Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camps

Spend the summer engaged in Waldorf-based:  Creative Play  •  Nature  •  Crafts  •  Recreation  •  Sports & Athletic Movement  •  Urban Exploration  •  Afternoons at the Beach  •  Fun Activities  •  Music Instruction  •  Baking & Recipes  •  West African Drumming & Songs  •  Arts & Handwork  •  Creative Publications (Publishing)  •  Songwriting & Recording  •  Spanish Fun! (cultural exposure)  •  Exploring Vibrant Chicago Neighborhoods in weekly Field Trips... and more!

newly added! Early Childhood Camp for younger campers

Due to growing parent interest we have added four weeks of summer camp exclusively for our youngest campers! The Early Childhood (EC) Summer Camp is dedicated to children from 3.5 to 6 yrs old and follows the morning rhythms of a typical Early Childhood class. This play-based half day summer camp involves indoor activities, nature stories, outdoor playtime in the playground and other Early Childhood class experiences. Morning snacks will be provided.

2014 Camps: from June 16th through August 8th. Enroll Now in Weekly Sessions or All Summer Long! 

Chicago Waldorf School is offering expanded camp activities and options for full weekday coverage from 7:30am - 6:00pm. Our Kids Camp and Sports Camps offer full day camp experiences (All day camps are 8:30am - 3:30pm). Now campers can also try topics based, specialty camps which are offered as full day and half-day "stand alone" options or as supplements to Kids Camp. (Half day camps are mornings: 8:30am-11:45pm and afternoons: 12:15pm-3:30pm). Additionally a Precare option is offered from 7:30-8:30am and After Care is offered from 3:30-6:00pm.  Project materials and snacks will be provided in all camps (all fees included in camp tuition). Campers bring their own bag lunches and wear clothes appropriate for each camp's activities (details are outlined on the first day of camp).

Early Bird Special: Register by May 2nd for a $25 discount!

Call 773.465.2662 or use the Summer Camps registration form to enroll. (And please submit this Permissions Form too). See below for specific camp descriptions. Camps range from $175/week (half day) to $300/week (full day) depending on the details of the camp. Registration form has specific dates, times and costs for each camp.


  All Day Camps: kid activities & sports


Kids Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 16-Aug 8   (8 Weeks- Full Days / mornings & afternoons)  

A traditional summer full day camp with weekly themed activities that will culminate in a Friday field trip by school bus to destinations in the city. Campers will also make daily trips to the beach and other outdoor play areas. Dress in comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. Snacks will be provided. (For 6 years + up)

Songwriting Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 16-20   (Week 2- Full Day / mornings & afternoons)

Have fun exploring basic songwriting techniques on musical instruments in a variety of traditional styles, including folk, blues and classical. The camp will culminate with an afternoon of campers performing & recording their songs at Soapbox Music Studio. (For rising 5th graders and up / 11 years + up)

Basketball Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  July 28-Aug 1   (Week 7- Full Day / mornings & afternoons)

Held in the CWS gymnasium, this camp is  open to all skill levels, from beginner to advanced. We teach fundamental skill development as well as team concepts. Campers receive individual instruction from highly qualified coaches with previous college playing and coaching experience. Campers should bring a lunch. (For 11-18 years old)

Creative Publications Camp.  .  .  .  .  .  .  August 4-8    (Week 8- Full Day / mornings & afternoons)

CWS Communications Director, Jason Greenberg, will teach Middle School and High School campers to produce their own small run of self-published books. Campers will use basic scanning, SLR photography, digital imaging and layout software plus learn beginning book production and binding techniques. Each student will author, illustrate, edit, and design content for their pages in a book. (For rising 7th graders and up / 12-18 year olds)


      Half Day Camps: Specialty topics


Specialty camps  are offered as "stand-alone" half-day camps or they may be combined with the Kids Camp and aftercare for a full day of coverage. Half day camps are mornings: 8:30am-12:15pm and afternoons: 12:45pm-3:30pm. If staying through lunch period (12:15-12:45), campers should bring a lunch. Aftercare option provides additional coverage until 6pm.

