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Enrichment Camps and Day Camps

Summer Day Camps and Enrichment Camps
Day camps are offered for rising K-5th graders in one-week sessions at Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center. Enrichment "E" Camps are offered six weeks of the City Schools of Decatur summer break.

This information is provided to help parents make better-informed decisions about the camp they select.

Day Camps are designed to promote individual development through play, field trips and relationships with peers and counselors.


Day Camps: 

  • Are offered five weeks of the summer. 
  • Are open 8:00 a.m.-4 p.m. with after-care available until 6 p.m.
  • Offer a range of camp activities each day including arts and crafts, group games, outdoor activities, swimming, snacks, and weekly field trips.
  • Organize each session around a theme, but do not program exclusively around the theme.
  • Can be most beneficial when children attend for a succession of weeks - providing the opportunity to build stronger relationships with counselors and peers.
  • Include Camp Sycamore (rising grades K-3) and iDiscover Camp (rising grades K-5).

Reading Recipe Enrichment "E" Camps: 

  • Meet for full day 8 a.m.-4 p.m. for one week sessions.
  • Focus on a particular area of interest.
  • Are offered six weeks during the summer for children in rising K-6th grades.
  • Provide before-camp care 8-9 a.m.
  • After-camp care available from 4-6 p.m. for an additional fee.

For Potential E Camp Instructors:
For information on the E Camp Instructor role please review the information sheet. To apply to be an instructor for summer E Camps please submit a proposal form for each camp session and an online application by December 1, 2017.

City Schools Camps. Many E Camps are led by City Schools of Decatur teachers. Look for their names on camps this summer. 

For teens, Children and Youth Services offers Counselor in Training and Junior Counselor programs.

Look for information on these programs, along with classes and athletics, in the Summer Camps 2018 Playbook, available online and at Decatur Recreation Center and Ebster Recreation Center.

Summer Camp Registration Begins Saturday, January 6, at 9 a.m.

Registration for Camp Sycamore, iDiscover Camp, tennis camps, enrichment "E" camps, sports camps, aquatics camps and swim team will begin Saturday, January 6, at 9 a.m. at Decatur Recreation Center and on WebTrac. Registration is ongoing until camps reach maximum enrollment levels.  For registration at Decatur Recreation Center, proof of residency will be required for resident fees and is subject to verification. Nonverifiable addresses will not be accepted. Children must be five years old by the first day of a camp session in order to attend that camp. Five year olds must have attended a full-day program and show proof of age (birth certificate or school record). Limited financial assistance is available for Decatur residents who demonstrate a need.

ONLINE REGISTRATION: For online registration via WebTrac, families must have a household ID number and password.  In order to have a household set up in the RecTrac/WebTrac system, please complete the forms below and turn them in to Decatur Recreation Center. Please allow five business days for data entry then contact Active Living or Children and Youth Services to request your household ID number and password. Financial assistance payments cannot be accommodated online.

Planning tools:
Camp Planning Worksheet -- use one per child to plan your nine weeks of summer 2018.
At-a-Glance PDF of all City of Decatur Camps in Summer 2018 (pages 12-13 of the Summer Camps 2018 Playbook).

New Households should complete:
Household Information Form [online form]
Health History Form for each child [online form]
Summer Registration Form for each child [online form]  Register online on or after March 4 then complete your registration form with the camps in which you enrolled your child.

Asthma Action Plan [online form]

Food Allergy Action Plan [online form]

Returning Households should complete:
Summer Registration Form for each child [online form]  Bring this form with you on or after January 6.

Health History Form for each child [online form] (Not required if registered for fall after school)

Asthma Action Plan [online form]

Food Allergy Action Plan [online form]

Financial Assistance:
Limited financial assistance is available for Decatur residents demonstrating a need. Fees are based on a sliding scale.  Proof of residency and income verification are required annually for financial assistance applications. Proof of residency is required upon application and is verified by tax bill, utility bill or rent receipt. Income is verified by one of the following: Copies of three (3) most recent paycheck stubs, letters of supplemental income, Medicaid letters, or copies of the preceding year's filed taxes naming the children as dependents.  Financial Assistance applications are required for each program level such as camp or after school. All information remains confidential. Families receiving financial assistance for camp may receive an adjusted rate for no more than three (3) weeks of special interest camp per child, and up to seven (7) weeks of day camp (day camps include Camp Sycamore (K-3rd) and iDiscover (K-5th)).
Financial Assistance Application [online form]

Day Camp Parent Handbook

 Camp Videos:



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