Camp GEMS is the perfect way to keep your children's minds and bodies active! We offer a camp during our spring break in April and a 6-week camp this summer. Both are designed, organized and operated by GEMS World Academy Chicago teachers.
SPRING CAMP, APRIL 15-19 The spring version of Camp GEMS is all about getting out and exploring the city. Our approach to the camp reflects our commitment to Field Studies and mobile learning in our curriculum. Campers will visit different cultural and recreational destinations (weather permitting) each day — city parks, museums, neighborhoods, outdoor events — making this camp an explorer's delight.
SUMMER CAMP, JUNE 17-JULY 26 Our summer camp programming closely aligns with the International Baccalaureate framework in place at our school. Each week of the six-week day camp follows a theme from the IB. Here are the kinds of activities your child will enjoy during Camp GEMS (specific programming for 2019 still being finalized):
Week 1, Who We Are
Study, prepare and sample food from different cultures
Visit different ethnic/cultural neighborhoods in Chicago
Week 2, Where We Are in Place and Time
Explore Chicago musuems (The Field Museum, the Chicago Cultural Center) to get a sense of the city's history
Study and create maps that chart journeys throughout the city
Week 3, How We Organize Ourselves
What jobs are important to a community? Talk to firefighters, police officers, doctors, etc
Attend community festivals, visit civic buildings (fire stations)
Week 4, How the World Works
How and why were parks built? Experience rock climbing, mini golf and yoga in Chicago parks
Visit a zoo and public gardens
Week 5, Sharing the Planet
Explore the natural world and consider why it's necessary to protect it
Visit social organizations that rely on volunteers — why is volunteering important?
Week 6, How We Express Ourselves
Experience a professional theater production or opera in the city
Create original stories
Children age 3 through 12 are eligible to participate in Camp GEMS