Waukegan, Illinois (April 14, 2023) – Registration for the Waukegan Park District’s summer camps is now open. Full-day camps will be offered on weekdays from 9am to 4pm from Monday, June 5, 2023 to Friday, August 4, 2023. Open to children from six (6) to twelve (12) years of age, the camps will engage children in safe and enriching activities, including arts, crafts, sports, explorations, and more.
Belvidere Explorers will be held at the Belvidere Recreation Center, located at 412 S. Lewis Avenue, and the Bowen Park Rangers will be held at the Jane Addams Center, located at 95 Jack Benny Drive. Before care from 7am to 9am and after care from 4pm to 6pm will be available for participants of Belvidere Explorers for an additional fee.
Registration is available for the following sessions:
- Session 1: Monday, June 5, 2023 to Friday, June 9, 2023
- Session 2: Monday, June 12, 2023 to Friday, June 16, 2023
- Session 3: Monday, June 19, 2023 to Friday, June 23, 2023*
- Session 4: Monday, June 26, 2023 to Friday, June 30, 2023
- Session 5: Monday, July 3, 2023 to Friday, July 7, 2023*
- Session 6: Monday, July 10, 2023 to Friday, July 14, 2023
- Session 7: Monday, July 17, 2023 to Friday, July 21, 2023
- Session 8: Monday, July 24, 2023 to Friday, July 28, 2023
- Session 9: Monday, July 31, 2023 to Friday, August 4, 2023
*Summer camps will not be in session on Monday, June 19, 2023 in observance of Juneteenth and Tuesday, July 4, 2023 in observance of American Independence Day.
Summer camp registration can be done at the Field House Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Center. A registration packet must be submitted for every participant. Additionally, a $30 nonrefundable deposit per session is required to make a summer camp reservation and the remaining balance is due two weeks prior to the session start date. The Waukegan Park District accepts third-party funding from other organizations and has financial assistance available. More information, including registration, sessions, and fees, is available at waukeganparks.org/camps.
About the Waukegan Park District
Established on December 26, 1916, the Waukegan Park District (WPD) has 53 properties and more than 742 acres of land, including the 18-hole Bonnie Brook and 9-hole Greenshire Golf Courses. Properties are managed to the highest environmental and conservation standards. Facilities operated by the WPD include the Field House Sports, Fitness and Aquatics Center, Waukegan’s Greg Petry SportsPark, Waukegan Skate Park, BMX Track, SplashZone, Percussion Playground, recreational centers, disc golf course, dog exercise area and agility course, outdoor sports fields, picnic areas, playgrounds, splash pads, and sports courts including basketball, tennis and pickleball. A full range of programs and services are offered year-round for all ages, from infants to seniors, as well as special need populations. Healthy lifestyles, wellness initiatives, and a connection with the outdoors and nature are integrated throughout programs, services, and special events. Arts and cultural activities are provided by the Jack Benny Center for the Arts, Waukegan Symphony Orchestra and Concert Chorus, and the Waukegan History Museum. We offer something for everyone!
A member of the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), Illinois Association of Park Districts (IAPD), Illinois Park and Recreation Association (IPRA), and the Park District Risk Management Agency (PDRMA), the WPD employs 73 full-time and 219 part-time, seasonal, and temporary employees and is recognized by the IPRA as an Exceptional Workplace.
Nationally accredited by the NRPA Commission for Accreditation of Park and Recreation Agencies (CAPRA) and State accredited through the IAPD Distinguished Agency Accreditation, the WPD has received the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Triple Crown Award for receiving the GFOA’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, Popular Annual Financial Reporting Award, and the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. The WPD was awarded the NRPA National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management in 2013, and was named a Gold Medal Finalist in 2012, 2013, 2019, 2021, 2022, and 2023.