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William Howard Taft High School has 51 Camps Open for Registration

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  • Academic Center Connection (Registered NEW Taft Academic Center Students only)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Academic Center Connection (Registered NEW Taft Academic Center Students only)

    This is a MUST for all NEW Academic Center students! Two days of fun, team-building and getting to know the ins-and-outs of Taft for all incoming freshmen. Students will receive their schedule, lock, take their id photo, meet many teachers and fellow classmates and have a blast! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Aug 15 , 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 16 , 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Meet in the Taft auditorium on the first day.

    Camp director

    Academic Center Faculty


    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/31/2018

    Academic Center Connection (Registered NEW Taft Academic Center Students only) has 150 spots left!

  • Art Camp, Session 1 (Grades 4-8)

    • Type: academic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 4-8

    Make a sketchbook. Get ideas for your own artwork inspired by local Chicago artists. No previous art experience necessary. Make sculptural and mixed media artworks. Try out screen-printing, soft sculpture, painting on wood, and more) in the Taft high school art studio. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. $60 + $20 material fee.

    We strongly recommend that students attend the drama camp as well if they are interested in the art camp. The drama camp is offered from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM on the same days as art camp.

    Schedule

    • Jul 23 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 25 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 27 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Art Room (Room 181)

    Camp director

    Amanda Nadig

    Amanda Nadig is a Visual Arts Teacher at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 80.00

    Registration ends 07/20/2018

    Art Camp, Session 1 (Grades 4-8) has 17 spots left!

  • Art Camp, Session 2 (Grades 4-8)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 4-8

    Make a sketchbook. Get ideas for your own artwork inspired by local Chicago artists. No previous art experience necessary. Make sculptural and mixed media (screen-printing, soft sculpture, wood, and more) in the Taft high school art studio. Wear old clothes or bring a smock. $60 + $20 material fee.

    We strongly recommend that students attend the drama camp as well if they are interested in the art camp. The drama camp is offered from 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM on the same days as art camp.

    Schedule

    • Aug 06 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 07 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 08 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 09 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 10 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Art Room (Room 181)

    Camp director

    Amanda Nadig

    Amanda Nadig is a Visual Arts Teacher at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 80.00

    Registration ends 08/01/2018

    Art Camp, Session 2 (Grades 4-8) has 46 spots left!

  • Baseball Camp (Grades 5-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: male
    • Grade: entering 5-8

    This camp will emphasize individual skills, fundamentals, and team strategy. Areas covered include everything from outfield and infield play to base-running, sliding and much more in this dynamic youth baseball camp.  Our staff will conduct individual and group instruction for all players. Groups rotate throughout the day to different stations covering pitching, catching, infield defense, outfield defense and hitting.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 26 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 27 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 28 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Baseball Field

    Camp director

    Richard Pildes, Mark Madden, and Matt Malarski

    Richard Pildes is the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Taft High School.  Coach Pildes has coached for 38 years, including the last 34 as the head coach at Taft.  Coach Pildes was inducted into the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.  Among his team's accomplishments are 12 conference championships, seven trips to the city playoff semifinals, and runner-up showings in 2010, 2014, and 2016.  The Eagles also won an IHSA regional in 2009 under Coach Pildes' leadership.  

    M. Madden is a professional educator with a Masters in Administration. During his experience in the field of education, he has collaboratively helped numerous city and suburban schools at all levels develop the athletic department in all designated areas stressing improvements in academics, athletics, and strength and conditioning/kinesiology.  Madden has coached boys basketball at Ridgewood and Niles North High School, while also coaching baseball at Ridgewood and Walter Payton High School, both as the assistant varsity and sophomore coach.  Madden has played baseball at the collegiate level and tried out for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a personal invite. He currently teaches physical education and kinesiology and is proudly the head sophomore girls basketball coach and assistant varsity boys baseball coach for William Howard Taft High School. 

    Matt Malarski has coached baseball at Taft for 22 years, the first 18 as the Varsity Assistant to Coach Pildes and the past 4 as the Head Sophomore Coach.  He played 2 seasons for Coach Pildes before graduating from Taft in 1990.  Coach Malarski played one year of college baseball at Concordia University in River Forest.  He teaches in Wilmette School District 39 and is married and has 4 children.  He and his family live in the Norwood Park Community.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/25/2018

    Baseball Camp (Grades 5-8) has 49 spots left!

