2022 Thanksgiving and Winter break camp registration is now open!
relatives, neighbors, and friends
should register using an AfterCare Plus parent account. When creating a profile for a child who is not a Bell School
student, make sure to select Camp Only as the school.
To log in or
create a new account,
Thanksgiving break camp -- Fall, Friends, and Family Fun:
Mon 11/21, Tue 11/22, Wed 11/23 :
8am to 6pm
Thu 11/24 (Thanksgiving Day):
8am to 1pm (with Family Fun 10am to 1pm)
Winter break camp -- Winter Wonderland:
Mon 12/26, Tue 12/27, Wed 11/28, Thu 12/29 :
8am to 6pm
8am to 1pm
Tue 1/3, Wed 1/4, Thu 1/5 :
8am to 6pm
8am to 1pm (with Family Fun 10am to 1pm)
New! Join your camper* on Family Fun Days:
Fall, Friends, and Family Fun** --
Friday, November 25th -- 10am to 1pm
• Field day games, autumn arts and crafts projects,
and our special nature trail ride and adventure!
Winter Wonderland** --
Friday, January 6th -- 10am to 1pm
• Ice skating fun, toboggan trails, snow creations
and other activities in our special Winter Wonderland!
Family Fun Pricing***:
Get a Family Pass for FREE with your child’s Full Season registration! Pricing for families of non-seasonal campers starts at $7/adult and $3/child.
(*) Family Fun participation is not required and is otherwise a regular camp day.
(**) Activities are tentative and subject to change without notice. Acceptance of terms and a waiver are required before access is granted.
(***) Family Fun pricing includes admission and activities but excludes snacks, beverages, memorabilia, and optional services.
Access to Family Fun is subject to limitation (currently 2 adults and 1 additional child per camper;
families of seasonal campers get priority access).
More info coming soon!
Daily rate (drop-in):
Weekly rate* (1 week):
5 day week $449 / 4 day week $359
5 day week $409 / 4 day week $329
Weekly rate* (2+ weeks):
5 day week $439 / 4 day week $349
5 day week $399 / 4 day week $319
Seasonal rate (3 weeks):
$989 for the season plus a FREE Family Pass
EARLY BIRDS: Bell families, neighbors, and friends save an
extra 10% if registered by October 10th!**
Daily until 10/10:
Weekly* (1 week) until 10/10:
5 day week $369
/ 4 day week $299
Weekly* (2+ weeks) until 10/10:
5 day week $359
/ 4 day week $289
Seasonal until 10/10:
$889 for the season plus a FREE Family Pass
(*) Weekly rates prorated for shorter 4-day weeks
(**) Exact amounts of the early bird discounts for Bell families, relatives, neighbors, and friends are described in your AfterCare Plus account
on your child's camp registration page.
For the period of 9/30/22 - 10/10/22, early bird discounts are about
10% off already discounted Bell camp pricing.
Location: Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 North Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Pickup and dropoff: We start accepting campers at 8:00am daily.
The Grace Street gate will be our access point.
Campers may be dropped off and picked up by parents and authorized adults at any time during camp hours,
and for campers with offsite
appointments, parents may pick up and drop off campers as needed throughout the day.
Counselors: 21st Century Kids and AfterCare Plus staff, and familiar faces from Bell and the local community!
For children entering grades K through 7 (Special circumstances?
Meals and Snacks: Free healthy breakfast (8:45am-9:30am) and lunch (11:45am-12:30pm)
will be provided for all campers (no lunch on Family Fun days).
Times are tentative and subject to change. Campers may bring their own bag lunches and snacks.
A variety of free snack items will be available from 10am - 5pm (except Family Fun days).
Q. Is there a balance of indoor and outdoor activities?
Our camp focus is to provide a meaningful enrichment experience encompassing a variety of indoor and outdoor activities daily.
Activities are planned so that campers have engaging options both indoors and out. Grade level meetings will be held
to update campers on the day's available activities, indoors and out, so they may make informed choices and benefit from as many
activity options as they can reasonably fit into their camp day.
Q. Do campers have their choice of activities?
A. Campers get to choose from
a variety of daily activities, subject to availability and restrictions. We encourage campers to try a variety of different activities
so that they may experience new things, meet new people and make new friends,
as well as benefit from all that our summer camp has to offer.
Q. What are some of the activities at camp?
A. Themed activities will be provided daily. Here are a few examples:
Fall, Friends, and Family Fun
• Field Day Games
• Fun with Nature
• Rides and Racers
• Ice Skating Fun
• Toboggan Trails
• Snow Creations
Additional activities are also available throughout the season:
• LEGO Build and Play Zone
• Arts and Crafts Workshop
• Robotics and Coding Lab
• Drama and Music Studio
• Arcade and Social Space
• Sports and Recreation Fun
Q. Can we change days or weeks if our family's schedule changes?
Yes, daily and weekly registrations may be changed to different days or weeks at any time, and
the process is now automated for your convenience. Simply log in to your parent account,
click on your child's camp registration link, and then select the option to change daily
or weekly registrations.
You may also contact us with any questions.
Q. What if a child starts to feel ill during camp?
A. We understand that there may be instances when a child
starts to display signs of illness (fever, cough, runny nose, etc.). If a child starts to
display signs of illness, we will provide the child a place to be comfortable while we attempt to contact parents using information provided during the camp registration process and maintained in
an online profile. We ask that parents
keep their information updated, which may be done in your online account.
Q. How will COVID-19 concerns be addressed during camp?
A. During our camp season, our implementation of COVID-19
best practices will depend on
guidance provided by the CDC, the State of Illinois, the City of Chicago, and as applicable,
the Chicago Public Schools. This guidance may change during the course of our
camps, and may become more or less restrictive. Also, guidance is expected to be slightly different for
indoor activities as compared to outdoor activities.
COVID guidance when indoors currently includes optionally wearing a cloth mask,
maintaining reasonable social distancing and relatively small group sizes, and keeping work areas clean. During breakfast, lunch, and snack times,
seating will be arranged so campers have access to suitable social distancing space, and they will be encouraged to maintain that
space. If any child feels they need more space, they should let a staff member know.
Q. Where is the pickup and dropoff point for campers?
Parents may drop off and pick up campers using the gate on Grace Street.