Urban Prairie Waldorf School

2017 Summer Camps - Grades 1-8

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is pleased to offer a wide variety of week-long summer camps open to children entering grades 1 through 8, both inside and outside the Urban Prairie community. Camps will be held at UPWS (1220 W. Lexington St.) as well as walking field trips around the neighborhood.

All camps will begin promptly at 8:30 am, and we request that children arrive by 8:20 am.  Before-care is available at 8 am.  You may either choose a half or full day option. Half-day pick-up is between 11:30 and 12:00.  Full day pick-up is at 3:00 pm; there is after-care available until 4:00pm.


  • One week whole days: $330
  • One week half days (morning session): $220
  • Drop in morning half day: $50 (available for sign up beginning in May)
  • Drop in full day: $80
  • Beforecare:  $5
  • Aftercare: $15

Camp Schedule:

8am- 8:30 – Before care
8:30- 10:00 Weekly themed camp 
10:00- 10:30 Snack outside
10:30- 11:30  Week themed camp 
11:30 pm- 12:00– Lunch, pick up/drop-off for half day
12:00-3:00pm– Daily afternoon activities
3:00-4:00pm – Aftercare

Daily Afternoon Activities

Mondays: UIC Bowling
Tuesdays: Sheridan Park, The Roosevelt Branch Chicago Public Library (1101 W Taylor Street), Carm’s Italian Ice and Miller Park
Wednesdays: Walk to Fosco Park and Indoor Pool (1312 S Racine)  until 3pm
Thursdays: Walk to Skinner Park, outdoor sprinklers
Fridays: Walk to Brooklyn Boulders for rock climbing (100 South Morgan Street) and Mary Bartelme Park
If your child is climbing at Brooklyn Boulders, please fill out their one time waiver here before climbing.

What to bring:

All campers staying for the whole day are required to bring a sack lunch including a water bottle, morning and afternoon snack, as well as proper attire for each afternoon activity. Please bring a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel and water play clothing Monday to leave at school all week.

UPWS Allergy Policy

The following food items are not permitted school wide, so that we can minimize the risk of life threatening allergic reactions:

1) Peanuts in any form including oil and flour forms.
2) Tree nuts, in any form. (Includes almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia, pralines, pesto, nut butters, marzipan, gianduja, Nutella)

Other food restrictions may be added as needed based on students’ allergies.

Week 1:  June 12 – 16 ~ Music

Urban Prairie Waldorf School will sing and dance our way into the summer by offering “How Can I Keep from Singing” Music Camp. From June 19th-23rd, Ms. Kim Vachon will lead children of all ages in singing and moving to music together.  They will also hear stories and play musical games and instruments.

Children will learn to sing songs in unison, in rounds, and simple harmonies to piano and guitar accompaniment. They will move to music, helping develop listening skills and having fun while playing games. They will play xylophones and other surprise percussion as well as any other instruments children would like to bring in. We hope your child will be able to join us for this fun musical journey!


Week 2:  June 19 – 23 ~ Mandarin- CANCELLED

Join in celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival, the most important Chinese festival of the summer. Our Mandarin instructor, Ms. Ding, offers a fully immersive Mandarin camp with Chinese culture, songs, games, and creative activities related to the festival, such as wax modeling, cooking, story-telling and performing with shadow puppets.  No previous language experience is necessary.


Week 3:  June 26-30~ Sports

Join Ms. Kondrat for a week filled with sports. Each day, campers will play a different sport in various parks in the area.  For example, they will play flag football on Monday in Arigo Park and baseball at Sheridan Park on Tuesday. These are introductions to these sports and each day will end with a scrimmage of the sport learned. Please dress appropriately. Schedule for daily sports will be emailed to those who sign up for this camp.


Week 4:  July 31-August 4 ~Capoeira- CANCELLED

In Capoeira Angola immersion camp, students will learn the basic history of capoeira, from it’s inception as a fight for liberation to it’s evolution as a present-day game designed to sharpen the physical and mental bodies both on an individual level and, more importantly, on a communal level.

The physical game of capoeira is often compared to a dialogue where the “conversation” that takes place between two individuals is carried out through movements that are both martial arts and dance-like movements. By the end of the week, students will learn enough fundamental movements that represent “questions” and “answers” to have a conversation or play a game with one another.  This camp will be led by teachers from the International Capoeira Angola Foundation – Chicago.


 Week 5:  August 7-11  ~ Cooking- CANCELLED

Join Urban Prairie Teacher, Hannah Dallman for  cooking camp. Campers will make yummy snacks and treats to bring home and share with their families as well as make at home on their own. Friday morning campers will walk over to Scafuri Bakery for a sweet treat and a tour of the kitchen.


Week 6:  August 14-18 ~Fairy Houses- CANCELLED

Come build fairy houses with Mr. Flannery and expert Maureen Flannery. Fairy houses will be built out of things found from nature. They will be telling stories about who lives in their houses and gathering their own supplies from various nearby parks.



 You may also sign up here for single drop-in days on a space available basis.