It’s summer! Let your child spend as much time outdoors as they can before they get stuck inside all winter.
Can you tell I’m not a fan of winter?

There are so many nature & outdoor camps to choose from.
So to help you with picking the perfect nature or outdoor summer camp, we’ve put together a list of camps in the Rockford area!

*This is by no means a complete list, and we will be updating it continually, so check back often for updates!*

For specific questions or to receive more information about a camp, please use the contact info provided with each listing. Rockford4Kids is not affiliated with any of the businesses or organizations, but featured camps may be sponsored.

Nature Camps

YMCA of Rock River Valley

Camp Winnebago

Ages: Entering K (4 years) – 8th Grade. 5-Day program, Monday-Friday. 5804 N. Main Street, Rockford. Located on over 160 acres of woodlands, Camp Winnebago is a hidden treasure of the Rockford area and the perfect place for your child to spend their summer. The largest of our summer camp locations, Camp Winnebago is the complete summer camp package. With 3 lodges, 2 open-air pavilions, miles of trails and creeks, a pond, and 4 large fields, there is always something to explore! Getting your camper out of bed is easy when they know there is a day of jam-packed outdoor activities waiting for them at Camp Winnebago!

Adventure Camp at SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA

Ages: Entering K – 7th Grade. 200 Y Blvd., Rockford. Conveniently located at our downtown facility, Camp Winnebago Adventure Camp at SwedishAmerican Riverfront YMCA is perfect for the child who enjoys the luxury of indoor space in addition to outdoor summer camp activities. Unique to camp is the outdoor sand volleyball court (a camper favorite) and a beautiful view of the Rock River! Program Area Highlights include Indoor Gymnasium, Swimming Pool, Access to Bike Path, Sandpit/Sand Volleyball Court, Indoor Climbing Wall, Archery Range, Summer Reading Program, Field Trips with dates and locations TBA, Camp Overnights (Thursdays) for an additional fee.

Adventure Camp at Northeast Family YMCA

Ages: Entering K – 7th Grade. 8451 Orth Road, Loves Park. Located in perfect view of the Rockford Rivets Ballpark, Camp Winnebago Adventure Camp at Northeast Family YMCA is perfect for the child who enjoys the luxury of indoor space in addition to outdoor summer camp activities. Unique to Camp Winnebago Adventure Camp at Northeast Family YMCA is their vicinity to Sportscore II and kid-friendly pool activities! This summer camp location offers a smaller number of available spots, but packs in the same amount of summer camp fun!

Adventure Camp at Pebble Creek

Ages: Entering K – 7th Grade. 5375 Pebble Creek Trail, Loves Park. Camp Winnebago Adventure Camp at Pebble Creek is a hybrid of our Camp Winnebago location and our facility branch locations. Camp Pebble Creek offers tons of indoor space and 10 acres of fields, woodlands, and a creek to explore. Craft rooms, fire pits, and trails make this location ideal for the summer camp experience! Program Area Highlights: 10 Acres of Fields and Woodlands, Creek, Fire Pits, Gaga Ball Arena, Access to Local Parks, Craft Room, Archery Range, Summer Reading Program, Field Trips* (Dates and Locations TBA), and Camp Overnights (Thursdays) *additional fee.

Kids’ Time Camp Days at Pebble Creek

Ages: Entering K – 5th Grade. 5375 Pebble Creek Trail, Loves Park. Sign up for the days you need at Kids’ Time Camp Days at Pebble Creek. Camp Pebble Creek offers tons of indoor space and 10 acres of fields, woodlands, and a creek to explore. Craft rooms, fire pits, and trails make this location ideal for the summer camp experience! Program Area Highlights: 10 Acres of Fields and Woodlands, Creek, Fire Pits, Gaga Ball Arena, Access to Local Parks, Craft Room, Archery Range, and Educational and academic focused activities that bridge the summer learning gap. If you have questions about this program, call the Youth Achievement Office at 815-489-1194.

Staff Development Program

AGE: 14-17 years. The Staff Development Program is designed for adolescents between the ages of 14 and 17 who demonstrate responsibility, maturity, a passion for working with kids, and an interest in learning how to become a leader at Camp and within their communities. All students must submit an enrollment application to be a part of the Staff Development Program at Camp Winnebago. For more information, contact Program Director Seth Bartos at 815-489-3374 or sbartos@rockriverymca.org.

FOR ALL Inclusion Program

Would your camper benefit from inclusive support in a day camp setting? Camp Winnebago’s FOR ALL Inclusion Program is designed to provide campers with inclusive support by specially trained staff members.​ In doing so, we strive to provide every camper with the opportunity to find success in our programs through achievement, friendship, and belonging. Please contact us to learn more about the FOR ALL Inclusion Program. Audi Stroup (815)489-3374 astroup@rockriverymca.org​ The YMCA of Rock River Valley supports, to the best of its resources, the intent and spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act as a Title II Provider.

