The Ivy League Kids Summer Camp program is a great place to make new friends and experience fun, educational places! Our mission is to enrich the lives of children through an exceptional summer experience where they develop healthy emotional and social skills necessary to grow into future leaders.

With new safety and sanitation measures in place, we keep the risk factor low and the FUN factor high! Join us and UNPLUG from technology and explore and enjoy nature, friendships and new interests! 

We believe in all the children who come to our camp – they are the reason we exist. Through positive child development and partnering with parents, we encourage children to value their uniqueness. Our dedicated camp counselors will help your child develop self-esteem, character, courage, responsibility, resourcefulness, and cooperation.

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Why Ivy League?


We are committed to providing an uplifting and positive atmosphere for our campers and staff in a secure and safe environment. Extra COVID-19 safety measures are also put into place to ensure the health and safety of a campers and staff.


We do what we say we are going to do, and are truthful.


We are committing in all that we do.


We are sensitive and nurturing.


We want everyone we meet to laugh, smile, and have a good time. We take fun seriously!

Our Staff

It is no secret that the key to running a great program is by having a remarkable staff. We work with individuals that have the purpose and heart to provide a safe, stimulating environment for campers to learn, grow and have an awesome summer experience.

Your child’s health & safety is our top priority
  • Strict hand washing and sanitary policies to prevent the spread of COVID-19
  • All camp counselors are CPR/First Aid certified & background checked
  • Secure areas that keep children constantly within sight, indoors and out
  • Careful transition attendance procedure for moving children from place to place
  • Maintain an adequate ratio of staff to children to ensure safety



Ivy League Rec Center
8500 W. 191st St.
Mokena, IL 60448
6:00AM – 6:30PM

Lemont/Homer Glen, Manteno, Chicago Ridge/Oak Lawn, *Homewood/Flossmoor

Lemont/Homer Glen
Christ Community Church
13400 Bell Road
Lemont, IL 60493
7:00am – 6:30pm

Chicago Ridge/Oak Lawn
Freedom Activity Center
6252 Birmingham St.
Chicago Ridge, IL 60415

Manteno, IL 
Manteno Elementary School
555 W Cook St, Manteno, IL 60950
(Friday Shuttle to Mokena location)

Pioneer Summer Program (PreK - 1st)

*Pre-K only offered at Mokena Rec

Imagination awaits with Ivy League’s summer program geared especially for 3-6 year olds. This summer program includes a range of fun and stimulating sessions in physical activities, arts, and outdoor fun. Each week has scheduled field trips, pool days at the splash and activities that nurture your child’s development. Pioneers take part in modified clubs just for their age group such as art, STEM, story-time, cooking and music.

Adventurers (1st - 5th)

Turn your child’s ordinary summer into a summer of exciting exploration! Ivy League’s summer camp is filled with indoor and outdoor activities, plus opportunities for fun and friendships. Our program groups campers by grade and encourage their growing ability to make choices, work with others, and assume responsibili-ties. Enjoy weekly field trips, swimming, team build-ing activities, enrichment clubs and so much more. We have a ton of fun in store for you that will give you an unforgettable summer!

X-TEAM (6th – 8th)

You’re never too old for the Ivy League Summer Camp! If you’re in 6th-8th grade, you can apply to be on the
X-TEAM. The X-Team is a group of kids that help the younger campers in arts & crafts, lunch, clean up and more. We also focus on giving back to the community. The most important role that the X-Team members play is being a positive role model for the other campers. You will also gain volunteer and community service experience. Don’t worry, you will be rewarded for all your hard work! The X-TEAMer’s will also be going on dedicated field trips!
Each applicant must get one letter of recommendation and interview for a spot on the X-TEAM to make sure they are up for the challenge. The deadline to apply is May 22nd. Call us to set up your interview at 815-464-1265.

Field Trips & Themed Weeks

  • Campers will not be back until 4:30pm on field trip days
  • Lunch is included everyday of camp. Feel free to pack a lunch if you have a picky eater.
  • Campers MUST wear their summer camp t-shirt everyday
  • Field trips are subject to change
  • Pioneer field trips may differ

Enjoy weekly field trips and explore new places! You can choose which trips you want to attend. Ivy League Kids Summer Camp has themed-based weeks that have been carefully planned and thought out by our team of program directors. Each week has a fun theme and a dress up day on Fridays.

Lunches: Lunch is included everyday of camp! Lunched consist of a sandwich, chips and a drink. Friday lunches will be either pizza, hamburgers or hot dogs.

