North Shore
Country Day School
Summer Programs

For more than 70 years, the Summer Programs at North Shore Country Day continue to offer premier summer programming
for children ages 3 to 13 years.

About Us

Our 2023 Programs

Day Camp

Our DAY CAMP program is a long-time favorite on the North Shore. We run a full day program (9am-3:30pm) for children ages 4-10 years. Our camps run from June 19 – August 4. Three 2-week sessions and one 1-week session offered in 2023. Attend one session or multiple sessions for a great summer experience.

NOTE: No bus transportation offered for 2023 Day Camp programs

Expedition Camps

Are you looking for adventure? Then look no further than our Expedition Camps. Our Mariners program offers unique full day boating adventures for campers ages 10-13 on Lake Michigan. Programs are full days of fun during the 2-week session offerings.We run 3 sessions during the summer months.

Little Explorers Camp

Little Explorers Camp program is for our 3 to 5 year old campers who are looking to experience camp for the first time. We offer a half day camp program which focuses on child development skills and is lead by early childhood educators who love the outdoors. We offer 2 week sessions for this program.

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    Arts & Crafts

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    Creative Play

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    Outdoor Activities

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    Swimming Lessons

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Meet Our Team

Our Summer Programs leadership team consists of educators and long-time camp people. The summer staff is committed to giving our campers and their families the highest quality of summer camp experiences. Here are just a few of our outstanding summer staff team.


Cindy HooperDirector of Summer Programs

Cindy HooperDirector of Summer Programs

Since the age of 16 Cindy has been working at a summer camp. As North Shore Country Day School’s Director of Operations and Summer Programs, Cindy brings a year-round connection of the School to the summer camp community. For over 25 years Cindy has worked with the summer staff to build the program and ensure that the children have a safe, fun and memorable summer experience.


Carrie SmeyDay Camp Director

Carrie SmeyDay Camp Director

Carrie and her siblings worked as counselors for the summer camp program for many summers. Carrie eventually became one of the Day Camp Directors and now has her two children attending the camp. Carrie is an elementary school teacher at an independent school in the city. Oh and an interesting fact, while as a counselor she met her husband (a fellow counselor) working at camp!


Lucy HayExpedition Camp Director

Lucy HayExpedition Camp Director

Traveling each year from her home in Scotland, Lucy has been serving as the Expedition Camp Director for 20 years. As a science teacher Lucy shares with the campers and staff a wealth of knowledge on Environmental Education as well as outdoor living skills. All of Lucy’s children have attended the North Shore Country Day School camp programs and now her two oldest, Sophie and Charlie, are counselors.


Megan GonzalesDay Camp Director

Megan GonzalesDay Camp Director

For over 25 years Megan has been associated with the North Shore Country Day school camps. Megan’s mom was one of the Day Camp Directors. Megan served as a counselor and instructor before she became one of the Day Camp Directors. Megan’s three daughters attend the camps. During the off-season Megan is an elementary school teacher in Milwaukee.


Anne BishopPool Director

Anne BishopPool Director

A long-time camper, counselor and instructor Anne has been with the camp for more then 15 years. She and her siblings attended the camps and eventually worked at the camps as counselors and instructors. Anne is a science and social studies teacher for the Wilmette school system. Anne is now the pool director and works with both campers and staff every day at the pool.


Jeff HelstadSenior Counselor, Morning

Jeff HelstadSenior Counselor, Morning

One of the longest tenured staff members, Jeff is closing in on 30 years of service as a summer staff member at North Shore. Jeff returns each summer to be a part of the camp community and ensure that his campers have the best experience possible. Jeff’s leadership amongst the staff is valuable. As a physical education teacher for the Libertyville School District Jeff is able to share a wealth of summer games and activities with the staff.