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Mongolia

Land of the horse, nomadic culture, and yurt living

Uganda

Culture, food, and community healthcare

Madagascar

Ecology and impact of deforestation

The Galapagos Islands

Volcanoes, unique creatures, and Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle

China

The Yangtze River – communities and ecology

Australia

The Outback and Aboriginal culture

Azerbaijan

“Land of Fire” where East meets West
Fire worshipping Zoroastrians and mud volcanoes

Jordan

Bedouin nomadic culture and Petra: A wonder of the world

Crete

Bronze age Minoan culture, the Labyrinth, and the mighty Minotaur

Panama

The San Blas Islands, culture, and textiles of the Guna people

Turkey

Mosques of Istanbul and the underground cave cities of Cappadocia

Venice

Waterways, architecture, and history as a great European trading power

Academia World Explorers

Summer Camp 2019

World Explorers Summer Camp

Age 3.5-10 years
June 10 – August 30 2019  Full Day: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Academia’s Summer Camp offers a fun exploration of societies, cultures, and ecology around the world, combined with outdoor fun and games in the sun! Touring a different country or civilization each week and learning through art, music, crafts, and storytelling, your child can imagine what it would be like to grow up in a different country and how the ecology or architecture may be different from what they are accustomed to at home.
From Crete to the Australian Outback, from Mongolia to Azerbaijan, get ready to travel far and wide! Children are grouped into age-appropriate small classes for cultural learning, daily Spanish lessons, sports activities, and field trips.
*Early bird pricing starts at $360/week (or $324/week when enrolling siblings) and is valid until February 28, 2019. There is a 5% additional discount available if you pay in full for a 4, 8, or 10-week package before January 20, 2019.

Sports and Splash Pad Fun! Academia’s full-time Summer Camp sports coach will keep the children active and enjoying the sunshine! Summer is for play, sandpits, and splash pad time at Longfellow Park.
Field Trips! Children age 6+ attending full-week, full-day camps will enjoy a weekly cultural-themed field trip to a restaurant for food tasting, a museum, or similar. Children aged 3-5 years will make weekly visits to Wonder Works Children’s Museum in Oak Park. There will usually be additional field trips each week to different parks and places of interest.
Different field trips are available for different age groups, but those outside of the immediate local area are available only for age 6+. Check out the country-themed and related cultural field trips planned for 2019 below!
Spanish Lessons! Daily 30 to 40-minute, small-group Spanish lessons are tiered by ability and age. Children should attend full-day in order to guarantee their participation in scheduled Spanish classes.

Weekly themes and field trip locations* 

    • Crete: Bronze-age Minoan culture, the Labyrinth, and the mighty Minotaur. Field trip – The National Hellenic Museum and Artopolis, Bakery, Café, Agora, Greektown.
    • Turkey: Mosques of Istanbul and underground cave cities of Cappadocia. Field trip – Galata Turkish restaurant, University Village, Chicago.
    • Uganda: Culture, food, and communities – Highlighting Asteroidea Health, a charity empowering local community healthcare initiatives.  Field trip – Uganda ceramics projects at Creativita painting studio, Forest Park.
    • Madagascar: Ecology, and impact of deforestation. Field trip – Thatcher Woods and the Trailside Museum, River Forest.
    • Azerbaijan: “Land of Fire” where East meets West, fire-worshipping Zoroastrians, and mud volcanoes. Field trip – The Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, Forest Park. Time to cool down with ice cream after all that fire!
    • Australia: The outback and Aboriginal culture. Field trip – Circle Bowling Lanes, Forest Park.
    • Mongolia: Land of the Horse, nomadic culture, and yurt living. Field trip – Mongolian Cuisine restaurant, Chicago.
    • The Galapagos Islands: Volcanoes, unique creatures, and Darwin’s voyage on the Beagle. Event for the week  – reptiles are coming to visit us at Academia! Dave DiNaso’s Traveling World of Reptiles
    • Venice: Waterway, architecture, and history as a great European trading power. Event for the week  – pasta making and cooking with Sugar Beet Schoolhouse at Academia.
    • Jordan: Bedouin nomadic culture and Petra, a wonder of the world. Field trip – Petra Falafel, Madison St., Forest Park.
    • Panama: The San Blas Islands, culture, and textiles of the Guna people. Field trip – Boss Burrito, Oak Park, where the children will practice ordering their food in Spanish.
    • China: The Yangtze River, communities, and ecology.

