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Vernon Township services are available to residents in all or portions of the villages of Buffalo Grove (north of Lake Cook Road), Indian Creek, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Mettawa, Riverwoods and Vernon Hills (south of Route 60); the city of Lake Forest, and Mundelein and unincorporated Prairie View.
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Camp information will be mailed in the Winter issue of the Vernon Township Newsletter in November. Only residents of Vernon Township will receive the newsletter.
You can view the newsletter online. You can come into the Vernon Township offices at 3050 North Main Street in Buffalo Grove to pick up a copy. This newsletter is mailed at a bulk rate, and we will not mail it to individuals. You can also print the 2019 Summer Programs information (PDF) at home.
Camp is for children ages 4 to 7 years old. Our cut off date for the 4 to 7 year old camp is September 1st. (Example, a child turning 5 on August 20 will participate in the 5-year-old camp. A child turning 5 after September 1, will be in the 4-year-old camp.)
If you would like your child to participate in an age group appropriate to his school year (for children held back one year in school), a note from your school district is required stating the grade your child will be enrolled in the fall of 2019.
Camp is June 17 to August 2, 2019. Camp is in session Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our campers will swim every day with a swim lesson at least once a week.
Children participate in traditional camp activities - arts and crafts, singing, games, etc. We spend a majority of the camp day outside.
We do plan for rain days. The facilities on the property allow us to use the locker rooms and youth rooms for dry, inside areas. We try to follow the camp schedule as close as possible - minus the outside activities. We will complete art projects, play a number of inside games and sing camp songs. If the weather is still not cooperating by the end of the day, we may watch a movie.
On very hot days, we extend swimming times for all age groups. Also, we have several shaded picnic pavilions for low effort activities (arts and crafts, small group time, etc.) and an air-conditioned youth room.
Our maximum for each age group is as follows:
The ratio of campers to counselors is as follows:
A majority of the counselors are college and high school students. We require that our counselors be at least 16 years old.
Day-to-day activities are supervised by camp supervisors, and the aquatics supervisor.
The park is located at 16652 Buffalo Grove Road. Our pool is also located at that site.
In lieu of an all camp, off-site field trip, all campers will participate in the “Camp Carnival”. The 7 year olds may attend an off-site field trip.
The resident rate for the 2019 camp is $875. Non-resident rates are 50% higher.
Do not mail your registration form to the township office!
Returning campers will have a priority registration in December and early January. Siblings of returning campers are not guaranteed acceptance into camp. If necessary, there will be a sibling lottery on January 8, 2019.
Residents with new campers will be entered into a lottery. Parents of applicants will not be present for the lottery. The drawing will be held by township staff on Tuesday, January 8, 2019.
All resident applications can be dropped off between December 3, 2018 and January 8, 2019. On Friday, January 11, 2019 non-residents will be allowed to register.
If residents fail to drop off their registration forms between December 3, 2018 and January 8, 2019, the applications will be placed with the non-residents on a first come, first serve basis beginning January 11, 2019. The township will not accept any applications on January 9, 2019 and January 10, 2019.
Yes, as long as the registration form is received between December 3, 2018 and January 8, 2019, and you are a Township Resident. Any returning campers not registered at this time will be considered a "new camper" - no exceptions.
Returning Non-Residents are not guaranteed a spot in the 2019 Camp and must register on the Open Registration date of January 11, 2019.
No. Applications received on December 3, 2018 have the same chance of getting into camp as applications received on January 8, 2019. Remember residents, if you do not turn in your registration forms between these dates, you will not be entered into the lottery - no exceptions!
To register for the 2019 summer camp, you will need the following:
The Township will not accept your application if you do not have the required documents.
On the day of the lottery, a number will be assigned to each application. That number will also be placed into a hat. Numbers will be drawn at random.
If your number is chosen and a position in camp is available, you will be given that position, and your deposit will be cashed. If no positions are available, your application will be placed on the waiting list and your deposit check will be returned to you.
Each child's application will receive its own number, except for multiple births (twins, triplets, etc.) will each receive the same number.
Unfortunately, we do not have the answer to that question. It will depend on the number of returning campers registering for the 2018 camp.
No deposit will be required for the waiting list, but proof of age and residency will still be required. If a camper drops out, the first person on the waiting list will be contacted. We will progress down the waiting list until that camp position is filled.
Yes, however, only one friend can be requested and that friendship request must be reciprocal. If more than one friend is listed, you will not get either friendship request. Siblings in the same age group must request each other as their friendship request to guarantee a spot in the same camp group.
Yes, we try to have an even number of boys and girls in each group.
We do not honor requests for counselors. Also, we do not honor gender requests for counselors.