2023 Winter break camp registration is now open!
Special Bell Only pricing for Bell families, neighbors, and friends!
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,
$499 $369 for the entire camp
Location: Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 North Oakley Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618
Pickup and dropoff: The Waveland Avenue gate will be our access point.
Campers may be dropped off and picked up by parents and authorized adults at any time between 8:00am - 6:00pm,
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!
Age Range: For children currently in 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 every camper.
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 (campers will have a daily stipend
and parents may opt out).
Q. Is there a balance of indoor and outdoor activities?
Our camp focus is to provide a meaningful Winter break 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
twice daily and, weather permitting, one of the meetings will be held indoors and the other outside. Grade level meetings
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 are generally permitted to make their own activity choices,
subject to availability and grade-level scheduling or prerequisites. 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 Winter break camp has to offer.
Q. What are some of the activities at camp?
A. Some of what we have planned for Winter break:
• LEGO Build and Play Zone
• Arts and Crafts Workshop
• Robotics and Coding Lab
• Arcade and Social Space
• Drama and Music Studio
• Sports and Recreation Fun
• Special Themed Activities
Q. Can we change days if our family's schedule changes?
Yes, daily and weekly registrations may be changed to different days at any time, and
the process is now automated for your convenience. Simply log in to your parent account,
click on your child's Winter break 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. In our 2022 Winter break camp, 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 Winter break
camp, and may become more or less restrictive. Also, guidance is expected to be different for
indoor activities as compared to outdoor activities.
During breakfast, lunch, and snack times,
seating is generally arranged so that campers have access to suitable social distancing 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 Waveland Avenue.