*Field trip locations are subject to change. Restaurant outings and trips outside Oak Park/River Forest are available to children ages 6+. Children age 3-5 years enjoy a weekly trip to Wonder Works Children’s Museum and local parks and locations.

FENWICK SWIM CLASSES

Thinking of enrolling your child in Fenwick’s swim class this summer? Purchase any morning swim session through Fenwick’s website and email us the time and session your child will need to be in attendance at Fenwick. Email us this information at:

changemydates@chicagoacademia.com

Children ages 6+ enrolled in any of Fenwick’s three morning swim sessions can be escorted to and from Fenwick by an Academia summer camp employee at no extra cost.* It is a 10-minute walk to Fenwick from Academia. A staff member will wait onsite at Fenwick for the duration of their class in case they need any help.

Registration, payment, and confirmation for the swim class must be done at Fenwick’s website.

*Children must be able to change clothing independently.

» Flexible Scheduling
Purchase any number of weeks from 1 to 12. Choose weeks now with the option to switch your week selections until April 1 (subject to availability).
Packages of 4, 8, or 10 weeks do not need to be scheduled consecutively. Select your weeks of choice by April 1, 2019.

» Flexible Payment Options
Spread payments for package purchases over time! Lock in your child’s place now with an enrollment fee, and spread the payments over four installments starting in March 2019.
Or, pay in full at time of registration and receive a 5% discount on 4, 8 or 10-week summer camp packages. Offer valid until January 20th, 2019.
10% sibling discount automatically applied at checkout and to your monthly payments! Available for purchases of 4, 8, and 10 week packages only.
Reserve 1-3 camp weeks with a $100 deposit per week. Pay the balance on May 1st, 2019.

Early Bird Pricing*

*Early bird pricing is valid until February 28, 2019

 FULL DAY/ FULL WEEK PACKAGES

After purchasing your package, email us at changemydates@chicagoacademia.com by April 1, 2019, with your preferred weeks of attendance.

10% sibling discount automatically applied to siblings registering for our 4, 8, and 10-week packages | 5% discount if a package is paid in full at time of purchase before January 20, 2019

10 weeks

Full day | 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
$360/Week
  • Choose the best option for you!
  • Pay in full and payment plan options available upon registration.
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8 weeks

Full day | 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
$375/Week
  • Choose the best option for you!
  • Pay in full and payment plan options available upon registration.
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4 weeks

Full day | 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
$390/Week
  • Choose the best option for you!
  • Pay in full and payment plan options available upon registration.
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SINGLE WEEK SELECTIONS

Need 1-3 weeks and know your preferred week(s) already? Select your weeks below and switch weeks at any time, at no cost (subject to availability). Pay $100 now to secure your spot and the rest on May 1st, 2019.

June

June 10 – June 14, 2019

Crete

$410/Week

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June 17 – June 21, 2019

Turkey

$410/Week

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June 24 – June 28, 2019

Uganda

$410/Week

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July

July 1 – July 5, 2019

Madagascar

$328/Week

This week only is prorated to $328 due to the July 4th holiday. NO camp on Thursday, July 4, 2019.
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July 8 – July 12, 2019

Azerbaijan

$410/Week

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July 15 – July 19, 2019

Australia

$410/Week

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July 22 – July 26, 2019

Mongolia

$410/Week

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July 29 – August 2, 2019

The Galapagos Islands

$410/Week

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August

August 5 – August 9, 2019

Venice

$410/Week

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August 12 – August 16, 2019

Jordan

$410/Week

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August 19 – August 23, 2019

Panama

$410/Week

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August 26 – August 30, 2019

China

$410/Week

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DAY PASSES

Purchase your pass(es) now and email changemydates@chicagoacademia.com with your date(s) selection. You can change your dates—subject to availability—if you email within seven days of your chosen date.

HALF-DAY ATTENDANCE

Select your preferred week(s) below and switch weeks at any time, at no cost (subject to availability).

Half-Day

Mornings
$275/Week
  • 8:30am – 12:30pm
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Half-Day

Afternoons
$275/Week
  • 12:30pm – 4:30pm
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Enrollment FAQs

I'm not sure which weeks my child will need to be in attendance. Can I make changes?

Yes. You may reserve early, and switch weeks at a later date (pending space availability) at no additional cost. Email us at changemydates@chicagoacademia.com prior to April 1, 2019, with your weeks of choice and an Academia employee will confirm your changes.

