Parker Summers is a city day camp for children entering Junior Kindergarten through 2nd grade, combining the best traditional games and projects with new and exciting adventures! We plan activities to capture the imagination of children at each age level, including specialty programs that focus on a variety of weekly themes.
Lunch Children should bring their own bag lunches and drinks. Refrigerated facilities are not provided. An insulated lunch box with an ice pack is recommended. Please note for the health/safety concerns for those students who have severe allergies, we have a NO NUT policy at Parker. Campers should bring lunches that do not contain nuts or peanut butter in keeping with this policy.
Chess Camp for students entering Junior Kindergarten–grade 8
Chess Camp introduces students to the magical world of chess. Children learn how to play and master chess techniques from our renowned Chess Wizards. They learn cool chess openings, midgame tactics (including forks, pins, discovered attacks and more) and endgame concepts. In addition to regular chess, students learn many fun and exciting chess variation games, such as Bughouse and Allies (team games), Fischer Chess, Einstein Chess and more—all designed to inspire students to think creatively while having fun and practicing core chess skills.
The camp caters to all levels of chess players, and participants are divided into Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Wizards. All participants receive a Chess Wizards t-shirt and earn a trophy. Full-Day campers receive a chess board their friends can autograph, creating a lasting memory of the friends they made and the fun they had at camp!
Instructors: Chess WizardsMornings: 9 a.m.–12 noon
Afternoons: 12:30–3:30 p.m.
Session I: June 10–14
Session II: July 29–August 2
Session III: August 5–9
Tuition: One Session Morning or Afternoon: $270
One Session Full Day: $520
Two Sessions Morning or Afternoon: $540
Two Sessions Full Day: $1,040
Three Sessions Morning or Afternoon: $810
Three Sessions Full Day: $1,560
Parker Summers Morning Program for students entering Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten
This program features a morning of old-fashioned summer camp fun. Activities include arts and crafts, sports, games, water play and one beach visit each session. Campers participate in camp-wide meetings and Fun Friday Barbecue lunches.
Program Directors: Stacie Newmark and Jan Zoufal, Parker Faculty
Hours: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Session I: June 17–28
Session II: July 1–12 (no camp July 4 and 5)
Session III: July 15–26
Tuition: One Session: $750
Two Sessions: $1,280
Three Sessions: $1,880
Parker Summers Afternoon Program for students entering Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten
Extend your JK or SK camper’s day with an afternoon specialty activity. In addition to outside play and choice time, campers participate in exciting afternoons focusing on the topics below.
Monday: Crazy Kitchen CreationsTuesdays: Sports-O-RamaWednesdays: Art StudioThursdays: Mad Science
This is an additional, optional program. JK and SK campers must be registered for the morning program to participate in the afternoon program. Campers may join us for as many afternoons as they like. We must have a minimum of eight campersregistered to make EACH afternoon option available.
Hours: 1–3 p.m.
Tuition: $70 per session per day
Parker Summers Full Day Program* for students entering grades Senior Kindergarten–grade 2
Campers engage in activities that revolve around weekly themes. Arts and crafts, sports and games are part of the fun. In addition to their regularly scheduled morning of Old Time Favorites, campers participate in Sports Shorts Clinics, Wacky Wednesday Mystery Guests, Fun Friday Activities and Barbecues. Campers also experience off-campus excitement with our Weekly Field Trips. Instructional swim time at the Woman’s Athletic Club (Michigan and Ontario) and weekly visits to the beach round off their week. Book Club and Storybook Theatre are also included in the fun. Campers must bring their own lunches Monday–Thursday.
Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
Session III: July15–26
Tuition: One Session: $1,130
Two Sessions: $1,920
Three Sessions: $2,810
*New This Year: Full day program for students entering Senior Kindergarten!
Parker Summers Extreme for students entering grades 3–8
This year’s program provides campers with both on- and off-campus experiences. Each week campers select one morning activity. After lunch, there are a variety of gym games, group activities, beach visits, swim lessons and tournament days. Each session includes one “Undernight” adventure—an extended field trip—on Thursday. Adventures revolve around a weekly theme.
Hours: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday)
9 a.m.–8 p.m. (Thursday Undernight Adventure)
Session I: June 17–21
Session II: June 24–28
Session III: July 1–3 (no camp July 4 and 5)
Session IV: July 8–12
Session V: July 15–19
Session VI: July 22–26
Click here for each session’s offering.
Tuition: One Week: $670
Two Weeks: $1,300
Three Weeks: $1,640
Four Weeks: $2,210
Five Weeks: $2,740
Six Weeks: $3,230
Food Camp: Restaurants, Markets and Hoods* for students entering grades 7–9
From visiting markets to meeting chefs to tasting ethnic foods, campers experience a unique culinary adventure that takes them through many of Chicago’s neighborhoods and beyond. Campers follow the food path from farm to market to restaurant to table, stepping out of their comfort zone and sampling foods to expand their culinary horizons.
