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Old 03-09-2011, 09:33 AM
 
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we're looking at soccer and baseball camps - but I'm open to weekly camps, overnight camps, I just want my kids to be happy wherever we go - and camp is certainly a way for them to get to know some new friends. I've got the oldest signed up for little league - he'll miss a couple practices, but happy as a clam we got him in under the wire.

Any insight? When are most registration windows open? Any super positive or not so great experiences you would like to share about local camps?

(we'll be living in Oswego)

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:23 AM
 
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You may want to try Soccer Made in America or AYSO summer camps. We've done both and liked them equally. Also check out your local high school and recreations centers. Many high schools offer various sports camps for younger kids during the summer. Sorry, no info on baseball camps though. That was never our sport of choice. Registration should be coming up soon.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:40 AM
 
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I don't have a local high school yet - we're moving at the end of this month, from NC.

What about general purpose camps - you know, campfire, assembly, raising the flag in the morning, taking it down at night, learning to canoe, fish, hike, make silly things with popsicle sticks, have your first crush? This is probably the first year he'll be eligible for "sleep away" camp - so we're sort of looking for that kind of thing, too. I think we're covered on the sports camp (I don't want to go broke, we have 3 kids!)

I would also love to know if any of you have sent younger kids to camps? In Raleigh, parks & rec did a marvelous job of doing pre-k camps - generally 5 days, not overnight - with topics ranging from academics to sports to nature. I think we'll do a sleep away for the 8 yo and hopefully some sort of camp for the 4 yo. the 2 yo will be camping in the back yard with Barbies.
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Oswego family YMCA
Heritage YMCA - Oswego (http://www.heritageymca.org/oswego.php - broken link)

oswegoland park district (Oswego park district)
Oswegoland Park District - Oswego, Illinois

These are good resources to check out
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:28 AM
 
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thanks - have checked out the oswegoland park district already (that's how I found the little league & soccer camps!) Thanks for the Y link- very helpful.

Do camps like the one I nostalgically described above exist in IL?
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:26 AM
 
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Most kids in Illinois who do sleep away camps go to YMCA camps in Wisconsin, Michigan, or Indiana. Lots of kids do them, but we don't tend to stay in-state. Off the top of my head there are Camp Tecumseh, Camp Duncan, Camp MacLean, Camp Crosley, Camp Eberhart just to name a few. They all have your typical camp stuff, hiking, crafts, swimming, fishing, campfires, etc.
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:07 PM
 
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thanks - have checked out the oswegoland park district already (that's how I found the little league & soccer camps!) Thanks for the Y link- very helpful.

Do camps like the one I nostalgically described above exist in IL?

The camp I went to when I was young was Camp Shaw Wa Na See in Kankakee. It is an overnight camp for one week and is exactly as you describe.....campfires, organzied games, hiking, cabins, mess hall, etc. It is run by the 4H organization but you do not have to belong to 4H. I went for several years and next year i will be sending my daughter. It is a pretty short drive (about an hour) and is across from Kankakee State park. Here is the website if you are interested: Camp Shaw
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Old 03-10-2011, 01:19 PM
 
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THANK YOU! That's what I'm talkin' about! Excellent. Now I wish there website was a little more informative. I can tell how old the couselors in training are supposed to be but can't quite get my hands on the age of campers. (my son will be 8 in May - I assume he's the right age - it looks like it's all age-appropriate stuff!) THANK YOU THANK YOU!!
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Old 03-10-2011, 10:39 PM
 
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You are very welcome. I agree about the website...I found that calling and talking with someone was the best way to get information. My daughter is also 8 but we are waiting until next year because she probably isn't ready for a week away from home. INterestingly enough, they have a family camp that we considered but we haven't found the time to go there yet.

When I went to that camp the minimum age was 9 but I think that it might lower now. I have such good memories and I have visited in the last couple of years and it all looks the same. There is SO much to do...when I was there there were beads to collect for every activity, each a different color. There was a nature cabin, arts and crafts cabin, the pool, hiking, climbing, canoeing/stone walking in the river, dances, night walks, and of course, capture the flag.

Regardless, I hope that you find a camp that your kids love too. They are such great memories to have!
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Old 03-17-2011, 10:00 AM
 
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Please check out YMCA Camp Duncan. My Daughter spent two weeks there last year and loved it. She's already signed up for this summer.

They have a website you can find by googling the name.
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