Even  though there’s still snow to be found on the ground in Evanston, it’s not too early to begin thinking about summer camp. Registrations can be mailed to the city starting Feb. 3.

New camps this year among the more than 50 offered are Aqua Golf Adventures Mini-Camp, Young People’s Short Film Project for ages 11-15, and a Time Travelers Arts Mini-Camp. This year’s theme for the historical immersion Arts Mini-Camp, which is held in August, will be the Victorian era.

Youth camps include tennis, sports, arts, ecology, preschool, hockey, basketball, figure skating, beach volleyball, lacrosse, aquatic camp, general day camp, LEGO camp, and more.

Older children and teens may register for arts camp, band camp, theatre camp, film camp, figure skating camp, and several counselor-in-training/leadership programs.

As in previous years, the Recreation Division offers a Parent-Child AquaAction Camp and an Adult Aquatic Adventures Camp, so grown-ups can have fun, too.

To keep the process fair, registrations must be sent via first-class U.S. mail no sooner than Friday, February 3. Priority will be given based solely on the date of the postmark.

Registration forms sent by any other means, including priority mail or special delivery, as well as those postmarked prior to February 3, will be held for processing at a later date. Phone-in, walk-in, and online registration begins at 11 a.m. on Monday, February 20, for residents and nonresidents alike.

The 2012 Summer Camp guide, which describes each camp in detail and the registration procedures, is available at the Civic Center and at all community centers. The full guide can also be found online.

To be considered an Evanston resident, the participant must live in ZIP code 60201 or 60202. For more information, you may call the city at 3-1-1.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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