This is your play book to plan a fun and exciting summer for the team at your house. We are excited to offer great recreational programs and camp opportunities once again this summer. On the following pages you’ll find a variety of one day, half day and full day camps - along with everything in between.
BENEFITS OF CAMP:
• A great way to keep your children active this summer in a friendly, safe environment.
• Experienced caring staff
• FUN age appropriate activities
Tuesday, April 4 at 10AM
Non Resident Registration
Tuesday, April 11 at 10AM
REGISTER ONLINE 24/7
AT AHPD.ORG OR IN-PERSON
In-person registration available:
Arlington Ridge Center (ARC)
Monday - Thursday 5:30AM-9PM
Friday 5:30 AM-8PM
Pioneer Community Center
Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM
Camelot Community Center
Monday - Friday 9AM-5PM
NEED HELP MAKING THE RIGHT CALL? Let our experienced staff help! Call us 847.577.3000 and we will connect you with the correct staff supervisor.
Aquatics Supervisor - Swim Lessons
Aquatics Supervisor - Competitive Swim Programs
Forest View Asst. Manager
Heritage Tennis Club Asst. Manager
Cultural Arts Supervisor
Recreation Supervisor: Camelot/Lake Arlington
Recreation/Pioneer Supervisor - Athletics
Recreation/Fronter Supervisor - Athletics
Angela Neill (AN) firstname.lastname@example.org
Rob Gussy (RG) email@example.com
Summer Krones (SK) firstname.lastname@example.org
Madeline Paler (MP) email@example.com
Kate Schwarz (KS) firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Waszak (KW) cprp email@example.com
Emma O'Meara (EO) firstname.lastname@example.org
Dan Schoeneberg (DS) email@example.com
Kevin Keister (KK) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Wollnik (KVW) email@example.com
Jackie DeLaMora (JD) firstname.lastname@example.org
cprp - certified park and recreation professional
Whipper Snapper Youth Triathalon
August 12 | Heritage Park
Swim, bike and run in the biggest competition this summer! Participants ages 6-14 race in all three triathlon activities. Trophies are awarded to the athletes who finish top three in their age group. All participants receive a t-shirt and a medal when they finish. (RG)
71042 6-7 Boys
71044 8-9 Boys
71043 10-11 Boys
71045 12-14 Boys
71048 6-7 Girls
71049 8-9 Girls
71046 10-11 Girls
71047 12-14 Girls
Picnic in the park
Friday, June 9 • 5:30-8 pm
Celebrate the end of school and the start of summer with live music, entertainment, bounce houses, games, food trucks and more!
EARLY CHILD HOOD
This program is for any child entering kindergarten in the fall of 2023. Preschool teachers Pat Pietro and Wendy Gismondi provide activities that help your child reconnect with their Pre-K skills to provide a smooth transition into kindergarten. Readiness skills will be stressed to ensure success during their year in Kindergarten. (KW)
Bounce into Books
Let’s bounce into a new book every day! We explore the author/illustrator with a craft and creative play. (KW)
Experience peace of mind knowing that your child will learn invaluable information about all types of safety through this program. This early safety educational program designed to introduce safety techniques to young children through participation. Children learn the rules of home, school and outdoor safety through a variety of activities, videos, songs and guest speakers. They also learn about traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety by driving trikes through Safety Town, a miniature village set up outside. The park district provides the trikes, which accommodate children of various heights and weights. Participants should bring a helmet and water bottle to class each day. (KW)
Games, crafts, songs, outdoor play and various preschool activities make up this summer camp, which is held indoors and outdoors. All children are required to be toilet trained by the start of the program. Pull-ups are not acceptable. Children must be the required age within 2 weeks of the program starting. Please have your child bring a peanut free snack each day. Children must attend the 9AM-12PM Kaleidoscope Camp program to participate Extended Care (Noon-2PM sessions). We participate in more fun, games and activities. There will also be free play time. Participants will have swim time daily; we only use the wading pool area or splash pad. (EO)
Jazz & Hip Hop Dance Camp
Dance through the week with this fun beginner dance camp! Each day will include dance warm-ups, games, outdoor fun and working on hip hop routines. The final day will include an informal parent showcase. (KS)
