Camp is an enjoyable way to keep teens busy when they’re out of school. They can make new friends, learn skills and keep boredom at bay while at camp. Rockford, Illinois -- located in the northern part of the state in Winnebago County -- has a variety of camps for teens to attend from sports camps to art camps.
Rockford Parks District Sports Camps
The Rockford Park District offers week-long sports camps for teenagers of all skill levels. The sports camps offered for teens are soccer, skateboarding and rollerblading, tennis, volleyball, football and hockey. Kids are offered lessons by trained instructors to improve their skills. The sports camps also focus on teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship. The camps range in price and length of time, with some lasting up to nine hours and others as little as three hours per day.
Atwood Overnight Camp
Operated by the Rockford Park District, this resident camp is a three-day overnight camp -- campers will spend two nights at camp -- for people ages 16 to 21. They will participate in camp activities such as arts and crafts, fishing, sports, nature programs and more. As of 2013, the fee is $200 for the three-day camp, which includes meals, supplies and lodging.
Teen Links/Teen Time Camp
This all-day camp runs in weeklong sessions, with each week featuring a different theme. Teen Links is designed for kids ages 12 to 16, while Teen Time is for 17 to 21-year-olds. Both camps are set up the same way, but targeted for their specific age group. At camp, teens will learn about elements related to the theme for the week, and daily living and social skills. For example, one week’s theme might be nature so kids will spend most of their time outside exploring the natural world. As of 2013, Teen Links/Teen Time Camp is offering themes such as water works, movies, sports and celebrities. On the last day of camp for the week, the kids are taken on an all-day field trip to a place associated with that week’s theme.
I Heart Art Camp
For younger kids who love art, the I Heart Art Camp in Rockford is the place to go for camp. This camp is for kids ages 9 to 14 and is operated by a team of mother-and-daughter artists. Kids will learn basic art skills and techniques during the weeklong day camp and create original pieces of art such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and collages.
Horseback Riding Camp
The Rockford Parks District offers horseback riding camp for teens with various skill levels. The Saddle Up Camp is for kids ages 8 to 16 and teaches basic horseback riding skills such as mounting and dismounting, extended walking and spacing while riding, as well as learn all about the anatomy of horses. In addition, the teens will play games and do traditional camp activities like arts and crafts and movies. Blazing Saddles Advanced Camp is for the same age group, but the participants must complete Saddle Up Camp or have completed Level 2 Western classes. This camp focuses on more advanced aspects of horseback riding such as proper body positioning and learning to trot independently. At both camps, kids will have time each day for riding.