What ages do you serve?
- Children currently in kindergarten through 6th grade are eligible to attend Camp of Champions USA. Children must have completed one year of kindergarten in order to attend our summer camp program. Children who have completed 7th and 8th grade are welcome to apply for our Counselor in Training program.
What is the cost?
- For Summer 2019, the cost is $135 per child, per week. We offer a $15 discount for additional siblings in the family (so the second child would be $120/week and the third child would be $105/week). There is a $15 non-refundable registration fee due per child at the time of registration. All you will need to pay when you register is the registration fee per child. You will then select a payment plan to take care of your remaining balance.
Do you offer part-time care? Do I need to sign up for the whole week?
- Part-time care is limited to 5 families per location and is offered on a first come, first served basis. The part-time rate is $95/child for three days or less (compared to $135 for a full week of Camp). Please contact our Registrar for more information about part-time care.
When are payments due?
- When you register online you can choose from a few different payment plans that make staying on top of payments this summer a breeze. If you prefer to pay at Camp, please note: due to a new payment policy in 2019, all weekly payments are due in full a whole week in advance. Please plan ahead to submit payments to us on time each week. You are welcome to pay via your account online or use the provided envelopes and drop box at the camper sign-in table.
Can I make changes to my camp weeks after I register?
- Any and all changes to an existing registration should be made in writing and sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible. We will need to know about any cancellations by the end of the Camp day on Wednesday prior to the week you are cancelling in order to accommodate your cancellation without a fee.
If we are informed of a cancellation or schedule change after that time, a $25 fee will be added to your account. Similarly, if your child does not attend a week they were signed up for (and we did not hear from you about it) a $25 fee will be added to your account.
How many weeks can I register for?
- There is no maximum or minimum requirement for the summer. You can register for as many weeks of camp that are available at the time we receive your registration request. If our programs are full for any weeks you desired, we can place your child on a waiting list and talk through some of our other locations to see if they would be an option for your family.
Do you offer any financial assistance? Who can qualify?
- We offer financial assistance through two funds made possible by donations from generous friends of Camp. Anyone is welcome to apply. More details about our financial assistance program can be found on our Financial Assistance page.
Do you accept payments from Childcare Connection/DCFS/Foster Care agencies?
- If you are enrolling a child who is currently in foster care, please note that Camp of Champions USA is a license-exempt child care center and does not currently accept payments from DCFS or CCAP funding. Any family is welcome to apply for our Financial Assistance program, and we are more than willing to talk with your agency caseworker about alternative payment options.
What is your Federal Employer Identification Number? (FEIN #)
- 36-4182499. Please contact us if you need a receipt for a flexible spending account, tax return, or other reason - we'd be happy to help!
How long does your program run?
- Our summer day camp program runs the majority of time that kids are out of school. In 2019 we will run from late May (the day after Memorial Day) to mid-August when kids return to school.
What does a typical day look like at Camp?
- We offer a wide variety of activities during our camp day. Basketball, capture the flag, water games, and dodgeball will keep any camper busy. Arts and crafts, skills, and field trips are also included at no additional cost. A normal day might look something like this:
7:30 - First Drop-off
7:30-9:00 - Organized Free Time
9:00 - Team Time AM
10:00 - All Camp Assembly
11:00 - Skills
12:00 - Lunch and Free Time
1:00 - Camp Adventures - Team Building, Water, or Art
2:00 - Afternoon Assembly
3:00 - Team Time PM
4:00 - Organized Free Time until Pick-up
5:30 - Last Pick-up
What are your daily hours?
- Our normal program hours are 9:00am-4:00pm each weekday during the summer. You can drop your child off as early as 7:30am and pick them up as late as 5:30pm each day. There is no charge for extended hours - 7:30am to 5:30pm care is included in the weekly rate for Camp.
Who will be with my child while at Camp?
