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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.

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 +
  • 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. Field trip – local Italian cuisine restaurant.
  • 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 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!

Email billing@chicagoacademia.com. 

» 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.

 

Week Selections

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

10% sibling discount ($315/per child). 

July

July 8 – July 12, 2019

 Azerbaijan

$350/Week

Register Now

 

July 15 – July 19, 2019

 Australia

$350/Week

Register Now

 

July 22 – July 26, 2019

 Mongolia

$350/Week

Register Now

 

July 29 – August 2, 2019

 The Galapagos Islands

$350/Week

Register Now

 

August

August 5 – August 9, 2019

 Venice

$350/Week

Register Now

 

August 12 – August 16, 2019

 Jordan

$350/Week

Register Now

 

August 19 – August 23, 2019

 Panama

$350/Week

Register Now

 

August 26 – August 30, 2019

 China

$350/Week

Register Now

 

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).

Interested in 3+ weeks of half day camp? Email us at info@chicagoacademia.com to arrange a payment plan! 

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.

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.

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:

Academia Summer Camp 2019 Financial Aid_April 2019

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?
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+ (and who are able to change their clothing independently) enrolled in Fenwick’s swim classes are escorted to and from Fenwick (a 10-minute walk) by an Academia summer camp employee at no additional cost. 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.
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 info@chicagoacademia.com to enroll now or add this onto your current summer camp package and payment plan. 

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?

Parents must provide a nut free lunch  enough nut free snacks for your child’s attendance.

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. Children enrolled in half-day attendance will not have an opportunity to attend field trips. 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.
Do lesson plans vary by age group?
Yes, the country-themed curriculum and hands-on projects are tailored to different age groups.
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.
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?
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 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.