Through a collaborative strategic planning process, NWSRA identified feedback from families regarding day camp program dates, times and offerings. In 2019, NWSRA is proud to unveil its new day camp offerings, with closer locations, longer days, and more flexibility in registration options!
Socialization, skill development, focusing on play
Early childhood camps focus on improvement of social skills, following directions and independence. Campers will explore variety of sensory experiences, nature interactivity and organized play through field trips, group activities and goal achievement throughout the summer. For more information on Early Childhood programs, click the link below to e-mail us, or call 847-392-2848!
Youth camps focus on cooperative play, social skills and friendly competition through a variety of activities. Campers will participate in unique experiences, including STEM projects, sensory play and more! For more information on Youth programs, click the link below to e-mail us, or call 847-392-2848!
Promoting self identity, learning of new skills and continuation of skills learned
Teen camps focus on the continued enhancement of skills, giving back to the community and actively pursuing one's own individual interests. Adventure awaits through trips throughout the community, enhancing campers' life experience each day! For more information on Teen programs, click the link below to e-mail us, or call 847-392-2848!
Promoting community service, independence and social skills
New in 2019
North and South locations
Half hour longer, 6 hour day
9 weeks in length
Weekly registration option
Smaller age ranges
Overlap in age ranges
STAR Academy available
The program, held in Rolling Meadows and Hanover Park, provides a Certified Park and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists (CTRS) who oversees a variety of educational, social and recreational activities daily. All core elements are facilitated in a neutral and safe environment supported by staff, allowing participants to independently choose their recreational activities.
Meet Olivia and Wayde
From Olivia and Wayde's mom:
Our children, Olivia and Wayde have Developmental Disabilities as well as Autism. In Summer 2016, my husband Brandon and I signed them up for the NWSRA Little Sprouts Day Camp. Before their participation in NWSRA, we had tried play groups and a preschool program. The play groups were okay, but it worked mainly because I was there to help push the interaction with others. At the preschool program, Olivia would sit and cry, wouldn’t move from the door, would sit under tables and hide. At some points she would hold my leg so tightly that I would lose a shoe trying to leave the classroom.
When we started NWSRA it opened a whole new world to them. They felt like there were others they could relate to. During the first week of Summer Day Camp, we noticed the change. In the past we have always had the screaming, crying, throwing themselves on the ground type of experiences in anything we did with the kids. After the first week, we all were walking into camp and Wayde saw one of his favorite counselors, Ms. Katie. Wayde literally went running to see Ms. Katie and began hugging her. Brandon and I just stood there in the hallway in amazement. In that same week, Olivia did the same thing. She went into camp, gave kisses and let us go without any tears, no leg hugging and was often times sad when camp ended.
From the trips, to learning independence, the transformation was simply amazing. Something so simple as taking them to the grocery, to the car wash, to visit family during my father’s funeral, I can honestly say NWSRA played a major part in how our lives have run smoother.
It is so mind blowing how they improved their interaction with others due to NWSRA programs. Wayde and Olivia would run from others and were afraid because they didn’t know how to respond or react. Even when others have not been so nice because they don’t understand what makes them a little different, our kids have learned to brush it off and exude that confidence that they did not have before. When we do activities outside the home, such as going to the aquatic park, they now go full speed ahead.
The experience this organization has given our children literally has brought me to tears. To see their faces light up when we say “We’re thinking of sending you back, do you want to go?” is purely priceless. The staff and volunteers are amazing, and we look forward to what this summer will bring and what new little person will transform before our very eyes. NWSRA is like no organization I have ever seen. I have worked with children and adults with special needs throughout my life and I truly think that what NWSRA and their staff does ensure that families like mine can give our children opportunities that they otherwise would not have had. NWSRA has brought out the very best, most beautiful things in our children and we are blessed beyond measure. We truly do think the world of NWSRA, and I wish that everyone has the opportunity to have this same experience.