Kids Adventure Summer Camp

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  • Monday - FridayWeek-Long Sessions
  • ScheduleJune 3 - August 30
  • BeginnerAll Skill Levels Welcome
  • LengthHalf Day & Full-Day
  • Pricing$449 - $599
  • Age: 9-169-12 & 13-16 Groups

Pricing & Promos

Length Price
Half Day (9am-1:30pm) $449
Full Day (9am-4:00pm) $599

 

EARLY ENROLLEES SAVE

Make a Camp Deposit by February 29th, 2024, and receive 5% off your entire price. Use promo code EARLYBIRD24 during checkout.

BRING YOUR TRIBE AND SAVE

For every Full-Day Camper you recruit who lists you as a referral during checkout, you’ll save 10% on your booking*.

Recruit 2 extra people, save 20% – Recruit 10 extra people, save 100%.

*Not to exceed 100% savings. Recruits must list you as “Referred by” during checkout for credit.

CAMP LONGER, SAVE MONEY

Book 2 or more Full-Day weekly camp sessions during the 2024 summer and save money.

  • 1 week: $599.99
  • 2 weeks: $999.99
  • 3 weeks: $1299.99
  • 4 weeks: $1499.99

*Must be the same camper each week. Must book all weeks in the same booking reservation (add ALL weeks to cart)

Summer Adventures Await in Downtown Chicago!

It’s always a beautiful day at Bobby’s “Be a True Chicagoan” Adventure Youth Camp! We are bringing decades of experience as Chicago’s #1 rated outdoor adventure company to Chicagoland’s youth with our action-packed weekly summer camps. Our core values of travel, community, health, and service are important to us and we will engage with all four of them as children will have the opportunity to bike, hike, swim, and kayak their way through learning about local history and legendary landmarks from our expertly trained staff. While learning, exploring and having fun, kids will also form lasting friendships throughout the week. Bringing people together and forming friendships is what we do best.

The “Be a True Chicagoan” Adventure Youth Camp is for ages 9-16, and is designed for all skill levels. Activities include: bike trips, kayak lessons, swim times, adventure hikes, arts/crafts, sports/games, and learning outdoor education and Chicago tidbits that, like them or hate them, are truly Chicago. Lessons include the story behind why some Chicagoans still mispronounce the Willis Tower as “Sears”, how Chicago got the nickname the second city and windy city, and why Chicagoans never put ketchup on their hot dog.

Prairie Prowess Group (Ages 9-12)
Lakefront Legends Group (Age 13-16)

Immerse your age 9-12 child in a week of discovery, where you’ll cycle along the scenic lakefront trail, uncover the secrets of Chicago’s rich history, and dive into the calm, sheltered waters of Ohio Street Beach. Our passionate and knowledgeable staff ensures every day is filled with learning, laughter, and new friendships for the Prairie Prowess group.

Adventure awaits in the heart of Chicagoland, where health, community, and fun are at the forefront. Whether you’re kayaking, swimming, or engaging in sports and games at Olive Park, Bobby’s Bike Hike promises a safe, inclusive, and unforgettable summer camp adventure!

Step into the adventurous world of Lakefront Legends at Bobby’s ‘Be a True Chicagoan’ Adventure Youth Camp, crafted for teens aged 13-16. Our camp offers a thrilling blend of outdoor adventure and camaraderie. Navigate the tranquil waters of Ohio Street Beach by kayak, explore Chicago’s iconic landmarks on a bike, and engage in lively games within the vast Olive Park.

Our expert staff will guide you through each exciting activity, fostering a love for travel, health, and community. Lakefront Legends is more than just a camp – it’s a place to build lasting friendships, embrace new challenges, and create memories that last a lifetime. Join us for a summer filled with discovery, fun, and a true Chicagoan spirit!

 

Sessions

Each session is a week long, Monday through Friday. You can register your child for multiple sessions. Sessions will be similar, but not exactly the same. Your child will explore more of the city by bike and refine their kayaking skills through practice.

Half-day and full-day camp options with easy drop-off/pick-up for commuters and carpoolers.
Half Day Camp Option: 9am-1:30pm
Full Day Camp Option: 9am-4:00pm

We also offer bus routes to/from various suburban towns (listed below).