  • Baseball Camp (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: male
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    This camp will emphasize individual skills, fundamentals, and team strategy. Areas covered include everything from outfield and infield play to base-running, sliding and much more in this dynamic youth baseball camp.  Our staff will conduct individual and group instruction for all players. Groups rotate throughout the day to different stations covering pitching, catching, infield defense, outfield defense and hitting.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 16 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 23 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 25 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Baseball Field

    Camp director

    Richard Pildes and Mark Madden

    Richard Pildes is the Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Taft High School.  Coach Pildes has coached for 38 years, including the last 34 as the head coach at Taft.  Coach Pildes was inducted into the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2016.  Among his team's accomplishments are 12 conference championships, seven trips to the city playoff semifinals, and runner-up showings in 2010, 2014, and 2016.  The Eagles also won an IHSA regional in 2009 under Coach Pildes' leadership.  

    M. Madden is a professional educator with a Masters in Administration. During his experience in the field of education, he has collaboratively helped numerous city and suburban schools at all levels develop the athletic department in all designated areas stressing improvements in academics, athletics, and strength and conditioning/kinesiology.  Madden has coached boys basketball at Ridgewood and Niles North High School, while also coaching baseball at Ridgewood and Walter Payton High School, both as the assistant varsity and sophomore coach.  Madden has played baseball at the collegiate level and tried out for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a personal invite. He currently teaches physical education and kinesiology and is proudly the head sophomore girls basketball coach and assistant varsity boys baseball coach for William Howard Taft High School. 


    Registration

    Price $ 145.00

    Registration ends 07/26/2018

    Baseball Camp (Grades 9-12) has 46 spots left!

  • Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 3-5)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 3-5

    This 1-week camp will provide an introduction to dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and rebounding. Campers will work in several stations to gain an understanding of the game of basketball.  We will take a look at strategy and the importance of teamwork as well. 

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 26 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 27 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 28 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 29 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Aaron Levin, Brett Nishibayashi, Mark Madden, and Tim Reamer

    Coach Levin is entering his second year as the boys varsity basketball coach at Taft, and third year on the coaching staff. Prior to Taft, Coach Levin served as the interim head coach and assistant coach at Lehman Campus High School in the Bronx, NY. As a player at Grinnell College in Iowa, Levin was part of the winningest class in program history, and Grinnell won the national scoring title all four years Levin played there. Coach Levin is a native of Oak Park, IL.

    M. Madden is a professional educator with a Masters in Administration. During his experience in the field of education, he has collaboratively helped numerous city and suburban schools at all levels develop the athletic department in all designated areas stressing improvements in academics, athletics, and strength and conditioning/kinesiology.  Madden has coached boys basketball at Ridgewood and Niles North High School, while also coaching baseball at Ridgewood and Walter Payton High School, both as the assistant varsity and sophomore coach.  Madden has played baseball at the collegiate level and tried out for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a personal invite. He currently teaches physical education and kinesiology and is proudly the head sophomore girls basketball coach and assistant varsity boys baseball coach for William Howard Taft High School. 

    Tim Reamer graduated from Taft in 2012 leading them to a conference championship and City Elite 8 appearance while earning all-conference and all city honors. He moved on to play for Benedictine University for four years leading them his senior year to a 31-1 record and played for the NCAA D3 National Championship in Salem, VA. Reamer has come back to Taft after graduating college to teach Physical Education and coach basketball.

    Coach Brett is graduate of Taft ('97). He played division 1 (Northeastern Illinois) and division 3 (Carthage college) basketball. He has been coaching for 14 years at Taft, completing his 7th season as head coach this past year.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/26/2018

    Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 3-5) has 48 spots left!

  • Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 5-8

    This 15-day camp focuses on all aspects of the game ranging from dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and rebounding. Campers will work in several stations gathering an understanding of why they are asked to do the things they are in the games. We will take a look at strategy and the importance of teamwork as well.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 10 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 11 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 12 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 13 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 16 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 17 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 18 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 19 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 20 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 23 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 24 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 25 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 26 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am
    • Jul 27 , 8:00 am to 10:00 am

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Aaron Levin, Brett Nishibayashi, Mark Madden, and Tim Reamer

    Coach Levin is entering his second year as the boys varsity basketball coach at Taft, and third year on the coaching staff. Prior to Taft, Coach Levin served as the interim head coach and assistant coach at Lehman Campus High School in the Bronx, NY. As a player at Grinnell College in Iowa, Levin was part of the winningest class in program history, and Grinnell won the national scoring title all four years Levin played there. Coach Levin is a native of Oak Park, IL.

