Jr. Dangerous Camp

Category: Adventure


Every boy craves adventure. To explore uncharted territory, to test our limits–it’s what we’re made for. A companion to the Dangerous Camp for Boys (for grades 4-7), the Jr. Dangerous Camp for Boys provides Elementary-schoolers (grades entering 1st to 3rd) the opportunity to learn new age-appropriate 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 Jr. Dangerous Camp, he will have learned a battery of skills that he will use into adulthood. Skills include:

  • Knot-Tying
  • Crest Building
  • Primitive Fishing
  • Leaf Identification
  • Tent Building
  • Finding Water in the Wild 
  • Egg Drop Design
  • Secret Inks 

Field Exercises

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: 

  • Obstacle courses
  • Capture the flag
  • Nerf Gun Battles
  • 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. Dangerous Men of History include Ernest Shackleton, Neil Armstrong, Jackie Robinson, and many others.

Camp Counsellors

The team consists of Northridge High School and Alumni college students. Counselors serve as leaders within each of the camp’s “Squads,” 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. Northridge Summer camp counselors frequently develop friendships with campers that last from year to year. 

Jr. Dangerous Camp FAQs

Are both sessions of Jr. Dangerous Camp the same?

Some of the most fun activities, especially our field exercises, will repeat from week to week, but many activities will differ, so your son can expect to come each week to learn new things and play new games!

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 Jr. Dangerous Camp t-shirts cost extra?

The price is included in the camp fee. Each camper will receive a Jr. Dangerous Camp t-shirt upon the camp’s conclusion. 

Camp Leadership

  • About:




    Mr. Hadley is a Theology and English teacher and Middle School Soccer coach at Northridge.  He has directed the Jr. Dangerous Camp for Boys the past two summers.   He has worked with middle school and elementary age boys in Summer Programs for the past ten years in summer programs in Chicago and Washington, D.C.




    Mr. Fernandes is a Math and Science teacher at Northridge. He has coached Middle School soccer and basketball and currently runs the Middle School Science Club. He has experience working with Elementary, Middle, and High School students through various leadership and mentorship programs. 

Camp fee: $275

Session 1: July 19 - July 23

Session 2: July 26 - July 30

Hours: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Entering Grades: 1, 2, 3

Enrollment cap: 40

Camp location: Northridge and Big Bend Lake

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