Baker Summer Discovery Camp- June 15-August 7, 2020

Baker Summer Discovery Camp is designed to spark the imagination and engage the intellect while offering an equally important dose of fun and physical activity. Campers spend their mornings engaged in some of their favorite topics, including theatre, soccer, and nature adventures. Afternoons are filled with swimming, art, sports, and games. At the end of each day, campers go home excited to return for another day of discovery!


Baker Bonus Summer Camp Weeks

Welcome to Baker Summer Discovery Camp!

At Baker’s Summer Discovery Camp, we’re serious about creating summer fun and new experiences that help kids build confidence, make new friends, and learn some of life’s most important lessons along the way! Whether your camper wants to be on stage, in the lab, in the arts studio, on the field or water front, this is a place where your child becomes known and valued.

Questions? Contact: Aimee Frank at summer@bakerdemschool.org or 847-425-5814.

Camp Hours:

  • Grades K-8:  8:30 – 3:10
  • Early Childhood Full Day: 8:30 – 3:00
  • Early Childhood Half Day: 8:30 – 12:00
  • Extended Care
    • Morning Care: 7:30 – 8:30
    • After Care: 3:10 – 6:00

Daily Schedule:

  • Grades K-8
    • 7:30-8:30: Morning Care
    • 8:15-8:30: Drop off
    • 8:30-9:00: Morning Welcome
    • 9:00- 11:45: Morning Discovery
    • 11:45-12:20: Lunch
    • 12:30-3:00: Sports & Games, Arts & Crafts, and Swimming
    • 3:00-3:10: Popsicles!
    • 3:10-3:20: Carpool (Pick-up)
    • 3:10-6:00: After Care (Additional Cost)
  • Early Childhood
    • 7:30-8:30: Morning Care
    • 8:15-8:30: Drop off
    • 8:30-11:00: Explorations & Activities based on a weekly theme
    • 11:00-12:00: Pool Time
    • 12:00: Half Day Dismissal
    • 12:15-12:45: Full Day Lunch
    • 12:45-2:30: Free play, stories and rest time
    • 2:30-3:00: Popsicles!
    • 3:00-3:10: Carpool (Pick-up)
    • 3:10-6:00: After Care (Additional Cost)

Cost (Week of July 1 is prorated to reflect 3 day week)

  • Early Childhood – 8th Full Day Camp: $525/week
  • EC Half Day Camp: $300/week
  • Morning Care: No additional fee
  • After Care: $30/day or $125/week if registered in advance


  • Register for 4 or more weeks to receive a multi week discount
    • Full Day: $25/week discount (Prorated for week of July 1)
    • EC Half Day- $15/week discount (Prorated for week of July 1)

Baker Summer Discovery Camp is designed to spark the imagination and engage the intellect while offering an equally important dose of fun and physical activity.

Campers spend their mornings engaged in of some of their favorite topics, including theatre, soccer, and nature adventures. This year’s courses include Grossology, Nature Explorers, 3D Sculpture, Song Parody, Game Development and more!

Afternoons are filled with swimming, art, sports, and games. At the end of each day, campers go home excited to return for another day of discovery!

Camp Schedule by Grade

Bonus Camp Schedule

Time Activity
7:30-8:30 Morning Care
8:30-9:00 Morning Drop Off
9:00-12:00 Theme Based Activities
*Break at 10:30
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Outside Activity
1:00-1:30 Academic Time
1:30-3:00 Special Activity
3:00-3:30 Fitness Activity/Pick Up
3:30-6:00 Extended Care