African Drumming Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 16-20   (Week 2- Half Day / mornings)

CWS drumming teacher, Michael Taylor, will guide campers through an exploration of the world of traditional West African djembe drumming.  Learning rhtyhms on traditional, hand carved instruments, we will explore not only the music and songs, but also the oral tradition of each rhythm, which inludes: the name of the rhythm, where the rhythm is from (maps will be used), why the rhythm is traditionally played, what ethnic group created/plays the rhythm, who is the source (what teacher) and other relevant information.  Each day we will view video documentaries and other footage of Michael's trips to West Africa and other reference footage pertaining to this course.. (For rising 7th graders and up / 12-18 years old)

Spanish Is Fun!  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 23-27   (Week 2- Half Day / mornings)

CWS teacher, Ingrid Gomez, leads the class. This Is a wonderful way for children to learn Spanish while enjoying summertime fun.  Ingrid (a native-speaker) will share with campers Latin-American games, hand clapping, songs, and some delicious recipes.  Campers will also enjoy an afternoon filled with story telling in Spanish and crafts. (For rising 2nd graders and up / 8-12 years)

Early Childhood Camp  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 23- July 18   (Week 2 thru 5- Half Day / mornings)

Due to parent interest we have added 4 weeks of summer camp exclusively for our youngest campers! The Early Childhood (EC) Summer Camp is dedicated to children from 3.5 to 6 yrs old and follows the morning rhythms of a typical Early Childhood class day. This play-based half day summer camp involves indoor activities, nature fables and storytelling, outdoor playtime in the playground and other Early Childhood class experiences. Morning snacks will be provided. (For EC children and rising 1st graders / 3.5 thru 6 years)

Adventures with Paper and Yarn .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  July 14-18   (Week 5- Half Day / mornings)

CWS teacher, Ingrid Gomez will guide the children in techniques like Suminagashi (Japanese floating ink paper marbrling), and weaving on a cardboard loom.  With these two techniques and some sewing, the children will create their own books and pouches to keep them safe. (For rising 2nd graders and up / 8 years + up)

Band Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  July 21-25   (Week 6- Half Day / mornings)

Taught by CWS music teacher, Katherine Swaydis. Open to all students who have already begun a wind instrument. Students would divide into small groups and learn a piece for playing chamber music.  I will instruct them on how to work together to prepare a piece fo music, but the final product will be up to them.  Students will also be working on a full band piece.  A small performance will be given on the final day of camp. The purpose of the camp is for students to learn how to play music in a small group with varying instrumentation so they will have to work out a way to to listen to each others' ideas and put them into action. (For rising 5th graders and up / 11 years + up)

Baking Camp  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  July 28-Aug 1   (Week 7- Half Day / mornings)

CWS music teacher, Katherine Swaydis leads this class of up to 15 students. Campers will learn the basics of baking from scratch using all natural ingredients. Students will learning how to read recipes, measure ingredients, mix, bake, and of course, eat and ejoy a variety of baked goods!  The goal is that students will learn what is in the food they are eating and how it is made.  The class may explore vegan and gluten-free options if there is an interest.  Students choose a new baked good each day.  The menu may include scones, cookies, granola, biscuits, quick breads, muffins, cupcakes, brownies, etc.  (For rising 6th graders and up / 11 years + up)

Volleyball Camps.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . August 4-8    (Week 8- Half Days / mornings & afternoons)

Volleyball- Level One  (8:30am-12:15pm)
This camp covers all volleyball skills for beginning and intermediate levels and promotes collaborative team play. Campers receive instruction in volleyball technique with an emphasis on fun skill development games.
(For rising 6th-8th graders / 11 – 14 years)

Volleyball- Level Two  (12:45pm-3:30pm)
This camp provides more advanced and detailed instruction in volleyball techniques and skills for players in the intermediate to advanced levels. This camp will teach Individual skills, team play and offensive/defensive strategies. It will also address fitness and strength training. (For rising 9th-12th graders / 14-18 years)


Click Here for the 2014 Summer Camps Registration Form

Or call our main office at 773.465-2662 to register by phone. Registration Forms includes pricing and dates.

Waldorf incorporates active play and creativity in children’s learning to foster developmental growth.

Eight 1 week sessions are offered.  Pick one week, multiple weeks or all summer!

Full day camp sessions run weekdays from 8:30am-3:30pm.
Separate aftercare and precare options are also available.

•  Camps range from $175/week (half-day) to $300/week (full day) depending on the details of the camp.
    The registration form has all dates and pricing costs per camps.
•  All materials, equipment and supply costs are included within the camp fee.
•  Single Day Drop-Ins for either  Kids Camp ($75.00 per day) or EC Camp ($50.00 per day) may be
    prearranged 48 hrs ahead of time with the Main Office on a “Space Available” basis.
•  Payment is due the week before session begins.
•  Because spaces are reserved, refunds/discounts are not available for absenses or early pickups.

Mail in this registration form or call our main office at 773.465-2662 to register by phone.
Also please submit this permissions form, required for camp enrollment.