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 Camp Aide program.
What is the cost?
- The cost is $125 per child, per week, with a $15 discount for siblings. There is an additional one-time $15 per child registration fee when you enroll.
Do you offer part-time care? Do I need to sign up for the whole week?
- While we do offer a limited amount of part-time care, priority is given to full-time campers. The part-time rate is $90/child for three days or less and is limited to 5 families per location per week. Please contact our Registrar for more information about part-time requests.
When are payments due?
- When you register online you can choose from a few different payment plans. If you prefer to pay at Camp, payments are due on the Monday of each week your child attends. Look for the payment drop box at the camper sign-in table.
Can I make changes to my camp weeks after I register?
- Yes! Requests for refunds or changes to an existing registration should be made in writing. Changes will be granted only if space is available. Please let us know if your plans change. A $25 fee will be added to your account for each week your child is registered but does not attend. We will waive this fee if you communicate your schedule changes to us ahead of time.
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 form. 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 do have a financial assistance program, and anyone is welcome to apply. More details on our scholarship funds can be found on our Financial Assistance page.
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.
How long does your program run?
- Our summer day camp program runs the majority of time that kids are out of school.
What does a typical day look like at Camp?
- We offer a wide variety of activities during our camp day. Basketball, swimming, capture the flag, ultimate frisbee, and dodgeball will keep any camper busy. Arts and crafts, skill groups, and field trips are also included at no additional cost. A normal day might look something like this:
Before 9:00- Organized Free Time
9:00- Team Time
10:30- Skill Groups
11:15- Field Game
12:30- Board and Card Games
2:00- Free Time
3:00- Team Time
3:30- Closing Assembly
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.
Who will be with my child while at Camp?
- Campers are divided into groups of 10-15 children by their age and gender. Each group is led by a Counselor assisted by a Junior Counselor for the entire week of camp. 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 college students, while Junior Counselors are in high school.
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: Wildlife Prairie Park, Planet X Roller World, bowling, mini-golf, Peoria Cheifs 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 Lakeview Family Aquatic Center, 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. On your child's first day, you'll fill out our swim form to let 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-Thursday. On Fridays, we offer a cookout and offer lunch to all our campers and staff. Friday cookouts typically consist of hot dogs, chips, a fruit or vegetable, lemonade, and a dessert. We provide snacks a few days each week, but generally limit eating to lunch time and before and after camp. We currently do not provide breakfast, so please feed your child breakfast before dropping him or her off. If needed, campers are allowed to bring a snack with them.
Do you offer anything for Junior High age students?
- Our Camp Aide program is designed to help 7th and 8th grade students become better servant-leaders by equipping them with the skills they need to become a sucessful COCUSA staff member in the coming years. Camp Aides are required to attend Camp Aide Training at the beginning of the summer, and then will serve on a week-to-week basis for the rest of summer camp. Check out our Camp Aide page. for more information.
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.