Summer Camps 2017

Our programming, field trips and activities change every week in each area of focus; so campers will do and learn completely new and fun things each week (and from year to year)! We offer flexible scheduling, so your child can come for 1 week or 8, or anything in between. You’ll receive a $100 discounts off your total for 4 weeks or more (and $300 if you sign up for 8 weeks)!  See Rates, Schedule and Camp Themes for more info.


Lincoln Park

St. Michaels Church (Recreation Center)
1633 N. Cleveland
Chicago, IL 60614



Flexible scheduling! Sign up for any week(s). Fun themes engage kids in the CORE4 through creative, unique experiences! Field trip each week.

6/12 – 6/16

Ninja Sports & Fitness

Fun Fitness Challenges Ninja style!


  • CPR Certification
  • Ninja Warrior Workout
  • Budgeting Basics

6/19 – 6/23

Director’s Chair

Create and direct the CORE4 YouTube Channel

  • CD of original music
  • You Tube team video
  • Smart Spending Goals

6/26 – 6/30

Food Truck

Create idea for a Food Truck and make foods that will be sold on the truck

  • Field Trip to Whole Foods
  • Chop, Shop & Bake
  • Master Chef Challenge

7/10 – 7/14

Live Your Own Life

Learn all aspects of living an adult life. Be an entrepreneur and learn how to launch a business

  • Shark Tank Challenge
  • 1871 Tour: Tips from Entrepreneurs
  • Invest for success

7/17 – 7/21

DJ Sports & Dance

Use sports and music to learn about fitness. Work out with trainers at a Fitness Club!

  • CPR Certification
  • Fitness Club Workout
  • Fun Sports Rotation

7/24 – 7/28

GameCraft Live

Make a video game that is enacted live using visual arts like painting, drawing, jewelry making

  • Video project – Shoot & Edit
  • Artistic expression in multi-media
  • Who do you want to be?

7/31 – 8/4

Chef Week

Create your own personalized cook book. Master Chef Challenge. Day of cooking with professional chefs

  • Master Chef Challenge
  • Create Your Own Cook Book
  • Behind the scenes at local restaurants with the chef!

8/7 – 8/11

Life on Mars

You colonize Mars. What do you need to take? Make it your own. Get creative ideas for a new world

  • Shark Tank Challenge
  • 1871 Tour: Tips from Entrepreneurs
  • Getting a loan for that business


Weekly Rates

AFTER June 15th Sibling Discount 10%
WEEKLY RATE: $395 $420 Early Drop off & Late Pick Up Available 8am – 9am & 3pm – 4pm
4 – 7 WEEKS: Get $100 off total order

Fee:  $10 per hour




8 WEEKS: Get $300 off total order





What is Camp Like?

From the time campers arrive at camp in the morning to the end of the day, they learn new skills in each of the CORE4 Life Skills areas through structured team activities, games and team challenges, including cooking skills, money games, fitness instruction with different teachers and professionals. Fields trips are included each week. Campers make lunch and meals throughout the camp.

Each week is a new theme through which the campers learn the CORE4 in a fun, creative way. They cook, they become entrepreneurs, play games that help them understand money, they get to work out in a fitness center, they use their creativity and self-expression through the arts with painting, music, dance and video projects.

In addition to the focus on CORE4 fundamentals, we weave these important life skills throughout the daily activities

Teamwork – team challenges and sports, kids learn the fine art of working with others and compromise

Creativity – exploring self-expression and self-awareness are developed through multi-media artistic endeavors

Empathy – Communicating and understanding others – friends, peers and family – are explored and practiced

Goal-Setting – planning and achieving are emphasized in all CORE4 Life Skill areas, giving kids a mindset and skills for paving their future

Global Citizenship – helping others and giving back to the community is practiced as campers learn First Aid and CPR Certification and plan and participate in a community service project

School Holiday Camp

Join us for a fun time on school holidays.  Be with friends from school and from camp.


