Thank you for applying to be our new partner in the Park’n It Day Camp partnership. This is a free 2-year
partnership with local school and community organizations that helps children discover and enjoy THEIR
Regional Parks. We know that many families and schools have limited knowledge of the Regional Parks,
transportation barriers, lack of resources, or other barriers to getting out to the parks. We aim to ‘level the
playing field’ so that every child can access their parks. We are seeking schools where at least 85% of students are on Free or Reduced Lunch Programs, or 501(c)3 non-profits that serve kids who face barriers to camp and outdoor recreation participation.
The Park District is able to provide one free week of summer day camp for up to 50 kids between the ages of
5 and 12 for two years. We provide school buses to pick them up, and then our Recreation Leaders take
them to our Regional Parks for hiking, fishing, environmental education, field games, arts & crafts, swimming,
and much more. We provide each camper with snacks, lunch, a small bag, t-shirt, and water bottle. But more
importantly, we teach outdoor skills, teamwork skills, and foster a lifelong connection to these Regional Parks.
The camp runs from 9am to 4pm Monday-Friday, for one week each of the two summers.
This program is accredited by the American Camp Association, which means that we run our program to
national standards of safety and quality.
Please use this application form to tell us why your kids deserve this valuable opportunity.
Application due date: January 31, 2017 If you have any questions, just give me a call!