Updates due to COVID-19:
We’re excited to be able to continue Dangerous Camp for Boys. We’ll have to make changes to proceed in accordance with the IL. Dept. of Health Guidelines. Some key changes:
- Dates remain the same, but it will occur only in the morning (with fun projects to be done at home in the morning)
- Capacity has been reduced to 40 students
- The variety of activities we can run is limited, hence it will be entirely outdoors, and each week will repeat the same ones.
- Expected Location: Big Bend Lake in Des Plaines. Drop-off and Pick-up will be here. If Illinois does not move to Phase IV of Re-Opening by July (we currently expect this to happen), Big Bend will not be open, and we’ll find an alternative site near Northridge.
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What follows below is our original camp page. The spirit it reflects, and a number of the outdoor activities it describes remain in effect.
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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. Have a son in 1st-3rd grades? Consider the Jr. Dangerous Camp for Boys.
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:
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:
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.
Mr. Joe Rhee
Director of Summer Programs, Co-Director of Dangerous Camp
Joe is Head of Middle School, Science Faculty member and Head Wrestling Coach at Northridge. He has experience working with Elementary and Middle School students through a variety of leadership and mentorship programs. He has co-led Dangerous Camp the last few summers with founder Henry Clark. Questions about the camp? You can contact Mr. Rhee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Patrick Harrington
Theology & Latin Department Faculty
Patrick is a Theology and Latin Faculty member and 7th grade basketball Coach at Northridge. He also runs the yearbook and weightlifting club for the school. He has experience working with Elementary and Middle School students through various leadership and mentorship programs. Questions about the camp? You can contact Mr. Harrington at email@example.com.
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. As a result, camp counselors frequently develop friendships with campers that last from year to year.
DANGEROUS CAMP FAQ’s
Are all three sessions of Dangerous Camp the same?
No. The skills, sports, and team challenges vary from session to session. Campers can attend all three sessions without expecting to do the same things!
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 a 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.
Session 1: July 13 – 17 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 20 – 24 (SOLD OUT)
Session 3: July 27 – 31 (SOLD OUT)
9am – 12pm (new, revised time due to COVID)
Entering 4 – 7
$285 (new, revised price, due to COVID)