Camp Chicago

  What's your favorite thing about Camp Chicago?
What's your favorite thing about Camp Chicago?

Camp Chicago  

Our hope at Camp Chicago is to give our campers the best week of their entire year. We want them to have fun and know what it means to laugh so hard you're gasping for air. We want them to feel challenged and know they can dare to attempt new things. We want them to make lasting friendships. And we want them to know they are loved by God and called to a life of purpose and meaning.

When are camp sessions? June 26 - July 15, 2016. See more details on sessions here.

Where is Camp Chicago? Accommodations for Camp Chicago are at Camp Stronghold Center located on 360 acres of land off the Rock River in Oregon, IL. Go here for driving directions.

Who should come to Camp Chicago? Campers who are age 7 - 17 at the time of Camp Chicago's 2013 sessions. Camp Chicago is NOT restricted to Episcopalians or regular churchgoers. All are welcome, so feel free to invite friends and family!

What activities and programs are offered at camp? Camp Chicago features a rich program including activities such as worship, Christian education, fellowship, leadership development, campfires, music, archery, outdoor adventure experience, arts and crafts, big games, ropes course, tent camping, canoeing, and swimming. Learn more about the program and activities at Camp Chicago.

How to register? Online Registration for Camp Chicago 2016 is now open! Upon completion of online registration, please sign and return all required hard copy forms, including the DHS llinois School Physical Form, Immunization Record, Copy of Health Insurance Card, and Camp Stronghold Release Waiver. These forms can be returned by mail (Camp Chicago • 65 E Huron • Chicago, IL 60611), email, or fax (312-262-2964.) 

If online registration is not an option, families can submit a Paper Copy of all required registration forms. Families may also request to have Paper Copy Forms delivered by regular mail if unable to download forms. Registration for Camp Chicago will close June 5.

What is the cost? $500 per session. The cost for the LIT/LIC program is $850, which is a 2 week program.

Are scholarship funds available for campers in need? The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago does not want funds to prohibit anyone from attending summer camp. For those needing scholarship assistance we have two options:

  • Title XX Scholarship Funding Program -  A Potential camper must reside in Illinois and indicate they qualify for any ONE of the following: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP - previously known as Food Stamps) or Medical Services. Identification Numbers (Case or Individual Client ID#) are NO LONGER NEEDED. Please indicate that you intend to apply for Title XX during Online Registration. Then complete the Title XX Application and return to: Camp Chicago • 65 E Huron • Chicago, IL 60611 or to Fax #312-262-2964. Please contact our Operations Director with any questions. *Title XX Scholarship funds are only available for one session per camper.*
  • Partial Scholarship Assistance from the Diocese of Chicago - For families who don't qualify for the Title XX funding program but still have financial need. The diocese grants partial scholarships in the amount of 1/3 of the registration cost ($170) with the remainder to be paid by either the family and/or the local church. Apply during Online Registration or contact the Associate for Youth Ministry with any questions.

What is the LIT/LIC program? The Leader in Training and Leader in Community programs at Camp Chicago seek to develop faithful, Christian leaders through outdoor experience, volunteer service, and training in leadership skills. The program is for young people age 16-17. Find out more.

Is transportation available to Camp Chicago? Yes. Camp Chicago provides bus transportation for campers/families who need it. The cost to ride the bus is $40 round trip per camper or $20 each direction. Register Online or go here for more information.
How can I help spread the word about camp at my church? Put up one of our posters. Hand out some brochures. Show our camp video. Or invite one of our staff to come to your parish and give a presentation on Camp Chicago. Together we can reach out to even more young people and give them the gift of a ridiculously fun week, connecting with friends, and growing deeper in their faith.

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