OPFS 2018 Summer Camp Themes

A Super Crazy Fun Summer!


June 4 - 8: Adventures in Architecture

This week is all things building, construction, and engineering!  Campers will use recyclables to construct their own creations, dissect old appliances, build their own circuits, and much, much more!  The week will culminate with a field trip to the Chicago Cultural Center, the Bean, and Maggie Daley Park.


June 11 - 15: Culinary Creations

Cooking competitions!  Learning about different foods! Compete in a Fear Factor food challenge!  So many recipes for fun.

Opt-in swim lessons: session 1


June 18 - 22: Game Week

A little healthy competition with American Idol, Project Runway, Let’s Make a Deal type fun.  We’ll also be incorporating some good old fashioned games like Red Rover and tag. We hope the kids are game for a week of fun!

Opt-in swim lessons: session 1


June 25 - 19: Water Week

An OPFS summer staple!  This week is full of fun water activities that never get old.  

    Opt-in swim lessons: session 2


July 2 - 6: Spirit Week

We’ve got spirit how ‘bout you!  Each day will have a different theme: DC v Marvel, Holiday (spend the day celebrating the different holidays during the year), Decades Day (think 90s, 80s, 60s, etc.), OPFS Carnival!  

Opt-in swim lessons: session 2


July 9 - 13: Music & Movies

Spend the week creating a movie or song to be performed at the red carpet premiere on Friday.  There will be opportunities for cast and crew, songwriting, movie making, and more!

    Opt-in swim lessons: session 3


July 16 - 20: Oak Park Friends School of Wizardry and Witchcraft

We’re so excited about this Harry Potter themed week that I can barely type.  

Opt-in swim lessons: session 3


July 23 - 27: Art Week

Another OPFS camp staple!  Delve into new mediums and explore your messy, creative side with multiple opportunities to express yourself!



July 30 - August 3: King Arthur’s Camp

More than just knights and princesses! Catapult building, castle making out of boxes, jousting with pool noodles, and a possibly a trip to Medieval Times!  


August 6 - 10: Camping Week

Let’s get back to basics with this camping and homesteading week.  Hikes, geocaching, building fires, making things from scratch, sewing, etc.  We’re going to end this week with a trip to Starved Rock and an optional family camping trip!  You read that correctly. Family. Camping. Trip. Get excited.


August 13 & 14: Epic field trips that are TBD.

Summertime brings our summer camp.  For the sixth year in a row, we will be launching our full-time summer camp.  This has been the highlight of our year often.  As a staff we strive to pick themes (see below!) that not only the kids, but that we, as a staff, get excited about.  Each week we spend the whole time exploring the theme.  The themes vary from Art, to Water, to Time Travel and Camping and more.  Like our program during the school year, we want kids to have the experience of being at camp, but yet experience things they normally would if they were at home as well.  To that end, we make frequent, if not daily trips to the pool.  Provide swim lessons through Fenwick, and basically spend most of our day out and about Oak Park.  Most weeks we take an off-site field trip that lets us spend the day immersed in whatever theme we are exploring.

Summer Friends