Financial Assistance for Summer Day Camp

May 30, 2012

Deadline to apply for financial assistance is Monday, June 11.

Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents.

Applicants must provide proof of entitlement for the reduced or free lunch program from the patron's school. Applicants who do not participate in the school lunch program can prove eligibility by providing income verification (i.e., 2012 recent pay stubs for last 30 days, AFDC/TANF case number, copy of a recent IRS 1040 form, etc.). Information submitted is confidential. Applicants must bring copies of the required documents to their desired park by Monday, June 11 during normal park hours.

Financial assistance awards cannot be used in conjunction with any other reduced/voucher programs.

Applicants who do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.

Each summer, the Chicago Park District provides more than 30,000 campers ages 6-12 with a season of supervised activity at more than 230 local parks. Children will go on field trips; explore nature, arts and culture; engage in sports and recreation; and enjoy pool time. Summer day camp hours vary for each location with typical camps running about six hours per day from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Many parks offer early morning and late-day sessions as well. Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours.

Standard day camps run for six weeks from June 25 - Aug. 3. For more information, contact your local park, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312-742-PLAY.

For more information about the Chicago Park District's more than 8,100 acres of parkland, 580 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, 10 bird and wildlife gardens, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

DATES• Patrons can register online until Sunday, June 3 at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

After that date, patrons can register in person at their local park if there are still slots available.

The Chicago Park District launched a new website and program registration system in January. With the new system, all patrons who wish to register for a program first create an account at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com

Length of camp programs vary, but most begin the week of June 25 and run for 6 weeks through August 3.

WHERE

Summer day camps are offered at about 230 local parks throughout the city. For a park near you, call 312-742-PLAY or visit the Chicago Park District web site at www.chicagoparkdistrict.com.

SUMMER CAMP HOURS

Hours vary. Traditional camp hours are typically no less than 6 hours per day (ex. 9 am-3 pm or 10 am-4 pm), Monday thru Friday. Many parks offer early morning and extended late day camp sessions as well.

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

Limited funds are available to provide financial assistance to qualified families. Financial assistance is only available to City of Chicago residents. Applicants must provide proof of entitlement for the reduced or free lunch program from the patron's school.

Applicants who do not participate in the school lunch program can prove eligibility by providing income verification (i.e., 2012 recent pay stubs for last 30 days, a copy of a recent IRS 1040 form, etc.).

Applicants must bring copies of the required documents by Monday, June 11 during normal park hours.

Applicants that do not qualify for financial assistance may inquire about the payment plan option at their local park.

FEES

Fees vary depending on location, offerings and hours. Rates are affordable and range from $1 to $3 an hour.

Enrollment in Chicago Park District summer day camps is open to parents outside of the City of Chicago. However, fees are double for non-Chicago residents.

SUMMER DAY CAMP

The Chicago Park District accommodates over 30,000 campers ages 6-12. Summer Day Camp provides a season of supervised activity at local parks where children enjoy pool time, field trips, nature, sports and recreation, arts and culture, and keep their eading skills sharp through games.

POPULAR SPECIALTY CAMPS

In addition to the traditional summer day camp, the Chicago Park District also offers specialty camps. (Below is a selection. Full listing will be available online.)

Learn to Sail

Youth can learn how to sail.

Special Recreation Sports Camp

Children and adults with disabilities across the city will learn to play with a concentration on exercise, sportsmanship and friendly competition.

Sports Camps

Camps include: basketball, biking, fitness, floor hockey, gymnastics, in-line skating, soccer, tennis and volleyball.

Arts@Play

Tweens dance, sing, play, paint, sculpt, draw, create, choreograph, write, and perform under the direction of professional artists. Urban Campers

Children ages 9-12 camp out under the starry skies in this outdoor education program that focuses on local nature. At neighborhood parks, children learn outdoor technical skills like fishing, building a campfire and putting up a tent. At the end of the week, they'll have an opportunity to apply this knowledge during a 24-hour camping experience in a local park.

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