The day will be spent at our Partner location:

Fitness Formula Clubs
939 W. North Avenue
Chicago, ILDrop off at lobby door (at North & Sheffield)


Here are the school holidays for 2017-18 that will have day camps.

CPS School Holiday April 7, 2017


$89 (10% sibling discount)

Frequently Asked Questions


Do I have to register in advance?

Yes, registration for each session closes two weeks prior to start date. Please email our Camp Director, Cheryl Cepuran directly at for outstanding circumstances.

Can I pay the day of my class?
No, we require payment in advance In order to finalize your registration. It’s the best way for us to have an accurate headcount for the camp courses and have adequate supplies for the session.
What is the payment and cancellation policy?

Payment is due at the time of registration in order to secure your camper’s spot in camp. In the event that you need to cancel the registration, we would first like to encourage you to simply move to another session so your child can have the experience of summer camp. However, we understand that things come up and you may need to cancel all together. To do so, please call or email us with this information.

If you cancel

More than 30 days prior to camp session start date: Full Refund
15-30 days prior to camp session start date: 50% refund
2 weeks or less prior to camp session start date: No Refund

We understand that medical issues may arise over the summer or just as your child is set to attend camp. Please call us as soon as possible to inform us of your need to cancel. We will ask that you submit a written excuse from your child’s physician. If you child is sick and there is time and room, we will work with you to switch your camper to a later session.

Can I switch camp sessions for my child?

We can accommodate a change in enrollment for camp sessions with reasonable notice and availability.

What ages are the camps designed for?

The camp is designed for kids entering or finishing grades 6-8, or who fall within 8 – 14 yrs. of age. Our curriculum is designed to help kids of various ages learn how to work and have fun together!

Can I sign my child up for more than one camp?

The curriculum for each camp session is designed for a two week implementation. A child may sign up for more than one session but they will go through the same activities and curriculum.

Can I request my child be placed in the same group as their friends?

We will try to honor any requests for same-group placements but cannot guarantee placement.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

Yes, we offer a 10% discount for second, third, or more children.

Arrivals and Departures

Do you provide a bus for pick-up and drop off?

CORE4 Camp doesn’t have designated bus for pick-up and drop-off.

Public Transportation

Lincoln Park Camp is located near the North/Clybourn Red line stop, the Sheffield & North Brown Line stop, and CTA Buses #8, 72 and 132. We also have bicycle racks available onsite.

What is the fee for early drop-off?

Early Drop-off is available 8:30am – 9:00am. We will provide breakfast and supervised outdoor activities for an additional $15 per day (Additional $150 for full camp session).

Can my child stay later?

General Inquiries

What should my child wear to camp?

We recommend wearing comfortable clothes that are appropriate for physical activity such as walking, stretching and running. Please send students to camp in closed toe shoes or sneakers.

Is lunch provided, is there a menu or is it pre-selected?

Lunch will be provided daily for students and will follow a pre-selected menu posted online. We will make sure a meal is available for your child that abides by medical and dietary restrictions.

Is the camp nut-free?

Core4 Camp is nut-free. Please make sure to indicate any food or nut allergies on your child’s application.

My child has an allergy or dietary restriction. Can you accommodate?

We do our best to accommodate allergies/dietary restrictions. When you set up your child’s profile (whether online or with our staff by phone), be sure to provide allergy information, and make sure to update it as necessary. Please also indicate the severity of the allergy (for example, whether your child can be around the relevant food, and whether ingredients processed on shared equipment or in a shared facility are okay). Any doctors notes or directions are welcome to be places in your child’s file.

What is the camper to instructor ratio?

We strive for a 10 camper to one instructor ratio. The class size varies slightly according to the number of campers for each session and a Jr.Counselor will facilitate with larger groups, as needed.

What if my child is sick or something else comes up?

Please review our Class Cancellation Policy.

Does my child need to bring anything?

Your child just needs to bring a good attitude and a willingness to participate.

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