Our Programs

Day Camp

$1900-$4960 / ideal for ages 4-10

Our DAY CAMP program is a long-time favorite on the North Shore. We run morning and full day programs for children ages 4-10 years. Our camps run from June 18-Aug 10. You are able to choose the weeks you wish to attend. We offer door-to-door transportation to families in our pick-up area. Our day camp requires a minimum 4-week sign-up.

Expedition Camps

$1350 / ideal for ages 10-13

Are you looking for adventure? Then look no further than our Expedition Camps. Whether its boating, camping or even farming our different programs offer adventures for children ages 10-13. Programs are full days of fun during the 2-week session offerings.We run 3 sessions during the summer months. We offer door-to-door transportation to families in our pick-up area.

Language Immersion Camp

$2260-$5240 / ideal for ages 4-10

Our Language Immersion Camp program is a great addition to our Day Camp program or as a stand alone morning program. This half-day program allows your child to build language skills and develop an appreciation for new cultures. We offer Mandarin Chinese and Spanish instruction. We run morning language instruction with an option fox afternoon day camp programs. Our camp runs from June 18-Aug 10. You are able to choose the weeks you wish to attend. We offer door-to-door transportation to families in our pick-up area. Our camp requires a minimum 4-week sign-up.

Little Explorers Camp

$520-$2080 / ideal for age 3

Little Explorers Camp program is for our 3 year old campers who are looking to experience camp for the first time. We offer a half day camp program which focuses on child development skills and is lead by early childhood educators who love the outdoors. We offer 2-day, 4-day per week opportunities. Our camp requires a 4-week minimum enrollment.

New Programs

Short Term Day Camp

$525-$725

Not quite sure of your summer schedule and unable to make a 4-week minimum commitment to our Day Camp program? We offer “Short Term” Day Camp sessions to those campers only able to attend for a single week of camp.

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Pre-Camp Week
"Fun Camp"

$600

Looking for a fun, friend filled experience for your child when they are off of school and camp has yet to begin? Look no further. Our Programs has you covered.

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Short Term Day Camp

$525-$725

Not quite sure of your summer schedule and unable to make a 4-week minimum commitment to our Day Camp program? We offer “Short Term” Day Camp sessions to those campers only able to attend for a single week of camp.

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Our Summer Programs History

68 summers of fun, friends and adventure

In the late 1940s, North Shore Country Day School offered the use of its facilities during the summer months to the McKinney Camp. Mac McCarty, employed by the School, was also the Director of the McKinney Camp. The experience of operating a camp on the School's campus led Mr. McCarty to propose the idea of the School having its own day camp. The School could provide use of its facilities to neighborhood families and offer children a safe and fun summer experience.

North Shore Country Day School Summer Programs provide the best summer day camp programs near Chicago, IL such as sailing, swimming lessons, tennis, outdoor activities and gymnastics. We have a vast range of programs for ages 3 to13 years old. If you are looking for fun things to do in the summer and provide your children the best summer vacation. Located close to Lake Michigan and beautiful city of Winnetko, IL.

Archery

Arts & Crafts

Creative Play

Gymnastics

Outdoor Activities

Tennis

Swimming Lessons

Sailing & Canoeing

Meet Our Team

Our Summer Programs leadership team consists of educators and long-time camp people. The summer staff is committed to giving our campers and their families the highest quality of summer camp experiences. Here are just a few of our outstanding summer staff team.

Cindy Hooper

Cindy Hooper

Since the age of 16 Cindy has been working at a summer camp.  As North Shore Country Day School’s Director of Operations and Summer Programs, Cindy brings a year-round connection of the School to the summer camp community.  For over 25 years Cindy has worked with the summer staff to build the program and ensure that the children have a safe, fun and memorable summer experience.

Carrie Smey

Carrie Smey

Carrie and her siblings worked as counselors for the summer camp program for many summers.  Carrie eventually became one of the Day Camp Directors and now has her two children attending the camp.  Carrie is an elementary school teacher at an independent school in the city. Oh and an interesting fact, while as a counselor she met her husband (a fellow counselor) working at camp!

Lucy Hay

Lucy Hay

Traveling each year from her home in Scotland, Lucy has been serving as the Expedition Camp Director for 20 years.  As a science teacher Lucy shares with the campers and staff a wealth of knowledge on Environmental Education as well as outdoor living skills.  All of Lucy’s children have attended the North Shore Country Day School camp programs and now her two oldest, Sophie and Charlie, are counselors.

Megan Gonzales

Megan Gonzales

For over 25 years Megan has been associated with the North Shore Country Day school camps.  Megan’s mom was one of the Day Camp Directors.  Megan served as a counselor and instructor before she became one of the Day Camp Directors.  Megan’s three daughters attend the camps.  During the off-season Megan is an elementary school teacher in Milwaukee.

Anne Bishop

Anne Bishop

A long-time camper, counselor and instructor Anne has been with the camp for more then 15 years.  She and her siblings attended the camps and eventually worked at the camps as counselors and instructors.  Anne is a science and social studies teacher for the Wilmette school system.  Anne is now the pool director and works with both campers and staff every day at the pool.

Jeff Helstad

Jeff Helstad

One of the longest tenured staff members, Jeff is closing in on 30 years of service as a summer staff member at North Shore.  Jeff returns each summer to be a part of the camp community and ensure that his campers have the best experience possible.  Jeff’s leadership amongst the staff is valuable.  As a physical education teacher for the Libertyville School District Jeff is able to share a wealth of summer games and activities with the staff.

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Employment Opportunities

Each summer we strive to hire the most qualified and experienced staff who desire to spend eight weeks of their summer enriching the lives of children in a camp setting. Openings are limited.

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