Grades K-8

In order to give campers a multifaceted summer experience, our camp day breaks into two parts; Morning Discoveries and Afternoon Explorations. Campers will start their day outside, and have a chance to say hello to counselors and friends before heading off to Morning Discoveries.  Morning Discoveries refer to the specific course your camper will participate in Monday-Thursday morning from 9:00-11:45. After a morning full of discovery campers will head to lunch to refuel for Afternoon Explorations. All campers will break into grade-based groups and rotate between the 3 Afternoon Explorations; Swimming, Arts and Crafts, and Sports and Games, getting a full dose of traditional camp activities each afternoon.
Morning Discoveries: During registration, campers will have the opportunity to select between 2 Morning Discovery options for the week. Morning Discoveries are week long, multi-grade, hands on, inquiry-based (or activity-based) courses.
Afternoon Explorations: Campers will have an opportunity to spread their wings in the afternoon and participate in traditional camp activities, such as swimming, making friendship bracelets, or playing a game of capture the flag, just to name a few.
  • Swimming- Campers have time to swim in the pool every day. Here they will play games and make friends, all while gaining confidence in the water and having fun!
  • Arts and Crafts – Explore all our Art Studio has to offer!
  • Sports and Games- Campers will gather on the field or in the gym to play all different kinds of sports and games each day with their friends, and unknowingly learn the magic of cooperation and teamwork.

Early Childhood

Our early childhood camps focus on hands-on exploration, play-based learning, and building community through collaboration. Each morning, our Early Childhood instructors invite campers to engage their senses through indoor and outdoor activities based on weekly themes. They spend time in the pool, create, and play games. Campers who join us for the afternoon engage in free play, share stories, and have quiet rest time before enjoying their afternoon popsicles.

Aimee Frank– Baker Middle School Math Teacher- Baker Summer Discovery Co-Director

Hannah Bielawski– Enrichment Activities and Events Coordinator- Baker Summer Discovery Co-Director

Tiffany Rampey- Baker 4th Grades Teacher- Morning Discovery Instructor

Kerah Sandler– Baker 5th Grade Teacher- Morning Discovery Instructor

Morgan Fitzpatrick– Baker Middle School Social Studies Teacher- Morning Discovery Instructor

Jim Leesch– Baker Middle School Math Teacher- Morning Discovery Instructor

Victoria Reeves– Morning Discovery Teacher and Director of Art

Johnny Price– Morning Discovery Teacher and Director of Sports and Games

Jessy Zich– Winnetka Public School Kindergarten Teacher (Previously Kindergarten Teacher at Baker)- Morning Discovery Instructor

Erin Murray– Morning Discovery Instructor

3D Sculpture  – Come explore the joy of building 3D sculptural creations with Creativity Coach and Cultural Arts Educator Victoria Reeves. We will work with paper, cardboard, plastic, fabric, found objects, chicken wire, cheesecloth and plaster. Learn how to make fun Recycle Arts Creations, Plaster Sculpture with a chicken wire base, African Masks, Mosaic Self Portraits, Papier Mache Figures, and Empowerment Dolls!  Spend your afternoons exploring new mediums, learning about different cultures and expanding your artistic vocabulary.

Battle Bots  – Welcome to combat robotics! Learn how to build a combat robot from scratch, then sent your bot to battle in our custom arena. In this camp, led by our friends at Einstein by Design, campers  learn electronics and fabrication skills needed to build the chassis, solder the electronics, and connect R/C controllers. At the end of the week, they’ll test their creations in a battle bot tournament. Get ready to battle! Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 7 – 7/29-8/2

Biotechnology: Shaping Our Future – From Dolly the sheep to personalized medicine and CRISPR, genetics-based biotechnology has transformed our lives. New discoveries are announced almost daily that seem to come straight out of science fiction novels. Biotechnology campers participate in this growing field and become genetic engineers for the week. Campers  use a host of molecular biology laboratory techniques, including working with bacteria, micropipetting, and dilutions techniques that are used everyday in research laboratories across the world. As a culminating project, campers  design and conduct their own experiments using newly created glowing bacteria. Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 2 – 6/24-6/28

Break-out of Baker – Each day campers will be “locked" in until they can figure their way out! There will be clues, puzzles, and codes to break in order to collectively escape! The environment will be fun and light, but the time will be ticking! Come get locked-in….so you can break-out! Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 5 – 7/15-7/19

Basketball Camp – Campers learn how to play like champions in this on-the-court camp focused on building fundamentals through dynamic drills that help young athletes understand the game, improve their play, and learn to work as part of a team. Course offered: 1st-3rd grades – Week 5 – 7/15-7/19 and 2nd-4th grades – Week 7 – 7/29-8/2

