SLC has made the difficult decision to cancel our summer programming for 2020.
We will be focusing our time and energies on preparing for the Fall in hopes of in-person instruction at that time. Be safe and well, and please inquire about our summer camps in 2021!
Tues/Wed/Thurs: 9:30-12:00 PM
$325 per session/ $600 for both sessions
Mon – Thurs: 9:30-12:00 PM
$425 per session/ $800 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. Must be 4 by September 1st.
Tues/Wed/Thurs: 9:15-11:45 AM
$295 per session/$550 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. Must be 3 by September 1st.
Thursdays: 9:45 – 11:45 AM
$200 for 6 weeks
Young children come to camp with a parent, guardian, or caregiver to participate in songs, stories, creative play and a snack. Weather permitting, there is outdoor play in the courtyard OR music & movement with our music teacher Joel Frankel! This camp meets at SLC. For children ages 18-28 months.
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: http://www.cityofevanston.org/parks-recreation/lakefront-beaches/season-tokens 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?
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.