    M. Madden is a professional educator with a Masters in Administration. During his experience in the field of education, he has collaboratively helped numerous city and suburban schools at all levels develop the athletic department in all designated areas stressing improvements in academics, athletics, and strength and conditioning/kinesiology.  Madden has coached boys basketball at Ridgewood and Niles North High School, while also coaching baseball at Ridgewood and Walter Payton High School, both as the assistant varsity and sophomore coach.  Madden has played baseball at the collegiate level and tried out for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a personal invite. He currently teaches physical education and kinesiology and is proudly the head sophomore girls basketball coach and assistant varsity boys baseball coach for William Howard Taft High School. 

    Tim Reamer graduated from Taft in 2012 leading them to a conference championship and City Elite 8 appearance while earning all-conference and all city honors. He moved on to play for Benedictine University for four years leading them his senior year to a 31-1 record and played for the NCAA D3 National Championship in Salem, VA. Reamer has come back to Taft after graduating college to teach Physical Education and coach basketball.

    Coach Brett is graduate of Taft ('97). He played division 1 (Northeastern Illinois) and division 3 (Carthage college) basketball. He has been coaching for 14 years at Taft, completing his 7th season as head coach this past year.

    Registration

    Price $ 180.00

    Registration ends 07/27/2018

    Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-8) has 49 spots left!

  • Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    This 15-day camp focuses on all aspects of the game ranging from dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and rebounding. Campers will work in several stations gathering an understanding of why they are asked to do the things they are in the games. We will take a look at strategy and the importance of teamwork as well.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.   


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 16 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 20 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 23 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 25 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 27 , 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Aaron Levin, Brett Nishiybayashi, Mark Madden, and Tim Reamer

    Coach Levin is entering his second year as the boys varsity basketball coach at Taft, and third year on the coaching staff. Prior to Taft, Coach Levin served as the interim head coach and assistant coach at Lehman Campus High School in the Bronx, NY. As a player at Grinnell College in Iowa, Levin was part of the winningest class in program history, and Grinnell won the national scoring title all four years Levin played there. Coach Levin is a native of Oak Park, IL.

    M. Madden is a professional educator with a Masters in Administration. During his experience in the field of education, he has collaboratively helped numerous city and suburban schools at all levels develop the athletic department in all designated areas stressing improvements in academics, athletics, and strength and conditioning/kinesiology.  Madden has coached boys basketball at Ridgewood and Niles North High School, while also coaching baseball at Ridgewood and Walter Payton High School, both as the assistant varsity and sophomore coach.  Madden has played baseball at the collegiate level and tried out for the Arizona Diamondbacks on a personal invite. He currently teaches physical education and kinesiology and is proudly the head sophomore girls basketball coach and assistant varsity boys baseball coach for William Howard Taft High School. 

    Tim Reamer graduated from Taft in 2012 leading them to a conference championship and City Elite 8 appearance while earning all-conference and all city honors. He moved on to play for Benedictine University for four years leading them his senior year to a 31-1 record and played for the NCAA D3 National Championship in Salem, VA. Reamer has come back to Taft after graduating college to teach Physical Education and coach basketball.

    Coach Brett is graduate of Taft ('97). He played division 1 (Northeastern Illinois) and division 3 (Carthage college) basketball. He has been a coach at Taft for 14 years.  

    Registration

    Price $ 180.00

    Registration ends 07/27/2018

    Basketball Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12) has 46 spots left!

  • Cheer Camp (K-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering K-9

    Our end-of-summer super fun cheer camp is designed for grades K through 9.  We will pack the morning with fun activities, including learning cheers, dances, stunting, and tumbling.  No experience necessary.  T-shirt and poms included in registration!  All campers will:

    1) Be grouped based on their ages and abilities.

    2) Learn the fundamentals of cheerleading with both individual and group instruction. 

    3) Practice and execute proper technique during all skills performed (stunts, tumbling, dance, jumps, etc.)

