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Join us for Summer Camp 2023
Join us and explore and enjoy nature, friendships and new interests! 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.
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?
Safety: 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.
Integrity: We do what we say we are going to do, and are truthful.
Passion: We are committing in all that we do.
Fun: We want everyone we meet to laugh, smile, and have a good time. We take fun seriously!
Caring: We are sensitive and nurturing.
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
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
Hope Lutheran Church
305 W. Black Road
Shorewood, IL 60404
7:00AM – 6:00PM
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.
Field Trips and Themes
Week 1: Splash into Summer
Monday, May 29th: (Closed)
Tuesday, May 30th: Welcome campers! Park and Clubs
Wednesday May 31st: Park and Clubs
Thursday June 1st: Park and Clubs
Friday June 2nd: Wear blue Attire
Week 2: Aloha Summer
Monday, June 5th: Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Tuesday, June 6th: Field Trip – Plum Creek Nature Center
Wednesday, June 7th: Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Thursday, June 8th: Field Trip – Gizmos
Friday, June 9th: Hawaiian Attire; Nova Horse Camp
Week 3 – Friendship Week
Monday, June 12th:Pool – Open Swim Only; Park ; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)
Tuesday, June 13th: Field Trip – Emagine
Wednesday, June 14th:Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Thursday, June 15th: Field Trip – Odyssey Fun World
Friday, June 16th: Twin Day; Nova Horse Camp
Week 4 – Sports Week
Monday, June 19th: Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Tuesday, June 20th: Field Trip – Bowling at Centennial Lanes (Mokena) Roller Skating (Off sites) and Frankfort Children’s Museum (Mokena Pioneers)
Wednesday, June 21st:Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Thursday, June 22nd: Field Trip – Roller Skating (Mokena) Bowling at Tinley Bowl (Off sites) and Oak Lawn Children’s Museum (Mokena Pioneers)
Friday, June 23rd: Wear your favorite sports jersey or hat; Nova Horse Camp
Week 5 – Zoo Friends
Monday, June 26th:Pool – Open Swim Only; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)
Tuesday, June 27th: Field Trip – Enchanted Castle
Wednesday, June 28th:Pool – Open Swim Only; Park
Thursday, June 29th: Field Trip – Fair Oaks Farm
Friday, June 30th: Dress in Animal Print; Reptile Show; Nova Horse Camp
Week 6 – All American
Monday, July 3rd:Pool – Open Swim; Park
Tuesday, July 4th: No camp in session
Wednesday, July 5th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, July 6th: Field Trip – Pirates Cove (Mokena Pioneers), Field Museum (Off sites and Mokena)
Friday, July 7th: Wear red, white and blue; Nova Horse Camp
Week 7 – Superhero Week
Monday, July 10th:Pool – Open Swim; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)
Tuesday, July 11th: Field Trip – Blackberry Farm
Wednesday, July 12th:Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, July 13th: Field Trip – Emagine Theaters
Friday, July 14th: Dress as your favorite superhero (or villain!); Nova Horse Camp
Week 8 – We Believe in Magic!
Monday, July 17th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Tuesday, July 18th: Field Trip – Haunted Trails
Wednesday, July 19th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, July 20th: Field Trip – Scene 75 Entertainment Center (Mokena, Off sites), Frankfort Children Museum (Mokena Pioneers)
Friday, July 21st: Sparkly attire; Magic Show; Nova Horse Camp
Week 9 – Christmas in July
Monday, July 24th: Pool – Open Swim; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)
Tuesday, July 25th: Field Trip – Chicago Dogs Baseball Game (Mokena and Off sites), and Little Red Schoolhouse (Mokena Pioneers)
Wednesday, July 26th:Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, July 27th: Field Trip – Odyssey Fun World
Friday, July 28th: Holiday Attire; Nova Horse Camp
Week 10 – Time Travelers
Monday, July 31st:Pool – Open Swim; Park
Tuesday, August 1st: Field Trip – Bowling at Centennial Lanes (Mokena), Roller Skating (Off sites), and Frankfort Children’s Museum (Mokena Pioneers)
Wednesday, August 2nd: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, August 3rd: Field Trip – Roller Skating (Mokena), Bowling at Tinley Bowl (Off sites), and Oak Lawn Children’s Museum (Mokena Piooners)
Friday, August 4th: Dress in attire from a different decade; Nova Horse Camp
Week 11 – Career Week
Monday, August 7th: Pool – Open Swim; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)
Tuesday, August 8th: Field Trip – Gizmos
Wednesday, August 9th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, August 10th: Field Trip – Emagine Theaters
Friday, August 11th: Dress up as your future career
Week 12 – Mission Impossible
Monday, August 14th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Tuesday, August 15th: Field Trip
Wednesday, August 16th: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, August 17th: Field Trip
Friday, August 18th:Dress up as a spy
Week 13 – To Infinity and Beyond!
Monday, August 21st: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Tuesday, August 22nd: Field Trip
Wednesday, August 23rd: Pool – Open Swim; Park
Thursday, August 24th: Field Trip
Friday, August 25th: Wear Space Gear
Thank you for a great summer! My son had a great time this year and is hoping to come back as a junior counselor!
My children had a blast this summer going to the field trips and the Minecraft club.
My stepdaughter started out at Ivy League in the summer of 2016. This was the first camp program she had attended. From day one, she loved it. Camp was full of learning, field trips and fun!
I recommend Ivy League to everyone! Everyone there is amazing and always is happy to see my little guy (Dominic). Not to mention he LOVES attending the summer camp program! The field trips/activities/clubs, etc. are great – something for everyone.
My girls love this summer camp!! So many fun and educational experiences! The before and after school program at Kruse is excellent. Ms. Ryan is awesome! So glad we found this program!
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.
*Clubs vary by summer camp location. Clubs are available to Adventurer and XTEAM campers. Pioneer campers participate in modified clubs within their age group.
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 for some fun in the sun.
Swim lessons are available for Mokena/Flossmoor campers (Adventurers and above) at the Park Forest Aqua Center. REGISTER HERE: https://celtsswimschool.pike13.com/categories/87230
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.
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.
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!
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