Welcome to Fred's Camp
The #1 Day Camp for Summer Fun in the Chicago Sun Since 1994!
Fred's Camp has the key ingredients to make your child’s summer special. We encourage a warm family atmosphere at camp. We provide personalized attention to each camper’s individual needs. We recognize and respect our campers as unique individuals and provide a flexible and challenging program designed to enrich their development.
As camp draws to an end, there is a feeling of sadness in the air, both for campers and team members. How do we find words to describe eight weeks spent surrounded by old and new friends? There has been endless laughter and smiles, a few tears and scrapes, and enough sweat shed to fill the pool at the Ray. You have read about (and experienced!) the unpredictable heat and how our counselors so wonderfully responded, the thrilling field trips to water parks and arcades, and the exciting shows and concerts by which we were entertained. We hope you enjoyed this peek into our summer as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you!!
We can think of no better way to end our summer than with Fred’s Carnival today! Thanks to the rain, we were forced to make a last minute audible and move the carnival inside, but we didn’t let that stop our party!
Being the last Friday of camp, the air was charged with excitement! The carnival hype had been building for the past few weeks, and the potential for fun topped the charts. Being that this was the biggest Fred’s Carnival to date, campers and counselors alike agreed that it was all they had hoped for and more!
Among some of the favorite games were Magic Ball, Skee Ball, Fun Derby (featuring inflatable horses!), Bean Bag Toss, Bunko, Putt Putt, Flip the Frog, and of course, face painting!! Squeals of excitement resounded in the gym as campers won prizes and shared excitement with their friends. And we can’t forget about the DJ…he rocked the house! He had our counselors and campers out on the floor, cupid shuffling and electric sliding their way through the afternoon.
Tons of pictures from the carnival and the week can be found here!
Before we say goodbye, we want to say thank you.
Thank you to our fantastic campers, who made us want to come to camp every single day! We learned so many things from them this summer, and made memories that will never be forgotten.
Thank you to our counselors!! We always say being a camp counselor is the hardest and most rewarding job you will ever have, and we hope you saw how that played out this summer. We appreciate everything you do, and would truly love to have you all come back next year.
Thank you to our administrators. Only they know what it takes to make this camp possible. We appreciate your hard work and long hours! To the Greenburg family, we cannot express our gratitude enough. What a wonderful summer home you’ve created for so many kiddos in Chicago!!
And to the parents, thank you (thank you!!!!!) for entrusting us to care of your most precious possession. We are so grateful to you for allowing us to hang out with your children all summer. What a great gig!! Also, thanks for coming in to see us throughout the summer. It’s wonderful having you around! We hope that you will continue to choose Fred’s as your summer camp of choice. We’re not going anywhere, and we hope you don’t either!
So with that we sign off. Goodbye for the fall, winter and spring. See you next summer!!
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s SNACKBOY!! He’s back!!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s true: Snackboy attacked camp today. We’ve waited six weeks for his infamous return, and today was the day. Clad in a bathrobe (at least he’s cleanly!), a cape, Ziplock bag gloves, his Honey Maid graham cracker box head and his signature Snackboy sash, he made a sneak attack during junior camp’s Wet ‘N Wacky Water Day.
Now, you may have heard the legend of Snackboy. As it goes, his evil plan is to steal the snack of young campers. Like taking candy from a baby, Snackboy has been known to have no mercy. Hungry hot children, dreaming of popsicles? Leave it to Snackboy to rain on their icy treat parade. Snackboy is disliked by all and feared by few.
Luckily, something good must have gotten into Snackboy this year. Not only did he not steal our snack, but also barely said a word! He was a tamer Snackboy than we’ve previously known, simply flying around from group to group. Much to the pleasure of our campers, Snackboy came for a visit, then was just as quickly gone. Maybe Snackboy is on a diet this year! We were happy to see him at camp, and even happier that he found it in the kindness of his heart to spare us our snack. We love you, Snackboy!!
In other news, some junior campers enjoyed a Wet ‘N Wacky Water Day. Kindergarteners basked in the wading pools, while first graders played various water games. The highlight was Drip, Drip, Drop (think: Duck, Duck, Goose water style) where campers would drip a bit of water on fellow campers’ heads before dumping the whole cup on the chosen friend! What a perfect day to have a water party.
Second graders and senior campers headed to Fred’s Casino Royale to partake in a little friendly gambling. With counselors as the dealers, campers channeled their inner card shark and worked their way around the tables. Games included 21, High Low, Penny Pitcher, 7 11 Dice, and Chicago Hold ‘Em.
Tweens took it to the links for mini golf! We heard the course was tricky. In true Fred's Camp style, the campers beat the counselors. Birdies, boggies and holes-in-one all day long!
Disclaimer: No real money or snacks were harmed in the making of this day.
Check out all the pictures from today and this week here!
What a fantastic end to another unbelievable week at Fred’s Camp. We are so sad we only have two more!! Doesn’t it have you longing for next summer already?