What if I want to enroll my child for a number of weeks not listed in the packages?

If you would like to enroll your child for a number of weeks not listed (i.e., 5 weeks or 12 weeks), register your child for the package closest to the amount you require and then email us at info@chicagoacademia.com. We will make adjustments to your monthly billing for any additional weeks requested. Unless one of those weeks is showing as FULL on the website, you can assume there is space available for the dates you need.

  • Purchases of 5-7 weeks are at the same rate as the 4-week package.
  • Purchases of 9-10 weeks are at the same rate as the 8-week package.
  • Purchases of 11 and 12 weeks are at the same rate as the 10-week package.

Purchases of 1-3 weeks are not part of any package and are bought separately.

How do I let you know which weeks my child will be attending?

If you are signing up for 1-3 weeks, your weeks will be selected at sign up.

If registering for a package, your week selections do not need to be consecutive. You do not need to choose specific weeks at the time of sign up but must do so by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Selected weeks may be switched, subject to availability. Email your selection changes to changemydates@chicagoacademia.com. After your request is received, an Academia Customer Service Coordinator will confirm availability.

How do day passes work?

Purchase your pass(es) now and email changemydates@chicagoacademia.com with your date(s) selection. You can change your dates, subject to availability if you email within seven days of your chosen date. An Academia employee will confirm your day pass switch, pending availability. Parents purchasing day passes will receive an alert if certain weeks or dates are nearing capacity.

To ensure your child’s place in any field trip happening on the day they attend, parents are asked to provide 14 days’ notice of schedule changes. Transport arrangements and staffing for field trips are planned in advance and space may not be available on Academia’s bus if less than 14 days’ notice is given.

What are my payment options?

Academia offers a 5% discount for packages which are paid in full at time of enrollment. If you are enrolling siblings, this offer is in addition to a 10% sibling discount. This offer ends January 20th, 2019.

Payment plans are available for 4, 8, or 10-week packages, and are spread across the initial deposit and four months. All packages must be fully paid by August 1, 2019. If you would prefer a payment plan (i.e., weekly or biweekly billing), contact us at: billing @chicagoacadmia.com to discuss options.

Please click on the “register now” button to see specific payment plan details under “additional details”.

Do you have sibling discounts?

Yes, we do!

Academia offers a 10% discount for sibling registrations for our 4, 8, and 10-week packages. This discount is automatically applied at checkout and to your monthly payments. There is a 5% additional discount available if you pay in full for a 4, 8, or 10-week package before January 20, 2019.

All other discounts, promotions, coupon codes are not applicable to Academia World Explorers 2019 Summer Camp Early Bird Pricing.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

2019 Summer Camp at Academia Refund and Cancellation Policy

    • The registration fee is non-refundable.
    • Cancel before March 1, 2019, for a full refund (minus registration fee).
    • Cancellations on or after March 2, 2019 (up until 14 days before the start of your camp reservation) receive 100% credit towards future enrollment in any Academia program(s) that start and complete attendance within 12 calendar months.
    • Cancellations within 14 days of your initial camp reservation week will receive no refunds or credits. Transfers to other camp weeks are free and subject to availability.
    • Refunds, credits, and proration will not be issued if your preferred weeks are unavailable.
    • Refunds, credits or proration will not be issued for registrants who are absent or unable to attend for any reason.
    • Refunds, credits or proration will not be issued for children who attend a shorter day than purchased.
I'd like my child to attend Fenwick's swim class during camp. What do I do?

You may register and pay for your child to attend Fenwick’s swim classes on their website. Payment is separate from Academia’s summer camp payments.

Children ages 6+ enrolled in any of Fenwick’s three morning swim sessions can be escorted to and from Fenwick by an Academia summer camp employee at no extra cost. It is a 10-minute walk to Fenwick from Academia. A staff member will wait onsite at Fenwick for the duration of their class in case they need any help.

If your child is enrolled in Fenwick’s swim classes, please email us the times and sessions at changemydates@chicagoacademia.com.

Registration, payment, and confirmation for Fenwick’s swim classes are done through Fenwick’s website.

Children attending Fenwick swim classes may not be able to attend all field trips, due to scheduling restrictions.

 

Attendance FAQs

How can I prepare my child for camp attendance?

Academia sends out a newsletter via email the week prior to attendance with information regarding the theme of the week, the location of the field trip, and other pertinent information regarding attendance. To ensure all parents or guardians receive these emails, upon registration, please list them under the corresponding parent’s information.

