Summer Camp Options from Rockford Park District

Registration is underway for Rockford Park District summer day camps, where children can find fun, enjoy activities with opportunities to form lasting friendships, and make memories for a lifetime!

Following is a sampling of the many options available from the Rockford Park District.

Nature Quest day camp for youth is based at Aldeen Park, and provides an introductory camp experience with a different theme and nature/environment related activity each week, along with traditional camp activities including archery, crafts, hiking, games, tie-dyeing, and weekly field trips.

Summer Blast Day Camp is offered for full days and half-days at RESA Middle School, where youth will enjoy indoor games, arts and crafts, playing on the playground and in the gym, weekly field trips, and themed activities, as well as being introduced to the sports of track, golf, and flag football.

Tween Scene, also with full-day and half-day options at the RESA Summer Blast site, is a fun and positive place for tweens to participate in a variety of daily activities under the supervision of energetic trained staff; the fun includes sports, arts, gaming systems, ping pong, foosball, indoor and outdoor games, and field trips.

Horse riding enthusiasts ages 8-16 will experience what it's like to have their own pony or horse for a week at all-day Saddle Up Camp, and children will learn basic riding skills on a pony or horse at Lockwood Park, plus participate in a variety of traditional camp activities at full-day Little Buckaroo Pony Camp. For ages 8-16, Blazing Saddles Advanced Camp (full day) is offered for riders who have completed Level 2 Bits and Reins or Saddle Up Camp at Lockwood Park. All camps feature a different theme each week.

Learn to Play Sports Camps at the Jr IceHogs Training Facility (next to Riverview Ice House) provide youth of any skill level with a fun, safe, affordable place to enjoy introductions to a variety of sports - hockey, soccer, golf, basketball, and baseball - while learning important life skills in a supervised environment. The all-day program is offered in one-week sessions with start dates through August 14, 2017.

Glide and Slide Camp, a unique program combining ice skating and swimming lessons for ages five and older, offered for one-week full-day sessions June-August at Carlson Ice Arena and Dolphin Swim Club in Loves Park.

Youth and Tween Summer Camps at Washington Park Community Center run June 12-August 4, 2017, featuring a variety of outdoor and indoor games and activities, instructional sports lessons, and field trips.

Therapeutic Recreation Camps and Programs - Rockford Park District welcomes people with disabilities to register for programs all year long! Summer camps and lessons are listed in the Rockford Park District and Therapeutic Recreation program guides. A variety of summer options include Teen Summer Camp for ages 13-21 with a disability, inclusive opportunities in other Park District camp programs, as well as other sports/fitness, adapted sports, art and leisure, and social programs. Be Social is offered for adults with disabilities ages 20 and older to enjoy a summer program of fun-filled community recreational and cultural outings.

Museum Partner Camps and Programs - Park District museum partners Burpee Museum, Discovery Center Museum, Midway Village Museum, and Rockford Dance Company also offer unique summer programs for youth to enjoy.

Extended care options are available before and after camp hours for several Rockford Park District camp programs.

For some camps and other select programs, installment payments may be offered, and the Help Me Play fee assistance program may be available for qualifying resident families. Completed camp registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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