Registration for Summer Camp is OPEN!

Join us for Summer Camp 2024

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.

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.

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
  • 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

Locations

Mokena

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

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
6:30am-6:00pm

Hope Lutheran Church

305 W. Black Road
Shorewood, IL 60404
7:00AM – 6:00PM
*Discounted Pricing

Manteno, IL

Manteno Elementary
555 W. Cook St.
Manteno, IL 60950
7:00am-6:00pm
*Discounted Pricing

Pioneer Summer Program (PreK – K)

*3-4 year olds 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: Aloha Summer

Monday, May 27th: (Closed)

Tuesday, May 28th: Welcome campers at Mokena and Shorewood locations! Park and Clubs

Wednesday, May 29th: Park and Clubs

Thursday, May 30th: Park and Clubs

Friday, May 31st: Hawaiian attire

Week 2: Fun in the Sun

Monday, June 3rd: Park

Tuesday, June 4th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Emagine) (HF & Shorewood – Tinley Park Roller Rink)

Wednesday, June 5th: Park

Thursday, June 6th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Tinley Park Roller Rink) (HF & Shorewood – Emagine) (Pioneers – Goodenow Grove/Plum Creek Nature Center) 

Friday, June 7th: Bright attire/sunglasses; Nova Horse Camp

Week 3 – Zoo Friends

Monday, June 10th: Pool Day; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)

Tuesday, June 11th: Field Trip – Blackberry Farm

Wednesday, June 12th: Pool Day

Thursday, June 13th: Field Trip – TBD (Pioneers – Childrens Farm in Palos)

Friday, June 14th: Animal print attire; Nova Horse Camp

Week 4 – Disney Adventure

Monday, June 17th: Pool; Park

Tuesday, June 18th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Bowling) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Gizmo’s Fun Factory)

Wednesday, June 19th:Pool; Park

Thursday, June 20th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Gizmo’s Fun Factory) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Bowling) (Pioneers – Chuck E Cheese)

Friday, June 21st: Disney attire; Nova Horse Camp

Week 5 – Wacky Week

Monday, June 24th: Pool; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)

Tuesday, June 25th: Field Trip (Mokena – Emagine) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Mascot Hall of Fame)

Wednesday, June 26th: Pool; Park

Thursday, June 27th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Mascot Hall of Fame) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Emagine) (Pioneers – Zahra’s Playland)

Friday, June 28th: Crazy hair/sock day; Nova Horse Camp

Week 6 – All American

Monday, July 1st: Pool; Park

Tuesday, July 2nd: Field Trip – Field Museum

Wednesday, July 3rd: Pool; Park

Thursday, July 4th: CAMP CLOSED

Friday, July 5th: Wear red, white and blue; Nova Horse Camp

Week 7 – Magic Mayhem

Monday, July 8th:Pool; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)

Tuesday, July 9th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Scene 75) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – In the Game Hollywood Park)

Wednesday, July 10th: Pool; Park

Thursday, July 11th: Field Trip – (Mokena – In the Game Hollywood Park) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Scene 75) (Pioneers – Ball Factory)

Friday, July 12th: Sparkly attire; Nova Horse Camp

Week 8 – Once Upon a Summer

Monday, July 15th: Pool; Park

Tuesday, July 16th: Field Trip – Blackberry Farm

Wednesday, July 17th: Pool; Park

Thursday, July 18th: Field Trip – Beverly Arts Center – Jack and the Beanstalk (Pioneers – Children’s Museum) 

Friday, July 19th: Dress as your favorite fairytale character; Nova Horse Camp

Week 9 – Christmas in July

Monday, July 22nd: Pool; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)

Tuesday, July 23rd:Field Trip – (Mokena – Haunted Trails) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Enchanted Castle)

Wednesday, July 24th: Pool; Park

Thursday, July 25th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Enchanted Castle) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Haunted Trails) (Pioneers – Pirates Cove)

Friday, July 26th: Holiday Attire; Nova Horse Camp

Week 10 – Friendship Week

Monday, July 29th: Pool; Park

Tuesday, July 30th: Field Trip – Museum of Science and Industry

Wednesday, July 31st: Pool; Park

Thursday, August 1st: Field Trip – Windy City Thunderbolts Baseball Game (Pioneers – Little Red Schoolhouse)

Friday, August 2nd: Twin dayNova Horse Camp

Week 11 – Summer Olympics

Monday, August 5th: Pool; Park; DBat Baseball (Mokena Campers)

Tuesday, August 6th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Emagine) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Gizmo’s Fun Factory)

Wednesday, August 7th: Pool; Park

Thursday, August 8th: Field Trip – (Mokena – Gizmo’s Fun Factory) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Emagine) (Pioneers – Chuck E Cheese)

Friday, August 9th: Sports jersey day; Nova Horse Camp – Horse Show!

Week 12 – Clownin’ Around

Monday, August 12th: Park

Tuesday, August 13th: Field Trip – (Mokena – In the Game) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – Tinley Park Roller Rink)

Wednesday, August 14th: Park

Thursday, August 15th: Field Trip (Mokena- Tinley Park Roller Rink) (HF/Chicago Ridge/Shorewood – In the Game) (Pioneers – Children’s Museum)

Friday, August 16th: Carnival Day!

Week 13 – Hero Headquarters

Monday, August 19th: Park

Tuesday, August 20th: Park

Wednesday, August 21st:  Park

Thursday, August 22nd: Park

Friday, August 23rd: Superhero Day!

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.

Fun Fridays

We like to celebrate everything accomplished throughout the week. We have a fun day at the park where we play sports, water play, chalk and more. Lunch on Fridays will consist of pizza, hot dogs or hamburgers.

Swimming

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 online here.

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.

STEM Club

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 two-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.

$44 per lesson