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Have a blast this Summer with super fun and flexible options!

We offer a wide variety of flexible options with plenty of specialties, sports, swimming, and field trips. A nap is also an option for your camper in rising Junior or Senior Kindergarten. Swimming on Wednesdays will occur for the vast majority of our camps. Certain off-campus specialty camps may not include a Wednesday free swim option. Lunch is included in all full-day camp options. Full camp descriptions can be found below. All pricing and discounts can be located in the registration portal

 

 

2019 Camp Offerings

New Camp Schedule

Camp Descriptions

Explorers

Each week of adventure camp includes Water Wednesdays at a local pool, a field trip, and daily afternoon choices tailored to your camper's interest. Morning Schedules include group games, unique art projects, and outdoor exploration in our garden and surrounding neighborhood. After lunch, campers participate in a 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. Afternoon choices are designed to allow your camper to follow their passions and learn new skills. A few of our afternoon choices will be drone racing, sewing and textiles, claymation, digital photography, slime time, coding, mechanical engineering, basketball, soccer, flag football, handball, and badminton!

Adventurers

Each week of adventure camp includes Water Wednesdays, a field trip, and daily afternoon choices tailored to your campers interest. Morning schedules include group games, unique art projects, and outdoor exploration in our garden and surrounding neighborhood. After lunch, campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. Afternoon choices are designed to allow your camper to follow their passions and learn new skills. A few of our afternoon choices will be drone racing, sewing and textiles, claymation, digital photography, slime time, coding, mechanical engineering, basketball, soccer, flag football, handball, and badminton!

*Afternoon choices are designed to allow your camper to follow their passions and learn new skills. A few of our Afternoon choices will be drone racing, sewing and textiles, claymation, digital photography, slime time, coding, mechanical engineering, basketball, soccer, flag football, handball, and badminton! Full day camp includes a swim and field trip day! Specialty camps offering afternoon choices are denoted with an * in the title.

Sports Camps

Swift Fencing Camp (JK-9th)*

Come join the Bennett Day Fencing Team! This full or half-day camp offers a morning of skill development, games, and practice tournaments. Instructors teach fencers proper footwork, blade technique, and strategy. Fencers are grouped by age and experience level to ensure growth. After lunch, campers participate in a 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.

Hip Hop Camp (JK-1st, 2nd-6th)*

Children will be introduced to different street styles of urban dance through technique warmups, across the floor progressions, and freestyle exercises. Choreography will also be taught with the intention of performing at the end of the week. In addition to a large focus on dance, students will also explore other elements of hip-hop including art, poetry, and creating "breakbeats" using a digital turntable. Students will need a comfortable pair of sneakers/gym shoes for this class. After lunch, full-day campers participate in either a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.

Extreme Sports Camp (1st-9th)

Bennett to the Extreme! Everyday is an adventure in this high-adrenaline camp which includes a trip to Go Ape Zip Lining, iFly indoor skydiving, UIC Rock climbing wall, Trampoline Park, and Water park! The Extreme Sports camp is great option to keep your thrill seeking camper active for the entire week. Each camper will create a documentary-style video of their adventures to bring home at the end of the week.

Retro Sports Camp (JK-4th)*
Bennett Day Campers can kick it old school…literally! Retro Sports camps features classic camp games such as kickball, tetherball, capture the flag, four square, and more. This camp is ideal for high energy campers looking to play sports and have fun. Bennett Day emphasizes team work, good sportsmanship, and skill development in this camp for JK-4th grade. After lunch, full day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.
 
Dance Composition Camp (1st-4th*, 5th-9th)
An introduction to choreography with an exploration of dance elements such as tempo, levels, dynamics, connection to music, and intention. This camp is for dancers of a variety of experience from trained dancers to students who love to move to music. During this week-long exploration of choreography, each student will create their very own dance piece to the music of their choice through improvisation exercises and developing an artistic process for creating dance.
 