Program Directors: Jeff Stone, Parker Faculty
Session: July 22–26
*New program this year!
Parker Underground for students entering grades 8 and 9
Using the entire city as their campus, Underground campers take part in a variety of daily challenges and projects, from chef competitions to adventures in Chinatown to participating in city scavenger hunts. Each activity incorporates creativity, quick thinking, a sense of humor and guts!
Aside from the daily challenges, participants also have the chance to relax and spend time together in other ways. They have control over their day and the freedom to make choices. The best thing about Underground is that it is student-driven. Space is limited. Underground is offered weekly. Campers should bring comfortable shoes for walking.
Program Directors: Duane Freeman and Jeff Stone, Parker Faculty
Hours: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Session I: July 29–August 2
Session II: August 5–9
Session III: August 12–16
Lunch: Children in Parker Underground should bring money for lunch.
Tuition: One Week: $590
Two Weeks: $1,090
Three Weeks: $1,540
Black Tiger Performance (BTP) offers sport-training sessions to enhance and prepare athletes for competition. The main focus is individualized, skill-based instruction and its application to the overall tactics and demands of the sport. Each athlete receives individualized instruction within a group format. This teaching paradigm ensures the development of the entire athlete through skill work and, subsequently, an increase in self-esteem as it relates to the ability to excel in a specific sport with confidence and knowledge.
Program Directors: Neil Curran, Holly Palin and Geoffrey Ruttenberg Black Tiger Performance Camp
Black Tiger Performance Girls’ Field Hockey Camp for students entering grades 5–12
Black Tiger Performance Field Hockey camp combines fundamental skill work, scrimmage play and fun games to stimulate a love for the game and accelerate the athlete’s progress and success. General skill set development includes dribbling, offensive moves, defensive skills, passing, hitting, sweeping, 1 v 1 attacking skills, 1 v 1 defensive skills, corner tactics and shooting. Training takes place on Francis W. Parker School’s field.
Hours: 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m.
Session: June 10–14
Hours: 8–11 a.m.
Middle School Writing Workshop for students entering grades 6–9
The Middle School Writing Workshop offers students the opportunity to focus on a variety of writing skills. The goal is to equip students with the necessary skills to accomplish more sophisticated writing tasks. Areas of concentration include descriptive, persuasive, analytical and creative writing, in addition to shorter reflections and poems. There is also an emphasis on preplanning and revision. During this one-week intensive workshop, students learn techniques and strategies that prepare them for further success in the classroom.
Instructors: David Fuder and Michael Mahany, Parker Faculty
Hours: 9 a.m.–12 noon
Session I: August 12–16 (for students entering grades 6 and 7)
Session II: August 19–23 (for students entering grades 8 and 9)
Advanced Explorations in Mathematical Thinkingfor students entering grades 7 and 8
This course is available for students entering grades 7 and 8 who enjoy mathematics and want to delve into interesting math topics. Students enrolling should be comfortable and proficient with the mathematics that they have learned in school. They will investigate a sampling of mathematical topics through a balance of problem solving and hands-on activities. Students will gain greater mathematical knowledge and insight, and they will broaden their appreciation for the range of applications of mathematical thinking.
Instructor: Adam Colestock, Parker Faculty
Hours: Mon., Tue., Wed., & Fri.: 8:30–11 a.m.
Thursday (Field Trip): 8:30 a.m.–3:10 p.m.
Session: August 19–23
Algebra II & Trigonometry for students entering grades 10 and 11 who successfully completed high school Algebra I
This course, which is equivalent to a full-year course of Algebra II & Trigonometry, is available to students who wish to move ahead in their study of mathematics. Students learn trigonometric functions, their graphs and the unit circle. Students also look at linear equations, quadratic functions and their graphs. Additional topics include working with powers, roots, complex numbers and exponential and logarithmic functions.
Instructor: Ray Llanes, Parker Faculty
Hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–1:30 pm (including a 30-minute lunch break)
Session: June 17–July 12 (no class July 4 and 5)
PSAT/SAT Prep Class
for students entering grades 10–12
This week-long class begins with the administration and grading of a full-length PSAT. Instructors guide students through Academic Approach vocabulary, grammar, critical reasoning and math coursework, in both our in-print and extensive online materials, which students are able to access for continued preparation throughout the year. Students learn specific methods of critical reasoning, process of elimination and time management appropriate to the SAT standards.
Instructors: The Academic Approach
Hours: Monday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–12 noon
Session: July 29–August 2
for students entering grades 4–7
This theatre workshop offers a unique approach to creating an ensemble-based performance. Using improvisation, music and movement, campers become actors, playwrights and designers. Each session ends with campers performing their original work in a premiere performance. Each session is designed for all levels of experience.
Program Directors: Nick Rupard and Colette Unger, Parker Faculty
Tuition: One Session: $440
Two Sessions: $850
Three Sessions: $1,220
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