Yep, we’re back from our family vacation which was sort of like summer camp, so to keep the theme going,Â I thought I’d do a quick post about some adaptive summer camp opportunities right here in Chicago.Â Â While I was researching adaptive bikes for Little Ding, I was also on the lookout for adaptive cycling opportunities for kids, and what better place to practice riding your bike then at summer camp!Â In the next year or so, Little Ding will be old enough to attend these camps – so this year while I can share the basic information with you, I can’t offer any firsthand experience. The pictures from the summer camp photo galleries say it all though – lots of fun activities full of smiling and laughing kids.Â Can’t get better recommendations than that!
Stars of Tomorrow – Camp Trek (past event)
Where: Libertyville , Illinois
When: June 21 – June 25, 2010 ,Â 9:00am – 3:00pm every day
- Cerebral Palsy
- Friends and Family members
- Individuals with physical disabilities
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Visually Impaired
- Wounded Military
Ages: Youth ages 6-20Â who have a primary physical impairment.
Chicago Park District Adaptive Sports Camps
Where: Davis Square Park, Norwood Park, Mann Park, and Chase Park, in Chicago, IL
When: August 9-13th, or August 16th -20th, 2010
Who: Individuals with Disabilities – two of the four programs include slots for peers as well
Ages: Youth ages 8 years and up
Other Specific Sports Camps (Non-Biking)
Even though these sports camps don’t include biking, which is our primary interest, these are pretty cool sports camps and definitely worthy of mention.
White Sox Sports Camp
Where: Mt. Greenwood Park
When: Friday July 30th,Â 9:30am – Noon
Info: Sponsored by the National Sports Center for the Disabled, this one-day, free sports camp is for kids, 6-18, with physical or mental disabilities. The interactive camps feature basic skills adapted to children and their abilities. The two-hour camps include instruction, use of equipment and wrap-up with a lunch or snack.
Website Registration: http://www.nscd.org/programs/sportscamp_whitesox.htm
Chicago Bears Sports Camp
Where: Chicago Bears Training Camp
When: Saturday July 31st,Â 4:00pm-9:00pm
Info:This free interactive camp allows kids with disabilities, either physical or developmental, ages 6-18 to experience first hand the sport of football. This fun-filled day will include instruction and skill development, use of equipment, games, prizes and ends with a snack. Appearances could include players, coaches and the mascots. Participants will also be given complimentary seats to watch the Chicago Bears practice at 3 PM.
Website Registration: http://www.nscd.org/programs/sportscamp_bears.htm
Chicago Fire Sports Camp
Where: Toyota Park Stadium Field
When: Saturday September 18th, Â 10:00am – Noon
Info: This free interactive camp allows kids with disabilities, either physical or developmental, ages 6-18 to experience first hand the sport of soccer. This fun-filled day will include instruction and skill development, use of equipment, games, prizes and ends with a snack. Appearances could include players, coaches and the mascots.
Website Registration: http://www.nscd.org/programs/sportscamp_fire.htm