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

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!

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.

Lake County Forest Preserves Camps

Nature. Art. History. Camp.

Safe, local, and fun, most of our camps are held completely outdoors in a forest preserve. Those few that aren’t have components outside. Outdoor play helps children improve their creativity, manage stress, and learn in a positive environment. Camps are available from ages 4 to 15 without repeating a topic.

New for 2019, travel back in time through 10,000 years of Lake County’s history during Time Travelers camp at the Dunn Museum in Libertyville. Bike, hike, canoe, swim, and fish in Adaptation Adventures camp. Take an adventure through woodlands, wetlands, and prairies with your four- or five-year-old in Little Explorers camp.

Or choose from eight other half-day and full-day camps! Different topics and locations each week, starting June 10. All camps are led by professional educators well-trained in supervision, safety, and activity development.

Find your summer camp with the Lake County Forest Preserves.
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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 sun screen and bug spray and get those kids outside!What is your favorite outdoor camp?

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

…Or rather your inbox! Sign up now for Camp Trike and receive a daily email Monday-Friday all summer long! Each day will have things to do, places to go and ideas for easy summer fun centered around a theme.

Camp Trike runs May 27 through August 12 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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