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Summer Camp faq


Questions & Answers

Q: Registration

There are three easy ways to register:

Online: Browse camps by age, date, location or topic.
By phone: 847-968-3321
Mail: Send Emergency Contact, Health, Waiver and Release Form and Medication Dispensing Form to:
Lake County Forest Preserves
ATTN: Registrar—Confidential
1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

 

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Q: Essential Eligibility Criteria

All camp participants are required to meet Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) in order to register.

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Q: Special Needs

We want your child to have the best possible camp experience. Please let us know when you register if your child is physically challenged, or requires special assistance. Call us at 847-968-3321 to speak with a camp director.

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Q: Staff & Ratios

Our camps are led by trained Forest Preserve educators. All camp staff are certified in first aid, CPR, AED, and Epi-Pen and asthma inhaler use. Staff operating Forest Preserve vehicles have successfully completed a Defensive Driving course. We pride ourselves on our professional staff and safety measures. Your camper’s safety is our number one priority. To ensure a top quality experience for your camper we set the staff-to-camper ratio and activities according to group size and ages.

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Q: Financial Assistance

Partial scholarships are available in the case of financial hardship. Complete an application for financial assistance and mail to:
Lake County Forest Preserves
ATTN: Registrar—Confidential
1899 West Winchester Road
Libertyville, IL 60048

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Q: Cancellation & Transfer Fees

Refunds are given upon request if received one week before the program, less a $10 service fee per child per session. In the rare instance that we must cancel a class, we issue a credit toward another program or provide a refund. In the case of a transfer from one camp session to another, there is a $10 service fee per child per session

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Q: Inclement Weather

Find out if your child’s camp has been adjusted or canceled due to weather by calling the Summer Camp Weather Hotline at 847-968-3150 (available 24 hours a day, updated by 8AM and as needed throughout the day during the camp season).

It’s rare, but due to the outdoor setting of many camps and the unpredictability of weather some sessions may be canceled when inclement weather strikes. Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, Greenbelt Cultural Center and Lakewood all have indoor facilities. Camps held at these locations are less likely to be canceled due to the weather.

Weather Cancellations

  • Camp will not be cancelled due to rain. Rain gear is a must on rainy days, as activities will continue as planned.
  • In hot weather, children take regular water breaks and activities are modified and held in shady areas to reduce exposure.
  • Full day camps may be reduced to a half-day ending at noon if the heat index for the afternoon is projected to be above 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Parents will be notified the day prior to the modified schedule.
  • Camp will be cancelled only on days with a heat index of 110 degrees Fahrenheit or above. The decision to cancel camps due to heat index will follow the same procedure for severe weather: hotline updated by 8 am the same day or as conditions occur.
  • Camps will be cancelled in the event of severe weather, such as thunder and lightning, when no safe shelter is available.
  • If thunder and lighting occurs once the day's session has begun, you will be called and asked to pick up your child immediately. Exception: Camps held at sites where a lightning safe shelter is available will not be cancelled. These sites include Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area, Greenbelt Cultural Center and Lakewood.
  • When cancellation occurs, camp staff will call by phone to notify the person listed as the emergency contact on the camper's health form. If we are unable to reach that person, we will begin contacting the other persons listed on the health form. Please inform your emergency contacts ahead of time that they may be called by Forest Preserve staff.

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