Make lasting memories for your kids this summer at Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Summer Camps!

Lake Forest Parks & Recreation offers a wide variety of summer camp experiences right here in our community with a flexible schedule, affordable pricing, and a reputation that is second to none. From traditional, super fun day camps, to sports, nature, dance, art, and technology, there is a camp for every child.

NEW - April 16, 2021: All Stars One Week Camp options, and McCormick Two Week Camp options!

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Our camps:

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  • Lake Forest Recreation Center Usage: The Recreation Center is only open to currently registered Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department (LFPRD) program participants and Fitness Center users (members).
  • Group Sizes: Programs will have limited class sizes.
  • Sanitization: The LFPRD has taken extra steps for additional cleaning and sanitization, including hand sanitizing stations and equipping staff with hand sanitizer and proper cleaning supplies. Each facility space or program group will have their own sanitizing kits. Participants and staff will be required to wash hands for a minimum of 20 seconds, once per hour, before/after washroom use, and before/after eating.
  • Social Distancing: When unable to maintain 6ft. of distance, face coverings must be worn.
  • Equipment/Facility Usage: Sharing of supplies and equipment will be limited, and any items that will be shared will be thoroughly sanitized between usages. A detailed and thorough cleaning check list has been developed to be performed by all staff throughout the day.
  • Face Coverings: All LFPRD Program Staff must wear face coverings while instructing a program. Each department or program area will have their own guidelines for participants, which will be communicated through parent manuals prior to the start date of program.
  • Water Bottles: Public water fountains will not be available inside the Recreation Center. Program participants should bring their own water bottle and may use non-contact refillable water stations.
  • Food Delivery: There will be no food delivery accepted to the Recreation Center.
  • Staff Training: All staff will partake in our weeklong, mandatory pre-camp training.
  • North Suburban Special Recreation Association (NSSRA): NSSRA staff partake in LFRD staff training to assist participants with special needs. NSSRA and the City of Lake Forest are aligned to follow IDPH restrictions and guidelines.


  • Each LFPRD Program will have its own designated drop off/pick up location. Program Supervisors will make these areas very clear pre-program.
  • Registered participant(s) should be dropped off no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program.
  • Any young child may be escorted to the check-in point by one caregiver or parent.
  • At check in: Staff will confirm registration, Take the temperature of participant, and a short list of screening questions may be asked by staff to parent or guardian of participant (list of questions will be in pre-camp parent manual).
  • Staff will direct participant to the appropriate location for program.


The first line of defense is to keep participant HOME if they are showing signs or symptoms of COVID-19.

Participant parent or guardian should report the following to their Program Supervisor:

  • If anyone in the immediate household has recently tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Has been exposed to a positive COVID-19 person.
  • Has recently travelled to any of the states on the IL travel quarantine list.

In the event either of the below occur, Program Supervisors and/or LFPRD Management staff will handle all communications with parents and if necessary, other participant parents.


  • If a participant or staff member does have symptoms they CANNOT attend program until they have had no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications, other symptoms have improved, and at least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first appeared.
  • Participant or staff must have a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • If a participant or staff member shows any symptoms while at program, they will be moved to an area separated from the rest of the program, accompanied by a staff member. Parents will be contacted and expected to pick up participant immediately.


  • If a participant or staff member does contract COVID-19, they should remain isolated at home for a minimum of 10 days after symptoms onset and can be released after feverless and feeling well (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours and have a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • Anyone who is exposed to a COVID-19 positive participant or staff member will be contacted by staff and advised on next steps.