Summer Youth Programs

2020 Camps

Registration begins March 1.

Eco-Adventures Day Camp

 

June 9-July 24 (no camp the week of June 30-July 3)

Age 3*-Age 11    $40 per child

 Choose the following:

1.  Time: 10-11:30am or 1-2:30pm**

2.  Location and Day: Tuesdays and Wednesdays: Homer Lake;

     Thursdays and Fridays: Lake of the Woods

*Must be 3 years old by the first week of camp

** Afternoon programs limited to children age 3 to age 8

 Eco-adventures day camp is nature based camp that meets once a week for six weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and descriptions of topics.

 Week 1: Earth Day Every Day

Come celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. We will give back to our planet Earth and help protect it for the future. We will learn to take small steps to make the world better for everyone.

 Week 2: Amazing Pollinators

Take flight and get ready to explore the fascinating and necessary role of pollinators. Campers will learn about the awesome abilities of bees, beetles and butterflies as pollinators.

 Week 3: Animal Architects

Critters can build it better, stronger and faster. We’ll investigate how nature’s amazing builders create and design.

 Week 4: Stamp Into Nature

Stamps, inkpad and log book in hand! You are ready to explore the trails and start Letterboxing. Letterboxing is a hobby that combines hiking, treasure hunting and puzzle solving.

 Week 5: Wacky Science

Science is all around us! We will get messy and creative with hands-on experiments that may boom, bubble and more!

 Week 6: Nature Survivor

Channel your inner wilderness expert as we develop your outdoor living skills with exciting hands-on activities. We will learn skills that prepare you for all kinds of outdoor experiences.

Grand Prairie Kids

June 10-July 8
Age 8-11 $35 per child
Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.-11 a.m.
Museum of the Grand Prairie
Lake of the Woods

Be an artist! Have fun with crafts!  Enjoy four mornings creating things in the museum and botanical garden! See below for the list and description of topics! Please note: this is a four week camp, unlike in previous years. 

June 10: The Three R’s (Reading, ‘Riting and ‘Rithmetic).  
Have fun in our one room schoolhouse learning a few things! We’ll make something magical out of cornhusks this day too. 

June 17: Water, Fish and the Pond, Oh My! 
Have you seen the new pond and waterfall in the Botanical Garden? We’ll be looking at it through an artist’s eyes. Let your fish friends inspire a new work of art.

June 24: Paint a Rock, Leave a Rock
Have you seen our rock garden? We’ll spend some time looking at plants that like to live in a rocky habitat. We’ll also paint a rock and you can take it home or leave it here for someone else to find.

July 8: Bison Art
Did you know Native Americans made paintings and maps on bison skins? We’ll head to the Discovering Home exhibit, talk about bisons and make our own hide painting.

All About Archaeology Camp

June 23 & June 24 $40 per child
Ages 8-11
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Activity Center, Middle Fork River Forest Preserve
Parents are welcome, but not required to attend.
Dig, dig, and dig! That’s what an archaeologist does, right? We’ll spend two days learning what an archaeologist does, including digs. We’ll learn about making stone tools, and talk to experts who will help us learn to identify animal bones in real archaeological excavations! Bring your sack lunch! 

Tea Party for Suffrage

Thursday, July 16 $10.00 per child
Ages 7-12  
1:00-2:30 p.m.
Children must be accompanied by adult
In July of 1848, Jane Hunt invited Elizabeth Cady Stanton along with three other women, to her home for tea. This was no ordinary tea party, rather it was a meeting that resulted in a movement for Woman’s Suffrage! Join us for a morning with scavenger hunt exploration of our new exhibit How Long Must Women Wait? Woman’s Suffrage and Women’s Rights in Champaign. We will also make sashes like those worn by women working for suffrage, and we will end the morning with a tea party! Space is limited. Register by July 9th. 

Nature Adventures at Middle Fork

Middle Fork Activity Center
Friday, July 31  $15 per child
Ages: 7-11 
10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Explore the treasures of our central Illinois ecosystems! Become immersed in the wide variety of habitats we have at our doorstep through nature hikes, games and science exploration.  Venture through our Middle Fork River Forest Preserve and get to know this hidden gem.

Tiny Tots Garden Camp

June 11- July 23 (no camp July 2nd)

Ages 3-5, $40 per child
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Discovery Garden/Museum of the Grand Prairie
Lake of the Woods. Adult accompaniment is required.

