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Summer Programs

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Looking for summer fun, adventure and learning? Register today for programs designed to engage, inspire, and empower students of all ages!

Situated along the beautiful Kishwaukee River, Atwood Park boasts 334 acres of diverse natural area, including forest, marsh, and prairieland. The Rockford Park District’s Outdoor Recreation and Education (ORE) program focuses on engaging participants in the outdoors with hands-on experiences. The ORE program coordinates high-quality outdoor experiences with Illinois State Board of Education Standards, Common Core Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Students will be walking daily.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)

Full Details about Atwood Outdoor Education Center

Students will explore the region’s rich and various locations and document their discoveries in a digital format. Students will be exploring Rockford with a focus on historical sites, the role and evolution of downtown Rockford, the importance of the Rock River, various parks, and recreational offerings along with a focus on architectural achievements. Students will be walking daily.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Beauty in the City

Participants will experience a variety of natural settings that have been used by artists for over a century while learning the basics of field study and historical fiction. Students will experience several locations and works of art that demonstrate the concepts of beautifying our area and make connections to broader movements in the United States. Students will be walking daily.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Beauty in the Valley

Dungeons and Dragons is open to any student who is interested in engaging in an immersive roleplaying experience through playing tabletop games with their classmates. These games will include Dungeons and Dragons, Yugioh, Magic: The Gathering and more!

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Dungeons and Dragons

This class is geared towards elementary students who are interested in robotics and coding. Students will learn about programming, coding, and different topics as they relate to the field of robotics. Students will have hands-on experiences with a variety of topics and challenges that require creative thinking.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Elementary Coding and Robotics at the Discovery Center

Enroll your child in Khan Academy and get personalized goal-setting, guidance and feedback from a RPS 205 certified teacher. This retreat is self-paced, and the instructor uses an office-hours approach to virtually meet with students over the course of the week to monitor progress and assist students. Teachers will reach out with online platform information one week prior to retreat start via email provided during registration.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)​​​​​​​

Full Details about Khan Online Coaching

Join us for our new artistic retreat in 2024. Outdoor art will take participants out into the community and provide opportunities for students to creatively express themselves while observing various landscapes and areas within the surrounding areas. Students will be capturing what they observe in their own creations using a variety of artistic approaches.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Outdoor Art

Participants will enjoy learning through hiking in a naturally-formed sandstone canyon, searching for fossils from the Ordovician Period, studying aquatic life in a stream along erosion banks, grooming and riding horses, investigating local history in a cemetery, and other hands-on activities in the outdoors. Students will also develop lasting relationships as meals are eaten family style and the instructors build enjoyable groups. Students will be walking daily.

Dates:
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Outdoor Education at White Pines Ranch

Join us as we expand our previous Fishing and Kayaking retreat to include additional recreational offerings around the area. Participants will learn aspects of fishing, kayaking and outdoor golf. Emotional health, physical fitness, environmental awareness, and community action are all incorporated into this retreat.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Outdoor Recreation

Each week is a fun, introductory youth sports camp hosted at our high schools and led by coaches from our district schools. Our goal is for students to leave camp with an appreciation for the sports that we offer and a desire to learn more and join our teams when they have the opportunity.

Dates: July 29 – August 1

Full Details about RPS 205 Summer Sports Camp: Weight Lifting & Conditioning, Volleyball, Wrestling, Bowling

Severson Dells Nature Center will provide five days of nature education programs that combine hands-on explorations, guided activities, and games to engage students in the natural learning laboratory that Severson Dells Forest Preserve provides. Students will get a field backpack with a field journal, hand lens, bug box and measuring tape to use for the week and be able to take home at the end of the week to continue their outdoor explorations and observations.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Severson Dells

Every summer has a story. Students will spend 4 weeks making new friends, learning with hands-on materials, and exploring STEM experiences. Apply today for lots of outdoor fun and learning this summer! Limited seats available, first come, first served.

Dates: July 8 – August 1

Full Details about S'more Summer

Students will learn about the beauty and uses of different water facilities in our area while improving their environmental awareness. Students will visit a variety of locations to better understand the important role that water plays in our everyday lives and how it creates beauty within the world around us. Students will be walking daily.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Water, Water, Water

Join us as we explore various park settings around the Rockford area. Explore new places and see familiar locations through a natural perspective. Learn about the history, ecology and other environmental topics and challenges associated with our wilderness areas. Connect with nature, engage in physical activity, and have fun while hiking through the various area offerings. Participants will be walking daily.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week A)
July 15 – July 19 (Week B)
July 22 – July 26 (Week C)
July 29 – August 2 (Week D)
August 5 – August 9 (Week E)
August 12 – August 16 (Week F)

Full Details about Wilderness Walks

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The ArtsPlace Summer Arts Program is hosted at Washington Park Community Center's Summer Camp. This program introduces students to a variety of art mediums including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, sketchbook journaling, digital media arts, collage, 2D + 3D construction, and community-build projects. Students will receive one-on-one artist mentorship, apprenticeship, and instruction.

Dates: June 17 – August 9

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Level up your marching arts performance skills with some of the best instructors in the world! This camp offers instruction for drum major, percussion, brass, woodwind, and color guard students at all levels and abilities. Alumni of both the Phantom Regiment drum corps and our training programs have gone on to become world-renowned conductors, band directors, business leaders, and more. Register now for one of the best marching arts training programs in the country!

Dates: June 23 - 26

Full Details about Phantom Regiment Academy Band Camp

Led by RVC Starlight Theatre teaching artists, Stars of Tomorrow is a one-week summer theatre camp designed to guide young stars through the process of creating theatre. Each camp will end with a theatrical presentation, showcasing the hard work of our young stars! There are three camp options – elementary, middle school, and high school – based on grade level. Explore the registration link to learn more and get a discount if registered before April 15!

Dates:
July 8-12 (grades 3-5)
July 15-19 (grades 6-8)
July 22-26 (grades 9-12)

Full Details about Stars of Tomorrow CAMP at RVC Starlight Theatre

The Studio Saturdays Summer Session is hosted at Washington Park Community Center. This program introduces students to a variety of art mediums including, but not limited to, drawing, painting, printmaking, sketchbook journaling, digital media arts, collage, 2D + 3D construction, and community-build projects. Students will receive one-on-one artist mentorship, apprenticeship, and instruction. Students may also attend Studio Saturdays as an open studio experience where they may work on any ongoing projects they are personally working on.

Dates: June 22 – August 17

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Learning made fun! Emphasis on youth engaging in activities to practice reading and math skills; developing social and emotional coping skills through sports, art, music and gardening, exposure to local community activities and museums.

Dates: June 17 – August 18

Full Details about Summer Camp

Become a World Explorer and learn more about the music, art, movement, and cultures of countries throughout our world in this FREE week-long summer camp program! Two weeks of camp are offered, with different countries explored each week. Students may register to attend Week 1, Week 2, or both weeks of the Summer Camp.

Dates:
July 8 – July 12 (Week 1)
July 15 – July 19 (Week 2)

Full Details about World Explorers

The summer camp program at the Good Shepherd YMCA is free for youth grades kindergarten - 9th. Throughout the summer, youth will participate in activities, such as learning labs, field trips, recreation, intentional mentoring, STEM, life skills, cooking & nutrition, service projects and more! This program aims to help youth believe in their potential and achieve their goals.

Dates: June 17 – August 16

Full Details about YMCA Achievers Summer Camp