  • If you are dropping off/picking up your child during core camp hours (9:00a-3:30p) please contact your child’s camp for their exact location.
  • The rain location for before camp (6:30a-9:00a) and after camp (3:30-6:00p) will be held at Hunt Club Park Community Center or Viking Park Community Center.
  • If staff cannot safely be outside to sign children in/out, parents may be asked to park their cars and sign in/out their child inside the building.
If a camper or staff member has a temperature above 100.4 degrees and/or symptoms such as persistent cough, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, chills, diarrhea, or vomiting, will be sent home immediately with the recommendation to contact their primary care physician/medical provider. Campers and staff will not be able to return to camp until they are cleared to do so by their physician or a negative COVID test. 
 
If anyone shows emergency warning signs (i.e, trouble breathing, persistent 
pain/pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face), we will seek medical care immediately. 
 
Should a camper or staff member develop symptoms at camp: 
  • Parent/Guardian will be contacted for prompt pick-up (within 30 minutes)
  • The child will be isolated from other campers and as many staff as possible
  • The child will wait with a designated staff member until they are picked up
  • Items the camper played with and/or indoor rooms they were in will receive a deep cleaning/sanitation

Parents will be notified if there is a positive COVID case in their child's camp, as well as if their child is considered a close contact.

 
 

Meet the counselors at your child's camp site on Thursday, June 9th from 6:00-7:00pm!

The key to an amazing summer at the Gurnee Park District is our dedicated and talented Camp Team. Camp Team members create a safe and positive environment for our campers. 

The Camp Team consists of the Division Manager, Recreation Supervisor, Youth Program and Early Childhood Coordinators, Preschool Teachers, Site Directors, Counselors, Leaders in Training, and Volunteers. Camp Team members are certified teachers, adults, college students, and high school students. 

Gurnee Park District's number one priority is the safety and supervision of each camper. The ration of campers to counselors is 10:1 for youth camps and 8:1 for Discovery and Early Childhood camps. Each site consists of a Site Director and counselors and may include Leaders in Training and/or volunteers. All staff members have attended a comprehensive staff training program. Examples of material covered include positive reinforcement strategies, special needs training, and developing camp activities for all ability levels. Counselors are required to be First Aid, CPR, AED, and Epi-Pen certified, and all staff is required to undergo a criminal background check. Volunteers who support our Early Childhood camps also go through a training program. 

Everyone works together as a team in all activities, projects, and events that are happening at camp. Camp Team members are responsible for getting to know each camper in their group as an individual and create daily plans that allow campers to express themselves through various activities. 

Please take the opportunity to meet your child's Site Director and counselors. We look forward to serving your child's camp needs. If you should have any questions or concerns, please contact the appropriate Coordinator, Recreation Supervisor, or Manager. 

Camp Contacts

Have more questions? Contact us. Camp specific cell phone information will be shared at the beginning of each session. 

  • Gurnee Park District Main Office: 847-623-7788
  • Aimee Schneider, Early Childhood Coordinator: 847-599-5499
  • Laura Obenauf, Youth Program Coordinator: 847-599-3764
  • Sabrina Hinkens, Youth Recreation Supervisor: 847-599-3746
  • Sue McDougle, Division Manager: 847-599-3767

Early Childhood Camp/Summer Preschool 

  • Explorers Camp – Hunt Club: 224-548-0022                                 
  • Summer Preschool – Hunt Club: 224-548-0014                           

Youth Camps (K-10th grade)                                   

  • Adventure 2/3 (Hunt Club) - 224-374-3303
  • Adventure 2/3 (Viking Park) - 224-548-0012
  • Adventure 4/5 (Hunt Club) - 224-374-3302
  • Adventure 4/5 (Viking Park) - 224-374-3305
  • Before/After Camp (Hunt Club) - 847-815-5021
  • Before/After Camp (Viking Park) - 224-548-0124    
  • Discovery (Hunt Club) - 224-374-3301
  • Discovery (Viking Park) - 847-815-4983
  • Half Day Voyager (Hunt Club) - 847-561-0455
  • Jr. Counselor Camp - 224-374-3304
  • Mini Camp - 847-815-5021
  • Sports Camp - 847-815-5029
  • Step into Sports Camp - 847-815-3721
  • Teen Camp (Hunt Club) - 224-645-3830
  • Teen Camp (Viking Park) - 847-815-5027

 Camp Checklist

Get ready for camp!  Please make sure all items are labeled. 

