Academia World Explorers
Summer Camp 2020
June 8 – August 21, 2020
Academia’s Summer Camp combines outdoor park time, splash pad fun, and sports with some hands-on arts and crafts project learning about different cultures and societies around the world. Small group Spanish lessons are included, along with field trips once every two weeks.
Little World Travelers age 3.5-5 years attend separate camp activities and field trips from older children. World Travelers age 6-10 years will also be grouped into younger and older age groups for some activities.
Full-day, short-day, and half-day weekly programs are available, as well as one-day passes.
- Full-day, drop off any time after 7:30am and pick up any time before 6:30pm.
- Short-day, drop off any time after 9:00am and pick up any time before 3:00pm.
- Half-day mornings 8:30am-12:30pm.
- Half-day afternoons, 12:30pm-4:30pm.
- Early bird pricing: Full-day $350/week. Short-day $300/week. Half-day $240/week. Prices and sibling discounts valid through April 1, 2020.
More about pricing
- A 20% sibling discount is automatically deducted at checkout when enrolling multiple children. Note: The discount applies to all children enrolled, not just one additional sibling.
- Sign up today with a $50 deposit per week. Don’t know which dates you need? Pick now and switch weeks later at no cost. See FAQs below for details.
- Financial aid is available for households earning under $75K/year.
- Parents with children attending Academia’s 2019-2020 After-School program at least three days a week are eligible for an additional early bird discount and should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information before enrolling (conditions apply).
Have a question? Let us know here!
» Weekly Themes and Field trips*
- Week 1: Ancient Athens, the Acropolis, and the Goddess Athena. Field trip: National Hellenic Museum, Greektown, Chicago
- Week 2: Scotland and the Myth of the Lock Ness Monster.
- Week 3: Brazil. Field trip: Mulata Café & Kitchen, Brazilian coffee shop, Oak park.
- Week 4: Black History: Unsung Heroes.
- Week 5: France: The Delights of Paris. Field trip: Lea French Street Food or Sugar Fixe, Oak Park.
- Week 6: Machu Picchu and the Inca of Peru
- Week 7: Samarkand, Uzbekistan, and the Silk Road. Field trip: Trailside Museum of Natural History, River Forest.
- Week 8: Senegal: Art, Sculpture, and Music
- Week 9: ‘Palace of the Winds’ and Jaipur: The Pink City of Rajasthan. Field trip: Khyber Pass Indian restaurant, Oak Park.
- Week 10: Cyprus: Turkish & Greek influence in a Divided Country
- Week 11: The Great Wall of China
*Children attending a full five-day week of either the short- or full-day schedule may attend a field trip every two weeks. Half-day and day pass enrollees are not eligible to attend field trips.
Field trip locations are TBD and 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 trip to Wonder Works Children’s Museum every two weeks.
» Your Child's Day (Ages 6-10): Sample Schedule
World Explorer’s (Ages 6-10) Sample Daily Schedule #1:
7:30-9:00a.m. – Game room fun in Academia’s Studio Space. Air hockey, foosball, and darts (the magnetic kind, don’t worry!), building projects and hang out time with new friends. Want some quiet time? Head into the quiet reading room and pick up a book or start a Lego project.
9:00-11:30a.m. – Hit the park. We’ll walk a block to Longfellow Park for splash pad and park time. Field game activities, soccer, and softball games rotate day-to-day, and kids can also choose to opt-out and just enjoy the playground equipment, sit under a tree and enjoy a book, or bring an art project along to work on. Outdoor snack time.
11:30a.m.-12:30p.m. – Walk back to Academia for lunch.
12:30-1:30p.m. – The cultural theme of the week is introduced through video or documentary content, read-aloud, or sharing of relevant cultural objects or artifacts. There’s time for a hands-on arts and crafts project too.
1:30-2:30p.m. – Rotate in small groups to a 40-minute Spanish class (three days per week).
2:30-4:30p.m. – Time to choose … more outdoor games, indoor games, toys, or reading at the Academia Studio space.
4:30-5:30p.m. – Take part in an additional culturally-themed arts and crafts project, or choose from various other onsite activities—Lego, building blocks, marble runs, heaps of books to be enjoyed, game room time, and more. A few times a week we’ll offer an age- and content-appropriate movie.
5:30-6:30p.m. – Free play. Hang out time with friends until pick up by parents/guardians (Families: Drop off and pick up any time you need between available program hours.)
- Once every two weeks, the morning activities will be replaced by a field trip. Check out the field trip info tab below. Field trips are available for children attending full-day or short-day camp schedules, five days a week.
- The schedule is subject to change as required to meet the needs of the children.
- This sample schedule is representative of full-day attendance. Children attending short- or half-day schedules will take part in a subset of these activities.
