Beach Camp

Camper must be 4 by September 1st.

Session I – June 12th – June 29th
Session II – July 10th – July 27th

Tues/Wed/Thurs: 9:30-12:00 PM
$365 per session/ $675 for both sessions
Mon – Thurs:  9:30-12:00 PM
$465 per session/ $875 for both sessions

Children meet at Burnham Park (Dempster Street and the lakefront) and end their day at Lee Street Beach. The program includes daily beach time, outdoor activities, crafts, songs and stories, and opportunities to renew old friendships and create new ones.  In case of inclement weather, this camp meets at School for Little Children.  Children must be potty-trained in order to attend Beach Camp.
$50 non-refundable administration fee per child.  

On-Site Camp for Littles

Camper must be 3 by September 1st.

Session I – June 12th – June 29th
Session II – July 10th – July 27th

Tues/Wed/Thurs:  9:15-11:45 AM
$325 per session/$590 for both sessions

Children engage in creative play, art experiences, building projects, group time for songs and read alouds, and enjoy a nut free snack.   In addition, each day proivdes ample time to play in the gym or park and to participate in  to a two-part enrichment series related to music and art.  This camp meets at SLC. 
$50 non-refundable administration fee per child.  

On-Site Camp for Bigs

Camper must be 5 by September 1st.

One Session – June 12th – July 27th
There is no camp the week of July 3rd

Mon – Thurs:  9:15-12:15 PM
$890 for 6 weeks

This class offers children entering kindergarten the chance to engage with peers in a safe, supportive and structured environment all while learning important skills through play. The curriculum includes literacy, math, STEM, art and lots of time spent outside!  This camp meets at SLC. 
$50 non-refundable administration fee per child. 

 2023 Registration Opens Jan. 24th!

Current/Former SLC families receive priority placement. Non-SLC families will be notified about placement 0n Friday, February 10th.

Beach Camp FAQs

Where do I drop-off and pick-up my child for beach camp?

Beach camp begins at 9:30 a.m. at Burnham Park (south of Dempster St. beach). Teachers at a blanket under one of the trees.  Please sign-in your child before leaving.

Pick up is at 12:00 p.m.  Children will be outside the Lee Street Beach entrance under one of the trees near the walking path.  Please sign-out your child before leaving.

What will my child’s day look like while at beach camp?

The first half of the morning children play at Burnham Park, participate in crafts and games on a blanket in the shade, listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy a snack, before walking down to Lee St. beach.

What should my child wear/bring to beach camp?

Please apply sunscreen to your child before dropping him/her/them off at camp. If you would like sunscreen to be re-applied, let your child’s teachers know.  Your child should wear his/her/their bathing suit (a two-piece swimsuit can make bathroom breaks easier), layers and comfortable shoes.  Children should bring a backpack, small towel and a water bottle to camp each day.

Will my child need an Evanston beach token to enter the beach?

Please bring an Evanston beach token to the SLC office before the start of camp.  We will make a copy of the token that we will show the lifeguards upon entrance.

Information about where to purchase, fee assistance in purchasing, and free tokens can be obtained by calling 311 or at the City of Evanston website:  If you have difficulty obtaining a token, please contact the SLC office.

Will my child be able to play in the water while at the beach?

Yes, the children play in both the sand and the water. On the sand there is a designated area roped off for SLC campers and in the water the teachers form a human roped off area where the children play and swim.

What is the child/teacher ratio at beach camp?
The child/teacher ratio is 5:1. Each teacher is assigned 5 children who they keep track of while at the park, walking to the beach and at the beach.
Who is the director at beach camp?

Anne Pike, a veteran SLC teacher, is the Beach Camp Director and will be at camp each day it is in session. Any questions or concerns can be brought to her attention, or call the SLC office to leave a message for Anne:  837.864.3889 during camp hours.

What happens in the event of bad weather?

Beach camp is held at School for Little Children in the event of inclement weather.  Parents/guardians will be notified by text or automated message before camp starts notifying them to drop children off at school. Each group is assigned a classroom and they will participate in similar camp activities.

What happens if it starts raining while my child is at beach camp?

If the weather turns bad quickly during camp hours, we ask that an authorized pick-up person return to the lakefront as soon as possible.   The children will be in small groups waiting safely inside the teachers’ parked cars until someone arrives to pick them up.

My child has food allergies. Where are epi-pens stored?

Epi-Pens are stored in a cooler and monitored to ensure the appropriate temperature is maintained.  The Beach Camp Director is responsible for bringing epi-pens to the beach each day and transporting them from the park to the beach.  As always, SLC provides a nut-free snack.

Do children need to be potty trained in order to attend Beach Camp?

Yes.  There are no sanitary or private changing areas down at Burnham Park and Lee Street Beach, therefore we ask that all children are potty trained before the start of camp.

kids playing at the beach
Summer reading
Summer reading

On-Site FAQs

What does a day at camp look like?
The daily routine includes free choice time, gross motor play, a story, a snack and an enrichment series; enrichment teachers come into the classroom to do activities related to art or music.  On Wednesdays, the children play outside in SLC’s courtyard.
Where do I drop off and pick up my child?
Camp begins at 9:30 in your child’s assigned classroom at School for Little Children. Please sign-in your child at drop off. Pick up will either be in the classroom or outside in the courtyard at 11:45. Please sign-out your child at pick up.
What is the child/teacher ratio?
The child/teacher ratio is 4:1. There are two teachers and an assistant with a maximum of 12 or 13 campers per group.
What should my child wear/bring to camp?
Your child should wear comfortable clothing and shoes to camp. Please apply sunscreen before arrival since there will be visits to the park or outdoor play in the courtyard. Please send a change of clothes in your child’s backpack in case of an accident. Labeling backpacks and change of clothes is helpful.
Does my child need to be toilet trained to attend camp?
No, your child does not need to be toilet trained to attend the on-site camp.  Having a change of clothes or pull-ups and wipes in your child’s backpack each day can be handy, though SLC always has supplies on hand.
My child has food allergies, what will be served as snack?
SLC serves a snack that is safe for all of the children in the class.  On a rotating basis, parents can sign up to donate fresh fruit.  The children will have ample access to drinking water throughout the day.