Fred's Camp is proud to offer a broad and flexible program encouraging campers
to participate and challenge themselves. Through creative and stimulating activities,
children will have the opportunity to develop physical coordination, awareness
of themselves as group members, self-esteem and sensitivity to their environment.


Junior camp consists of campers entering junior kindergarten through second grade.  Boys and girls participate in a wide variety of sports activities such as baseball, soccer, basketball, football, and group games, reinforcing sports skills, in a beautiful urban setting in Lincoln Park.

Swimming is held, rain or shine, 4 times a week, at the Ray Meyer Fitness Center. Fred's camp swim instructors follow American Red cross guidelines to ensure progress for all swim levels. The ratio in the pool is 4:1 which provides a safe nurturing environment for everyone.

Campers also receive weekly music, drama, dance, yoga, soccer, and arts & crafts as a part of the curriculum.  Kindergarten groups are co-ed, while first and second grade groups are separated by grade and gender. Campers participate in a variety of team building activities to facilitate positive group dynamics.

All  kindergarten and 1st grade groups are greeted by weekly performers and shows, formally known as Fred's Follies, further entertaining campers. Local entertainers bring their magic, juggling, and comedy to campers throughout the summer. The excitement continues off campus with weekly field trips to water parks, children museums, and a few suprise trips along the way.


Senior camp consists of campers who are entering third through fifth grade. Campers continue to enjoy some of their favorite camp activities – such as art & crafts, music, dance, yoga, and sports & games to name a few.

We are excited to offer our newest programming, Fred's Camp Sampler Menu (Please see below to experience our New Sampler Menu). Twice a week all campers participate in sports & games, with stronger emphasis on refining the skills campers already possess, as well as learning more advanced sports techniques. They showcase these skills throughout the summer in weekly senior camp unit activities such as World Cup Soccer and Senior Camp Olympics. Campers also keep an edge on the competition by participating in various weekly tournaments, including dodgeball, capture the flag, and Ultimate Frisbee.


Senior campers partake in 4 swim periods a week (engaging in a lessons based swim program). The focus of these lessons is to help swimmers improve their basic skills, as well as allowing experienced swimmers a chance to fine-tune and enhance their repertoire of strokes. To reward them for working hard during lessons, campers are occasionally led in organized games, which allow them to further practice their skills.

The excitement builds off campus with weekly field trips to water parks, ball games, and a few suprise trips along the way. Senior campers also partake in an extended day as well as the annual Lock In Sleepover on the campus of DePaul University.


Tween camp consists of children entering 6th-8th grades. The children are grouped by gender.  In addition to the other activities listed above, the children go on field trips 3 days a week and have an extended day approximately once a week. During the last week of camp there is an overnighter at DePaul


For those working parents or parents in need of a longer camp day, we offer an extended day until 6:00 PM Monday through Thursday. Those choosing this program may do so during the application process or add it at a later day.


***Note: It is important to remember that any parent picking up a child later than 6:00 p.m. will be charged $1 per minute, per child. The late charge will be paid directly to the supervising counselors as compensation for extending their day beyond what was expected.


Designed to give you a “taste” of everything that Fred's Camp has to offer! Like your favorite restaurant, you know that all activities at camp are made-to-order. Our Samplers give your child a chance to focus their attention on what they love most about camp. Twice (2nd grade once a week) a week, campers will spend 60 - 90 minutes participating in self-selected Sampler activities. Each Sampler will last two weeks. Campers will sign up in advance to ensure they get a taste of their favorite activities. The Fred's Camp Sampler menu allows campers the power to choose their own activities; cultivating responsibility, confidence, decision-making, and fun!!


Can't get full during a day of sports? This sampler is for you. Focusing on a different sport every week, campers will practice key skills for the chosen sport. Sports will vary from soccer, baseball, basketball, and football. Each 90 minute session will conclude with high energy competitive games and tournaments.


The leisure sampler is for that camper craving new and innovative ways to compete and acquire new skills. Leisure sampler members will participate in a variety of sports, such as Ultimate Frisbee, Bocce Ball, and Bowling to name a few. Campers will leisurely play these lifetime activities with friends in a high energetic atmosphere.


Excite your palate while chowing down on a colorful palette! The Art Sampler will give the chance for campers to focus their energy on creating art, making way for more creativity! Campers will walk away with a magnificent masterpiece, as well as useful skills to nurture their inner artist.


Satisfy your craving for the lime light during this Broadway Sampler! Campers who select this Sampler will have the chance to enhance their acting skills, singing voices, and movement. Through a series of mashups (think Glee), improv skits and theater related games campers will have an opportunity to shine. Performers may also be featured on Fred's You Tube Channel!!

*Samplers are subject to change year to year, based on seasonal ingredients and the unique skills of our counselors!