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DiF Summer Camp 2022
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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Taste of Debate  Session

(4-6 Year Olds)

This is our special session for our youngest debaters: our 4-6 year olds. Through play-based learning we’ll encourage your little one to be silly, explore their curiosity, and develop their confidence all while having a blast with new friends. Your child will work on mindful listening through games like “Repeat After Me,” and develop critical thinking skills by becoming “Super Secret Detectives” tasked with solving the Mystery of the Stolen Toy. 


Times

Our Taste of Debate session has a modified schedule to best suit the needs of our youngest debaters. Camp runs from 9am-12pm with before and after-care available.

Dates

Session 1 is 8/01/22-8/05/22.  

Location

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

Grades

Rising Pre-K-1st Graders**.

Camp FAQS

Where is camp located?


Camp will be located in a Chicago park in Hyde Park. The exact park location will be announced as camp gets closer. We are hoping to also have a bus option that parents can utilize from the Lincoln Park area!




If camp is outdoors, what happens in inclement weather?


We'll have access to an indoor space for inclement weather, e.g. storms. For standard summer weather, we'll have supplies and equipment to ensure our kiddos are comfortable and safe (fans, blankets, shade, water, etc)




Can I sign up for specific days of the week?


Unfortunately, no. Families will sign up for a week at a time--if your child will be unable to attend for a certain day, let us know in advance.




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


Great questions and yes to both! Sibling discount code: doubletrouble (15% off) Multi session discount code: morethemerrier (20% off)




What's the camper-staff ratio?


We aim to have a 1:4 camper: staff ratio but will never exceed a 1:5 ratio.




How does Taste of Debate differentiate from the other sessions?


Tots Week (Taste of Debate) features a shorter day, removes the fied trips, and focuses on core debate/commuication skills (story-telling, perspective-taking, critical thinking) in a purely play-based way. Kiddos will be learning accidentally as they have a blast with friends, run around in the sun, and bond with amazing college-student mentors and counselors.




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


Absoutey not! We have distinct age groups: Littles (rising 2nd/3rd/4th) Middes (rising 4th/5th/6th) Biggles (rising 7th/8th/9th/10th)




What's the deal with this Lincoln Park pickup?


We're hoping to offer a Lincoln Park pickup option for a small fee (for paying families). This will depend on how many families request it but if we hit our minimum number, we'll bring your kiddo from Lincoln Park to Hyde Park each morning and back each afternoon.




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


Your kiddo should bring:

  • Nut-free lunch
  • Water bottle
  • Pen and pencil
  • Notebook
  • Sun screen
  • Rain jacket or light sweater (based on weather)




Should my rising first grader sign up for a normal session or Taste of Debate?


It's up to you! If your child would do better in a half day program with other pre-k, kindergarteners, and 1st graders, choose our 8th week (Taste of Debate). If your child can handle full day with other 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders, they can participate in any of the standard weeks.