In addition, Academia offers a weekly open house on Sundays from 10:00am – 11:00am. Feel free to attend with your child.

What items should my child bring to camp?

Children attending our camps need to bring a full day’s worth of lunch and snacks, a water bottle labeled with their name, a change of clothing (in case we visit the splash pad), a hat, and sunscreen.

Do I need to send lunch/snacks each day?

Yes, we ask parents to send enough food for their child each day. All lunches and snacks must be nut free. Soy butters must be labeled as such.

Will my child go on a field trip?

Children enrolled in a full week/full day attendance will be included in our field trips to local restaurants, museums, and other locations. Field trips are planned ahead of time, so any late or last-minute switches in weeks or dates of attendance may result in an inability to attend.

We will be regularly taking the kids out on field trips throughout the week.  Please assume that there’s a chance your child could be off site between 9:30am and 3:30pm.  If you are collecting your child before that, please inform Academia staff in the morning when you drop off your child and remember to call ahead before pick up so we can ensure your child is ready with their belongings.
Unfortunately we cannot change the field trip schedules to accommodate the pick up and drop of times of individual parents.’

Children enrolled in half-day attendance will participate in trips to local parts and playgrounds if trips start and complete within the duration of their half-day attendance. Children attending half day will be unable to attend other trips as many field trips may leave or drop off outside of the half-day schedule.

Children with day passes may have an opportunity to attend field trips. To ensure your child’s place in any field trip happening on the day they attend, parents are asked to provide 14 days’ notice of schedule changes. Transport arrangements and staffing for field trips are planned in advance and space may not be available on Academia’s bus if less than 14 days’ notice is given.

Academia sends out a newsletter via email the week prior to attendance with information regarding the theme of the week, the location of the field trip, and other pertinent information regarding attendance. To ensure all parents or guardians receive these emails, upon registration, please list them under the corresponding parent’s information. Parents may opt out of a field trip by replying to this email or by letting an Academia employee know at drop off.

How are children grouped during summer camp?

Children are placed in age-appropriate groups. Groups may be combined for park visits, lunch, and other activities.

Do lesson plans vary by age group?
Yes, the country-themed curriculum and hands-on projects are tailored to different age groups.
My child still needs help going to the bathroom. Is that okay?

We require that children are potty trained, but we expect that little ones will still need help in the bathroom. A female member of our staff will be available to assist your child.

Do the little kids take naps?

Children ages 3-4 have afternoon quiet time for 1–1.5 hours where they may choose to nap if they wish. If your child does not need a nap, please let us know in the “Is there anything else you’d like us to know?” section of your child’s registration profile.

My child has an allergy. How does Academia manage this?

Academia informs all families that we aim to be a nut-free space and that their child must not bring any nut products on site. Families are asked to provide nut-free lunches and snacks. Any item which resembles a nut-based butter (such as soy butter) must be appropriately labeled, or an alternate lunch or snack will be provided.

Children with any food allergies cannot take part in Academia programs without providing an EpiPen that should be provided by the parent to Academia staff upon arrival. We ask that parents of children with allergies help us in our process to protect children by reminding staff daily at drop-off that their child has an allergy. We cannot be too careful!

Academia uses information provided by parents during the registration process to maintain a list of children with allergies. This information is also displayed on the whiteboard/printed lists.

Instructions for staff about recognizing allergic reactions and how to use an EpiPen are posted on the wall in the open area. Please ask a staff member if you would like to read the instructions we would follow in the event of an emergency.

Our protocol is that if a child with an allergy experiences symptoms involving two-body systems, an EpiPen will be used and we will call 911. Antihistamines can be used for one-body system reactions (e.g., only skin, gut, or nasal symptoms). This is in line with allergy instructions available online from the Asthma and Allergy Center of Chicago that are visible in the framed document on our wall.

Automatic sibling discounts only apply to 4, 8, and 10 week packages, all other discounts, promotions, and coupon or promo codes are not applicable to Academia World Explorers 2019 Summer Camp Early Bird Pricing. Single week/full day, half day/full week and day passes are not eligible for any discounts, promotions, coupon or promo codes. Should any such coupon or promo code be used, your monthly payment will be subject to additional fees.  All offers are subject to change or cancellation at any time and at the discretion of Academia LLC’s business practices. Academia reserves the right to decline new registrations from previous program participants.