Adaptive Summer Biking/Sports Camps in Chicago

Camp Trek 2010

Stars of Tomorrow - Camp Trek 2010

Yep, we’re back from our family vacation which was sort of like summer camp, so to keep the theme going,  I thought I’d do a quick post about some adaptive summer camp opportunities right here in Chicago.   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!  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.  Can’t get better recommendations than that!

Stars of Tomorrow – Camp Trek (past event)

Where: Libertyville , Illinois

When: June 21 – June 25, 2010 ,  9:00am – 3:00pm every day

Who:

  • Amputee
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Friends and Family members
  • Individuals with physical disabilities
  • Kids
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Teens
  • Visually Impaired
  • Wounded Military

Ages: Youth ages 6-20  who have a primary physical impairment.

Cost: $40 per day or $150 for the entire week – Scholarships available upon request

More Information:
Camp Trek is run by a partnership between Adaptive Adventures and The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association. The camp is primarily for children in the in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin area. This great opportunity to try out the latest and greatest adaptive sports equipment on the market under the direction of experts in the field. The event will also feature Parent Education Sessions and our new Youth Mentoring Program. Camp Trek is designed to give kids a chance to meet others and learn about new activities as well as improve their skills in current sports of interest.
Website: http://adaptiveadventures.org/event/stars-tomorrow-camp-trek

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

Cost: Free

More Information:
These camps are hosted by the Chicago Park District and sponsored by their Parkways Foundation in conjuction with the Variety Club of Illinois.
They are held at four separate parks throughout the city, and have a limited number of spots available.  There is more information on each camp on my Events Calendar or you can download the brochures from the Variety Club website listed here.
Website: http://varietyofillinois.org/events.html

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,  9:30am – Noon

Cost: Free

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,  4:00pm-9:00pm

Cost: Free

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,   10:00am – Noon

Cost: Free

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

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  • http://www.dingdingletsride.com Samantha

    There’s one more adaptive summer camp I forgot to mention, though registration was over by the time of writing this post. – The RIC’s Caring For Kids Summer Camp. It’s a ” a dynamic program for any youth between the ages of 7-17 years who has a physical disability and is independent in their daily living skills. Summer camp offers outdoor and indoor adaptive sports and hands-on recreational activities.
    The program is designed to foster a positive quality of life among youth with physical disabilities by promoting physical fitness, independence, socialization, activity, and adaptive programming resources.” The camp has two four-week sessions and meets on Wednesdays and Fridays at Abbott Hall, where the RIC Sports Program and Health and Fitness Center are located. The address is 710 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Camp activities occur at locations throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs”