275 Fairview Avenue
From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children must be 6 years old or turning 6 during the camp session to attend TWIG. Our oldest campers are 11, or turning 12 during the camp session.
My five year old will turn six during the camp session. Can we still register? Children must be at least six or turning six during our camp session to be able to attend TWIG. Children who will turn six after camp has ended will have to wait one more summer. TWIG's activities are developmentally appropriate for campers aged six and above.
The children are divided into cluster groups according to age. During the day they will participate in activities with children of their own age. Their group may include children one year older or one year younger, but a 6 year old will not be put with an 11 year old. The only exception to this is during Olympics Week, when all of the camp’s children are divided into countries. Each country consists of campers of all ages.
There is a a 1:4 ratio of counselors assigned to the youngest children. This number includes CITs. The older children have a 1:6 ratio.
We have a very tough application and interview process. We are looking for dedicated and energetic counselors who love working with children and who are excited about the idea of planning activities for each day of camp. We accept counselors who are late high school through college age, and we also attract teachers who want to participate in our unique camp.
When our lessons are at New Trier East, the older children walk. It is about three blocks. Younger campers ride the bus. When at New Trier West, the whole camp is bused to their swimming facilities.
The bus picks children up at 7:45 a.m. at the Ariel School building on the corner of 46th and Greenwood. It will depart promptly at 8:00 a.m. The bus returns to Ariel School at 3:00 p.m. All campers must be picked up promptly. Campers cannot linger on school property or play in the park without supervision.
Children are dropped off at Greeley School, on the back playground. When swimming lessons are at New Trier East, campers will be picked up there. When lessons are at New Trier West, suburban campers are bused back to Greeley School for pick up.
The city children come from the Hyde Park area and some of the surrounding communities. We draw campers from the same neighborhood that Mr David James, one of the camp's founders, grew up in.
The suburban children come from all over the North Shore. We have campers from Evanston, Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe, Deerfield, Highland Park and Northfield, as well as other nearby communities.