Summer Camps

Spend the summer in action!

Creative Play • In Nature • Arts & Crafts • Music • Food • Movement • Urban Exploration...and more!

Eight 1-week sessions are offered from June 24-August 16. Pick one week, multiple weeks or all summer!



Early Childhood Outdoor Free Play Camp

June 24-August 16
Ages: 3-6 years old


Full Day

8:30-3pm | $350

Half Day

8:30-12pm | $300

Aftercare

3-5pm | $100/week or $25 drop in

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Lead Teacher (Weeks 1-6): Dagmara Marona
Assistant (Weeks 1-6): Madeline Finn
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Lead Teacher (Weeks 7-8): Madeline Finn
Assistant (Weeks 7-8): Isaac Maier

This play-based summer camp involves outdoor activities, nature fables and storytelling, playtime, nature-based crafts and other Early Childhood class experiences. Afternoons are a nap time

Student project from the Imaginary Game camp



Grade School Summer Camps

Ages: Rising 1st Grade-Age 11 (or arrangement with coordinator)

Full Day

8:30am-3pm | $450

Half Day Morning

8:30am-12pm | $350

Half Day Afternoon (Lunch, Beach & Games)

12-3pm | $200

Aftercare

3-5pm | $100/week or $25 drop in

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This Waldorf-focused summer day camp offers arts & crafts activities, age-specific projects, and lots of nature activities. Campers will enjoy daily outdoor playtime at the beach, parks or other play areas. Campers should bring a packed snack and lunch each day, and be prepared to get dirty! Each week will have a theme as follows:

Week 1 | June 24-28 | Beach Art

Beach Art

Week 1 | June 24-28

Teachers: Monika Neuland Thomas and Envision Arts

Welcome to summer. Students will create projects along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, using a variety of materials that include dyes, textiles, wood, clay and stone. These daily workshops will be facilitated by artists from Envision Unlimited arts studios and teaching artist Monika Neuland Thomas.

With an emphasis on communities that are inter-generational and neurologically diverse, Monika has 20 years of experiences hosting collective experiences that highlight the relationships between people, nature and repurposed materials.

Students will create projects along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, using a variety of materials that include dyes, textiles, wood, clay and stone.

Students will begin the day at the Waldorf Andersonville campus and then be transported by bus to Montrose beach, where they will create, and play. For those only wishing a half day, they can be picked up at Montrose beach. For those students staying a whole day, they will remain at the beach to eat a packed lunch and enjoy swimming. Students will arrive back at the Chicago Waldorf School at 3pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.

Weeks 2 & 3 | July 1-5 & 8-12 | The Imaginary Game

The Imaginary Game

Weeks 2 & 3 | July 1-5 & 8-12 (no camp on July 4)*

Teacher: John Dalton

The Imaginary Game is a two week, full day camp from inspired teacher John Dalton. Students will become crafters, warriors, and magicians in a strange new land. They will build, imagine and execute quests, trainings and adventures. They will make flags, build armor and swords, and there will be messages on scrolls. Classes will take place at the Chicago Waldorf Andersonville campus, and will be full days. Students will need to bring a packed lunch.

*We encourage families to sign up for the full 2 weeks to maximize the camp experience.

Week 4 | July 15-19 | Garden to Table

Garden to Table

Week 4 | July 15-19

Teacher: Patricia Holdrege

The Chicago Waldorf school’s dear gardening teacher, Patricia Holdrege, will introduce children to the magic of our organic garden. Students will work with the plants and then harvest what is ready for cooking delicious food. There will also be a small craft element to the camp. This camp will take place at the Chicago Waldorf Andersonville Campus, and is a half day. For those staying a full day, they will eat a packed lunch at the school and will then be transported by bus to Montrose beach for an afternoon of swimming. The bus will return families to the school at 3:00pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.