YMCA Camp Benson

Looking for a week-long, resident camp experience? Check out Camp Winnebago’s sister Camp, Camp Benson YMCA. Located in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, Camp Benson is the perfect location for your camper to experience resident camp. Camp Benson YMCA offers discounted rates for YMCA of Rock River Valley members.

Rockford Park District

Nature Quest

Every week, Nature Quest offers an introductory camp experience with a different theme. Typical camp activities include archery, hiking, singing, games, crafts, and tie-dyeing. To add to the fun, there are weekly field trips, visits by special guests, and live animal demonstrations. Plan on joining us each Thursday for “Family Night,” and see for yourself how much fun your child had at Nature Quest! Extended Care is available with an additional $35 fee. Extended Care allows you to drop off your child between 7:30am – 8:30am and to pick up your child between 4:30pm – 5:30pm.

Pass the Bees, Please! June 11-15

‘Hey, Buzz, were you eating a donut?
There’s powdered sugar all over you!
Oh, it’s pollen you gut from drinking
flower nectar? Cool!’ Learn how
pollinators get things done without
even trying!

Tiny Vampires (ticks,mosquitoes, etc.) June 18-22

They want to suck your blood – but
they won’t take much. These creatures
live a secret life that you or your pets
find annoying, but are fascinating in the
grand scheme of the natural world.

Geology Rocks! June 25-29

Rocks may roll, but a fossil is docile.
You know that water covers much of the
earth, but discover what makes up our
planet’s hard surfaces, and how that can
change over long periods of time.

Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes July 2-6

Humans have all of those, but what
about the animal kingdom? Worms may
be lacking in appendages, but there
are some pretty awesome creatures out
there who make us look…well, boring!
Check out what different body parts they
have, and why. No camp July 4th.

Trailblazers July 9-13

North, south, east, west – who can arrive
before the rest? This week will focus
on learning the practice of orienteering.
Find your way around your surroundings
by using a compass and your wits!

Run and Hide! July 16-20

Predator and prey – run and hide! When
survival depends on that, you get pretty
good at blending in. Learn how different
animals fit into the food chain, and which
natural traits can promote survival of
the fittest

That Fish is Cray! July 23-27

“A micro what? Microorganism? Is that like
a tiny piano? And what do they have to do
with smallmouth bass or otters?” Rivers
are complex environments that can be
greatly affected by the smallest factors.
Find out what you can do to appreciate
the little things in life, and how to protect
one of our greatest resources.

Whether the Weather be Good July 30-Aug 3

Whether you can weather this weather
or need to move to a different part of
the country, you will love our weeklong
exploration of climate, seasons, and
what can affect Mother Nature’s power
trip.

Playground Programs

Time 2 Play Neighborhood Playground Program

Time 2 Play offers your child many active choices to play with friends at a neighborhood park.
Participants will enjoy breaking a sweat playing fun games such as spiderball, four-square,
kickball, table hockey, wet and wild water play, weekly field trips, and more, all supervised by welltrained
staff. Field trips may include Magic Waters, Skate Co, Park Lanes Bowling, and Rockford
Park District area pools. For every new location a participant chooses to attend, a new
registration must be completed.
NOTE: Not offered July 2–6 due to the July 4th holiday

Beattie Playground, 1221 Rural St – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Bloom School Park, 2901 Pelham Rd – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Elliot Playground, 1000 Mill Rd – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Harmon Park, 1924 E Gate Pkwy – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Highland Park, 3011 Rural St – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Keye-Mallquist Park, 1702 11th St – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

Ridge Ave. Park, 3317 Ridge Ave – Rockford, IL
M-F 1:00-5:00 pm Jun 11-Aug 3

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Farm Camps

Angelic Organics

Summer Farm Camps

Join us for fun on the farm! Harvest veggies, learn sustainable living techniques, care for adorable farm animals, hike to the creek, cook meals using farm fresh ingredients and more! You’ll experience a real working farm while discovering connections between our land and the food we eat. What’s more, recent studies show that time in microbe-rich dirt can actually improve your health, and time spent outdoors can lead to better academic performance.

All About Animals Day Camp

Start: Mon, 6/11/2018 – 9:00 am
End: Fri, 6/15/2018 – 3:00 pm
 

If your camper is crazy about chickens, pigs, goats, honey bees and other farm animals, then All About Animals Day Camp is for you. Ages 6-12. Extended care also available from 7:45-9am and 3-5:30pm. 