Magical Ballerina Camp
Learn the basics of ballet, enjoy outdoor play and create fun crafts in this festive summer camp! Ballet terminology, creative movement and craft projects encourage young dancers’ interest in dance and keep the smiles coming all summer. Dancers may be divided by age. All children must be fully toilet-trained. We suggest a leotard and pink ballet shoes with hair in a ponytail or bun. Dancers can also wear optional tights, skirt, shorts, tutu or ballet dress. Ballet shoes are only for dance time. Please be sure to send enclosed gym shoes for outside play and any appropriate jackets for colder days. (KS)
Bring your creativity for a camp all about painting. Daily projects and outdoor fun make this the perfect summer camp for imaginative minds. Dress for a mess! (KS) HASBROOK
Performing Arts Camp
For those who love to perform! Acting, singing and dancing will be a part of the week’s activities. The final day will include an informal parent showcase. (KS)
3D Art Camp
Bring your creativity for a camp all about 3D Art. Daily projects and outdoor fun make this the perfect summer camp for imaginative minds. Dress for a mess! (KS)
Improv Games Camp
Have fun thinking on your feet in this fast-paced and interactive acting camp! Improv games, techniques and exercises will keep campers busy and laughing all week. Bring creativity and an open mind to jump into the world of improv. The final day includes an informal parent showcase. (KS)
Adventures in Art
Campers explore and connect with different types of art by immersing themselves in the time period that they originated in, while also getting the chance to create masterpieces of their own! (DS)
Arts Alive Camp
Arts Alive provides art instruction that mixes technique with opportunities for creative freedom and selfexpression in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Campers learn different drawing styles and experiment with various materials such as oil pastels, markers, watercolors, paint, colored pencils and more. Outdoor fun is scheduled between daily activities at the adjoining park. (KS)
Dance & Art Camp
Explore a variety of dance styles, outdoor play and create fun crafts in this exciting summer camp! Beginner and experienced dancers have the chance to enjoy styles such as jazz, lyrical, contemporary, ballet and hip hop. Mix in a variety of crafts, games and new friends! (KS)
Bring your creativity for a camp all about drawing. Daily projects and outdoor fun make this the perfect summer camp for imaginative minds. Dress for a mess! (KS)
EXPLORER CAMPS at the Historical Museum
Magic at the Museum
Abracadabra, campers! Put on your magician robes and get those wands ready for a fun-filled journey into the fictional and real worlds of magic. Campers are sorted into houses and make their own house crests; learn about the history and practice of magic; and participate in a variety of magical crafts, activities and sports that will get campers’ imaginations and bodies moving!
History Apprentice: Dirty Jobs!
Campers learn about and experience different jobs that they might have had if they lived in a different time, like blacksmithing, farming, gold panning and leather tooling. Have fun learning new skills with each new “apprenticeship”. Dress for a mess!
An “Anonymous Collector” has donated a seemingly unrelated collection of artifacts to the museum. Who is the mysterious benefactor and what do these objects have in common? Using hidden clues within the artifacts themselves, campers work together to solve the mystery.
Play in the Past
What did kids do for fun before we had modern technology? They “made” their own fun! In this camp, campers participate in a variety of historical games, activities and crafts, from creating their own board games to testing their skill at knot-tying, sack races and threelegged relays.
Secrets of the Museum
Learn about how a museum works through collecting, exhibiting and sharing its knowledge. Become an Arlington Heights history expert and try your hand at becoming a museum curator… and maybe even explore some of the places that are typically off limits to the public!
Get out those passports and prepare for a trip around the globe! Campers “visit” different parts of the world by experiencing historic and modern games and crafts, languages and foods from the countries we explore. We’ll also discover how these cultures have influenced our own community.
For more information about Museum camps, contact Dan Schoeneberg, Museum Administrator, at email@example.com.
