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Camp Naper Summer Day Camp
Explore Naper Settlement’s 13 acres and beyond in summer day camps that are sure to 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.
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Naper Settlement’s Camp Naper 2018 Schedule
Check out our full descriptions of each camp below:
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.
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June 4-8 
$45/day; $210/week, 8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6

Pick and choose one or more day camps to create your perfect camp experience! Each day offers a different theme, with fun and unique activities. Campers can create their own LEGO city, experiment with yummy snacks, and investigate the tales of Loch Ness.

June 4 – Super Hero Science: Explore the history of comic book heroes and the science behind the coolest super powers.
June 5  – Fantasy Fun: Use your imagination and investigate history’s unexplained and fascinating creatures, including mermaids and Bigfoot.
June 6 – Building Bonanza: Discover unusual and famous buildings from around the world and create your own incredible structures using LEGO bricks, boxes, and blocks.
June 7 – Illinois’ Birthday Bash: Do you know what makes our state unique? In honor of Illinois’ 200th birthday, campers will meet famous Illinoisans, do-si-do through the state dance, and share a yummy birthday treat.
June 8 – Snack Science: Complete experiments and create edible reactions using a combination of scientific principles and tasty snacks.

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June 11–15
$45/day; $210/week, 8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6

Mix and match one or more day camps to create a thrilling camp adventure! Each day of this camp offers a different theme, with over-the-top fun and activities. Campers can unlock their creativity, conduct explosive experiments, and use artifacts to unlock scavenger hunt clues.

June 11 – Excavation Exploration: Hunt for underground clues in an archaeological investigation with a scavenger hunt style twist.
June 12 – Enterprising Engineering: Teams of campers will use their creativity and problem solving skills to create a homemade marble run.
June 13 – Wild Weather: Become a meteorologist and investigate the science behind extreme weather, including tornadoes, earthquakes, and blizzards. Conduct experiments and deliver your own wild weather report.
June 14 – H2Olympics: Prepare to get wet as teams of campers participate in the ultimate water balloon challenge! Use catapults, slingshots, and much more to soak the competition. Walk to the Riverwalk for a paddleboat outing.
June 15 – Extreme Explosions: Conduct scientific experiments to create colorful popping, fizzing, and bubbling explosions. 

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 Civil War Camp

Throwback Camp - SOLD OUT
June 18–22
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Step back in time to the grooviest and raddest decades in history, the 1950s through the 90s! Exploring a new decade each day, campers will try out fashion trends, get silly with slang, and watch clips from popular TV shows. Create your own pet rock, lava lamp, and tie-dye t-shirt. 
Invention Dimension
June 18-22
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
History and technology collide as campers discover the world’s most remarkable inventions and the people who created them. Test out a rotary phone and electric typewriter. Discover how inventions solved problems and what was developed right here in Illinois. Then look to the future and use recycled materials to design your own 21st century invention!
Earth Explorer

June 25-29
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1-6
Learn secrets about the amazing planet we call home! Discover why the sky is blue and how mountains are formed. Dive into the deep blue sea and create a miniature ocean. Get your hands dirty as you test your green thumb.
Civil War Camp
July 5-6
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 5-8
Recruits wanted! Put yourself in the shoes of a Civil War solider as you practice military drills, cook over an open fire, and learn spy tactics. Witness the boom of a real musket firing and take part in a special closing ceremony. Take the fun home with your own Civil War kepi hat, small haversack, and photograph of yourself in uniform.

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Curious Cook

July 5-6
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 3–6
Science and creativity come together as junior chefs conduct delicious edible experiments and surprisingly tasty chemical reactions. Harness the power of the sun to make s’mores, turn milk into plastic, and pop your corn right on the cob. 

Art Adventure

July 9-13
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
This colorful camp is the perfect mix of fun and creativity! Get messy with paint and clay, let nature inspire you, discover a new favorite artist, and make your own comic book. Try out unexpected ways to create a masterpiece and let your imagination run wild.
Awesome Architecture
July 9-13
8 AM-3 PM, Grades 5-8
Did you know architecture comes in all shapes and sizes? Travel through time and discover palaces, treehouses, skyscrapers, and other amazing structures! Use LEGO bricks to recreate famous buildings, explore unique structures in downtown Naperville, and discover how buildings were moved to Naper Settlement. Working as a team, campers will design their own city of boxes, inspired by amazing architecture from around the world.

Incredible Creatures
July 16-20
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Discover the amazing ways animals have helped humans throughout history. Learn about Presidential pets, animal spies, and other working animals. Meet a police dog, creepy crawly insects, reptiles, raptors, and a veterinarian! Create animal art and learn how you can help with animal conservation. 

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Survive This!
July 16 – 20
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Be prepared for anything! Campers test their brains and brawn in various survival situations, using teamwork and ingenuity. Learn how to survive an encounter with a zombie, create a basic first aid kit, and puzzle through disaster scenarios.  
Sampler Scrambler
July 23 – 27
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Our most popular Sampler Camp days are back with this non-stop fun Sampler Scrambler! Campers will conduct experiments, create tasty treats, and learn to work as a team. Each day of this five day camp will feature one day of Extreme Explosions, H2Olympics, Snack Science, Fantasy Fun, and Wild Weather. 
History Mysteries
July 23 – 27
8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Investigate history’s most perplexing mysteries. Hypothesize about the meaning of Stonehenge and the mysterious qualities of the Bermuda Triangle. Craft a UFO and an Amelia Earhart-style plane. Become a history detective and pore through clues left by past civilizations.
Camp Scrambler
July 30 – Aug. 3
8 AM-3 PM, Grades 1-6
Can’t choose just one of our fabulous camps? Try this mash-up of our most popular activities! Campers will meet working animals, learn survival skills, and paint kindness rocks. Each day of this five day camp will feature one day of Throwback Camp, Awesome Architecture, Incredible Creatures, Survive This!, and Art Adventure.

Kinetic Art Expedition Espionage - SOLD OUT
July 30-Aug. 3
$210/camper, 8 AM–3 PM, Grades 1–6
Become a secret agent! Decode ciphers, create a disguise, and write messages in invisible ink. Learn about real life spies and codes, including the Navajo Code Talkers and Mata Hari. Complete a spy mission by working as a team and following secret clues.

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