Summer Quest

Welcome to Summer Quest!

Summer Quest is a camp provided by Quest Academy designed to create memorable fun with friends for children entering Grades 1-6. Our 6-week program will have your child playing games, making new friends, swimming, going on field trips, and much, much more! 

Ready for Summer Fun?

Summer Quest Camp is a full day experience from 8:30am-4:00pm with both structured and unstructured activities. Campers will enjoy arts and crafts, creative play on our playground, cooling water activities and exploring our 2-acre West Campus complete with a soccer field, basketball court, wetlands, walking path with nature facts, amphitheater, raised gardens, and a covered pavilion with bathroom access. 

Each week will feature a different theme with crafts and games. Included in Summer Quest are weekly field trips to enhance the camp experience and showcase that week’s theme. We will be enjoying a feast and jousting at a medieval castle, exploring the Chicago Botanic Garden during Nature week, visiting Paulus Park and Spray Ground, talking to the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo in June, and having our final adventure of the summer at Funtopia. There are no extra fees for these trips, you will be updated about times of departure/return.

Weekly Themes!


Week 1 - Knights of the Realm June 12-16, 2023

Come explore the Quest Realm with your friends! We will engage in jousting, learn how a catapult works, build a castle and have a feast at a medieval restaurant.

Week 2 - Camp's Got Talent! June 19-23, 2023


This week will showcase your child’s talents! They will explore new roles and role play with their friends. We will have a guest teacher to help us learn about drama and an outing to a local theater to see a play.

Week 3 - Zoo Explorers June 26-June 30, 2023

During Zoo Explorers week, we will learn what it takes to run a zoo and care for animals. Children can bring out their inner animal as we explore the West Campus and play interactive games. This week we will explore the Lincoln Park Zoo and have a picnic with the animals.

Week 4 - Get Back to Nature July 10-14, 2023

Nature week is all about exploring nature. Campers will make a homemade bird feeder, develop a rainforest terrarium and construct a Mason Bee Habitat. We will visit the Chicago Botanic Garden to further expand our nature horizons.

Week 5 - Wacky Water Fun July 17-21, 2023

Campers will be in for some amazing fun as they learn and play some of the wettest and craziest water games ever! This week we will build our own sprinkler, make rainbow water snakes and use erupting ice chalk to decorate the playground courtyard. Paulus Park Beach and Spray Ground will be our destination this week.

Week 6 - Adventure Time July 24-28, 2023

Campers will engage their teamwork skills to overcome many fun obstacles during Adventure Week! We will learn new skills and try new things. We will visit Funtopia for our own adventure!

Pricing & Registration

Summer Quest’s early bird special is $375 per week if you register by March 31st, 2023. Registration on April 1st, 2023 or later will cost $400 per week.

Procedures & Information

Arrival & Dismissal

Families should arrive in the main parking lot (Door 1) at Quest Academy for the first day of Summer Quest to check in. Families may be directed to drop-off and pick-up at alternative doors and/or West Campus for subsequent days based on location of activities.  Children should be picked up no later than 4:00pm each day.

Late fees will begin accruing at 4:05pm each day and will be charged at $20/15 minutes per child.  Late fees will be billed to your account.

Grade Entering

 Eligibility for Summer Quest are those entering Grades 1-6 in Fall 2023.

Field Trips

Field trips are subject to change due to location availability.  There is no extra charge for field trip days; nor is there a refund for not attending on  a field trip day.  Children should wear comfortable shoes.

Lunch / Recess

Students will have a supervised, designated time to eat and play. Students will be responsible for bringing their own, shelf-stable lunch and two snacks. Quest Academy is a nut-restricted campus and Summer Quest students should be mindful to bring nut-free lunches to maintain the safety of all participants.  Summer Quest staff will not have access to microwaves or refrigeration.

What to Bring from Home
  • Two snacks and a shelf-stable lunch must be brought from home.
  • Walking will be a daily activity so please ensure your children have comfortable footwear.
  • Parents should provide sunscreen, bug repellent, water bottles, swimwear, and towels. Water bottles can be refilled on campus during the day.
Photo Policy

Quest Academy may take photographs of participants enrolled in summer programs. These photographs may be used in print, online, or in other promotional materials.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Quest plans all staffing and supply purchases for our Summer Camp program based on the registration commitments we receive so we hope to limit cancellations as much as possible.

 If Quest cancels a session of camp for any reason, you will receive a full refund for that session.

We would announce any cancellations made by us by May 26, 2023.

If you enroll in camp and your plans change, you can cancel before May 1, 2023 and receive a 50% refund.  Participant cancellations received on May 1st or after are non-refundable.

First Aid & Safety

All Quest Academy employees have been First Aid/CPR/AED trained. First Aid needs will be administered by summer staff as needed.

Contact Camp Directors
You may contact Summer Quest Directors during camp hours at the main school phone number: 847-202-8035. After hours, you may email Sharon Volny at sharon.volny@questacademy.org.

Summer Quest will utilize space throughout the Quest Academy campus including the main building, adjacent spaces in the plaza, and West Campus located across Plum Grove Road a short walk from the main building. 

In Case of Severe Weather
Quest Academy is equipped with indoor facilities to accommodate summer programming and should not need to alter a camp schedule due to weather concerns.