Swim Camp (JK-5th)
This mini camp will keep your take your camper to the pool or water park every day! When they aren't in the water, campers will have their choice of activities designed to follow their passions and learn new skills. A few of our choices will be drone racing, sewing and textiles, claymation, digital photography, slime time, coding, mechanical engineering, basketball, soccer, flag football, handball, and badminton!
 
Tap N Tumble (JK-2nd)*
This dance camp is great for children that love to move their bodies in different ways! Traditional dance class elements like warm-ups, across the floor, and center work will be combined with more open-ended activities like freestyle dance and creative movement games. Basic tap, jazz, and tumbling skills will be introduced and will be integrated into a choreographed dance that the children will learn and perform at the end of the week. Kids will need fitted clothes that they can easily move in (shorts, fitted t-shirt, tank top, leggings are recommended). After lunch, full-day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.
 
Bennett Ballers (JK-5th)*
Bennett Ballers Campers will spend their mornings playing basketball, baseball, soccer, and handball. Each day will blend individual instruction, group clinics, and recreational tournaments to develop athletic skill and good sportsmanship. Campers will be divided into teams based on age and experience to ensure they are focusing on developmentally appropriate skills. Campers will participate in a swim and field trip.  

STEM Camps

STEM Tales Camp (JK-2nd)*

Join Bennett Day Camp for a week of tinkering, engineering, and development. Each day will follow a different children’s story and bring it to life. We’ll build giant houses of straw, sticks, and stones and see which can withstand the breath of a Big Bad Wolf. We’ll use our imagination to turn our campus into the enchanted forest and see how quickly we can get through to grandmother’s house. After lunch, campers participate in either a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.

Codemoji Camp (2nd-4th)*

Does your young superhero love computers? Creating? This program was made for them! *Code It* is an exciting hands-on, summer coding program for children in grades 2-4. The mission is simple – teach students to enjoy all things coding and web. Our staff of professional programmers and educators deliver clear, entertaining instruction to ensure students have fun while learning complex coding skills. After lunch, full-day campers participate in a 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.

Codemoji Camp (5th-9th)

If you love everything games, computers and web, *Superhero Coders* is the program for you! Learn how to build a website in a hands-on, summer coding program for students that are confident coders or in grades 5-8. In the first three days, you’ll learn programming terms, wireframing, HTML, CSS and JS basics. Then, you’ll put your knowledge to use during the final two days as you build your own personal website! After lunch, campers will explore how technology is utilized in the neighboring West Loop businesses. Students will visit Google Headquarters, the Ace hotel, and Cat & Mouse game store. Camp also includes Swim Wednesday.

City Design Camp (5th-9th)
Future engineers, architects, and urban planners will love this week long look into city development and design. Throughout the week, campers will focus on blending historic architecture with modern technology, exploring green initiatives, and economic development. Campers will take the Chicago Water Taxi, explore Chicago's landmark architecture, and learn about proposed city plans. Throughout the week they will build their own model cities.
 
Young Architects (1st-4th*, 5th-9th)
This week long dive into physics, architecture, and structural engineering will keep campers engaged and ready to design. Campers will visit a variety of types of architecture in Chicagoland and take the Architectural Boat Tour on the Chicago River. Each camper will design and create a model of a home, skyscraper, or structure and learn about the process behind getting a projected completed. Campers will take a behind the scenes tour of the expanding Bennett facility and learn about the planning process.
 
Robotics Camp (1st-5th)*
This hands on camp will allow campers to explore mechanics, circuitry, and coding through a series of robot builds. Campers will love exploring our drones, Lego Boost, and Nintendo Lab projects in addition to building and designing their own robots. After lunch, full-day campers will participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!
 
Roller Coaster Camp (5th-9th)
This camp explores the physics, engineering, and mathematics required to build a modern roller. Activities include building model roller coasters, using pendulums to demonstrate the effects of wavelength and pendulums, exploring the use of magnetics in roller coasters, and using simulators to create their own ride. Campers will travel to Six Flags and participate in Swim Wednesday.
 
