Guide to Summer Camps in Lake County that Keep Your Kids Outdoors

Summer Fun in Lake County

The Little Lake County Summer Camp Guide contains paid listings.

When I was a kid, camp meant playing outside, all summer long.  Mosquito bites, sunscreen, hats and plenty of running.  We rested in the shade of bur oaks, took a dip in lakes and entered school in the fall with sun-kissed cheeks and shoulders.  Our spirits were lifted and our bodies were full of exactly what we’re supposed to get out of summer.  Today, we see camps that are outdoors, indoors, partially indoor and out, and our kids can use them all!  If you’re looking for a camp that aims to keep your kids outdoors for the majority of their day, we’ve got the best list for you!

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Outdoor Camps in Lake County

Editor’s note: for this guide, we defined outdoor camps as camps where children spend 80% or more of their camp time outdoors.

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Lake County Forest Preserves Camps

Nature. History. Art. Adventure. Every day at a Lake County Forest Preserves summer camp is different from the last, offering a balanced learning experience in the great outdoors.

Explore some of the most beautiful natural areas in the region. Learn how Lake County’s rich history influences the present. And create unique art with diverse techniques while discovering local artists.

New for 2020, develop solo paddling skills and paddle the Des Plaines River at Kayaking in Nature Camp. Discover how animals use fur, feathers, fins, and scales for survival in Animal Attire Camp. Learn how to plant, water, harvest and package homegrown food during Pint-Sized Farmers Camp. Or choose from seven other half-day and full-day camps for ages 6 to 16.

Because summer camp in the forest preserves is a summer well-spent.

Register at or call 847-968-3321.
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Camp CBG – Chicago Botanic Garden

Camp CBG: Where Science, Nature & Fun Meet
The Chicago Botanic Garden’s signature day camp provides exciting, fun, and enriching outdoor learning experiences for your child, with programs for children ages 6 months to 15 years old.

Science, nature, art, ecology, and cooking camps draw kids from Chicago and the North Shore suburbs. Our instructors are highly qualified, and many have been teaching with Camp CBG for more than five years. All staff members participate in annual training, are first-aid certified, and love teaching. We are happy to offer before-camp and after-camp care for your camper as well.

Camp CBG – Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 | (847) 835-8361
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Stock up on the sunscreen and bug spray and get those kids outside! What is your favorite outdoor camp?

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No more searching! We’ve got your summer in the bag…

…Or rather your inbox! Sign up now for Camp Trike and receive a weekly themed list of activities, all summer long! Each one will have things to do and ideas for easy summer fun you can do at home.

Camp Trike runs May 25 through August 14 and will include optional membership to a private Facebook Group to share ideas, comments and plan playdates.

Disclosure: Listings in this guide were paid for by the camps featured.

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Alli is a boldly authentic mom to three- because who has time to fake it? She enjoys almost all things that moms get to do and strives to find joy in every day. Along with her supportive husband, Alli can be seen (or heard) around Lake County chasing runaway children, eating ice cream and holding someone's hand.

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