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

  Full Day and Half Day Summer Camp.

Gurnee Park District Summer Camp promotes fun, adventure and friendship in an outdoor environment. Full day and half day summer camp options are available. 

Full Day Camps

  • 5 days a week

    For children going into K-8th 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) 

  • Swimming

    All full day summer camps will swim at Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center 3 days a week. 

  • Indoor space

    Summer camp will beheld outdoors. Should there be inclement weather, indoor space will be provided. 

  • Onsite entertainment

    To adhere to state mitigiations, summer camp will not provide field trips. Entertainment willl be brought onsite, once per session. 

  • 5 sessions available

    Register for your preferred camp sessions. Camp will not be held on July 5. 

    Mini Camp: June 8 - June 11 

    Session 1: June 14 - June 25 

    Session 2: June 28 - July 9

    Session 3: July 12 - July 23 

    Session 4: July 26 - August 6 

    Session 5: August 9 - August 13  

Half Day Camps

  • 2, 3 and 5 day options

    5 day, half day options are available for K-8th grade from 9:00am-12:00pm. 2-day and 3-day options are available for 3-5 year olds from 9:15-11:45am. 

  • Water play

    Water play days will have slip and slides, sprinklers, water balloon tosses and games. 

  • Indoor space

    Summer camp will beheld outdoors. Should there be inclement weather, indoor space will be provided. 

  • Onsite entertainment

    To adhere to state mitigiations, summer camp will not provide field trips. Entertainment willl be brought onsite, once per session. 

  • 5 sessions available

    Register for your preferred camp sessions. Camp will not be held on July 5. 

    Mini Camp: June 8 - June 11 

    Session 1: June 14 - June 25 

    Session 2: June 28 - July 9

    Session 3: July 12 - July 23 

    Session 4: July 26 - August 6 

    Session 5: August 9 - August 13  

 Two Convenient Locations. One Fun Summer.

2021 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

Viking Park 

4374 Old Grand Avenue Gurnee, IL

Viking Park summer camp in Gurnee

 Camp Frequently Asked Questions

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

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

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.

  • personal cell phones - not allowed during camp hours 
  • electronic devices (Nintendo Switch, iPads, etc.) - not allowed during camp hours 

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 unable to socially distance 
  • gym / athletic shoes - please no sandals or open toed shoes 
  • backpack - can use the one provided by camp or bring one from home 

Summer camps at Hunt Club Park and Viking Park will have the same drop off and pick up policy.  Additional details for each location will be shared with camp families. 

DROP OFF/PICK UP

  • Drop Off - Parents will be asked to remain in their vehicle when signing in/out their child(ren). A child must be signed in each day by a parent or guardian.
    Parents/guardians will sign each day at drop off that they have assessed their child and the child is not showing signs of illness. 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.

  • Pick Up: a staff member will approach your vehicle and will radio for your child(ren) to be brought out to your vehicle. Parents are asked to remain in their vehicle. If you step out of your vehicle to help your child, (we ask that you) please wear a face covering when doing so.
    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. Anyone with whom the staff are not familiar will be asked to show identification. Campers may leave only with those who are listed on the ePACT Information Form.
  • LATE PICK UP POLICY
    We ask that you observe the scheduled pick up time. One warning will be given if your child is picked up after your scheduled pick up time. Thereafter, you will be charged a $10.00 late fee per child for every 15 minutes or fraction thereof when you or your authorized pick up person is late, and risk having your child dismissed from the program. Please note: Should you be more than 30 minutes late for your first late pick up, you will receive a warning for the first 30 minutes, and the late fees will be assessed at $10.00 for each 15 minutes thereafter. We understand that emergencies may occur, so if you find yourself in such a situation, please call the camp cell phone. This courtesy will alleviate anxiety on the part of the staff and your child. A late fee will still occur. We understand your required work time and respectfully ask that you respect our staff’s required work time.

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, and Counselors. 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 ratio of campers to counselors is 10:1 for youth camps and 8:1 for Early Childhood Camps. 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.

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 crafts, games, sports, natures, etc.

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.

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.