Space Camp (JK-5th)*
Bennett Space camp is back and ready to blast off! Campers will explore the Planetarium, create their own world, and learn about the current developments in the Space Exploration Program. Camp includes space simulations, rocket building, and NASA Program curriculum. After lunch full day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!
  
Dinosaur Camp (JK-1st)*
This week is all about discovering and dinos! Campers will visit Sue at the Field Museum, learn about fossils, participate in games and art projects, and learn about the animals most closely related to dinosaurs that still roam the earth today. After lunch full date campers will participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in orderto enter afternoon choices ready ot learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!
 
Garden Camp (JK-2nd)*
Garden Camp blends art, science, and nature into a fun and educational experience! Campers will learn about growing techniques, crops, insects, and urban farming, and even make a meal out of locally grown food after a farmers market excursion! After lunch, provided by Ruca Catering, full- day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.
 
All About Animals Camp (JK-2nd) 
Campers will study animals of all kind in this three-day camp. A trip to the zoo, a visit from the reptile guy, and even a special project for PAWS Chicago will keep campers busy the entire mini camp! After lunch, full-day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter the afternoon ready to learn and play.
 
Chess Camp (JK-5th)*
Chess Camp participants will work on game theory, tactical patterns, score-keeping, and tournament play. Instruction will be provided by highly ranked players utilizing classical strategies and modern technology to create an engaging environment for all skill levels. Additional games such as Full Size Chess, Allies, Bobby Fischer, and iPad Chess will also be played to keep the campers learning and developing as players. Throughout the week, campers will have opportunities to participate in tournament play and learn about player ranking. After lunch, full-day campers will participate in 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!

Specialty Camps

Verano Fantástico: Spanish Summer Immersion Camp (JK-1st)*

Each morning half and full day campers will have an authentic linguistic immersion in which they will engage in daily playful activities, outdoor movement and games, arts and crafts, story-time and science exploration. All conducted in Spanish by Profesora Suárez. Campers will experience Spanish as the means of communication while playing and interacting with other campers. After lunch, campers participate in either a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.

Build a Business Camp (5th-9th)
In this week-long camp, campers will learn how to turn an idea into a business! Campers will develop a product or service and develop a strategic business plan. Each business will learn aspects of accounting, marketing, operations, production, sales, and more. Campers will get to learn about current Bennett Innovations projects. 
 
Beach Camp (5th-9th)
Beach camp blends Junior Lifeguard programming with fun at the Beach! Campers will swim, kayak, sail, play games on the beach, and learn lifesaving skills. If weather is a problem each day has a backup plan including trampoline parks, indoor pools, and rock climbing. Campers will take a swim test on the first day of camp. Inexperienced swimmers will be required to wear a life vest during all swim and water-based activities.
  
Community Service Camp (1st-9th)
Community Service Camp is a great opportunity for campers to give back to the community. Volunteer opportunities will be at a variety of non-profit organizations. Campers will also work on a Go Baby Go car throughout the week. Go Baby Go is a national, community-based research, design and outreach program that provides modified ride-on cars to children birth to age 3 who experience limited mobility.
  

Art Camps 

Textiles Camp (SK-4th)*
Campers will experience a basic overview of working with felts and fabrics, making patterns, threading needles, and creating cross stitch designs. During this course, beginning campers will learn and improve hand-stitching techniques in various forms of three-dimensional felt/fabric designs. Returning campers will further develop skills and work with the sewing machines. Students will experiment with various dyes and mark-making techniques on fabric. Campers will also create a two-dimensional, hand-stitched masterpiece. After lunch, provided by Ruca Catering, full-day campers participate in a 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.
 
