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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 near Chicago. At Hot Ground Gym, you can 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 Northern Chicago Suburbs

Get ready for an unforgettable summer experience! Hot Ground Gym's leadership summer camp, designed for children aged 6-13, is all about fun, growth, and teamwork.
Our Arlington Heights and Libertyville camps draw inspiration from veteran training methods, but don't worry – it's not a boot camp! We've transformed these methods into a highly engaging and super fun environment where kids can thrive.
Through exciting obstacle-based fitness and team-building activities, we help kids develop both physical strength and character. It's a winning combination that makes us one of the top summer camps for boys & girls in Illinois!
Ready to join the adventure? Sign up today!

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About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps

About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps

Get ready for an epic summer adventure!
Our Leadership Summer Camp, designed for children aged 6-13, runs weekly from Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4 PM.
Each week is a unique journey that builds on the skills and teamwork learned the day before. It's unlike any other camp we offer!
Something for everyone: We cater to all ages! Older campers can explore leadership development opportunities and push their fitness limits, while younger campers will have a blast participating in fun, age-appropriate activities. It's a win-win for everyone!
Team up and earn big! Our exclusive "Team Point System" (TPS) lets campers rack up points throughout the day, both individually and as a team. These points become sweet rewards! At the end of each day, the team decides how to spend their points on snacks and treats. It's a fun and collaborative way to end the day, and the campers love it!
About Our Leadership Chicago Kids Summer Camps
Daily doses of fun! Get ready for a daily explosion of exciting activities! We have something for every camper:
  • Conquer challenging obstacle courses
  • Master the art of rope climbing
  • "Target Practice" for hand-eye coordination
  • Work together on thrilling mission-based challenges
  • Enjoy the sunshine with outdoor activities (weather permitting) like Wednesdays' "Grill Days" and epic "Water Slide Day" on Fridays
  • Develop leadership skills in small group settings
  • Stay active with a variety of fitness-focused activities
Hot Ground Gym's Leadership Summer Camp offers a structured yet dynamic environment where kids can grow, learn, and have a blast through physical challenges and teamwork. It's the perfect recipe for an unforgettable summer!
Team Point System (TPS) Kids earn points to spend on treats

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work: Teams, Missions & Rewards

Day 1 team up! We kick off your child's summer adventure by forming awesome smaller teams of 6-10 campers. These teams become their crew for the week, tackling exciting missions (tasks) designed to spark instant bonding and teamwork.
Guided adventures: Our day camp operates with a central framework, but the focus is on small group activities. We (the instructors) act as your child's guides, clearly explaining each mission before they and their team conquer it with our close support.
Earning points together: Throughout the day, teams can rack up points by showing off their:
  • Stellar teamwork
  • Exceptional mission completion
  • Individual and team responsibility
  • And many more awesome qualities
Learning through play: This Team Point System (TPS) is more than just points; it's a fun learning tool! It teaches valuable financial management and teamwork skills in a way that keeps the campers engaged. And guess what? It works! The TPS is a guaranteed hit in driving strong team collaboration.
Reward time: Teamwork pays off! Points earned throughout the week can be either saved or collectively spent by the team. Think yummy snacks! We offer a variety of frozen and non-frozen treats that your child's team can "purchase" to enjoy during the pick-up time movie/show. The best part? The team gets to decide how to spend their points together, promoting collaborative decision-making.
Guaranteed fun: This system is a guaranteed hit with the campers – THE KIDS LOVE IT!

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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 definitely 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’re proud to provide "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’ll leave each session with a summer experience and a strengthened sense of teamwork.


Our gym refines leadership abilities and the new skills that show 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 situation.


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


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 Summer Camps Chicago 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:
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week 2
week 3
week 4
6/10 - 6/14
6/17 - 6/21
6/24 - 6/28
7/8- 7/12
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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
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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 weeks as 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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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

Our Location

Hot Ground Gym® is located in Arlington Heights and Libertyville and serves areas close to Palatine, Wheeling, Buffalo Grove, Vernon Hills, Grayslake, and Mundelein.




We do go outside during nice weather, but we do not take "field trips." Everything your child needs to thrive is already within our premises!


If the weather is good, we take them outside. After all, it is summer and we want them to enjoy the beautiful weather.


Unfortunately, we adhere to a strict first-come, first-served policy. We recommend booking as soon as possible to secure a spot for your child.

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