CSI Baker – Calling all forensic scientists! Join the Baker CSI team to practice your investigative skills this summer. Collect and analyze fingerprints and fiber samples, learn to decipher coded messages, and effectively interrogate suspects. Each day, campers combine science and observation as they become expert forensic scientists. Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 3 – 7/1-7/3

Discover the Power of You! There is only one you. Find your voice and share it with others through creative expression! Take an experiential adventure with Creativity Coach and Cultural Arts Educator Victoria Reeves. Use language to connect through power words and storytelling exercises. Use images to unearth your unique gifts by creating self-portraits, vision boards and empowerment dolls.  Through this fun process, you will learn how positive personal empowerment can ignite your dreams. Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 4 – 7/8-7/12 and 2nd-4th grades – Week 5 – 7/22-7/26

Game Development – Description to come. Course offered: 5th-8th grades – Weeks 1&2- 617-6/28

Global Games – Learn about cultures from around the world through the lens of sports and games! Explore history by hearing stories about games that were played during the ancient times, investigate the origins of the many sports we know today, and discover how those games have been changed throughout the years. Express your creativity by re-creating and re-imagining games from cultures around the world. Course offered: 1st-3rd grades – Week 1 6/17-6/21 and K-1st grades  – Week 2 – 6/24 – 6/28 and 1st-3rd grades – Week 3 7/1-7/3

Grossology – Warning! This camp is not for the squeamish. Life is full of slippery, slimy, gooey stuff, and our Grossology campers  learn all about the grossest parts of the world around them in this hands-on exploration of the yucky business of humans, animals, and habitats. Campers investigate how waste moves through the body, what snot is made of, why some animals eat vomit, and plenty more yucky natural phenomenon. Each week of Grossology features unique investigations and experiments tailored to the age group. Prepare to get gross this summer! Course offered: k-2st grades – Week 1- 617-6/21 and 1st-3rd grades – Week 2 – 6/24-6/28 and 2nd-4th grades – Week 4 – 7/8 – 7/12

Hip-Hop Fundamentals – Learn the 4 elements of Hip Hop Culture with DJ Johnny Price – practice DJing, break dancing, mural drawing and spoken word. DJ Johnny’s positive energy and funky style, combined with his extensive background, exposes campers to an unparalleled, interactive and experiential opportunity! This creative course will culminate in a multi-media performance – a celebration of personal expression – where campers can show what they have learned. Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 6 – 7/22-7/26

Myth Busters – If you swallow gum does it really stay in your stomach? Is there a dark side of the moon? Can you shatter a penny with a hammer? Follow the Myth Busters method – wonder, research, guess, test, discover, and share – to find out! Join the Baker Myth Busters team and engage hand-on experiments to separate science fact from science fiction. Course offered: 4th-6th grades – Week 1 – 6/17-6/21

Nature Explorers with Jessy Zich – Explore nature through hands-on experiences inside and outside the classroom. Learn about ecosystems, animals and their habitats, and the important work of insects. Campers will engage in play, stories, folklore, scientific explorations, art, and outdoor adventures. Connect with nature this summer with Ms. Jessy’s Nature Explorers! Course offered: 1st-3rd grades – Week 4 – 7/8-7/12 and  Week 6 – 7/22-7/26; K-1st grades – Week 5 – 7/22 – 7/28 and Week 7 – 7/29-8/2

Photography – You don’t need expensive equipment to take great pictures anymore! Armed with their own cell phones or digital cameras, campers learn the basics of photography and use the environment in and around Baker to practice their skills. Campers end the week with small portfolios that show off their understanding of light and composition! Course offered: 5th-8th grades – Week 6 – 7/22-7/26

Physical Comedy with Mudlark Theater – Clowning around is serious business in this camp. Join the professionals from Mudlark Theater and learn how to improvise as larger-than-life characters, perform partner acrobatics, and execute slapstick with perfect timing. Course offered: 1st-3rd grades – Week 8 – 8/5 – 8/9

Role Playing – Description to come. Course offered: 5th-8th grades – Week 3 – 7/1-7/3