Session 1: June 3-7
Session 2: June 10-14
Session 3: June 17-21
Session 4: June 24-28
Session 5: July 1-5
Session 6: July 8-12
Session 7: July 15-19
Session 8: July 22-26
Session 9: July 29-Aug 2
Session 10: August 5-9
Session 11: August 12-16
Session 12: August 19-23
Session 13: August 26-30

Suburban Bus Route Dates/Options

($49.99 per week additional)

*exact location for bus pick-up/drop-off will be determined later

Oak Park/River Forest Bus Pick up (8am)/Drop Off (5pm) from OPRF High School
Available Sessions for Bus Option: June 10-14 & Aug 5-9

Evanston/Skokie/Wilmette  Bus Pick up (8am)/Drop Off (5pm) from Ryan Field
Available Sessions for Bus Option: June 24-28 & Aug 12-16

Park Ridge/Niles Bus Pick up (8am)/Drop Off (5pm) from Maine South High School
Available Sessions for Bus Option: June 17-21 & July 29-Aug 2

Highlights

  • Learn new kayak and bike skills every day
  • Parts of the bike and basic maintenance
  • Route planning and bike riding as a group
  • Weather and marine forecasts
  • Safely bike to Chicago’s top lakefront attractions
  • Learn about Chicago history and current events
  • Increase civic pride
  • Visit a real working farm at Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Paddling, steering, getting in and out of the kayak
  • Kayaking as a group
  • Self and aided rescue in kayak
  • Discover Chicago’s unique history
  • Visit top attractions to learn their story, including Millennium Park, Buckingham Fountain, Museum Campus, Lincoln Park Zoo, Lincoln Statue, & Navy Pier

Adventures

  • Bike
  • Kayak
  • Swim
  • Crafts
  • Games
  • Learn

Learning

There is nothing like the independence that comes from learning how to explore Chicago. Plus, the civic pride of knowing your hometown.

More than just coming along for a bike ride or learning how to kayak, your child will learn how to: map a bike route, prepare their bike and bike bag, select proper nutrition and hydration, ride safely in a group, and fix minor bike issues that may occur. Along the way, we’ll learn the stories of the people and events that made Chicago the world-class city that it is today. We’ll explore and stop at various destinations throughout Chicago, some of which include: Millennium Park, Northerly Island, Maggie Daley Park, Lincoln Park Zoo, Buckingham Fountain, and Museum Campus.

The sheltered waters off Ohio Street beach provide an excellent introduction to kayaking. Participants will learn new skills daily such as water safety, understanding marine forecasts, paddling technique, and understanding how to use kayaking gear.

Chicago Learnings: Chicago’s native inhabitants, the formation of the city, the origin of the ferris wheel, the Chicago flag, the city skyline, the Chicago fire, and how to make a Chicago-style hot dog.

*In the event of really bad weather, we will move camp indoors to Navy Pier

Packing List

The following is a list to help ensure that your child is safe, warm and comfortable for the week. Please pack all of your child’s belongings in a day pack or duffel to keep everything together so that we may keep everything safe while your child is on the water.

Water, Snacks and Lunch 
All children will need to pack a non-perishable lunch and water bottle for each day of camp. Please label each item with the campers name.

Clothing
Comfortable, breathable clothing that is weather appropriate. We recommend synthetic fabrics such as polypropylene or capilene which keep you warm when you get wet. In cooler weather, we recommend synthetic long underwear beneath athletic shorts. We suggest an extra set of clothing to change into at the end of the day.

Shoes 
We recommend comfortable, secure shoes that are suitable for athletic activity. Waterproof sandals (Tevas or otherwise), aqua socks, and tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet are all acceptable options. Avoid backless sandals, as they are more likely to come off and float away.

Miscellaneous

  • Towel
  • Hat or Visor (this is key to prevent sunburn!)
  • Sunscreen (waterproof and lots!! Stuff for the lips too)
  • Sunglasses with retaining strap

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Pick Your Week:

Camps run for 5 days Monday-Friday throughout the summer season.  Please pick your specific week by selecting the Monday you wish to join the camp.

Downtown Chicago at Ohio Street Beach

Payment and Cancellation Policy:

$50 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration. The final balance will automatically be charged 60 days prior to the start of the camp.

Experience Necessary for Adventures: Beginner

*In the event of really bad weather, we will move camp indoors to Navy Pier

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