Culinary Camp (JK-5th)*
Bennett Culinary Camp is back and ready to serve up a plate of fun! Campers will use age appropriate tools to create juice blends, lunches, snacks, and desserts. Local farmers' markets will provide campers with fresh ingredients to invent their own recipes that can be recreated at home! At the end of the week, campers will have a pop-up cafe for family members and other Bennett Day Campers to enjoy. After lunch, provided by Ruca Catering, full day campers participate in a nap or 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play.
 
Culinary Field Trip Camp (3rd-9th)
This Culinary Camp takes campers throughout Chicago to learn about our top-notch dining scene. Campers will head to Pilsen to learn about Truffle making, Edgewater to make Injera, and our neighbors in the West Loop to learn about what it takes to run a restaurant. Highlights of the week include ingredient challenges, growing their own spices, and learning about infusion. By the end of the week, campers will leave with recipes to bring home to the whole family!
 
City Sketch Camp (1st-5th)
Bennett Day’s resident artist, Ms Weber, will lead this week-long tour of Chicago art. Each student will take their sketchbooks to the street, heading to art installments throughout the city. Trips will include the Garfield Park Chuhuli, Calder Flamingo, The Picasso, Miro and Burninghham Plaza, and the Bean. Campers will work on composition and perspective. Each day will include a field trip and sketch time at camp.
 
Stop Motion Art (1st-5th)*
Students will spend the week developing their own stop-motion films! Ms. Weber will teach students the behind-the-scenes of animation and creation. Campers will work on character, set, and prop development. At the end of the week, parents will be invited to a red carpet premiere to watch the short films. After lunch, full-day campers will participate in 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!
 
DJ Camp (2nd-9th)*
Aspiring DJs will love this week-long immersion into music theory, beat boxing, and music history. Campers will learn to mix BPMs, scratch, use effects, and learn how use a variety of genres. Campers will use cutting-edge software and equipment to learn fundamental sound engineering skills. Campers will also explore the artistic and business skills required to rise to the top in the music industry.
 
Clay (SK-5th)*
This camp will introduce students to clay with basic hand-building techniques. Projects are tailored to the group and involve unique functional and sculptural works designed to exercise each camper's imagination. Independent thinking and problem-solving is encouraged every step of the way! Campers will work on creating sculptures, bowls, cups, beads for jewelry, and more. After lunch full-day campers will participate in 30 minute yoga and quiet time in order to enter afternoon choices ready to learn and play. All campers will also participate in swim day!
 
Chicago Photography (4th-9th)
Chicago Photography takes middle and high school campers to Wrigley Field, Millennium Park, and Navy Pier to photograph some of Chicago's most iconic landmarks. Students will focus on composition, lighting, exposure, framing, and more as they tour our city!

Chicago Art Museum Exploration (1st-5th)
Budding artists will love this exploration of Chicago's art museums. Trips to Block Museum at U of C, Mexican Art Museum, MCA, Art Institute, and the Cultural Museum will allow campers to get an in depth look at the variety of art available in Chicago. Throughout the week, campers will work on a diorama of their own exhibits which will be on display at Bennett for the remainder of the summer. Dioramas will be created with found-objects and based on campers' experiences.
 
Women in Art (1st-6th)
Bennett Day’s resident artist, Ms. Weber, will lead this exploration of women in art. Students will explore the characteristics of five leading, female artists through literature and film. These artists will include Georgia O'Keefe, Cindy Sherman, Frida Kahlo, Louise Bourgeois, and Yayoi Kasuma. After each brief lesson in feminine art history, students will embark on an artistic exploration, experiencing provocations covering a range of materials and techniques used by each artist.
 
Improv (1st-5th)*
Chicago is home to the largest improvisation comedy scene in the world! Not only will children learn what improv is but also have fun while learning to make mistakes and be goofy. What appears to be simply an entertaining art form, actually helps kids learn to support their peers, try new things, and feel comfortable performing in front of a group of people—all disguised as fun games and laughter!
 
 *Pricing and discounts can be found in the camper registration. 
 
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