The Crystal Lake Park District's newly developed Day Camp program following the DCEO, IDPH and American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines.

We are thrilled that we are well on our way to preparing for an awesome summer at camp with your child. All camps will start at Main Beach each morning. Each week your camper will experience both a local field trip and a full day regular field trip! All camps also include 3 days of swim lessons each week.

Our goals remain the same:

1. To help the campers build confidence, independence, and a sense of responsibility.

2. To build a sense of community and social skills.

3. To give campers opportunities they would not get at home. Such as small group games, art projects, scavenger hikes, and friendships.

Procedures such as dismissal, e-newsletters, and keeping up-to-date with the Rainout line stay the same.

The 2023 digital Camp Guide will be available on Feb 10, 2023

2023 Digital camp guide


For questions about Summer Day Camp 2023, please email Sam Thompson at

What Does a Day at Summer Camp Look Like?


info coming Feb 10, 2023


    Changes for 2022

    10 Day Punch Passes will be available for Teen Camp and Extended Camp Time only. Campers will get a key chain fob to swipe in each day!

    If punch pass was purchased online, parents will need to come to the administration office to pick up the key chain fob before children can attend camp. Scanners will be located at each camp site or next to ET sign-in sheets.

    The punch pass option allows campers to attend ten camp days throughout the 10-week sessions. Each sibling will need their own pass for this new system. The fob will not scan twice in one day. If you lose your fob, there is a $5 replacement charge.

    Smaller passes are available for the last week of camp. PASS USAGE CAN BE SEEN ON YOUR CLPD ONLINE ACCOUNT.



    Campers enrolled in Extended Time have the option of adding mornings, afternoons or both to the regular camp day.

    Extended Time campers have breakfast at 7:30 am and enjoy a snack in the afternoon. ET camp activities include crafts, group games, outside play and an occasional movie.

    Extended Time Camp opens at 6:15 am and closes at 6:15 pm.

    10 Punch Pass available for Day Camp Extended Time 2022

    Camp guide

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    Summer Camp Director

    Sam has been a Recreation Supervisor for the Crystal Lake Park District since 1986.

    She has served as chairman of the Illinois Parks and Recreation School Age/Day Camp Committee in 1988 and again from 1997-99; ACA Illinois Board (1999) acting as the Education Chair and Membership Chair, and currently is Vice President and Standards Chair. Sam has participated on the Student Camp Leadership Academy team, the Mid-States Conference Leadership Team, Chair of the Mid-States Day Camp Conference, the ACA National Conference Program Review Committee since 2011, the ACA National Council of Leaders, and was on the National Healthy Camp Study Advisory Board from 2009-2011. She has been one of ACA's subject matter experts since 2007.

    Sam has authored or co-authored several articles for the Illinois Park and Recreation Magazine and in 2019, Sam was presented the Dare to Lead Award at the Women and Camp Summit presented by the International Women in Camping Association.

    Since 1988, she has spoken at local, state and national conferences about After School Programs and Day Camp. Sam spoke about positive alternatives for latch key children at the Governor's Commission on the Status of Women as well as Open Forum in Springfield. As of Jan 2022, Sam is in her fourth year of being part of the American Camping Association Day Camp Podcast.

    Sam received her Bachelor's degree in Recreation in 1983 from Indiana University, followed by a Master's degree in Outdoor Education.