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

Baker Bonus Weeks August 10 & 17

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Baker Summer Discovery Camp middle school student playing
At Baker Summer Discovery Camp our campers have every opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive and happy environment. We create summer experiences that encourage kids to try new things, build confidence, make friends, learn something new and have fun.

Whether your child wants to be on the stage, in the lab, in the art studio, on the field, or on the waterfront, this is a place where your child becomes known and valued. Baker Summer Discovery Camp offers a hands-on, child-centered experience designed to spark the imagination and engage the intellect– all while offering an equally important dose of fun and physical activity.

Welcome to Baker Summer Discovery Camp!

The Baker Summer Discovery Camp mission is to spark the imagination and engage the intellect while offering an equally important dose of fun and physical activity. Campers spend part of the day engaged with experienced instructors in topics such as theatre, chemistry, nature exploration, and leadership. The rest of their camp days are filled with swimming, arts and crafts, and sports and games.

NEW FOR 2020

  • Cost saving 4 and 8 week camp packages.
  • Extended Swim, Sports & Games, and Arts & Crafts times.
  • Baker Bees – a program designed to meet the unique developmental needs of our rising 1st grade campers.
  • Counselors in Training (CIT) – an opportunity for rising 8th to 10th graders to earn valuable work experience and volunteer hours by working with our younger campers.

RETURNING CAMPER FAVORITES

  • Engaging, hands-on Morning Discoveries led by experienced teachers
  • Daily healthy snack (included with registration)
  • Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games, and Swimming
  • Fun Friday pizza party (included with registration), giant slip ‘n’ slide, and field games
  • Weekly kayaking for campers entering 4th – 8th grades
  • Friday trips to the beach for campers entering 1st – 8th grades!

Questions? Contact Camp Director: Aimee Frank at summer@bakerdemschool.org or 847-425-5800.

Baker Summer Discovery Camp

June 15-August 7, 2020 TimesRegular Registration4 Week Bundle8 Week Bundle
PreK/Kindergarten Half Day8:30am-12pm$300$1150$2250
PreK/Kindergarten Full Day8:30am-3pm$525$2000$3900
1st-8th Grade8:30am-3:10pm$525$2000$3900
8th-10th Grade CIT Program (2 weeks)

*Max 5 campers per week

8:30am-3:10pm$540$1030$2010

Baker Bonus Camp

August 10-21, 2020TimesRegular Registration
PreK/Kindergarten Half Day8:30am-12:00pm$300
PreK/Kindergarten Full Day8:30am-3:00pm$525
1st-8th8:30am-3:10pm$525
June 15- August 21, 2020TimesRegular Registration
PreK-8th Morning Care7:30-8:15amFREE
PreK-8th After Care3:00-6pm$30 day/$125 week

Camp Deposit Information: 25% of total due at the time of registration, 100% of the total due one week before the first day of camp.

Camp Director: Aimee Frank
My name is Aimee Frank and I am in my 3rd year of teaching Middle School Math and coordinating Baker’s summer programming. I earned my Masters in Secondary Education at DePaul University, and am currently enrolled in both DePaul’s Masters in Educational Leadership and Doctorate in Curriculum Studies programs. When I am not at Baker or studying for my own courses, you can find me walking my dog in Rogers Park, watching bad reality television, or listening to music or podcasts.

Assistant Camp Director: Rachael Chase
Hi! My name is Rachael Chase and I am a middle school PE teacher at Baker. I joined Baker last summer and worked with our Leaders in Training (LIT) program. I am excited to be launching our new Counselor in Training (CIT) program and working as the assistant camp director this year. After school, I enjoy being outdoors, running, adventuring and going to the beach!

Director of Fun: Moira Gitau
I am Moira Gitau, returning for the second year as the Director of Fun! As a Baker parent and employee, I am truly invested in creating an awesome experience for campers and their families.

Sports and Games Director: Danny Zamudio
My name is Mr. Zamudio, but during camp you can call me Danny! I am excited to be returning as the Sports Director! My two passions are teaching and sports!  So this summer is going to be a blast for me! Get ready to for fun, exciting, intense, and crazy games! A little about me, I go for the best baseball, football, and soccer team in the world: Cubs, Packers, and Real Madrid. 