Week 5 | July 22-26 | Weaving, Braiding and Beading

Weaving, Braiding and Beading

Week 5 | July 22-26

Teacher: Patricia Holdrege

Campers will learn to weave, braid and bead and complete an age-appropriate project during the week. This class is taught by Chicago Waldorf School handwork teacher, Patricia Holdrege. This camp will take place at the Chicago Waldorf Andersonville Campus, and is a half day. For those staying a full day, they will eat a packed lunch at the school and will then be transported by bus to Montrose beach for an afternoon of swimming. The bus will return families to the school at 3:00pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.


Week 6 | July 29-August 2 | The 4 B’s Nature Camp: Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Bats

The 4 B’s Nature Camp: Bees, Butterflies, Birds and Bats

Week 6 | July 29-August 2

Teacher: Patricia Holdrege

Patricia Holdrege, beloved gardening and handwork teacher at Chicago Waldorf School, will lead campers in natural exploration and creative project that center around the amazing 4-B’s. As always, Ms. Holdrege will use natural and found materials for projects. This camp will take place at the Chicago Waldorf Andersonville Campus, and is a half day. For those staying a full day, they will eat a packed lunch at the school and will then be transported by bus to Montrose beach for an afternoon of swimming. The bus will return families to the school at 3:00pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.

Week 7 | August 5- August 9 | Knitting Marrionettes

Knitting Marrionettes

Week 7 | August 5- August 9

Teacher: Patricia Holdrege

Making your own toys is fun, and campers will learn to knit their own marionettes in this camp. Patricia Holdrege, handwork teacher for Chicago Waldorf School, will teach and lead students in their knitted projects, using natural fibers. This camp will take place at the Chicago Waldorf Andersonville Campus, and is a half day. For those staying a full day, they will eat a packed lunch at the school and will then be transported by bus to Montrose beach for an afternoon of swimming. The bus will return families to the school at 3:00pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.

Week 8 | August 12-16 | Beach Art

Beach Art

Week 8 | August 12-16

Teachers: Monika Neuland Thomas and Envision Arts

Monika Neuland Thomas teaches community art programs that are rooted in recycled fiber materials and that embrace natural elements. Students will create projects along the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, using a variety of materials. Helping Monika to teach will be clients from Envision Arts who are trained artists and who are also neurologically diverse. Students will begin the day at the Waldorf Andersonville campus and then be transported by bus to Montrose beach, where they will create, and play. For those only wishing a half day, they can be picked up at Montrose beach. For those students staying a whole day, they will remain at the beach to eat a packed lunch and enjoy swimming. Students will arrive back at the Chicago Waldorf School at 3pm.

Families may also choose to have their students stay for aftercare and board game time from 3:00-5:00pm at the school.




Registration Steps FAQ

The registration link brings you to UltraCamp where you will be required to create an account and complete all of the necessary medical information for your child. Follow the steps below to complete registration.

You may first see: "Please select your camp from the list below." Scroll down to pick "Chicago Waldorf School" from the list of camps & schools. Then, in the CWS event registration window:

1. CREATE AN ACCOUNT

Click the "Create an Account" button, and follow the instructions to create your profile and make a new password (please keep a record of this password-you will use it for registering for future CWS events, like our Summer Camps and other school presentations.)

2. ADD YOUR CHILD(REN) TO THE ACCOUNT

Complete the profile of your child (you only need to do this once, and the profile will work for all future registrations). Add this person as "your child" and then you can move on to Reservations.

3. MAKE A RESERVATION

Click the "Reservations" link in the navigation bar to get to the web page to select which Circus Club your child will attend.

4. SELECT A SESSION

You will see Summer Camps (listed next to other events). Pick the right Camp by its title (and dates) and fill out all the info about your child's health and any other adults authorized to pick-up your child. Once you complete & submit the registration form, move on to payment.

5. COMPLETE PAYMENT

Click "payment" from the navigation bar to complete your child's registration and submit payment!



Andersonville Kids Summer Camp

Looking for even more activities this summer?

Andersonville Kids Summer Camps will also be offering select summer camps at our Andersonville Campus.

Combine different half-day or full-day camps each week!

Click here to learn more.