Tiny Tots Garden camp is a garden based camp for children and their caregivers that meets once a week for six weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and description of topics.

June 11: Plant the Garden
Campers will dig, plant, water, and sow in the garden. Working together, they’ll learn how plants grow, how to transplant, and what it takes to maintain a garden.

June 18: Miniature Garden Day
Come ready to create a miniature garden scene using toys, figurines and small plants. Take them home and watch them grow all summer!

June 25: Squirmy Wormies, and Creepy Critters
Is your child fascinated by bugs? Children will get up close and personal with insects in the garden. 

July 9: Awesome Blossom Day
Kids will learn about flowers, how and what makes them pretty and colorful. Kids will discover pollinators and make a beautiful bouquet to bring home.

July 16: Wet Week
Come ready to stay cool in the hot sun. This week we will learn about the water cycle, explore a pond, and play water games. 

July 23: Fill My Tummy with Something Yummy
Campers will explore the garden with taste buds and try out some tasty snacks. 

Garden Adventures Day Camp

June 9- July 21 (no camp week of June 30th)

Ages 5-10,  $40 per child
Tuesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Discovery Garden/Museum of the Grand Prairie
Lake of the Woods

Garden Adventures Day camp is a garden based camp that meets once a week for six weeks. Each day we have a different topic. See below for the list and description of topics.

June 9: Plant the Garden
Campers will dig, plant, water, weed and sow in the garden. Working together, they will learn how plants grow, how to transplant, and what it takes to maintain a garden.

June 16: Miniature Garden Day
Come ready to create a miniature garden scene using toys, figurines and small plants. Take them home and watch them grow all summer!

June 23: Squirmy Wormies, and Creepy Critters
Is your child fascinated by bugs? Children will get up close and personal with insects in the garden. 

July 7: Awesome Blossom Day
Kids will learn about flowers, and how and what makes them pretty and colorful. Kids will discover pollinators and make a beautiful bouquet to take home. 

July 14: Wet Week
Come ready to stay cool in the hot sun. This week we will learn about the water cycle, explore a pond, and play water games.

July 21: Fill My Tummy with Something Yummy
Campers will explore the garden with their taste buds and try some tasty snacks.

  A Mischievous Kid’s Guide to Life 

Ages 8-11  $40 per child

June 2-5

9:30 a.m.–11 a.m.

Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods

Want to learn how to build a fort and cook on a fire? How do things float on the air and water? Come join us to do things you may not get to do at home.  Come to this four day camp and we’ll make a little mischief!

 

June 2: Fire: Who doesn’t like to eat?
Want to learn to make a few simple campfire recipes? Join us as we tryout a few fun cooking on a campfire recipes and eat to our heart’s content!

 

June 3: Air: What makes things fly?
We will learn how to make things that fly and try them out!

 

June 4: Earth: What would it be like to live in the woods? Learn about things that live and grow in the woods while making our own fort in the forest!

 

  June 5: Water: Do you like to play in the water?
  Today is all about water! We will play games with water, make boats that float and much, much more! Come ready to get wet!

 Junior Golf Lessons

Tuesday’s, June 2, 9, 16, 23
Lake of the Woods Golf Course
Ages 8-9: 1-1:55 p.m.
Ages 10-12: 2-2:55 p.m.
Ages 13-17: 3-3:55 p.m.
Contact: 217-586-2183, lakeshop@ccfpd.org

Get your youngsters involved in the wonderful world of golf. Our golf professionals and staff will provide them with all the skills they need to enjoy the game of golf at any age. 

Option 1: $40 per junior
4-one hour clinics
 Instruction
 Handout materials

Option 2: $50 per junior
4-one hour clinics
Instruction
Handout materials
Comeback coupons

Option 3: $60 per junior
4-one hour clinics
Instruction
Handout materials
Comeback coupons
Individual lessons

Attendance is not mandatory. We understand that summer is a busy time. If you child can not attend a session, there is no need to let us know, we do not expect perfect attendance. 

Junior Golf Camp
July 6-10
8 a.m.-12 p.m.
Cost - $100 per Junior
Limited to First 25 participants

The Junior Golf Camp is a more hands-on and in-depth teaching of the game of golf, its rules, and proper etiquette. Limited to the first 25 paid participants. 


 



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