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Summer 2024

Science & Arts Academy Gifted Des Plaines Illinois summer camp registration is open 2024p

Summer Adventures offers three two-week sessions each summer for children starting at 3.5 years old to rising 8th graders. We are proud to employ a team of talented educators and counselors who are fully committed to creating a fun and meaningful summer for every camper.

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Preschool & Kindergarten Program Options

Option 1:
Preschool Half-Day Program  (3.5 and 4-year-olds)
9:00am - 12:00pm

Summer Adventures Preschool Program provides a holistic school readiness experience that combines learning and fun for children preparing for the upcoming school year. 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. 

Option 2:
Preschool Full-Day Program (4-year-olds)
9:00am - 3:00pm

Participants in the Preschool Full-Day Program receive all of the benefits of the classroom enrichment in the morning hours plus additional opportunities to get outside and play fun camp games during the second half of the day. Teachers facilitate cooperative games, sports oriented games, water games, and other creative activities that get campers moving around, improving physical fitness, and developing gross motor and coordination skills. 

Option 3:
Kindergarten Half-Day Program (5-year-olds)
9:00am - 12:00pm

Participants in the Kindergarten Half-Day Program experience learning through an equitable, inclusive and nurturing environment focusing on the whole child, allowing for a balance of social-emotional development with a focus on academic growth. This morning program prepares campers for a wonderful start to their school year Kindergarten class. 

Option 4:
Kindergarten Full-Day Program (5-year-olds)
9:00am - 3:00pm

Participants in the Kindergarten Full-Day Program experience learning through an equitable, inclusive and nurturing environment focusing on the whole child, allowing for a balance of social-emotional development with a focus on academic growth. Participants in the Kindergarten Full-Day Program experience classroom enrichment in the morning with opportunities to get outside and play fun camp games during the second half of the day. 

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1st - 8th Grade Program Options

Option 1:
Half-Day Program (Morning Enrichment Classes) 

9:00am - 12:00pm

This Half-Day Morning Enrichment Program is for families interested in a morning-only camp experience. Each two-week session offers three consecutive one-hour periods of enrichment classes from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Summer Adventures enrichment classes offer 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. 

Option 2:
Full-Day Program (Morning Enrichment Classes +  Afternoon Recreation)
9:00am - 3:00pm

The Full-Day Program provides opportunities for campers to create a schedule of Morning Enrichment Classes and also get exercise, make new friends, build leadership and teamwork skills during the afternoon.

During the afternoon, fully trained camp counselors (generally a 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. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

We have compiled answers to some of the common questions that families ask each summer.
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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.

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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 Aftercare options are offered daily for students age 5 and older to provide more flexibility for those families who need it.  

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Lunch Program

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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 administrative and counseling staff are CPR/AED certified and First Aid trained.

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
  • Appropriate class sizes and programming arranged by grade level (Preschool, Kindergarten, 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, and 5th-8th)

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*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.
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