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2023 Summer Day Camps for Kids in Libertyville and Arlington Heights, IL

2024 Summer Day Camps for Kids in Libertyville and Arlington Heights, IL

Keep your children entertained all day at our fun-filled summer camps for kids. Boost your kids' confidence and strengthen their bodies with our obstacle course training, team-building outdoor activities, exciting games, and so much more!
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Full-Day Summer Camps for Kids in Chicago Suburbs

Full-Day Summer Camps for Kids in Chicago Suburbs

Leadership Summer Camp is a blast! Hot Ground Gym's summer camp for kids follows a training methodology pioneered by veterans. Make no mistake, this is not a boot camp experience, but a highly engaging and super fun environment for kids to grow in. The camp also includes activities like Wednesday "Grill Days", Friday "Water Slide Day", outside activities for at least a couple hours a day (weather permitting).

Our obstacle-based fitness and team-building activities will strengthen kids' bodies and characters, why is we pride ourselves on being one of the best summer camps for boys & girls in Illinois.

HGG's summer camp for kids also offers the Small Unit Leadership program which means the kiddos will be in teams of 6-10 kids, have the team name of their choosing, and work together all week to earn points. It's a great time!

Our Approach to Kids Training

Our HGG Approach to training is Physical, Mental, and Character Development.
  • Body & Mind
    The daily camp activities will strengthen the bodies, and stimulate the minds of all who participated.
  • Character Building
    We encourage kids to overcome challenges as they learn that discipline and perseverance lead to success.
About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps

About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps

Our exercise camp for kids is enrolled in by the week and is great for 6-13 year-olds. Older kids get an opportunity (if desired) to develop their leadership skills and fitness, and the younger ones have a blast participating . Each week is Monday - Friday from 8am-4pm. The Leadership Summer Camp is different from other summer camps we offer during the year because it is a whole week experience, each day evolving from the last.

Another aspect that is special to our summer camp only, is the "Team Point System"(TPS). Where, campers get to earn points as an individual and as a team throughout each day. The points that are earned can be spent on snacks and other treats at the end of each day. The decision each day what to "purchase" will be made as a team. The kids really love the point system!
About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps
Activities for the camp change every day, often evolve from previously, and consist of:
  • Obstacle Course movement & building
  • Rope Climbing & rope using
  • "target Practice" hand-Eye-Coordination activities
  • team building challenges "missions"
  • outside Activities (weather permitting)
  • small unit leadership development
  • Varying fitness-based activities

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Team Point System (TPS) Kids earn points to spend on treats

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Team Structure

Children in the summer camp will be divided into smaller 6-10 person teams on their first day. The teams then set off to accomplish specific tasks and missions that are designed for them to begin bonding immediately.

Most of the day-to-day camp is centrally controlled with small unit activities in mind. This means that we (the Instructors) will explain what will be accomplished (the "Mission"), and often the actual accomplishing will be done in the children's small team with our close guidance ;)

While the teams are participating in activities, they are earning points. These points are rewarded by us for displaying good teamwork, exceptional task/mission completion, self/team accountability, and much more. This system was designed as a financial management and team accountability learning tool, and it has shown to be very successful in driving the teams to work well together.

The points earned throughout the day can be either spent or saved throughout the week. We have various frozen and non-frozen snacks that the team may "purchase", as they enjoy the end-of-day show/movie during pick-up time. The choice must always be agreed to by the entire team.


Benefits of Our Summer Camps for Kids Near Chicago

Benefits of Our Summer Camps for Kids Near Chicago
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  • Increases Strength & Resilience
    The daily activities will defiantly increase your child's overall fitness, as they enjoy "rough but fun experiences". These experiences are high then low in intensity, offering plenty of "active rest time" in between activities.
  • Develops Leadership & "Team Mindset"
    The specialized small unit structured environment teaches kids core skills like clear communication, collaboration, and most importantly accountability.
  • Improves Self-Knowledge & Confidence
    We take pride in providing "out of the box" wisdom, life lessons, and other knowledge regarding a wide range of subject matter. Our professional coaches will discuss with the kids everything from simple financial management, to rope using and tying, to "this is how you pull a truck out of mud!", and so on. The extra out of the box wisdom will boost your child's self esteem and increase their overall knowledge.

Our "5 Pillars of Confidence"



Whether your child joins Hot Ground Gym solo or has summer fun surrounded by a team, they will leave each session with a summer experience and a strengthened sense of teamwork.


Our gym refines leadership abilities and the new skills that shows kids the skills necessary to become leaders in all aspects of life.
Obstacle Course Fitness

Obstacle Course Fitness

Introduce fitness to your kids in a uniquely engaging way through our obstacle fitness courses. These courses are designed with safety in mind and are ideal for those with all fitness levels.


Discipline is always conveyed in an approachable manner so your child can learn to set boundaries in any given situation.


No matter the physical or psychological problem your child is up against, our programs are designed to teach real-world leadership skills, and problem-solvings kills.


Our boys, 7 and 10, did the HGG Leadership Summer camp for the month of June. They had a lot of fun learning to work together with others, be leaders, be accountable (at least there) and experience drills, obstacle courses, and other activities not offered at other camps. They liked going to the lake once a week. The boys came home tired!
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Kristi Takagishi
We have really loved the experiences at HGG. My son attended the summer camp and faced different, exciting adventures each day. He had the opportunity to be both a leader and follower, working as a team to meet challenges, learning about a variety of things from grappling to knife throwing, rope climbing to archery and so much more. He has done other physically challenging programs but enjoys HGG most because while it is physical work he learns new skills and has different experiences each time. In the weekly program, he has similar adventures, focused on both team building and individual growth. My son speaks highly of his experiences with the staff and he feels well supported by all of them. Highly recommend this program!
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Kathy Burger

2024 Chicago Area Summer Day Camp Schedule

The leadership summer camp is registered by the week only and goes 8 am-4 pm Mon-Fri each week. We are offering the summer camp in 2024 on the following weeks:
week 1
week 2
week 3
week 4
6/10 - 6/14
6/17 - 6/21
6/24 - 6/28
7/8- 7/12
week 5
week 6
week 7
week 8
7/15 - 7/19
7/22 - 7/26
7/29 - 8/2
8/5 - 8/9

Pricing & Registration

Pricing & Registration
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$425a week for members
$500a week for non-members
Now Offering payment plan Option!
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Pricing & Registration
summer camp IN
$425a week for members
$500a week for non-members
Now Offering payment plan Option!
Register Now
Our online registration process is safe and easy, not requiring payment information to complete. We will contact you after completion. BUY NOW, CHANGE LATER if needed. You may change any enrolled in weeks so long as we have the space.

We also offer extended care which is 7-8 am drop off, and
4-5:30 pm pick up for $25 a day, or $100 for the week if desired.
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Let your kid join in the summer fun at our summer camp for kids Chicago families can count on. Find us at our recreation centers located in Arlington Heights & Libertyville, Illinois!
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Hot Ground Gym® Libertyville, IL
1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048
Hot Ground Gym® Arlington Heights
8 W College Dr, Arlington Heights, IL 60004, USA

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Hot Ground Gym's weekly summer camps and day camps near Chicago are located in Arlington Heights, close to Palatine, Wheeling, and Buffalo Grove, and in Libertyville, near Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.



Wo do go outside during nice weather, but we do not take "field trips".


If the weather is good, we take them outside. After all, it is summer ;)  


Unfortunately, we adhere to a strict first-come, first-served policy. We recommend booking as soon as possible.

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Hot Ground Gym® Libertyville, IL
1950 US-45, Libertyville, IL 60048