» Your Child's Day (Ages 3.5-5): Sample Schedule
Little World Explorer’s (Ages 3.5-5) Sample Daily Schedule #2:
7:30-9:00a.m. – Early morning open play with friends. Arts and crafts projects galore, building blocks, and construction projects.
9:00-10:00a.m. – Cultural and country-themed learning: What is the country we’re learning about? Where is it on a map? Why does a country have a flag? What is the flag for that country? What is it like to be a child living there? Also, early morning snack time.
10:00a.m.-12:00p.m. – Gross motor fun in the Academia Studio Space, a nature walk, or games at Julian Middle School Field and then lunch.
12:00-1:30p.m. – Spanish class (three days per week) and a culturally-themed arts and craft activity. Children whose families have requested nap or downtime will rotate from Spanish to a quiet space.
1:30-2:30p.m. – Circle time and read aloud, early learning numeracy, and literacy activities.
2:30-4:15p.m. – Outdoor games and snack time at Longfellow Park. Splash pad fun! (Bring a change of clothes.)
4:15-5:30p.m. – Indoor imaginary play, costume dress-up time, music party, or build your dream in Legos. Downtime in a quiet space with a movie is offered a few times a week.
5:30-6:30p.m. – Playtime with friends until picked up by parents or guardians (Families: Drop off and pick up any time you need between program hours.)
- Once every two weeks, morning activities will be replaced by a field trip to Wonder Works Children’s Museum on North Avenue in Oak Park.
- Schedule subject to change as required to meet the needs and energy levels of the children.
- This sample schedule is representative of full-day attendance. Children attending short- or half-day schedules will take part in a subset of these activities.
» Sibling Discounts
Academia offers a 20% discount for sibling registrations as part of our early-bird pricing, valid through April 1, 2020. It applies to all programs aside from our half-day program at $240/week. This discount applies to all siblings registered and is automatically applied at checkout and to your monthly payments if you select a payment plan.
» Flexible Scheduling
Not sure which weeks your child needs to attend? No problem! Select any weeks and change your dates at any time at no charge (pending availability). We’ll keep you posted as weeks start nearing capacity.
» Flexible Payment Schedules
Academia offers a variety of payment options for 2020. Day passes must be paid in full at time of enrollment. There are other payment options for other programs:
Pay in full at time of enrollment, or:
- Enroll before February 1 with a $50 deposit for each week reserved, and the remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in four monthly payments on March 1, April 1, May 1, and June 1.
- Enroll during the month of February with a $50 deposit for each week reserved, and the remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in three monthly payments on April 1, May 1, and June 1.
- Enroll during the month of March with a $50 deposit for each week reserved, and the remaining balance will be charged to your credit card in two monthly payments on May 1 and June 1.
- Enroll from April 1 – May 14 with a $50 deposit for each week reserved, and the remaining balance will be charged to your credit card on May 15.
- Enrollments on and after May 15 are to be paid in full.
Custom payment plans are also available and have a $25 administration service fee. Email email@example.com to create your own payment schedule.
» Financial Aid
Academia provides a fee reduction program for families with an annual income of $75,000 or less and/or experiencing financial hardship. A limited number of places are available. Please see our FAQs below for more information on how to apply.
Select your weeks below and switch weeks at any time at no cost (subject to availability).
There is a 20% sibling discount applied at checkout to full-day, short-day and day pass enrollments.
Half-day programs are excluded from the sibling discount.
All early bird pricing and sibling discounts valid until April 1, 2020.
Week 1 | June 8 – June 12, 2020
Week 2 | June 15 – June 19, 2020
Week 3 | June 22 – June 26, 2020
Week 5 | July 6 – July 10, 2020
Week 6 | July 13 – July 17, 2020
Week 7 | July 20 – July 24, 2020
Week 9 | August 3 – August 7, 2020
Week 10 | August 10 – August 14, 2020
Purchase your pass(es) now and email changemydates@chicagoacademia.
Full Day | One Day(7:30am - 6:30pm)
Short Day | One Day(9:00am - 3:00pm)
Full Day | 5 Day Pack(7:30am - 6:30pm)
Short Day | 5 Day Pack(9:00am - 3:00pm)
What is the refund and cancellation policy?
2020 Summer Camp at Academia Refund and Cancellation Policy
- The registration deposit is non-refundable.
- Cancel before March 1, 2020, for a full refund (minus the initial deposit).
- Cancellations on or after March 2, 2020 (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, and proration will not be issued for registrants who are absent or unable to attend for any reason or for children who attend a shorter day than purchased.
- Cancellations must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you have sibling discounts?
Yes, we do!
