Skip To Main Content



Summer 2024

Science & Arts Academy GIfted Des Plaines Illinois  summer 2024 session dates

Priority Registration for SAA Families and past Summer Adventures campers is Wednesday, January 24, 2024 at 9:00am. 

Registration for new campers opens on Wednesday, January 31 at 9:00am. 

Preschool and Kindergarten Program Options

Option 1:
Half-Day Program
9:00am - 12:00pm

The Preschool and Kindergarten Program is a holistic school readiness experience that combines learning and fun for children preparing for the upcoming school year in their preschool or kindergarten classroom. Each two-week session is built around a thematic, multi-disciplinary curriculum (e.g. math, reading, science, art, etc.) that encourages academic, social, emotional, and physical development. Activities are engaging, interactive, and challenging, and they are designed with the differentiated development and educational needs of the child in mind.

Option 2:
Full-Day Program
9:00am - 3:00pm 

In addition to the morning enrichment activities, full day campers eat lunch, have a brief rest period, and spend the afternoon playing cooperative games, sports oriented games, water games, and other creative activities that get them moving around, improving physical fitness, and developing gross motor and coordination skills. 

Learn more »

1st - 8th Grade Program Options

Option 1:
Morning Enrichment Program
9:00am - 12:00pm

The Enrichment Program offers a variety of challenging and fun two-week experiences that span topics in math, science, visual and performing arts, computer programming, specialty athletics, and more. Each class provides opportunities for campers to nurture their passions and explore new interests in a supportive environment that rewards campers for their curiosity and willingness to learn and grow. Most classes are open to all experience levels, and the content and pace of the classes are adapted to meet the needs of the participants. The average class size is 10 campers with one teacher. This is a morning only program for which campers attend from 9:00am - 12:00pm. 

Option 2:
Morning Enrichment Program  +  Afternoon Recreation Program*
9:00am - 3:00pm

*This is an afternoon add-on program only for campers who are also registered for the Morning Enrichment Program. Therefore, you must register for the Morning Enrichment Program to add the  Afternoon Recreation Program.

The Recreation Program (“Rec”) provides opportunities for campers to get exercise, make new friends, build leadership and teamwork skills, and have fun just being kids in the summertime. Fully trained camp counselors (1:10 counselor to camper ratio) lead cooperative games, sports oriented games, water games, team building activities and other engaging, non-competitive camp favorites for small, grade level groups. Most activities take place on our large soccer field, playground and black top area, or in the gymnasium.  

Learn more »


Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled answers to some of the common questions that families ask each summer.
View the FAQ »

Science & Arts Academy GIfted Des Plaines Illinois Summer adventures camp logo

Register for Camp

New families should create an account by completing the new user sign-up.  

Returning families can sign-in with their existing accounts.

summer button
We strongly recommend completing your registration on a desktop or laptop computer as this portal may not work properly on all mobile phones.

Before & Aftercare

​Before and Aftercamp extended care options are offered daily during Summer Adventures in Learning to provide more flexibility for those families who need it.  

Learn MorE

Lunch Program

Science & Arts Academy GIfted Des Plaines Illinois  lunch vendor logo

Full-day campers may either bring a lunch from home or order from SAA's Lunch Program by  Marlas Lunch, offering options from their kitchen, as well as from local vendors and restaurants.

Health & Safety 

SAA implements specific health and safety measures* as part of our multi-layered approach to reducing the exposure and spread of illness within our community. Summer Adventures offers an onsite Health Services Center staffed by a full-time nurse.

Sharing responsibility for our community’s health and safety, families and staff can expect:  

  • Acknowledgement of Community Responsibility, a family-camp partnership to keep everyone healthy
  • Emphasis on healthy hygiene practices built into the camp schedule
  • The use of large, open-air tents to create outdoor programming space
  • Small class sizes and programming arranged by grade level (PreK, K, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-8th)
  • Prioritizing staff vaccination ​

Read more about Health & Safety at SAA »

*Summer Adventures will continue to follow requirements and guidelines set forth by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Department of Public Health, the Cook County Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Camping Association. This list of health and safety measures is not inclusive of all mitigation strategies and is subject to change as new guidance is issued.
Science & Arts Academy GIfted Des Plaines Illinois summer camp student adventures