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DiF Summer Camp 2022
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WEEK 1

Can we really trust the human brain?  How can we best reduce our consumption of resources? How should we implement modern day reparations for racial justice? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, as we explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

Field Trips*

Museum of Illusions, Fire Station, 

Dusable Museum of African American History, Plant Chicago 

& SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 1 is 6/13/22-6/17/22.  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics & field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

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WEEK 2

Example Blurb

 

Is virtual reality a useful tool in k-12 education? Should the justice system aim to punish or heal? Should we get ban unhealthy food in schools? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

Field Trips*

Redline Virtual Reality, Daley Center Courthouse, Field Museum, Museum of Science & Industry & SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 2 is 6/20/22-6/24/22.  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

Teacher and Kids in Library

WEEK 3

Example Blurb

 

Does technology have a place in art? Should assimilation be the goal in immigration? Should there be limits on what people can 3d print? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.​

Field Trips*

 WNDR Museum, Chicago Architectural Center, Brunk Children's Museum of Immigration, Harold Washington Library Center 

& SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 3 is 6/27/22-7/01/22.  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

Children Heaping Hands

WEEK 4

Example Blurb

 

How can we best protect wildlife? How do we improve the gender imbalance in STEM? Does surveillance ​make us safer? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

Field Trips*

Digital Adventures, Chinese Cultural Institute, Safehouse, Shedd Aquarium & SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 4 is 7/04/22-7/08/22.  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

Kids in the Museum

WEEK 5

Example Blurb

 

Is graffiti public art? Should we colonize space? Should we provide reparations to Native Amerian tribes? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

Field Trips*

Native 312, UChicago Decision Making Lab, Adler Planetarium,  Mitchell Museum of the American Indian  & SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 5 is 7/11/22-7/15/22.

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

School Kids

WEEK 6

Example Blurb

 

Should we trust the news? What role does robotics have in medicine? Do animals have rights? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

 

Field Trips*

 WBEZ/WGN, Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Chicago Sports Museum, Lincoln Park Zoo & SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 6 is 7/18/22-7/22/22  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

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WEEK 7

Example Blurb

 

Should we implement mindfulness in k-12 education? How do we balance economic growth with environmental protection? Should media be censored? These are some of the questions we'll be tackling this week as we explore big topics in kid-sized ways, explore nature, and have a blast with friends.

Field Trips*

Snapology, Meditation Center of Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Museum of Broadcast Communications & SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 7 is 7/25/22-7/29/22

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics and field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

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WEEK 8

Example Blurb

Museum of Illusions, Fire Station, 

Dusable Museum of African American History, Plant Chicago


Field Trips*

Museum of Illusions, Fire Station, 

Dusable Museum of African American History, Plant Chicago 

& SURPRISE TRIP!

Dates

Session 1 is 6/13/22-6/17/22.  

Location

Hyde Park (address to follow).  Bus Service from Lincoln Park.

Grades

Rising 2nd-9th Graders**.

*please note that topics & field trips are subject to change

**parent discretion on best fit for rising first grader

A Day in the Life at DiF Camp
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8-9AM 

Early Care

9-9:30AM 

Icebreaker Games

9:30-11:30AM 

Topic & Topic Field Trip

11:30-12:30PM 

Lunch & 

Free Play     

12:30-2:00PM 

Debate Skill Games

2-3PM 

Topic Debate Round & Snack

3-5PM 

After Care

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Camp FAQS

Where is camp located?


(outdoor chicago park in hyde park, exact location will be announced)




If camp is outdoors, what happens in inclement weather?


indoor space for storms, tents and fans for heat




Can I sign up for specific days of the week?


Yes! Users can add video from YouTube or Vimeo with ease:

  1. Enter App Settings
  2. Click the "Manage Questions" button
  3. Click on the question you would like to attach a video to
  4. When editing your answer, click on the video icon and then paste the YouTube or Vimeo video URL
  5. That's it! A thumbnail of your video will appear in answer text box




Is there a sibling discount? What about a discount for signing up for more than one session?


The FAQ title can be adjusted in the settings tab of the App Settings. You can also remove the title by unchecking its checkbox in the settings tab.




What's the camper-staff ratio?





How does tots differentiate from the other sessions?





Will my sixth grader and second grader be in the same group?





What's the deal with this Lincoln Park pickup?


if enough people request, we'll provide for a fee




What does my kiddo need to bring every day? Do they need to pack a lunch?





Should my rising first grader sign up for debater tots or thinkers/listeners/speakers?