Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camps

Spend summer 2018 in action!  
Creative Play  •  In Nature  •  Arts & Crafts  •  Music  •  Food  •  Movement
•  Urban Exploration  •  Afternoons at the Beach...and more!

Six 1 week sessions are offered.  Pick one week, multiple weeks or all summer
Full day camp sessions run weekdays from 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Half day camp sessions run weekdays from 8:30 am - 12:00 noon


EARLY CHILDHOOD Outdoor Free Play Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 25 - Aug 3 

Available for EC children and rising 1st graders (3 thru 6 years)  | Full Day $350 | Half Day $300
This play-based summer camp involves outdoor activities, walks in the neighborhood and plenty of time for active free play outdoors. One of the strengths of our program is that camps are run by experienced teachers and classes have a teacher/student ratio of at least 8:1 or lower. Twelve year Waldorf veteran Dagmara Marona will lead the Early Childhood camp offered at ROGERS PARK- 1261 W Loyola Ave. See location on google maps (This is the EC5 classroom on South side of Loyola Ave.) 


GRADE SCHOOL CAMP.  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 25 - Aug 3

Available for Grades 1-5 (6 thru 11 years old)  | Full Day $400 | Half Day $300
This Waldorf-focused summer day camp offers arts & crafts activities, age-specific handwork projects, lots of nature activities that will include planned trips to Albion beach, local parks and nature centers and visits to neighborhood museums and cultural institutions. Campers will enjoy daily outdoor play time at the beach, parks or other play areas. Dress in comfortable clothes and bring a lunch. Each week will have a theme as follows:

Week 1: Bee like a honeybee: foraging and building | June 25-29 | Camp Teacher: Ashley Gambill
We will be exploring our native surroundings for wood and plant materials in order to build a large native pollinator house for the school as well as small houses for each student to take home. We will also be making candles from Chicago beeswax, building our own hive out of metal and visiting a honeybee hive at the end of the week. All materials will be provided.
Week 2: Food | July 2-6 (*no camp on July 4) | Camp Teacher: Andrea Shaffer
Campers will learn some basic food preparation techniques and simple recipes. There will be chopping, spreading, kneading, slicing and stirring. Campers will get to eat what they make, and there will be an emphasis on cooking for family and on simple kitchen hygiene. There will be a food-related story or game each day.

Week 3: Upcycling: building & crafting through repurposing everyday items. | July 9-13 | Camp Teacher: Ashley Gambill
We will be jumping rope and taking neighborhood walks in the morning as well as scavenging. After snack, we will be crafting rugs from old t-shirts, making bottle cap wind chimes, building wood and string art and working on 10 different ways to repurpose a coffee canister. The possibilities are endless! All materials will be provided, and the students are encouraged to bring anything with which they’d like to challenge the group to repurpose.

Week 4: Tinkering | July 16-20 | Camp Teacher: Andrea Shaffer
Free play with tools! Campers will play with toys that focus on construction and movement. Then they will learn to use basic (non-electric) tools to build simple projects using wood, metal, paint, fabric, dowels, and wheels to create some things that move, and some things that don’t. Campers will take home what they make at the end of the week. All materials provided.

Week 5: Parkour and Puppets  | July 23-27 | Camp Teachers: Kurt Gowan and Cynthia Orthal
In the morning Cynthia will teach the art of puppetry. Students will learn to make their own puppets and practice the art of performing with puppets. In the afternoon's Parkour session, students learn to overcome physical and mental obstacles, discover fun and creative movements, and strengthen their body to meet the demands of the discipline. Besides a great workout Parkour provides training for your mind and spirit. Kurt enjoys challenging the students with games and obstacles of all kinds! 

Week 6: More Parkour and Puppets | July 30 - August 3 | Camp Teachers: Kurt Gowan and Cynthia Orthal
Students can continue their projects and training from the first week of "Parkour & Puppets Camp" (see above) or they can start this week on a new project. CWS Parent, Cynthia Orthal is a professional puppeteer and actress who has made puppets for national theater and ballet productions. Parkour teacher Kurt Gowan teachers parkour at CWS. He is also the founder and director of Parkourways (

Questions about EC & Grade School camps activities? Contact: Andrea Shaffer /  Please register for Summer Camps with these links:

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Summer splashing at Albion Beach, Rogers Park.