Urban Prairie Summer Camp

2022 In-Person Summer Camps at Urban Prairie

Early Childhood Summer Camp 6/21 – 8/12  Click Here To Register

Children will experience the beautiful rhythms of the Early Childhood classroom with singing, crafting, cooking, storytelling PLUS quality indoor and outdoor Waldorf free play. Space is limited, so if you are interested, please sign up now!

Week-Long Session from June 21st through August 12th (No Camp the week of July 5th-8th)     

Open to potty-trained children ages 3 through 6 years old.                                                                           

Half-Day 8:00-12:00 pm – $400 per week                                       Full-Day 8:00-3:00 pm – $500 per week

Young Child uses chisel to work on wood working project while at camp.
A group of 5 children sit and play on large wood elements of obstacle course that they have built at summer camp at Urban Prairie Waldorf School.

Grade School Summer Camp 6/21 – 8/19  Click Here to Register

Morning sessions will feature a theme camp as described below. Urban Prairie staff will organize free play, music, art, reading, games, cooking, and more for the afternoon portion of the camp day.

All camps are open to students entering 1st through 8th grade, EXCEPT for the Archery class with is for students entering 2nd through 8th.

Week-Long Session from June 21st through August 19th (No Camp the week of July 4th-8th)

Full-Day 8:00-3:00 pm $600 per week

2022 Summer Camp Schedule 

Daily Schedule

8:00-8:15 am   Morning Drop-Off Window
8:30-10:30   Weekly Themed Camp 
10:30-11:00   Snack Outside
11:00-12:00 pm   Week Themed Camp 
12:00-1:00   Lunch 
1:00-2:30  Daily Afternoon Activities
2:45-3:00pm  Afternoon Pick-Up Window
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Grade School Summer Camps: 6/21 – 8/19

Morning sessions will feature a theme camp as described below. UPWS staff will organize free play, music, art, reading, games, cooking, and more for the afternoon portion of the camp day.

Week of 6/21

Skateboarding Summer Camp (rising 4th – 8th grade students)

Whether your student is brand new to skateboarding or ready to build on existing skills, this camp is designed to expose students to the fun and creativity of skateboarding. Guest instructor Kristopher Long, who ran a spring after-school program in skateboarding at UPWS and teaches skateboarding through the Chicago Park District and Chicago Action Sports, will teach safety, balance and coordination, riding styles, basic tricks, the parts of a skateboard, and board design. Skateboards are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own. Students must bring their own helmets, knee/elbow/wrist protectors, and wear flat-soled shoes. 

Hands-On Art Summer Camp (rising 1st – 3rd grade students)

Our own Myra Kalaw presents a camp focused on art and design for younger students. Using basic geometric shapes, students will draw and cut their own stamps to design their own paper toys and storybooks. They will explore their unique visual vocabulary by looking at patterns in nature and playing with modular designs. Everyday objects, like play blocks, toys, found objects, and food will be used to make prints, stencils, and paper cuts. At the end of four days, students will have a set of their own 12 stamps, 3 stamp pads, and a cloth carry bag they have sewn themselves.

Week of 6/27

Skateboarding Summer Camp (rising 4th – 8th grade students)

Whether your student is brand new to skateboarding or ready to build on existing skills, this camp is designed to expose students to the fun and creativity of skateboarding. Guest instructor Kristopher Long, who ran a spring after-school program in skateboarding at UPWS and teaches skateboarding through the Chicago Park District and Chicago Action Sports, will teach safety, balance and coordination, riding styles, basic tricks, the parts of a skateboard, and board design. Skateboards are provided, though students are welcome to bring their own. Students must bring their own helmets, knee/elbow/wrist protectors, and wear flat-soled shoes.

STEAM Theater Summer Camp (rising 1st – 3rd grade students)

Ginger Leopoldo from CIRCA-Pintig, and a UPWS substitute teacher, presents a camp combining STEAM learning and theater studies. Students will learn how to build fun and practical low-tech mechanisms, like simple motors, centrifuges, and mechanical wheels. Through theater games and storybook discussions, students will learn the science behind simple mechanisms that power our everyday life. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math concepts, such as laws of air pressure, concepts of solubility and chromatography, shadow puppetry, gravity, and centripetal force will be covered in 4 easy do-it-yourself kits. Math Stories exploring colors and geometry will also be incorporated in the games and projects. Students will be encouraged to engineer their own projects and present their own shadow puppet plays. 