  • multiple face coverings 
  • backpack 
  • swim suit 
  • towel
  • lunch / snack 
  • spray sunscreen
  • insect repellent 
  • gym / athletic shoes 
  • jacket, sweatshirt (if needed. please dress for the weather) 
  • water bottle

 Inclusion with WSRA Special Recreation

Learn more about inclusion with WSRA Special Recreation

Inclusion services are available for all Youth Programs and Summer Camp through Warren Special Recreation Association (WSRA). Registration is needed by May 13th in order to arrange proper accommodations. Registrations taken after May 13th will not be guaranteed an inclusion aide. For more information, please contact WSRA at 847-244-6619.

Camp Forms and Handbooks

Please review any additional medical forms and summer camp parent handbooks. 

Dispense Medication Form (download)

Inhaler or Auto Injector Form - only accepted for 4th grade students and up (download)

 Refunds/Payments/Scholarships

Camp Refund Policy 

Refunds will be processed up to two weeks prior to the start of a session. A service charge of $50 per session per child will be assessed. Camp service charges cannot be transferred. No refund will be issued if requested less than two weeks prior to the camp start date. No refunds will be given for partial attendance or for time spent in quarantine.

Camp Payment Policy 

  • All camp participants may pay either a $50 deposit or the full amount per session per child at the time of registration to hold your spot. The $50 deposit is non-refundable.
  • All camp fees must be paid in full 2 weeks before the camp session begins or your child may not attend.
  • Once you pay the non-refundable $50 deposit, all future payments will be set up via auto-pay. These payments will be charged to the card on file 2 weeks prior to the session start date.
  • A $25 late registration fee will be added to anyone registering for camp within one week of the camp starting, if there are still openings. 
  • A $25 late fee per child will be charged for payments not received by the final due date.
  • Payment arrangements can be made when other financial aid by a third party is available to the participant. The $50.00 deposit is required to process the registration. The Gurnee Park District no longer accepts payments for summer camp from the Child Care Assistance Program (YWCA).
  • The Gurnee Park District does offer scholarships for their summer camps. The scholarship paperwork can be found on our website or at the front desk at the Hunt Club Park Community Center. In order to guarantee a spot the $50.00 deposit is required.

NOTE: Registrations will be accepted up to two weeks prior to the start date of each camp session if openings are available. All registrations made less than 2 weeks before the start of camp must be paid in full and will have a $25 late registration fee added to your camp fee if received within 1 week of camp starting.

Final Balance Due Dates: Two weeks before the session begins.

Scholarships

Gurnee Park District provides financial assistance/scholarships to residents who are interested in enrolling in a Park District program, but unable to do so due to financial hardships. For more information, please view our Financial Assistance/Scholarship Program application.

Financial Assistance/Scholarship Program Application

Camp Calendars

Swim Calendar:

All full day camps will swim three days a week. Half Day Camp (9:00am-12:00pm) will swim one day per week. 

Field Trip Calendars:

All full day camps will participate in field trips. 

Camp Calendars (by session):

Hunt Club Camps

Click your Hunt Club Camp below to view your camp calendar. Please note, session calendars will not be available until the Thursday before the camp session begins.

Download Adventure 2/3 Camp

Download Adventure 4/5 Camp

Download Discovery Camp

Download Half Day Camp 

Download Sports Camp

Download Step Into Sports Camp

Download Teen Camp

Download Early Childhood Explorers Camp  

Download Summer Preschool

Viking Park Camps

Click your Viking Park Camp below to view your camp calendar. Please note: session calendars will not be available until the Thursday before the camp session begins. 

Download Adventure 2/3 Camp 

Download Adventure 4/5 Camp

Download Discovery Camp

Download Jr. Counselor Camp

Download Teen Camp