Chicago Waldorf School Summer Camps

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

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

*No after care will be provided unless we receive over 5 requests.

Early Childhood Outdoor Free Play Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . June 19 - Aug 4  

Available for EC children and rising 1st graders (3.5 thru 6 years)  | Full Day $300 | Half Day $200
This play-based summer camp involves outdoor activities, nature fables and storytelling, work and playtime in the side-yard playground and other Early Childhood class experiences. 

Grade School Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  June 19 - Aug 4 

Available for Grades 1-3 | Full Day $400 | Half Day $250
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: Honeybees and all they provide! | June 19-23 | Camp Teacher: Ashley Gambill
Campers will be jumping rope as well as learning the “bee dance” with music provided by Frau Gambill’s accordion. After snack campers will build and craft with all things honeybees from making their own candles, sandwich wraps and candle holders to beeswax art and even get to see the bees at work on a field trip to the Garfield Park Conservatory and Mr. Gambill’s bee store down the street. All materials will be provided.
 
Week 2: 
Reduce, Reuse, Re-cycle! | June 26-30 | Camp Teacher: Ashley Gambill
This week will focus on building and crafting through repurposing everyday items. Campers will be crafting rugs from old t-shirts, 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 campers are encouraged to bring anything with which they’d like to challenge the group to repurpose. 

Week 3: Messy Art | July 3-7 *no camp on July 4 | Camp Teacher: Nancy Szymanski
Messy, messy, messy…and so much fun! Erupting sidewalk chalk, gooey gobs to model, pattern making with leaves, rocks, shells and painting everywhere. Campers will leave the white paper and crayon boxes at home as they explore and create with their sleeves rolled up and ready to get dirty. 

Week 4: From Stars to Stones-The Magic of Science | July 10-14 | Camp Teacher: Nancy Szymanski
In the sky, under the sea, everyplace and everywhere, nature is filled with curious things. Campers will explore, create, construct, experiment (perhaps, do a little exploding) while discovering the amazing world around them. 

Week 5: Tinkering | July 17-21 | Camp Teacher: Andrea Shaffer
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.

Week 6: Food | July 24-28 | Camp Teacher: Andrea Shaffer
Campers will learn some basic food preparation techniques and some 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 healthy eating and simple kitchen hygiene. There will be a food-related story each day. 

Week 7: Neighborhood Exploration | July 31-August 4 | Camp Teacher: Andrea Shaffer
Rogers Park is an amazing area with nature, history, and interesting people. During the week, we will take short outings in the neighborhood to personally encounter all that this rich area of the city has to offer. Campers may expect to learn ethnic cooking, city history, sign language and may meet with neighborhood “celebrities.” 

Questions about EC & Grade School camps activities? Contact: Andrea Shaffer / ashaffer@chicagowaldorf.org  Or register with the links at the bottom of the page.


Summer Sports Camps 

6th-12th grade skills, fun and sun! 1 week camps offered June through August. 

Soccer Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .   June 19 - 23

10am-2pm | $200 for the week  
CWS soccer Coach Toto will be running a camp for incoming 6th-12th graders.  The camp will focus on fundamentals of ball handling, passing, kicking, offense, defense, conditioning, working in a team environment and strategy with an emphasis on fun!  He will be working with players on skill building to build a good foundation and continue challenging skilled players.  His warm approach to leading groups makes this a great camp to be a part of.  

Basketball Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  July 10 - 14

10am-2pm | $200 for the week 
CWS high school basketball Coach Cole will be leading a camp for incoming 6th-12th graders.  The camp will have a skill building focus with an emphasis on fun!  The players will be working on ball handling, dribbling, passing, shooting, offense, defense, strategy, conditioning and working in a team environment. Coach Cole is currently the director of operations at 3 point shot and has been coaching most of his adult life. Bring snacks, water, lunch and basketball shoes to camp.  Make sure your athlete has had a good sized breakfast to be ready for the morning/afternoon.  

Volleyball Camp .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  Aug 28 - Sept 1

10am-2pm | $200 for the week 
This camp will be a fun, learning environment focused on skill building!  The players will be working on ball control, footwork, strategy, conditioning and working as a team.   

Questions about Sports camps activities contact: Alex Boshell / aboshell@chicagowaldorf.org


Register Today

Step 1: Complete the online registration form.

Step 2: Submit your payment by choosing one:

  1. EC Outdoor Free Play Camp Payment
  2. Grade School Camp Payment
  3. Sports Camp Payment