Updates due to COVID-19:
We’re excited to be able to continue the Jr. Dangerous Camp for Boys. We had to re-imagine it, in order 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 afternoon (with fun projects to be done at home in the morning)
- 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. A companion to the Dangerous Camp for Boys (for grades 4-7), the Jr. Dangerous Camp for Boys provides Elementary-schoolers the opportunity to learn new age-appropriate skills and develop their potential to shape the world around them through daily adventures.
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. During the Jr. Dangerous Camp, your son will learn a battery of skills that he will use throughout his childhood. Skills include:
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. Dangerous Men of History include Charles Lindbergh, Robin Hood, Desmond Doss, and many others.
Mr. Russell Fernandes
Science & Mathematics Department Faculty
A member of Northridge’s math and science faculties and the lead for the middle school hall program, Russell stresses interactive, collaborative learning and competition as classroom learning techniques. Prior to joining Northridge, Russell was the Science Lead for the 11th grade at Intrinsic Schools, a successful charter school in the City of Chicago. There he was responsible for the 11th-grade science curriculum and taught biology. Prior to Intrinsic, Russell taught students with learning disabilities; he also spent several years teaching middle school science and math at St. Mary of the Angels parish school in Chicago. Russell lives in Skokie with his wife Elizabeth and two children. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, and did a stint in culinary school. Questions about the camp? You can email Mr. Fernandes at email@example.com.
Mr. Alex Hadley
English & Theology Department Faculty
Alex is a Theology and English teacher and Middle School Soccer coach at Northridge.This year he also runs the Mythology and Strategy Games clubs in the middle school. He has worked with middle school and elementary age boys in Summer Programs in Washington, D.C., London, and Chicago. Questions about the camp? You can email Mr. Hadley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The team consists of Northridge High School and Alumni college students. Counselors serve as leaders within each of the camp’s “Companies,” and are a 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 FAQ’S
Are both sessions of Jr. Dangerous Camp the same?
No. The skills, sports, and team challenges vary from session to session. Campers can attend both sessions without expecting to do the same things!
What’s the schedule of an average day of Jr. Dangerous Camp?
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 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.
Session 1: July 20 – 24 (SOLD OUT)
Session 2: July 27 – 31 (SOLD OUT)
12:30 – 3:30 pm (new, revised due to COVID)
$225 One week (new, revised due to COVID)