Campers spend the week outside getting their hands dirty learning to care for the plants and trees around us through storytelling; trail-making; animal, insect and plant identification; and more. Who knows what we’ll find crawling through the soil to help us in our activities!
Make every day of camp a holiday as campers are introduced to past and present celebrations from around the world. From Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to Diwali, Dia de los Muertos and the Pingxu Lantern Festival, these festivities open a window onto the people and cultures that observe them while also giving campers a new appreciation for the richness and diversity of traditional world celebrations.
We’ll celebrate women from all walks of life, from ancient to modern, by looking at their daily lives, their struggles and the achievements that are now part of their historic story. We’ll hear inspiring stories, get creative and get moving!
Adventures in Art
Campers explore and connect with different types of art by immersing themselves in the time period that they originated in, while also getting the chance to create masterpieces of their own!
Fizz, Flash, Bang!
Gather at the site of the Original Arlington Beverages Factory for an “explosive” journey into the world of nineteenth-century soda pop-making. Campers learn about the scientific properties behind this fizzy drink and how it’s made to the bottling process, through experiments, tastings and demonstrations. You will even produce and star in your own soda pop commercial!
History Time Warp
Calling all time travelers! Campers explore the food, fashion, music and culture of different notable decades throughout the 20th century. Learn what made eras like the roarin’ twenties, the flyin’ forties and the swingin’ sixties iconic as we groove, trotand hop our way through the last century.
Travel back in time to the 19th century and learn what it was like to live in pioneer days. Campers test their skills at a variety of pioneer activities, such as splitting and gathering wood, churning butter and candle-making. Work hard and have fun, just like real pioneer children!
Arlington Heights: Hometown History
Ever wonder how Arlington Heights got its start? In this program, campers delve into Arlington Heights’ past—from its founding to its development into the bustling village it is today—by exploring the museum and visiting different significant sites around town.
Folklore and Fairytales
By drawing inspiration from the writings and home of our local fairytale writer, Nathanial Banta, campers explore the origins of popular folklore traditions and fairytales. Campers also have the opportunity to write and illustrate their own stories to share with family and friends!
Get ready for a fun-filled adventures summer!
Day Camp offers children a summer full of play! Campers participate in group games, sports, crafts, singing, swimming and more!
Our Day Camp program is for children entering grades 1st-6th in Fall 2023.
Full day camp: 9AM-3PM
AM Extended: 7AM-9AM PM Extended: 3PM-6PM
Pioneer: Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Week 1 June 12-June 16
Week 2 June 19-June 23
Week 3 June 26-June 30*
Week 4 July 3-July 7**
Week 5 July 10-July 14
Week 6 July 17-July 21
Week 7 July 24-July 28
Week 8 July 31-August 4
*No Camp at Recreation Park
** No Camp July 3 or 4
We are pleased to offer additional add-on options for your children to enhance their tennis or swimming skills. Both are EASY add-on options for your children’s 2023 summer adventure.
Available for campers at Camelot, Frontier and Recreation Park camps. Learn the essential skills of tennis taught by Heritage Club staff. Each lesson you sign up for is a 1-week session. Please see the next page for class offerings. There are NO Tennis Lessons during week 4 of Day Camp because of the 4th of July.
Available for campers at Camelot, Frontier and Recreation Park camps. Each lesson you sign up for is a 1-week session. Please see the next page for class offerings. There are NO Swim Lessons during week 4 of Day Camp because of the 4th of July.
*These activities are offered at a reduced rate due to the July 4th holiday. See website at time of registration.
** No lesson 6/27 due to Swim Meet
^No lesson 7/25 due to Swim Meet
Interpark Swim Team
Join one of our novice swim teams and learn how to be a competitive swimmer. Swimmers must be able to swim for 25 yards and practice for an hour.
New to the program? Check out kick-off to Interpark. This can help your swimmers gain a competitive advantage by having one extra week of practices before the Interpark program begins. This is not a replacement for lessons.