Pool Director: Wills Barnard
Hi, my name is Wills Barnard and I am the Swim Director this summer. I have been teaching kids how to swim for 11 years, and this is my 7th summer at Baker Summer Discovery Camp. I am a certified lifeguard and First Aid/CPR certified (all lifeguards will also be certified). We do not force children to swim if they don’t want to because we want them to learn to love the water. I’m looking forward to another fun summer at Baker!

Kerah Sandler – Baker 5th Grade Teacher
My name is Kerah Sandler and I am a 5th grade teacher at Baker and a proud mom of camp and Baker grad, Benicio.  This is my 9th year at Baker Summer Discovery, and I keep coming back because I love getting to know students of all ages and exploring fun topics ranging from archaeology to grossology with them!

Jim Leesch – Baker Middle School Math Teacher
Baker Middle School Math Teacher, Jim Leesch loves giving students the confidence to analyze the world through the lens of mathematics and empower them to use math to change it for the better. He owns over 400 boardgames and writes role-playing games for fun!

Kerah Sandler – Baker 5th Grade Teacher
Baker 5th grader teacher, Kerah Sandler is entering her 9th year at Baker Summer Discovery. Kerah keeps coming back because she loves getting to know students of all ages and exploring fun topics ranging from archaeology to grossology with them! She is also the proud mom of Baker and Baker Camp grad, Benicio.

Andrew Marikis – Baker Drama Teacher
My name is Andrew Marikis, “Mr. Andrew," and I am an educator, theatre-maker, storyteller, and dinosaur enthusiast. As an educator, I am Baker’s drama teacher and I have been teaching artists with theatres from Writers to Adventure Stage to Northlight and beyond. As a Theatre-maker I creates theatre for youth with Filament Theatre and acts on occasion. As a storyteller I am the host and founder of Story Club South Side–a monthly live-lit show in Bridgeport–for six years! As a dinosaur enthusiast, I dressed up as Sue the T-Rex twice–once for compensation. I am very excited for camp!

Shane Courville – Baker Music Teacher
Shane (Dr. C) is a native of Louisiana where he studied music.  He performs with and composes for groups around the country. Performing and teaching go hand in hand for him and he’s looking forward to working with Baker Camp for the first time this summer.

Early Childhood through 1st Grade

Junior Discoveries: Campers age 3 through rising Kindergartners enjoy daily swimming, creative play, storytime, and more. Baker’s self-contained, play-based model of Early Childhood extends into our Summer, and we offer both half-day and full-day options for our littlest campers.  Note: Campers must be 3 years old and potty trained by the first day of camp.

Baker Bees: Our little bees are just about ready to fly to 1st grade, but still enjoy our play-based learning activities of Early Childhood. Our new Baker Bees program gives rising 1st graders the chance to participate in swimming, arts & crafts, and sports & games just like the big kids, while still allowing time for free play and exploration in their very own 1st grade classroom.

2nd & 3rd Grades 

Music Makers: Baker’s own music master, Dr. Courville, will lead campers through a musical journey this summer! Campers will explore different types of sound, including percussion, strings, and winds, while creating their own unique musical instruments and soundscapes!

Eco Explorers & Nature Explorers: Join Miss Jessy on an outdoor adventure to explore the natural environment! Campers investigate nearby habitats and learn about what makes each one unique and special. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with plant and animal life, and may get a little dirty on their adventures!

Cajun Connection: Take a trip to the bayou with Dr. Courville this summer! Dr. C. will introduce campers to his Cajun culture with a focus on music, celebrations, art, food, and more! Campers will explore this rich culture through hands-on activities, storytelling. Get ready to laissez les bon temps rouler!

Polymer Party: What are polymers? Where are they found? How have they changed our world?  In this exploration, students will learn about the structure, properties, history, and applications of polymers in every aspect of our daily lives, from the clothing we wear to the instruments we play to the technology we use. They will do science experiments involving polymers and create some craft projects using polymers and polymer clay.

Upcycled Art: Make a robot, a roller coaster, or a rainbow! Using just their imaginations and a variety of recycled materials, campers will make three dimensional works of art with the help of one of Baker’s favorite art teachers, Mr. Velasco!

Aztec, Inca, Maya: Explore the cultures of the ancient Maya, Aztecs, and Incas through hands-on activities involving literature, geography, science, math, and the arts.  Led by Ms. Sandler, campers will learn about the creation stories, technology, and writing and numerical systems of these ancient civilizations.