- Campers are divided into groups of 7-9 children by their age and gender. Each group is led by a Counselor for the entire week of camp. Groups of campers are organized into Teams and led by a Team Lead for large group activities. A Site Director oversees the daily program at each COCUSA location, and is available to help you and answer your questions throughout the summer.
We ensure our staff have the maturity, program skills, and abilities to make COCUSA a fun and safe experience for your child. Most Counselors are high school students, while Team Leads and Site Directors are college students.
What is the staff to camper ratio?
- Our staff to camper ratio is generally 1 staff member for every 6 campers.
How do you keep kids safe?
- We provide for child safety in two main ways. First, all of our staff applicants are vetted with a process that includes an application, interview, at least two references, and a background check. Second, we set up various systems and procedures to protect children while at Camp. Our Top Five Rules keep everyone safe - "Groups of 3," "Follow the Leader," "Good Touch, Bad Touch," "Good Words, Bad Words," and "Treat It Right." If you'd like a further explanation of our safety system or rules, feel free to contact us!
What do you do for field trips?
- Each week we take one off-site field trip to a local attraction. Field trips might included: the zoo, roller skating, swimming, bowling, mini-golf, a baseball game, and more! Whatever the field trip, campers stay with their group and under the supervision of their staff members. We partner with local school bus companies for transportation to and from field trips.
What swimming pools do you go to?
- Depending on your Camp location, your child might visit DragonLand Water Park, Morton Public Pool, Washington Park Pool, Shore Acres Pool, or Roanoke Pool. Our Pekin facility is equipped with its own swimming pool. Filling out our swim form lets us know exactly where your child can swim at each pool we visit.
What are your safety procedures at the pool?
- We always have a Site Director stationed at the exit of each water park we go to. Our staff are trained to spread throughout the water park to supervise their campers, including stationing a staff member at our "home base," where campers leave their towels and other personal items. Counselors are responsible to visually site each camper in their group every 45 minutes, and then report their counts to a Site Director.
What does my child need for their first day of Camp?
- Make sure to have completed a Health and Safety form and Swim Form for your camper. Send them with a sack lunch, water bottle, tennis shoes, and sunscreen. You'll be all set for a great first day!
It's my first time at Camp of Champions USA. What do I do when I arrive?
- When you arrive, look for the Site Directors who will be near the sign-in table during drop off and pick up times. On your camper's first day, we ask you to fill out a Health and Safety form and a Swim Form if you have not done so already. Your child will be introduced to his or her Counselor who can give you a quick tour of the facility if you would like. We want you to feel comfortable, so please ask our Site Directors for help if you need anything at all.
Does Camp of Champions USA provide breakfast, lunch, or any snacks?
- We ask that you send a sack lunch with your child Monday-Friday (that doesn’t need refrigeration or heating). We’ll provide a small snack each day in the afternoon, and generally limit eating to lunch time and before and after camp (You are welcome to pack an extra snack for them to enjoy after camp, if you’d like).
We do not provide breakfast, so please feed your child breakfast before dropping him or her off.
On Fridays, we offer meal delivery options for you to order in advance each week. We hope providing this option on Fridays will help with the end-of-week hustle. Menus and prices will be available at your camp at the beginning of each week.
Do you offer anything for Junior High age students?
- In 2019, we are changing our previous ‘Camp Aide Program’ to Counselors In Training Program. With a change in our summer staff structure, we realized we could better partner with parents of junior high students to help provide them with a safe, fun place to spend their summer, as well as teach them the skills they need to be a leader, both now and in the future. Our hope is that Counselors in Training will be a part of the program until they are eligible to apply as paid summer staff members.
We’ve made a number of changes to this program for 2019, and we hope your junior high age student will join us for a summer of fun and growth!
Check out our Counselors in Training page for more information about the program how to apply.
Do you offer any other programs besides summer camp?
- We offer full days of Camp on select days when school is out which vary depending on the year. You can sign up for our email list to always stay in the loop on COCUSA programs.