PIONEER PIRANHAS $200R/$300NR
Interpark Swim Team Refund Policy: After the first week of the season, a $50 team supply fee will be charged to any participant wishing to refund out of the program. Supplies are purchased and coaches are placed for the entire 6-week program at the beginning of the season. There will be no mid-season fee reduction or proration of fees for late registrants. (RG)
Kick Off to Interpark
For swimmers looking to join one of our Interpark teams. Gain a competitive advantage this summer by having one extra week of swimming! Participants will be coached by high school and college-aged swimmers. Participants will get extra help with dives, turns and technique one week before our Interpark program begins. (RG) RECREATION
Muskies Swim Team
TThe Arlington Muskies Swim Team is a recreational swim program for youth, 6 to 18 years of age with competitive swim experience. The program is designed with the mid-level swimmer in mind with the goal of producing well-rounded swimmers with great technique. The emphasis of the program is placed on learning competitive skills, enjoyment of the sport and lifelong participation in swimming. The Muskies Swim Team competes against other park districts in Northern Illinois Swim Conference. Dual meets are held Wednesday evenings.
Please see ahpd.org for swimming requirements. Swimmers that do not meet the requirements, may be redirected to our Interpark Swim Team program or swim lessons. For any questions, please contact Rob Gussy at (847) 577-3047 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre T-Ball Class
Our introductory level T-Ball class is designed to help younger players learn fundamental ball-game skills through fun, small-group games. Class meets for six sessions (no class on July 1) and includes scrimmage games! (JD)
Learn the fundamental skills of baseball & softball in this fun, skills-focused program for preschoolers. During the first three weeks of the season, coaches teach batting, catching, throwing and fielding. For the remainder of the season, players are split into two teams and play scrimmages while coaches continue to teach and reinforce skills. All classes are held outdoors at Melas Park Sports Complex and players play at their registered time slot for the entire season. (JD)
Our introductory level T-Ball class is designed to help players learn fundamental ball-game skills through fun, small-group games. Class meets for 6 sessions (no class on July 1) and includes scrimmage games! (JD)
Learn the fundamental skills of baseball & softball in this fun, skills-focused program for preschoolers. The first three weeks of the season, coaches teach batting, catching, throwing and fielding. For the remainder of the season, players are split into two teams and play scrimmages while coaches continue to teach and reinforce skills. All classes are held outdoors at Melas Park Sports Complex and players play at their registered time slot for the entire season. (JD)
Rookie Ball League
Learn the fundamental skills of baseball & softball in this fun, skills-focused program for Kindergarten and 1st graders (2023-24 school year). The first three weeks of the season, coaches teach batting (Coach Pitch), catching, throwing and fielding. For the remainder of the season, players are split into two teams and play scrimmages while coaches continue to teach and reinforce skills. All classes are held outdoors at Melas Park Sports Complex and players play at their registered time slot for the entire season. (JD)
Each day sailors have four to five hours of sailing, including free sail time to practice their skills. On land, the sailors have two hours of land instruction, including terms and safety. Other activities include: games, movies and crafts. Campers are grouped according to ability. A list of items needed will be sent prior to camp. Campers must be able to float comfortably in lake water with PFD (personal flotation device). There will be a swim test on the first day; be prepared to get wet. (KK)
Intro to Racing with Rori
Experienced sailors only! Must have instructor approval to register. Designed as a foundation course for beginner racers, this four day intro to racing and rules is a broad based sailing course that covers race boat handling as well as basic strategy and tactics. Course concludes with a three hour regatta on Saturday. (KK)
Junior Tennis Academy Camp
Register before May 3 and receive a 5% discount Campers purchase a package of either 16 or 30 days and may attend days that work best with their schedule. Contact Summer Krones at 847.640.2574 or email@example.com with any quesitons.
