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.
All siblings enrolled receive a 10% discount!
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*
From Crete to the Australian Outback, from Mongolia to Azerbaijan, get ready to travel far and wide!
- 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.
More countries and field trips +
*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 your 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:
More Fenwick Swim information +
Children ages 6+ enrolled in Fenwick’s swim classes 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.
» Sibling Discounts
10% sibling discount automatically applied at checkout!
All siblings enrolled get 10% resulting in a weekly rate of $315/per child.
» Financial Aid
Academia is now providing a fee reduction program for families with an annual income of $90,000 or less and/or experiencing financial hardship. A limited number of places are available. Please see our FAQs for more information on how to register.
» Flexible Payment Options
Purchasing multiple weeks? Ask us about a payment plan!
» Flexible Scheduling
Not sure which weeks your child needs to attend? No problem!
Select any weeks and change your dates anytime.
We’ll keep you posted as weeks start nearing capacity. You can still change at no cost if space is available.
Select your weeks below and switch weeks at any time, at no cost (subject to availability).
10% sibling discount ($315/per child).
Purchase your pass(es) now and email changemydates@chicagoacademia.
Select your preferred week(s) below and switch weeks at any time, at no cost (subject to availability).
Interested in 3+ weeks of half day camp? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a payment plan!
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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 email@example.com prior to April 1, 2019, with your weeks of choice and an Academia employee will confirm your changes.
How do day passes work?
Purchase your pass(es) now and email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Does Academia offer financial assistance?
Academia welcomes applications for the 2019 Summer Camp for households with an annual income of $90,000 or less, or those experiencing financial hardship. Applicable only to enrollments of a minimum of four weeks of full- or half-day summer camp (does not need to be consecutive weeks).
A limited number of places are dedicated to applicants receiving financial aid. Completion of the financial aid application form and meeting the requirements is not a guarantee that a place will be available, as it is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.
The maximum award for summer camp results in a per-week pricing of $250/week for one child or $390/week for two children for five days of full-day camp (7:30a.m.-6:30p.m.). Half-day program from either 8:30a.m.-12:30p.m. or afternoons 12:30-4:30p.m. are discounted up to $180/week for one child or $290/week for two children. Depending upon income and eligibility, you may receive a discounted amount that is higher than these rates.
Academia’s World Explorers Summer Camp 2019 financial aid application here:
Do you have sibling discounts?
Yes, we do!
Academia offers a 10% discount for sibling registrations. This discount is automatically applied at checkout and to your monthly payments.
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?
What is the "River Forest Summer Camp Bus Transfer"? How do I enroll my child?
New this summer is Academia’s “River Forest Summer Camp Bus Transfer”. Academia will pick up your child from River Forest for summer camp at Academia and drop them back at home in the evening.
Drop your child off at Lincoln Elementary in River Forest where the Academia bus will be waiting for you at 7:45 a.m. Your child will be dropped off to any home in River Forest between 6:00 and 6:30p.m.
- Morning pick up fee for one week of summer camp – $30/week/child.
- Evening drop off to home fee for one week of summer camp – $30/week/child.
This option is available for full day/full week summer campers only.
Refunds, credits or prorations will not be issued should you purchase a River Forest Summer Camp Bus Transfer and opt to pick up and drop off your child yourself.
Bus pickup and drop offs may be switched to another week, pending space availability on the bus.
Email email@example.com to enroll now or add this onto your current summer camp package and payment plan.
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?
Do I need to send lunch/snacks each day?
Parents must provide a nut free lunch enough nut free snacks for your child’s attendance.
Will my child go on a field trip?
Do lesson plans vary by age group?
How are children grouped during summer camp?
My child still needs help going to the bathroom. Is that okay?
We require that children are potty trained and out of diapers or pull-ups. 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?
Automatic sibling discounts only apply to full week purchases, all other discounts, promotions, and coupon or promo codes are not applicable to Academia World Explorers 2019 Summer Camp Pricing. Half-day/full-week, and day passes are not eligible for any discounts, promotions, coupons, 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.