Dangerous Camp for Boys

Category: Adventure


Our motto is “Always in pursuit of adventure.” Every boy craves adventure. To explore uncharted territory, to test our limits–it’s what we’re made for. The Dangerous Camp for Boys provides Middle Schoolers the opportunity to learn new skills and develop their potential to shape the world around them through daily adventures.

Why “Dangerous”?

The Dangerous Camp for Boys was developed from “The Dangerous Book for Boys”, an international best-selling primer on the skills that every boy should know. After your son experiences The Dangerous Camp, he will have learned a battery of skills that he will use into adulthood.

Skills include:

  • Knot-Tying
  • Boating
  • Land Navigation
  • Archery
  • Fire Building
  • First Aid
  • Airsoft Shooting
  • Tin Smithing
  • Fishing

Field Exercises & Other Details

To facilitate the building of friendships and the development of leadership abilities, campers are divided into four “Companies”, each of which competes in different sports, teamwork challenges, and field exercises throughout the course of the camp. Field exercises include: 

  • Nerf Wars
  • Capture the flag
  • Treasure hunts
  • Strategic water balloon battles

Stories of Great Adventure

To inspire campers to pursue their own adventures in life, each Company will hear stories of the “Dangerous Men of History”, or heroes who have dared to strive for greatness and made positive impacts in the world. Dangerous Men of History include Charles Lindbergh, Robin Hood, Desmond Doss, and many others.

Camp Counselors

Northridge Summer camp counselors frequently develop friendships with campers that last from year to year. The team consists of Northridge High School and Alumni college students. Counselors serve as leaders within each of the camp’s “Companies,” and are engaged in each activity of the camp. They are handpicked for their strong characters, fun & cheerful demeanor, and ability to be role models for campers. 


Dangerous Camp FAQs

Are all sessions of Dangerous Camp the same?
The activities for each session will mostly be the same, but feel free to sign up for multiple weeks!  There is tremendous variety in the day-to-day activities, so we have had boys in the past come for multiple weeks and love every minute of it!

What’s the schedule of an average day of Dangerous Camp? Where does the camp take place?
Camp drop-off begins at 8:30 AM at Northridge and extends to 9:00 AM. Shortly thereafter, buses will take campers to Big Bend Lake Park in Des Plaines, where they will engage in sports, field exercises, and teamwork challenges. The buses will return to school around 2:45 PM, and parents may pick their campers up from 3:00 to 3:30 PM.

What should my son wear to camp?
Campers should dress in comfortable, warm-weather athletic attire and bring a bag lunch and drink from home.

What does my son need to bring with him to camp?
As we will be outdoors for much of the camp, campers should bring plenty of water, sunscreen, and bug spray!

Do Dangerous Camp t-shirts cost extra?
The price is included in the camp fee. Each camper will receive a Dangerous Camp t-shirt upon the camp’s conclusion.

Camp Leadership

  • About:

    Mr. Guillermo Dillon, Director of Summer Programs, Co-Director of Dangerous Camp

    Guillermo serves as the current Director of Summer Programs and is also the 8th grade lead teacher at Northridge, teaching both Latin and Literature. He has several years of experience organizing and running all-boys summer camps in the Mexican deserts and mountains. Mr. Dillon also leads online book clubs in the afternoons and evenings for students both in Middle School and High School who are high achievers and lovers of literature. You can contact Guillermo Dillon at gdillon@northridgeprep.org.


    Joe Rhee, Head of Middle School, Co-Director of Dangerous Camp

    Joe is the Head of Middle School, a Science Faculty member and the Head Wrestling Coach at Northridge. He has experience working with Elementary and Middle School students through a variety of leadership and mentorship programs. He’s been leading the Dangerous Camp for Boys over the last 6 years. You can contact Joe Rhee at jrhee@northridgeprep.org.


    Mr. Patrick Harrington, Co-Director

    Pat was the 6th grade lead teacher in Northridge’s Middle School for several years. During his time around the school he acquired experience coaching Middle School Basketball, High School track & field and running our own summer programs. He has experience working with Elementary and Middle School students through various leadership and mentorship programs. You can contact Patrick Harrington at pharrington@northridgeprep.org.


Camp is now sold out. Click "Register Now" below to reserve your son's spot on the camp's waitlist. Questions? See the FAQ page here.

Camp fee: $450

Session 1: July 8 - July 12

Session 2: July 15 - July 19

Session 3: July 22 - July 26

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entering Grades: 4, 5, 6

Enrollment cap: 125 Per Session

Camp location: Northridge and Big Bend Lake

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