2X PER WEEK (16 DAYS*)
Red, Orange, Green Dot and Beginner Yellow Ball
June 6-August 3 (No Class July 3-6)
Daily drop in rate: $50/$60
4X PER WEEK (30 DAYS*)
Red, Orange, Green Dot and Beginner Yellow Ball
June 6-August 3 (No Class July 3-6) Code
Daily drop in rate: $50/$60
Aces Soccer Camp
A safe, fun-filled learning environment while developing and enhancing the soccer skills of all campers. Campers are placed into groups based on their skill level and age. In this challenging environment, youngsters are encouraged to have fun, make new friends and improve their soccer playing ability. Daily sessions involve counselor demonstrations, specific skills training and games. (KVW)
Aces Soccer Advanced Camps
Footwork and Dribbling
Dynamic dribblers are needed all over the soccer field and the Arlington Aces coaching staff is here to help you hone your skills. Enhance your dribbling moves and offense skills. Players hone their footwork, learn how to beat opponents off the dribble and how to better protect the ball.
All goalkeepers are invited to join the Arlington Aces coaching staff on the field to hone their defensive keeper skills. Goalkeepers learn the finer points of one of the hardest positions in sports. The act of saving goals requires a great deal of technical and psychological skill that will be taught in these sessions. Goalkeepers learn the technical and tactical elements of the position. (KVW) SUNSET
All goal scorers are invited to join! Goals scorers will learn the finer points of scoring goals. The act of scoring requires a great deal of technical and psychological skill that is taught in these sessions. Players learn proper shooting technique through fun activities that inspire them to score goals! (KVW) SUNSET
Arlington Aces House League
Aces House Soccer is a recreational league for players grades K-6. Grades and/or genders may combine depending on registration numbers. Kindergarten will be co-ed. Players are placed on teams based out of the park they choose when registering and are allowed one reciprocal friend request. Players may not request coaches or more than one friend and may not make circular friend requests. Practice location, days and times are determined AFTER registration closes on August 8 and are based on the availability of volunteer parent coaches. Please note practice and game locations may differ from the Community Center Park you register your child for. You will receive your practice schedule and information on how to view your game schedules from your coach after the pre-season coaches meeting. Games begin September 9 and conclude October 22.
Fall Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 8
Until Sunday, August 8, you may register online or in person at Camelot, Pioneer or Arlington Ridge Center. After August 8, you may contact the program supervisor to see if there is any open roster spots on teams. We are unable to honor friend requests for late registrants.
Arts Alive & Tennis Camp
This Arts Alive & Tennis Camp is a great way to express your creative side while also getting exercise and learning a great lifetime sport! (MP)
Tennis, Archery & Sports Camp
This morning sports camp is a great way to introduce your child to a variety of sports including tennis, archery, soccer, softball, basketball, kickball and more! (MP)
Tennis & Golf Camp
A great way to introduce both tennis and golf! Note: Monday and Wednesday meets at Nickol Knoll Golf Club. Tuesday and Thursday meets at Heritage Tennis Club. (MP)
NICKOL KNOLL/ HERITAGE TENNIS CLUB
Swim School and Sport Camp NEW!
FOR KIDS 5-8 YRS
Get your errands done while your child completes their daily swim lesson, plays organized outdoor and indoor sports and enjoys supervised free play at our playground. This camp is making a come back with a makeover of our very popular camp from 2009.
A great compliment to our two afternoon Interpark Swim Teams. If your 8U is swimming on Recreation Stingrays or Heritage Hurricanes we can make sure their swim lesson is adjusted to be taught at a swim team level. Bring a packed lunch. We’ll have a picnic outside on nice days. Sports and games will be played in our indoor gymnasium and outside on our soccer field. Refrigerator is available to keep your child’s lunch cool. (AN)
ARLINGTON RIDGE CENTER (ARC)
Tennis & Sailing Camp
This camp will treat campers to a morning of sailing instruction and an afternoon of tennis fun featuring Quickstart. The lessons will be taught by experienced instructors from Heritage Tennis Club and Lake Arlington. Drop off at the lake, pick up at Wildwood Park, located just north of Lake Arlington. (MP)
LAKE ARLINGTON/ WILDWOOD PARK