Simple Bots  – Simple Bots gives our youngest campers a chance to build fun and simple models such as a seesaw, rolling car, spinning top, or raft. By playing with and manipulating the models, campers experience pulleys, levers, gears, wheels, and axles, while exploring energy, buoyancy, and balance. Simple Bots teaches the basics of LEGO robotics through hands-on, age-appropriate play and exploration. Course offered: K-1st grades – Week 6 – 7/22-7/26

Short Shakes – Campers can join JEFF award winning director, Erin Murray, for two weeks of Shakespeare on the stage of Baker’s Carlton Auditorium. Learn the language of the Bard, give Shakespearean dance a whirl, and practice stage combat. Working with their co-stars, campers will spend two weeks emerged in scene studies and performances. Course offered: 5th-8th grades – Weeks 7&8 – 7/29 – 8/9

Song Parody with Mudlark Theater – Do you enjoy changing the lyrics to well-known pop songs to make them funnier? Well, now there’s a camp for that. Join the chorus and create side-grabbingly hysterical versions of your favorite songs.Work with your friends and the amazing Mudlark Theater singers to create the silliest song possible, then bring your creations to life on stage. Course offered: 2nd-4th grades – Week 3 – 7/1-7/3

Super Soccer Stars – Campers build confidence and practice teamwork while developing super soccer skills! They spend mornings on the field practicing soccer fundamentals through warm-ups, games, relay races, and team building and skill building activities. With their skills sharpened, campers end the week with a friendly game of World Cup. Course offered: K-1st grades – Week 4 – 7/8-7/12 and Week 8 – 8/5 – 8/9

Underwater Drones – Have you heard about the underdog high school robotics team that crusted MIT in the underwater robotics competition? Underwater Drones offers campers the opportunity to explore the science of submersibles and master the challenging underwater environment by experimenting with buoyancy, density, and pressure. Design and construct an underwater drone, while navigating using robotics and mechanical engineering. Campers first learn basic electronics, soldering, and acrylic construction before assembling and calibrating their robots. Next, they will plan micro-expeditions to test their machines, pilot the drones, learn how to communicate discoveries, and share stories and photos with the world. Dive into an underwater adventure with Underwater Drones. Course offered: 2nd-4th grades – Week 1 – 6/17-6/21

Sports Combo – Spend your mornings having fun and becoming a strong athlete with K-12 Sports Coach and Performance Arts Educator, Johnny Price.  Enjoy playing games and learning new skills including:  Soccer (Drills and Skills + 4 on 4), Dodgeball, Basketball (Fundamentals of Shooting + 3 on 3), Running Relays, Tug of War, Human Pyramid, Obstacle Course and Calisthenics.  Expand your respect for others through good sportsmanship and being a member of a team!

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Bathing suit and towel (campers swim every day)
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Gym Shoes
  • Camp Shirts on Fun Fridays

Snacks and Lunch

  • We provide a daily morning snack (nut-free). Please let us know if your camper has a food allergy. Gluten free snacks available upon request.
  • We provide lunch for all campers on Fun Friday. Monday – Thursday lunches may be purchased through our meal provider in advance.

What is Carpool?

  • Carpool is what we call drop-off and pick-up.

How does Carpool work?

  • Check out our video
  • Every morning at 8:15 our counselors will eagerly await your campers arrival in the front of the building. Drive through the parking lot, and pull around to the front of the building. Camp staff will help your campers out of the car and check them in. Campers will then head to the field where they will be greeted by another counselor.

How early can I drop off my child at camp?

  • Morning Care begins at 7:30am every morning camp is in session. If your camper arrives between 7:30-8:14 they will go to our dedicated Extended Care room (B4). Camp staff will bring morning care campers to the field at 8:15 to join his/her camp group.

How late can my child stay at camp?

  • 6:00pm is the latest your camper can stay at camp. Campers who remain at camp after pick-up will join our extended care program.

Extended Care Costs & Registration

  • Runs
  • Register in advance through Ultra Camp –
    Weekly= $125
    Daily= $30
  • Drop-in care available for emergencies

What if I need to cancel my registration?

Cancellation Policy

  • Non-refundable deposit of $100/week
  • Cancel before 3/31= Full refund (excluding non-refundable deposit)
  • After 3/31 receive a credit in your account for use at next summer’s camp. Excludes the $100 non-refundable deposit.