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Camp Naper Summer Day Camp
Explore Naper Settlement’s 12 acres and beyond in summer day camps that capture a child’s imagination. Our unique, hands-on camps provide immersive experiences where learning is fun! All camps include supplies and a snack, and are led by experienced, adult counselors.
Details of each camp will be available after March 9.
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Naper Settlement’s Camp Naper 2017 Schedule
Jump into summer fun with one or more days of our Sampler weeks. Choose up to four days or
receive a discount when you attend all five days of the week-long samplers.
Imagine That! Sampler
$45/day; $210/week, 8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Mix and match your summer fun with one or more of our brand new Summer Challenge camps. Campers can recreate scientific superhero powers, create their very own rainforest and solve historical mysteries with each day having a different and exciting theme!
– Super Hero Science: Explore the history of comic book super heroes and the science behind some of the coolest super powers. Weave a spider web and create a storm in a bottle!
– History Mysteries: Unravel historical mysteries involving famous figures, legendary mummies and natural phenomena.
– Snack Science: Using a combination of scientific principles and tasty snacks, campers will complete experiments and create edible activities.
– Earth Explorer: Learn secrets about the natural world and make your own terrarium.
– Building Bonanza: Uncover historical clues of famous buildings, bridges and other structures. Design and build your own model house or bridge.
Team Extreme Sampler
$45/day; $210/week, 8 AM–3 PM,
Creativity, ingenuity, and teamwork guide campers through excavations, engineering, and team strategy challenges as part of this high-energy camp. Campers can test their archery skills, build machines out of pioneer era materials and use artifacts to unlock scavenger hunt clues.
– Excavation Exploration: Hunt for underground clues in an archaeological investigation with a scavenger hunt style twist.
– Enterprising Engineering: Teams of campers use their creativity and problem solving skills to engineer a Rube Goldberg-type machine.
– Wild Weather: Young meteorologists will investigate the science behind extreme weather phenomena, including tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards. Campers will meet a weather expert, create clouds in a jar, measure wind speeds and deliver their own wild weather report.
– Water Wars: Use teamwork and engineering skills to build catapults and slingshots and win the ultimate water balloon battle.
– Extreme Explosions: Campers will use scientific experiments to create colorful popping, fizzing and bubbling explosions.
Hip History I
8 AM–3 PM,
Travel back in time and discover music, art, fads, TV shows, games, sports, pop culture and history from the 1950s, 60s and 70s! Exploring each decade, campers will recreate famous art, learn the popular dances, play with popular toys and games and make a
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 3–6
Castles, skyscrapers and cathedrals! Investigate stories behind building methods and styles of architecture over time. What did culture or weather have to do with buildings? Make a map, go on a History Hunt through Naper Settlement’s historic buildings, take a walking tour of downtown Naperville and find architecture that reveals some history of our city. Campers will learn about careers in architecture and build a Box City.
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1-6
Discover how animals have helped us throughout history! Learn about animal spies, animal astronauts, Presidential pets and conservation of habitats. Consider various careers working with animals. Meet a working dog and a bird of prey. Build models to learn how birds’ wings help them fly, test your sense of smell to understand how dogs’ noses help them solve crimes and more.
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 3–6
Your amateur chef will use a combination of science and creativity to conduct delicious edible experiments and surprisingly tasty chemical reactions. Learn how to use an endothermic reaction to make ice cream and apply your creative genius to expertly mix compounds to invent your own cookies!
Pioneers to Mars
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 6–8
Join a STEM-based Mars adventure examining how space pioneers would settle the Red Planet compared to how early Naperville pioneers settled and survived the wilderness. Where would food come from? What tools would you need? Learn everything there is to know about this year’s coolest planet and what life was like on the Illinois frontier!
Civil War Camp
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 5–8
Immerse yourself in the life of a soldier
from the past! Practice military drills, cook over an open fire, learn first-aid, journaling and map-making. Experience hardtack snacks and spy tactics. Campers will receive a Civil War kepi hat, small haversack and a photo of themselves to take home.
8 AM-3 PM, Grades 1-6
Have fun experiencing a mash-up of new themed activities! This five-day camp features one-day each of Hip History, Awesome Architecture, Pioneers to Mars, Incredible Creatures and Curious Cook.
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 3–6
Become a survivalist! Learn to build a shelter, make a slingshot and be safe in the wilderness. Practice team building exercises and work through an obstacle course. Basic archery skills will be taught in collaboration with the Forest Preserve of DuPage County.
$140/camper, 8 AM–3 PM, Grades 3–6
Get inspired by Naper Settlement, then let your imagination run wild! Use recycled materials to build a wind chime, create 3-D works of art and paint an optical illusion. Campers will learn some artistic basics and apply them in unique and fun ways.
Hip History II
July 31-August 4
$210/camper, 8 AM-3 PM, Grades 1-6
Take a step back into history and pop culture and discover music, art, fads, TV shows, games, sports and more from the 1970s, 80s and 90s! Exploring each decade, campers will recreate famous art, learn the popular dances, play with popular toys and games and celebrate trends of the times.
523 S. Webster St., Naperville, IL 60540 • 630.420.6010 • Fax: 630.305.4044
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