Mindful Mornings: Campers will practice finding their inner calm while having fun stretching and strengthening their bodies! Mr. Metzger’s fun and creative approach to yoga and meditation is filled with interactive games and songs using basic stretching exercises and animated poses.

4th & 5th Grades 

Music Makers: Baker’s own music master, Dr. Courville, will lead campers through a musical journey this summer! Campers will explore different types of sound, including percussion, strings, and winds, while creating their own unique musical instruments and soundscapes!

Polymer Party: What are polymers? Where are they found? How have they changed our world?  In this exploration, students will learn about the structure, properties, history, and applications of polymers in every aspect of our daily lives, from the clothing we wear to the instruments we play to the technology we use. They will do science experiments involving polymers and create some craft projects using polymers and polymer clay.

Cajun Connection: Take a trip to the bayou with Dr. Courville this summer! Dr. C. will introduce campers to his Cajun culture with a focus on music, celebrations, art, food, and more! Campers will explore this rich culture through hands-on activities, storytelling. Get ready to laissez les bon temps rouler!

Aztec, Inca, Maya: Explore the cultures of the ancient Maya, Aztecs, and Incas through hands-on activities involving literature, geography, science, math, and the arts.  Led by Ms. Sandler, campers will learn about the creation stories, technology, and writing and numerical systems of these ancient civilizations.

Mindful Mornings: Campers will practice finding their inner calm while having fun stretching and strengthening their bodies! Mr. Metzger’s fun and creative approach to yoga and meditation is filled with interactive games and songs using basic stretching exercises and animated poses.

Eco Explorers & Nature Explorers: Join Miss Jessy on an outdoor adventure to explore the natural environment! Campers investigate nearby habitats and learn about what makes each one unique and special. They’ll have plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with plant and animal life, and may get a little dirty on their adventures!

6th – 8th Grades 

Board Game Bonanza: Our resident board game geek, Mr. Leesch, will introduce campers to a variety of board games this summer. Campers will explore new worlds through collaborative role-playing games, weigh the odds in games of luck and strategy, and decide who to trust in hidden traitor games.

Game Design: Game lovers can get creative and put their ideas into practice as they work with Mr. Leesch to design and test their own games of skill, strategy, and luck!

Role Playing: Explore the world of role play with your tour guide, Mr. Leesch! Work with your teammates to complete the magical quest laid out for you!

Role On: Design your own quest, complete with characters, faraway lands, and magic! Work with our game geek and your tour guide, Mr. Leesch, to design a quest for your fellow campers to explore…if they dare!

You’re So Dramatic!: Bring your creative side to Baker’s stage. Explore drama through storytelling, scene study, set design, and more!

Upcycled Art: Make a robot, a roller coaster, or a rainbow! Using just their imaginations and a variety of recycled materials, campers will make three dimensional works of art with the help of one of Baker’s favorite art teachers, Mr. Velasco!

What should my child bring to camp?

  • Bathing suit, goggles and towel (campers swim on a blocked schedule)
  • Water bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Lunch
  • Gym shoes
  • Camp shirts on Fun Fridays

What is Fun Friday?

  • Fun Fridays are different from the regular Monday-Thursday camp schedule
  • No Morning Discoveries
  • Pizza lunch included in registration
  • Campers walk to Lighthouse Beach for a morning or afternoon of fun in the sun

Snacks and Lunches?

    • We provide a daily healthy morning snack (nut-free)
  • Please tell us about any potential food allergies for your child
  • Gluten free snacks available upon request
  • We provide a Fun Friday lunch! Included is cheese pizza, chips, fruit and juice
  • Parents will have the opportunity to order hot lunch for their camper Monday through Thursday at a later date.

What is carpool and how does it work?

  • Carpool is what we call drop-off and pick-up
  • Morning carpool 8:15am-8:30am
  • Afternoon carpool for Jr. Discoveries 3-3:10pm
  • Afternoon carpool for 1st-8th 3:10-3:25pm

How early can I drop off my child at camp?

  • Morning care starts at 7:30am every morning for free
  • Jr. Discoveries meet in their classroom
  • 1st-8th grade campers meet in the gym for morning care

How late can my child stay at camp?

  • Campers can remain at camp until 6pm with our extended after-care program for an additional registration fee.
  • Campers are picked up directly from our extended care room near the gym.

What if I need to cancel my registration? 

  • There is a non-refundable deposit of $100/week per camper
  • For a full refund, cancel at least one full week before the first day of camp