Academia offers a 20% discount for sibling registrations as part of our early bird pricing, valid through April 1, 2020. It applies to all programs aside from our half day program at $240/week. This discount applies to all siblings registered, and is automatically applied at checkout and to your monthly payments.
How do day passes work?
You may change your dates free of charge, pending availability, if you email within 7 days of your chosen date. Changes made within 7 days of your chosen date must be confirmed with an Academia employee via email at email@example.com prior to attendance.
Parents purchasing One Day passes will receive an alert if certain weeks or dates are nearing capacity.
“No-show” Policy – If your child does not arrive on the date you have scheduled, the day pass will be considered used and cannot be transferred to another date. In order to change your scheduled date and keep the day pass for future use, you must email firstname.lastname@example.org with your schedule date change at least two full business days in advance. This ensures that we can open your cancelled date to other children who may wish to register, or adjust our staffing needs. For example, if your child cannot attend on a Monday, you must inform Academia by the previous Wednesday or sooner to keep the value of the pass. No exceptions will be made to this policy, so please keep us informed if your plans change.
“Walk-Ins” Policy – Please do not drop your children for the day if you have not informed Academia your child will be attending, in advance, per instructions above. We are staffed appropriately for the number of children registered each day, and cannot accommodate walk-ins. Our onsite team will not be able to accept any children who are not registered in advance.
A 20% sibling discount will automatically be applied to all siblings at time of enrollment. Siblings may not ‘share’ a Five Pack of passes. Each sibling must be registered for his/her own Five Pack.
Children with One Day Passes are NOT eligible to participate in field trips.
All day pass purchases expire at the end of this year’s summer camp program.
I'm not sure which weeks my child will need to be in attendance. Can I make changes?
Yes, you may change weeks for free—subject to availability—by emailing email@example.com. An Academia staffer will confirm your switch.
Does Academia offer financial assistance?
Academia welcomes applications for the 2020 Summer Camp Financial Assistance Program for households with an annual income of $75,000 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 $240/week for one child or $384/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 $120/week for one child or $192/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 2020 financial aid application here:
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, what your child should bring with them 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. Please see our home page, www.chicagoacademia.com, for more information on open house dates and times. 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 plus enough nut-free snacks for your child’s day.
Will my child go on a field trip?
Which camp programs include a field trip?
Children attending Academia for five full- or short-program days in one week are eligible to attend any field trips that may be scheduled (usually every two weeks).
Which programs do not include a field trip?
Half-day and day pass programs do not include field trips.
How far in advance must I enroll my child for full-week (short- or full-day) camp in order for them to have a spot on a field trip?
Field trips are organized in advance and take a lot of planning to ensure everything runs smoothly! Registration for full-week programs must occur ten days before the camp week to guarantee placement on a field trip. This is so that Academia knows how many children need transportation, how many Academia team members will oversee trips, and to align with expectations of restaurants or organizations we visit. Onsite staff are unable to place your child on a field trip if you signed up less than ten days in advance of their camp week start date.
My child is attending full-week camp (either short- or full-day program). What happens if my child doesn’t attend one day of the week when a field trip occurs? Can they go on a field trip on another day of the week if one is happening?
No, unfortunately Academia cannot switch children around to different field trip dates due to absence. The logistics and planning involved are complex and once details for a trip are set well in advance, our administrative team cannot continue to make changes. The onsite summer camp team will not be able to make those changes either when you drop off your child.
What will my day pass or half day attendance child do on the day of 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. However, 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 our staff’s whiteboard/printed lists.
Instructions for staff about recognizing allergic reactions and how to use an EpiPen are posted on the wall in an 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.
How does Academia manage behavioral issues?
Team Leaders will communicate any problematic events or behaviors to parents or caregivers at pick up time or via email. We appreciate family support and input and will work with you to support your child during summer camp.
Unfortunately there may be cases where a child’s behavior is negatively impacting the safety or enjoyment of other children attending camp and you may be informed your child cannot continue to attend. The same applies if their behavior impacts their own safety.
If your child requires specialist or one-on-one support that is beyond what Academia can provide, you will be informed. Physical violence against any child or staff member will lead to a family being informed their child may not continue attending summer camp.
If your child has been excluded from any camps, social or academic programs in the past due to behavioral challenges, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org before enrollment so we can understand how we can best support your child.
If your child is excluded from camp, you will be issued with a refund for their remaining camp time. Academia will not be liable for any other costs incurred by a family who have to make other camp arrangements and reserves the right to exclude children whose attendance we believe is incompatible with Academia policies and ethos.
All pricing and discounts are subject to change or cancellation at any time and at the discretion of Academia, LLC’s business practices.
Academia reserves the right to remove children from the summer camp program if their behavior negatively impacts the summer camp experience of other children, or if they require more behavioral support than Academia is able to provide.