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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 forms to:
Lake County Forest Preserves
ATTN: Registrar
Ryerson Conservation Area
21950 North Riverwoods Road,
Riverwoods, IL 60015

 

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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
Ryerson Conservation Area
21950 North Riverwoods Road,
Riverwoods, IL 60015

 

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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

The safety of your camper is important to us, and weather can change unexpectedly. Staff makes the best decisions they can with the information on hand. Ryerson Conservation Area is currently the only camp location with indoor space so is likely not to cancel due to weather. 

  • Rain: Camps are not cancelled due to rain. Bring rain attire.
  • Lightning/Thunderstorms: If lightning persists more than 30 minutes in your camper’s location, camp may be canceled.*
  • Heat Index: When the heat index reaches 100 degrees, activities are altered or camp may be canceled.* 

*When cancellation occurs, the emergency contacts listed on the Camper Emergency Contact, Health, Waiver and Release Form are notified by phone in the order listed and be expected to pick up your camper. Notification of camp cancellations and changes will also be emailed to all of the email addresses listed on that same form.

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