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
  • Wrestling
  • First Aid
  • Airsoft Shooting
  • Tim 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 Counsellors

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

Can I sign up for multiple sessions of Dangerous Camp?

Due to COVID-19 and the Forest Preserve policies, we will need to cap each session of Dangerous Camp to 50 campers. Due to this constraint, we are limiting families to one week of Dangerous Camp this summer. 

Are all three sessions of Dangerous Camp the same?

Many of the most fun activities such as airsoft and archery are repeated from session to session, but some of the skills, sports, and team challenges will vary.

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 a water bottle 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! He should also bring a bagged lunch. 


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. Rhee 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 4 years.




    Mr. Harrington is the 6th grade lead teacher in Northridge’s Middle School, serving as the Literature and Language Arts teacher. He has experience coaching Middle School Basketball, high school track & field. He also runs the woodworking elective in both the Middle and High School. He has experience working with Elementary and Middle School students through various leadership and mentorship programs. 

Camp fee: $350

Session 1: July 12 - July 16

Session 2: July 19 - July 23

Session 3: July 26 - July 30

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entering Grades: 4, 5, 6

Enrollment cap: 50

Camp location: Northridge, Big Bend Lake

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