HINSDALE, Ill. — If camp director Ryan Lee enjoys seeing the smiles of the faces on children attending the Community House Summer Day Camp, it’s partially because he’s been in their shoes before.
The 20-year-old Hinsdale resident attended the camp about a dozen years ago and has fond memories.
“I remember that I really liked it; it was a lot fun, and I especially liked going to the pool,” said Lee, who is in his second summer as camp director after previously working for Hinsdale’s Public Works Department.
Going to the Hinsdale pool still is part of the regular weekly routine. The 30 to 40 attending children make the venture for swimming each Tuesday and Thursday. Weekly field trips and local ventures to the Youth Center in Hinsdale also are included.
“The pool days are good, and I like the field trips, too,” said Nina Fedyk, 11, of Hinsdale, who along with her 9-year-old brother, Andrew, is a summer camper for the fourth consecutive year.
“It’s still pretty good here, but a lot of the other kids who used to come don’t come anymore,” Nina said. “It’s a really good camp, but the kids are all younger than me now.”
The Summer Day Camp is for children ages 6-12, who can be registered on a weekly or daily basis; about 25 percent attend for the entire 10-week run June 10 to Aug. 16.
“It’s really about the kids having a great time and meeting some new friends; and hopefully we teach them something along the way,” Lee said.
Each week of the camp features a field trip and a theme, ranging from sports week and a field trip to a Joliet Slammers baseball game to theater week and a trip to Chicago for a Shakespeare play.
“We have a lot of different activities during each week and try to have most of them relate to the theme for that week,” Lee said.
“I like when we go to the park and play, Andrew Fedyk said. “Camp is fun. I’d probably just be sitting around watching TV if I wasn’t going to camp.”
This is the first year in which Julian Costa, 9, of Clarendon Hills has attended the camp.
“I like going to the park to play, and I’ve made some new friends. I want to come back,” he said.
Also new to the camp this summer is counselor Holly Frankfurt, 19, of Hinsdale.
“It’s a great job,” she said. “I love working with kids, and I have gotten to meet many different kids from different backgrounds.”