Steve & Kate's Oak Park River Forest
· DATES: Jun 12 - Aug 18, 2017
· ADDRESS: St. Vincent Ferrer School, 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest

Ready for a Summer of Freedom?

I have always defined Summer as complete and total freedom. I spent my summers roaming my family farm, entertaining my most uninhibited curiosities. I was trusted to fill my days with anything that peaked even the slightest inkling of my interests. I hadn't felt that empowered and care-free since those fleeting summers of my childhood. Then, I came to work at Steve & Kate's Camp! There's no place I'd rather be, it feels just like home. Except our chickens are rubber! - LK

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I have only seen my son's confidence continue to soar since starting at Steve and Kate's camp. I am so appreciative of the model the founders created and the ability of you and your staff to carry it out with such enthusiasm and compassion. This is truly the quickest, most positive shift towards greater independence and socialization with peers I have ever seen in him. Thank you. - Laura (Oak Park River Forest parent)
We have a 5 year old having the summer of her (admittedly short to date) life. She dances her face off then comes home flushed and happy from a day with buddies of all ages with a loaf of kid-baked bread to boot. Beyond our daughter's experience, every parent touch point has been top notch… the camp has proven itself beyond our hopefulest hopes. - Julie B. (Oak Park River Forest parent)
How much do I and my kids love this camp? Honestly there are days I consider quitting my job and hanging with them at camp! My kids love the regular staff who are happy, helpful and pleasant. My kids love the food (no packing lunches!!) and the camp is vegetarian friendly. This camp is a lifesaver whether your kids go one day or the whole summer. - Cami M. (Oak Park River Forest parent)

Activities for every interest.

Whatever your child’s passion, they can push their limits at our camp.
Stop-motion animation, fashion, coding, breadmaking, sports, music, dance, and so much more.

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What can I expect?

  • Unbiased adults who believe in your child's potential
  • Freedom for children to design their own learning experience
  • Immersive & creative studios with state-of-the-art equipment
  • Healthy and delicious lunch and snacks (plus, kids can make their own!)
  • First-aid and CPR-trained staff

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Location, Location, Location!

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Camp dates

Jun 12 - Aug 18, 2017

Need more camp? Day Passes and Memberships can be used at any location.


Daily drop off and pick up will occur through the South door of the school, facing Le Moyne Pkwy on the corner of Lathrop Ave. This door will be our main and only entrance for camp.


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Coffee Chat with LK
Swing by and let's chat! Let me treat you to a cup of coffee (or tea) at one of my favorite spots in town. We can chat about camp and get to know each other.
When: Fri March 03rd 2017 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Where: Counter Coffee 7324 Madison St Forest Park, IL 60130
River Forest: Info Night #2
You've got questions, LK has answers! Stop by St. Vincent Ferrer's gym to ask away. We'll have snacks and our Stop Motion animation stations set up for all those future campers. There will be a tour of the property after all your questions have been answered. We can't wait to meet you!
When: Tue March 14th 2017 6:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Where: 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
Chicagoland: Summer Camp Expo
Come on out and join us at the Summer Camp Expo. We've dedicated the afternoon to helping you plan for the summer! Swing by our info booth; we'll be on hand to answer any of your questions. Let's connect and chat about the best time of the year!
When: Sun March 19th 2017 2:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Where: Oak Park Public Library 834 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60301
Cheers to Summer!
Drinks are on me! Stop by for a tasty, local brew paired with some top-notch appetizers at Exit Strategy Brewing. I'll be in the front lounge ready to answer any of your questions about camp, crack some jokes and get to know you! Let's toast...TO SUMMER!
When: Thu April 13th 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Exit Strategy Brewing 7700 Madison St Forest Park, IL 60130
River Forest: Info Night #3
LK really, really wants to answer all of your questions and show you around St. Vincent Ferrer before summer sneaks up on us. Please join us for Stop Motion animation, snacks, tours and giveaways. Meet us in the gym! We'll be the ones way, way too excited about camp.
When: Tue April 18th 2017 6:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Where: 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305
River Forest: Final Info Night
Last chance! We cordially invite you and the whole family to come by for a short presentation, snacks, Stop Motion animation and a tour. Bring all of your questions about Summer 2017. You'll find us in the gym.
When: Tue May 16th 2017 6:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Where: 1515 Lathrop Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305


Each day at camp, we feature at least one of three show stoppers from our lineup for campers to experience. Directors at each location will decide when and how often to schedule each of these Specials, so feel free to contact your Director to find out what will be scheduled each day.

Slip and Slide - Cool off in style in our inflatable slip and slide. Weather permitting, this will be offered most afternoons. Please bring a swimsuit and towel if your camper would like to participate.

Smart Karts - Get behind the wheel of one of Silicon Valley's latest and greatest inventions: the first electric smart-kart for kids. Campers must wear helmets while driving go-karts. While the camp will provide helmets, we prefer and encourage you to provide your own if you have one and your child would like to participate.

Zorbs - Climb inside of one of our giant 10' inflatable hamster balls and weave your way through an obstacle course as fast as a hamster.

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Staff hosting program

Would you be interested in hosting international staff or staff from elsewhere in the US this summer? If so, we’re hoping to connect you with those staff members.

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