Why choose us for summer camp?

We’ve been doing this for a long time

The Winnetka Park District’s sole mission is to provide recreational programs for youth, teens, and adults, and we’ve been doing it successfully for 114 years. We began running summer camp programs more than 40 years ago, starting with a single camp – Happiness Is. Our goal was to provide children with an opportunity to escape the pressures of everyday life by experiencing nature, having fun, developing new friendships, gaining new skills, and staying active.

Since then, we’ve grown our offering to more than 20 different camps, while remaining true to our original goal.

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Our camps are affordable and highly regarded

Our summer camps are the most affordable on the North Shore, with some starting as low as $3.84 per hour. Plus, parents love them. Over the past three years, our camps have received a 94 percent parent satisfaction rating.

“Thank you for a fabulous summer! The ability to drop off my child early was a great help. We found the Winnetka Park District camps far better than other more expensive camps in the region.”

“My son loved the beach, the field trips, and the friends he made. He can’t wait to return next year and wants to go a full day instead of a half day! Thank you all for everything, he had such a great time and can’t wait to come back!!”

“My child came home very happy every day, and cried his eyes out when I told him it was the last day of camp. He demonstrated new skills and new development during the camp and I cannot thank you enough!”

We offer flexible scheduling

Parents can choose to extend their child’s day at camp with early drop-off and late pick-up, are able to pick full or half days, and can choose specific days and/or weeks that work best with their schedule.

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Our camps have lots of variety to keep children active, engaged, and developing new skills

Children spend a large majority of their time inside and sitting down. We’ve built our camps to give children the opportunity to get outside and active by enjoying the beach, going on field trips, and engaging in a variety of sports, arts, and enrichment activities with peers. By taking a break from technology and the indoors, children can rediscover their creativity and enhance their sports abilities, artistic talents, and adventure skills.

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We provide an opportunity to unwind and gain self-confidence

Our camps are a great escape from the academic and social pressures that shape children’s lives at school. By offering non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities for every child to succeed, our camps help children build self-confidence and self-esteem. With opportunities for unstructured play every day, children are able to get away from the overly-structured and overly-scheduled routines of school, giving them the much needed time to just play, laugh, and be silly.

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We are passionate, energetic, and truly care

Many of our summer camp staff were past campers themselves, growing up every summer at the Winnetka Park District. They have wonderful memories of camp and of their counselors who they looked up to and admired as positive role models. They truly care and are passionate about making the experience for every young camper just as great as their own was.

Our camper to staff ratio ranges from 5 to 1 through 8 to 1, and all of our youthful and energetic staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. This ensures that counselors are able to provide the direction, encouragement, and positive and safe environment every camper needs to have the perfect summer.

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To view a listing of our summer camps or register, click here.

Registration Information


Full payment: Summer camp may be paid in full with cash, check, or credit card. Payment is accepted in-person, online or by mail, fax or email.

Partial payment (Winnetka residents only): With the partial payment plan option, $100 will be due at the time of registration with the remaining balance due on May 31. If paying via check, two checks are required at the time of registration: one for $100 and one for the remaining balance dated May 31. Partial payment must be indicated on the registration form, is only available to Winnetka residents, and is not available with online registration. For additional payment plan options or scholarship opportunities, contact the Winnetka Park District administrative office at (847) 501-2040.

Flexible Scheduling

Select weeks: With our select weeks scheduling option, you may register your child for select weeks that work with your summer schedule. This option is available for all camps, excluding Counselors in Training and Junior Counselors. Select weeks registration is only accepted in-person at the Winnetka Park District administrative office.

Early drop-off: This option is available as a supplement to Kiddie Camp, Happiness Is and Almost Anything Goes camps for an additional fee. This is NOT a drop-in program and requires pre-registration. Registration for early drop-off is accepted in-person, online or by mail, fax or email. Additional details regarding specific drop-off procedures will be provided prior to the start of camp with your parent manual. If you are interested in earlier drop-off than what is listed with each camp, contact Toby Ross at tross@nullwinpark.org or (847) 501-5071.

After camp: This option is available as a supplement to Happiness Is, Almost Anything Goes, and Middle School Madness camps, and is the perfect opportunity to extend your child’s enjoyable camp experience. Parents may pick-up their child at any time during after camp (3-6pm). Campers will be transported by Winnetka Park District staff from day camp to after camp (if location is different). This is NOT a drop-in program and requires pre-registration. Registration for after camp is accepted in-person, online or by mail, fax or email. Please note that there must be a minimum of four campers enrolled or the program will be cancelled.


Early registration: Discounts for early registration are applicable until April 4. After April 4, regular rates will apply.

Multiple children: A 10 percent discount will be given to Winnetka residents that enroll two or more children from the same household in the full programs of Kiddie Camp, Happiness Is, Almost Anything Goes, Middle School Madness (sessions I & II), or Adventure Camp (sessions I & II). This discount is only valid through May 1. It may be combined with the early registration discount, but is not valid with the select weeks scheduling option.

Policies & Requirements

Age/grade requirements: The ages listed for each camp reflect the camper’s current age at the time of registration. The grade listed for each camp is the grade campers enter in Fall 2018.

Refund policy: If a refund request is made prior to 5pm on May 25, a full refund less a $10 service charge (per person, per session) will be granted. After 5pm on May 25 and through the third day of camp, a full refund less a 5% service charge (per person, per session) will be granted. No refunds will be granted after the third day of camp. Park District staff will issue refunds as quickly as possible, however, delays may occur. Please allow two to three weeks to receive a refund check.

Friend requests: Campers may request one friend of the same age/in the same grade to be placed with in camp. Friend requests can be made by filling out a friendship request form at the Winnetka Park District administrative office by 5pm on May 25. Only reciprocal friend requests will be honored, and only one friend request per camper is allowed. Park District staff will make every attempt to honor friend requests, but cannot guarantee all friend requests will be fulfilled.

Camp locations: Camp locations published are subject to change based on school availability.