Week 1 - Making Friends

6/2/21 – Emagine Theatres to see “Rumble”

6/4/21 Spirit Day Friday – Dress like your friend!

Week 2 - Nature Unleashed

6/9/21 Goodenow Forest Preserve and Plum Creek Nature Center for Pioneer Campers 
6/11/21 Sprit Day Friday – Animal Day!

Week 3 - Splashtacular!

6/16/21 Matthiessen State Park
6/18/21 NEON Day: Wear your favorite NEON colors!

Week 4 - Myths & Legends

6/23/21 Enchanted Castle
6/24/21 X-Team Field trip: Accelerate Speedway 
6/25/21 Enchanted Day: Dress like a prince/princess, or a fairy tale character!

Week 5 - All American

6/30/21 Fair Oaks Farm
7/2/21 USA Day: Wear red, white, and blue!

Week 6 - Mad Science

7/7/21 Haunted Trails
7/9/21 Clash Day: No matching! Wear everything that clashes!

Week 7 - Treasure Hunters

7/14/21 Starved Rock State Park
7/15/21  X-Team Field Trip: Accelerate Indoor Speedway STEM Academy 
7/16/21 Pirates/Mermaids: Dress like a pirate or a mermaid!

Week 8 - Christmas in July

7/21/21 Gizmo’s Fun Factory
7/23/21 Holi-Day: Dress in festive holiday attire

Week 9 - SuperHero Week

7/28/21 Haunted Trails
7/30/21 Superhero Day: Dress like your favorite superhero or villain!

Week 10 - Disney Adventure

8/4/21 Buffalo Rock State Park
8/6/21 Disney Day: Dress like your favorite character!

Week 11 - Shark Week

8/10/21 X-Team Field Trip: Six Flags

8/11/21 Emagine Frankfort
8/13/21 Under the Sea: Dress like a shark or your favorite sea creature!

Week 12 - Space is the Place

8/18/21 Indian Caves in Bourbonnais
8/20/21 Crazy Hair Day: Do something out of this world with your hair!

Week 13 - Aloha Summer!

Day Off Programming Available

Extraordinary Summer Experience!

Ivy League’s summer program incorporates sports games, team-building activities and arts & crafts to nurture a non-competitive environment that focuses on individual skill and personal achievement. The counselors and program directors engage and encourage each small group during activities that focus on developing individual skills, coordination and self-esteem. Campers also have the option to join clubs. Clubs are a great way to learn new things and discover new interests!

Sports & Team Building

Ivy League’s summer program incorporates sports games and team-building activities to nurture a non-competitive environment that focuses on individual skill and personal achievement.

Fun Fridays

We like to celebrate everything accomplished throughout the week. We are dedicated to teaching each camper the value of hard work and with hard work comes great reward. Lunch on Fridays will also consist of pizza, hot dogs or hamburgers! 


Tuesdays and Thursdays are optional pool day so don’t forget your swimsuit, towel and sunscreen! We sunscreen campers every hour when outdoors. Mokena Pioneer Campers head to the Splash Pad at Yunker Park for some fun in the sun!

Art Club

Let your creativity shine in this club guaranteed to by art-raguosly awesome! Ivy League will provide a positive and nurturing environment for art exploration where giggles, grins and individual creativity are encouraged.


We make these subjects FUN! Learning doesn’t have to stop in the summer months because Ivy League’s STEM Education program incorporates a hands-on and exploratory approach to learning.

Horse Camp Lil’ Ranchers

Don’t miss out on this fun and hands-on experience to learn about horses and other farm animals such has goats, chickens, pigs and much more! The Ivy League Summer Camp partnered with Nova Quarter Horses to provide horseback riding lessons. Lessons can consist of grooming, bathing, feeding, cleaning a stall, riding, turning out horses and watching them play. This program is offered every Friday for a three-hour lesson. Students must wear closed toed shoes and long pants. 

*Must pre-register. Cancellation deadline is 7 days prior to your scheduled lesson. No refunds will be given after the deadline. Must have waiver signed to participate.

$40 per lesson

Cooking Club Young Chefs

The Cooking Club is a fun way to introduce children to the basics of cooking, and teach kids about the importance of healthy eating and how to make tasty treats!

*Clubs vary by summer camp location. Clubs are available to Adventurer and XTEAM campers. Pioneer campers participate in modified clubs within their age group.

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