Week of 7/11

Capoeira Summer Camp (rising 1st – 8th grade students)

Beto de Freitas brings his extensive capoeira expertise to Urban Prairie again this summer. Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art developed in the 17th century composed of art, music, and physical activity with a strong emphasis on cultivating self-worth and self-esteem. Beto tailors his teaching to meet the age and developmental needs of students with intentional care toward their social-emotional learning needs. If your student has attended previous summer camps or after-school programs with Beto, you know how amazing this experience can be. If your student is new to capoeira, come see what the fuss is about!

Week of 7/18

Capoeira Summer Camp (rising 1st – 8th grade students)

Beto de Freitas brings his extensive capoeira expertise to Urban Prairie again this summer. Capoeira is an African-Brazilian art developed in the 17th century composed of art, music, and physical activity with a strong emphasis on cultivating self-worth and self-esteem. Beto tailors his teaching to meet the age and developmental needs of students with intentional care toward their social-emotional learning needs. If your student has attended previous summer camps or after-school programs with Beto, you know how amazing this experience can be. If your student is new to capoeira, come see what the fuss is about!

Week of 7/25

American Sign Language Camp (rising 1st – 8th grade students)

Urban Prairie is excited to announce that we are partnering with the Chicago Hearing Society to provide a camp teaching American Sign Language this summer! Experienced and professional elementary and middle school-level ASL educators from CHS will lead students through a beginners-level course through the week. We are so thrilled to bring this to our community!

Week of 8/1

Archery Summer Camp (rising 2nd – 8th grade students)

Brent Harmon returns for another summer camp of archery skills and exploration. Brent was named 2021 Developmental Coach of the Year by USA Archery, and this hugely popular archery camp at UPWS always hits the bullseye for kids. Students will learn fundamental techniques and develop their skills with an emphasis on safe practices supported by professional coaching and instruction.

Week of 8/8

Archery Summer Camp (rising 2nd – 8th grade students)

Brent Harmon returns for another summer camp of archery skills and exploration. Brent was named 2021 Developmental Coach of the Year by USA Archery, and this hugely popular archery camp at UPWS always hits the bullseye for kids. Students will learn fundamental techniques and develop their skills with an emphasis on safe practices supported by professional coaching and instruction.

Week of 8/15

Songwriting Camp (rising 5th – 8th grade students)

Led by board-certified music therapist April Hickey, who has visited the music classes of UPWS and offered after-school programming this spring, students will learn steps and strategies for songwriting to use as a tool for meaningful self-expression, creative collaboration with a group, and as an engaging coping skill. This program is recommended for any student that loves music. Students are encouraged to bring any instrument they would like to use, but an instrument is not required to participate.

Circus Camp (rising 1st – 4th grade students)

Our own Sophie Baumgartner will run a camp around circus activities, including warm-ups, tumbling, tightwire, aerial silks, and juggling, much like her beloved winter after-school activity. Students should wear comfortable clothing for indoor and outdoor activities. Most activities will take place in the gym where students may wear socks, ballet slippers, or appropriate gym shoes.

If you have any questions about camp programming reach out to admin@urbanprairie.org

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What to send 

  • Water Bottle
  • Snack & Lunch – we are a nut-free facility, please do not send peanuts or tree nuts in any form
  • Sunscreen and bug spray
  • Sun hat
  • Change of clothes (especially for the littles)
  • Swimsuit & Towel
  • Water shoes/sandals (for playing in the sprinkler, splash parks)
  • An extra mask or two (the school also can provide masks)
  • Hand sanitizer of choice
  • Any medications needed (to be turned over to camp staff at morning arrival

Non-food items (like a spare change of clothes) may be left at school overnight if needed.

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What NOT to send

  • Toys or any electronics
Cell phones will remain packed away for the entirety of camp. Campers may ask for permission to use their phone should they need to call a parent or guardian. Campers will also have access to the school phone if needed.
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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.