Start: Mon, 6/18/2018 – 9:00 am
End: Fri, 6/22/2018 – 12:00 pm
 

Teens are invited to join us for a special Farm Fixer Upper Leadership Day Camp. Ages 12-16.

Start: Mon, 6/18/2018 – 9:00 am
End: Fri, 6/22/2018 – 3:00 pm
 

Summer officially begins this week and campers will get ready for the harvest and celebrate by making flower crowns, gardening, games, and playing by the creek. Ages 6-12. Extended care also available from 7:45-9am and 3-5:30pm.

Start: Sun, 6/24/2018 – 2:00 pm
End: Fri, 6/29/2018 – 1:30 pm
 

Be a farmer for a week! Begin the day by caring for the animals, then learn a new skill in a food & farm workshop, and spend the afternoon playing games or exploring our 200 acres of oak savannah and creeks. Harvest veggies for our organic meals, tell stories by the campfire, and more! Ages 8-14.

Start: Sun, 7/8/2018 – 2:00 pm
End: Fri, 7/13/2018 – 1:30 pm
 

Be a farmer for a week! Begin the day by caring for the animals, then learn a new skill in a food & farm workshop, and spend the afternoon playing games or exploring our 200 acres of oak savannah and creeks. Harvest veggies for our organic meals, tell stories by the campfire, and more! Ages 8-14.

Overnight Farm Camp: Session 3

Start: Sun, 7/15/2018 – 2:00 pm
End: Fri, 7/20/2018 – 1:30 pm
 

Be a farmer for a week! Begin the day by caring for the animals, then learn a new skill in a food & farm workshop, and spend the afternoon playing games or exploring our 200 acres of oak savannah and creeks. Harvest veggies for our organic meals, tell stories by the campfire, and more! Ages 8-14.

Overnight Farm Camp: Session 4

Start: Sun, 7/22/2018 – 2:00 pm
End: Fri, 7/27/2018 – 1:30 pm
 

Be a farmer for a week! Begin the day by caring for the animals, then learn a new skill in a food & farm workshop, and spend the afternoon playing games or exploring our 200 acres of oak savannah and creeks. Harvest veggies for our organic meals, tell stories by the campfire, and more! Ages 8-14.

Start: Mon, 8/6/2018 – 9:00 am
End: Fri, 8/10/2018 – 3:00 pm
 

Campers will get their detective side on to solve cases of withered plants, sagging flowers and chewed up leaves. Ages 8-12. Extended care also available from 7:45-9am and 3-5:30pm

Start: Mon, 8/6/2018 – 9:00 am
End: Fri, 8/10/2018 – 12:00 pm
 

We are going to play in the dirt every day and meet the farm wigglers and hoppers at this half-day camp. Ages 5-7.

Zoo Camps

Summerfield Zoo

2018 Safari Day Camp

Summerfield Zoo is hosting 4 FUN-FILLED weeks of summer camp this year!  Each week has a different theme and organization to it.  Every week will learn about the animals that call the zoo home, have game and craft time, and special interactions with specific animals.  Each week will only be limited to TWELVE PARTICIPANTS.  Please reserve your child’s spot NOW!! 

Each week the following interactions will be included: baby goat feedings, pony rides, pictures with the animal ambassador of your child’s choice and animal presentations.

Week 1 – Zooper Explorer (June 4-8) – This week focuses on learning about the zoo and what goes in to making the animals feel like they are at home. Participants will learn about feeding, care, and enrichment (toys and games for the animals).  Some of the activities include: making treats for the animals, animal scavenger hunt, and creating toys for the animals.

Week 2 – Zoo Crew (June 18 -22) – This week focuses on learning about Zookeeping behind the scenes and what it takes to be a zookeeper! Participants will be allowed to do some (age-appropriate and safe) chores that zookeepers do every day, such as feeding and cleaning. If your child has a passion for animals and their care, this Zookeeper 101 camp is for them! Some of the activities include: daily feeding of animals, being a real Zookeeper, and track identification.

Week 3 – Zoonatomy (July 9-July 13) – This week focuses on animal adaptations and the anatomy of a zoo. Participants will learn about the history and changes of animals and the cool tricks they learn to survive! Some activities include: interactive comparisons of animals, crafts, an “Adaptation Station”, and many more!

Week 4 – Zoo Crew 2 (July 23-July 27) – This week focuses on how the zoo helps to rescue animals and keep them happy and healthy. Participants will learn about recreating the natural environment of our animals through feeding, habitat creation, and rehabilitation (making animals healthy again). Some of the activities include: assisting with feeding the animals, exhibit scavenger hunt, and designing their own animal habitat.

Half Day Camp                             Full Day Camp

9:00 a.m. – Noon                           9 a.m. –  3 p.m.  (lunch included)

$150                                              $250

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