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 are 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
 
 

Camp is conducted outdoors and is held rain or shine, hot or cold. The majority of the camp day will be outdoors. 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
  • Youth Camps will swim three times a week at the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center
  • The Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center is licensed by the State to ensure water quality and is staffed by award winning lifeguards licensed by Jeff Ellis & Associates
  • Campers will swim from 10:00a-12:00p. The aquatic center will be closed to the public during this time
  • Campers and staff will be required to wear face coverings when socially distancing cannot be maintained
  • Face coverings will not be worn while swimming or on the slides
  • Campers from Viking Park will be bussed to and from the aquatic center on their designated swim days, while Hunt Club campers will walk to the aquatic center
  • Campers are encouraged to arrive at camp wearing a bathing suit under their clothes/cover up, and with sunscreen already applied
  • We highly encourage children bring the sunscreen that you can spray on. Staff will not be able to apply sunscreen to a camper that is not in a spray form
  • Each camp group will have their own designated area on the grass that is appropriately spaced out from the next camp group
  • Campers who do not wish to swim have an option to play in the sand or grassy areas
  • Campers may bring money to purchase concessions at the Hunt Club Park Aquatic Center. Please do not rely on the concession stand for lunch, as it may be closed.

Gurnee Park District provides bus transportation for swimming, and shuttling campers from Viking Park to Hunt Club, and to/from camp rain locations. All bus drivers have their Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) and currently drive a school bus for either Gurnee District 56 or Woodland School District.

Summer 2021 we will be following the guidance provided by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois State Board of Education which allows for a maximum number of 50 individuals (49 passengers and one driver) per bus. With 49 passengers on a bus the majority of seats will have 2 passengers per seat. Drivers will be directed to socially distance riders on busses to the greatest extent possible and to create the optimum outside airflow (on buses) when weather permits. To the greatest extent possible, seats will be filled from back to front while boarding

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 Siwula, 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                                  847-599-5463
  • Summer Preschool – Hunt Club                            847-599-5463

Youth Camps (K-8th grade)                                   Cell Phone

  • Before/After Camp Hunt Club                              847-815-5021 
  • K-3rd Grade Hunt Club (K/1st grade)                     224-374-3301
  • K-3rd Grade Hunt Club (2nd/3rd grade)                 224-374-3303
  • 4th-8th Grade Hunt Club (4th/5th grade)                224-374-3302
  • 4th-8th Grade Hunt Club (6th-8th grade)                224-645-3830
  • Half Day Hunt Club                                                  847-561-0445
  • Before/After Camp Viking Park                           224-548-0124
  • K-3rd Grade Viking Park                                          224-548-0012 
  • 4th-8th Grade Hunt Club Viking Park                     224-374-3305
  • Half Day Viking Park                                                847-815-4983

 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 14th in order to arrange proper accommodations. Registrations taken after May 14th will not be guaranteed an inclusion aide. For more information, please contact WSRA at 847-244-6619.

Download FAQs 

View 2021 Summer Camp Guide 

Register for Summer Camp 

 Safety Protocols COVID-19

Safety continues to be our top priority. All summer camp options will align with the Restore Illinois Plan and recommendations made by Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • Face coverings will be required to be worn by staff and children when social distancing cannot be maintained 
  • Camp will be held outdoors, with minimal indoor activities 
  • All campers will be signed in each day by parent/guardian 
  • It is the responsibility of the parent to insure that a child is fever-free and not exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms or any illness before dropping off their child to Summer Camp
  • If a child displays signs of illness during Summer Camp they will be isolated and a parent or authorized pick up must come within 30 minutes

 Refund and Payment Policy

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. Note: Session 5 of camp is pay in full.
  • 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 two weeks of the camp starting
  • 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.

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

Camp Swim Calendar 

All full day, five day a week camps will swim three days a week. View schedule with the link below. 

Download camp swim calendar 

Hunt Club Camps

Click your Hunt Club Camp to view your camp calendar. 

Download K/1st Grade

Download 2nd/3rd Grade

Download 4th/5th Grade

Download 6th/8th Grade 

Download Half Day 

Download 3-Day Summer Explorers  

Download 2-Day Explorers

Viking Park Camps

Click your Viking Park Camp to view your camp calendar. 

Download K/3rd Grade 

Download 4th/8th Grade