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.

Join us 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.

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

Manteno, Chicago Ridge/Oak Lawn, Homewood/Flossmoor, Hope Lutheran Church Shorewood (dependent on camper interest)

Homewood /Flossmoor
Flossmoor Community Church
2218 Hutchison Rd., Flossmoor, IL 60422
6:30am – 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

Pioneer Summer Program (PreK - K)

*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. *All campers must be fully potty trained.

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 theX-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!
This year, X-TEAM prospects will be hand picked by their counselor by showing responsibility, teamwork and cooperation. Each applicant must get one letter of recommendation and complete an interview to make sure they are up for the challenge.

Week 1 - Aloha Summer

Friday, June 3rd: Spirit Day Friday Hawaiian Attire

Week 2 - Good Vibes

Monday, June 6th: Pool – Open Swim Only; Park

Tuesday, June 7th: Goodenow Grove Forest Preserve / Plum Creek Nature Center for Pioneer Campers

Wednesday, June 8th: Pool – Open Swim Only; Park

Thursday, June 9th: Haunted Trails

Friday, June 10th: Tie Dye/Neon Day; Nova Horse Camp

Week 3 - Blast Off Into Summer!

Monday, June 13th: Pool; Park

Tuesday, June 14th: Fair Oaks Farm

Wednesday, June 15th: Pool; Park

Thursday, June 16th: Emagine (FULL)

Friday, June 17th: Crazy Hair Day; Nova Horse Camp

Week 4 - Making Friends

Monday, June 20th: Pool; Park; D-BAT Baseball Trip (Mokena)

Tuesday, June 21st: Chicago Dogs Baseball Game | Pioneers: Little Red Schoolhouse 

Wednesday, June 22nd: Pool; Park

Thursday, June 23rd: Thunder Bowl | Pioneers: Frankfort Children’s Museum

Friday, June 24th: Twin Day; Nova Horse Camp

Week 5 - Believe in Magic

Monday, June 27th: Pool; Park

Tuesday, June 28th: Haunted Trails

Wednesday, June 29th: Pool; Park

Thursday, June 30th: Tinley Park Roller Rink | Pioneers: Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

Friday, July 1st: Shine & Sparkle Day; Nova Horse Camp

Week 6 - All American

Monday, July 4th: No camp in session

Tuesday, July 5th: Pool *Make up swim day due to 4th of July; D-BAT Baseball Trip (Mokena)

Wednesday, July 6th: Pool

Thursday, July 7th: Perry Farm Park/ Indian Caves

Friday, July 8th: Wear red, white and blue; Nova Horse Camp

Week 7 - Reptiles and Amphibians

Monday, July 11th: Pool 

Tuesday, July 12th: Emagine

Wednesday, July 13th: Pool 

Thursday, July 14th: Gizmos

Friday, July 15th: Animal Print; Nova Horse Camp

Week 8 - Summer Olympics

Monday, July 18th: Pool; Park; D-BAT Baseball Trip (Mokena)

Tuesday, July 19th: TBD Brookfield Zoo/ Lincoln Park Zoo or Morton Arboretum 

Wednesday, July 20th: Pool; Park

Thursday, July 21st: Thunder Bowl | Pioneers: Frankfort Children’s Museum

Friday, July 22nd: Sports Jersey Day;Nova Horse Camp

Week 9 - Christmas in July

Monday, July 25th: Pool (Park Forest Aqua Center)

Tuesday, July 26th: Enchanted Castle

Wednesday, July 27th: Pool (Park Forest Aqua Center)

Thursday, July 28th: Blackberry Farm

Friday, July 29th: Holiday Attire; Nova Horse Camp

Week 10 - Superhero Week

Monday, August 1st: Pool; Park; D-BAT Baseball Trip (Mokena)

Tuesday, August 2nd: Emagine 

Wednesday, August 3rd: Pool; Park

Thursday, August 4th: Tinley Park Roller Rink | Pioneers: Oak Lawn Children’s Museum

Friday, August 5th: Dress as your favorite superhero (or villain!); Nova Horse Camp

Week 11 - Shark Week

Monday, August 8th: Pool – Open Swim Only

Tuesday, August 9th: Gizmos

Wednesday, August 10th: Pool – Open Swim Only

Thursday, August 11th: Thunder Bowl | Pioneers: Frankfort Children’s Museum

Friday, August 12th: Dress in blue

Week 12 - Mad Scientists

Monday, August 15th: Park; D-BAT Baseball Trip (Mokena)

Tuesday, August 16th: TBD

Wednesday, August 17th: Park

Thursday, August 18th: TBD

Friday, August 19th: Mismatched day

Week 13 - Disney Adventure

Monday, August 22nd: Park

Tuesday, August 23rd:

Wednesday, August 24th: Park

Thursday, August 25th:

Friday, August 26th: Dress like your favorite Disney character

Field Trips & Themed Weeks

  • Campers will not be back until 4:30pm on field trip days
  • Lunch is available for purchase or you may pack a sack lunch for your camper. A light breakfast is included before 8am and snack is included around 3:30pm daily.
  • 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.

Field Trip: $13 (or $15 if not pre-scheduled)

Lunches: Lunch is available for purchase. Lunches consist of a sandwich, chips and a drink. Friday lunches will be either pizza, hamburgers or hot dogs. Lunch: $6

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! 


Mondays and Wednesdays are optional pool days 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.

Swim lessons are available for Adventurers and above at the Park Forest Aqua Center for Mokena and Flossmoor campers.

  • $10/per child per 30 min lesson
  • Group Ratio: 1 instructor: 5-7 students max
One time a week sessions:
Cost: $40.00 per session (session is 4 classes)
Two times a week sessions:
Cost: $80.00 per session (session is 8 classes)

CELTS Swim School Instructors All of the instructors are USA Swimming certified and are trained for over 30+ hours before teaching and are always under supervision. We have a Site Supervisor overseeing all lessons and recording levels and progress. We also have certified USA Swim coaches on staff and all instructors that will be teaching lessons this summer will be Certified Lifeguards.

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. Sign waiver here.

$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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