    Schedule

    • Aug 27 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 28 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 29 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 30 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Ryan Cooper

    Ryan Cooper is the varsity cheerleading coach at Taft High School.  She is entering her second season with Taft, bringing the team to a runner-up finish in the city championship in 2018.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 08/31/2018

    Cheer Camp (K-9) has 44 spots left!

  • Chess Camp (Grades 5-9)

    • Type: activity
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 5-9

    Chess is a beautiful game that helps develop creativity, strategy, foresight, and patience. It also improves memory and encourages problem solving. Join Taft's chess coach and learn opening and endgame strategy, tactics, and analysis. 

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Library

    Camp director

    Daniel Wilson

    Daniel Wilson coaches chess at Taft High School.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/02/2018

    Chess Camp (Grades 5-9) has 29 spots left!

  • College Knowledge for Parents/Guardians (all in community are welcome!)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Parents and guardians of rising juniors and seniors at Taft or any interested parent in the community

    Times have changed and we are here to help!  This workshop is designed specifically for parents of rising juniors and seniors.  Our goal is to help parents learn how to support their child during the daunting college application process. We will share insight on scholarship searches and financial aid, how to navigate Naviance, and discuss credible SAT/ACT test prep options.


    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Jun 20 , 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 06/13/2018

    College Knowledge for Parents/Guardians (all in community are welcome!) has 40 spots left!

  • College Visit to Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising sophomores, juniors or seniors from Taft or other schools within the community.

    You wouldn’t believe how many wonderful college and universities there are within just a few hour drive from Chicago!  Would you like to tour two beautiful Wisconsin college campuses in one day, learn more about the variety of programs offered, and hear inside tips from college reps?  Well then this is the field trip for you. It is never too early to start visiting colleges! Setting your sights on a college or university early on can provide immense motivation for students to keep their grades up, increase the rigor of their courses, etc.

    Lunch at a university cafeteria is included.


    Are you a parent interested in touring these schools as well?  We welcome the first 3 parents who express an interest to Ms. LaPorte at clhoeksema@cps.edu to attend with their child at no additional charge.

    Schedule

    • Jun 27 , 7:30 am to 6:00 pm

    Location

    Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 100.00

    Registration ends 06/13/2018

    College Visit to Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has 36 spots left!

  • College Visit to Northwestern University and Loyola University

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising sophomores, juniors or seniors from Taft or other schools within the community.

    Would you like to tour two beautiful college campuses in one day, learn more about the variety of programs offered, and hear inside tips from college reps from both a selective and highly selective university?  Well then this is the field trip for you. It is never too early to start visiting colleges! Setting your sights on a college or university early on can provide immense motivation for students to keep their grades up, increase the rigor of their courses, etc.


    Lunch at Loyola’s university cafeteria is included.

    Schedule

    • Jul 11 , 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

    Location

    Meet at Taft main entrance in morning.

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 65.00

    Registration ends 07/01/2018

    College Visit to Northwestern University and Loyola University has 39 spots left!

  • Cross Country Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    Runners will use this camp to prepare for the upcoming Fall Cross Country season. The runners will experience many different styles of training, including running, supplemental training, and strength training to prepare them for the three mile races. This training has led to multiple State Qualifiers over the last few years.

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jun 26 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jun 27 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jun 28 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jun 29 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 02 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 03 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 05 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 06 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 09 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 10 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 11 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 12 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 13 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 16 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 17 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 18 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 19 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 20 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 23 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 24 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 25 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 26 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am
    • Jul 27 , 7:00 am to 9:30 am

    Location

    Taft High School (meet at corner of Northcott and Hurlbut)

    Camp director

    Garrett McLinn and James Bleicher

    Garrett McLinn and James Bleicher are the varsity cross country and track coaches at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 75.00

    Registration ends 07/27/2018

    Cross Country Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12) has 99 spots left!

  • Cross Country/Track Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 5-8

    Athletes will learn about all the different aspects of Track and Field, including distance running, sprinting, hurdling, jumping, and throwing. The athletes will have an opportunity to try the many different events the sports offers and discover which ones they like the most and in which they are most competitive. Cross Country runners will also have the opportunity to prepare for the upcoming Cross Country season in the fall. Athletes will learn from coaches who have helped over ten athletes qualify for the State Championship in multiple events over the last four years.

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jun 26 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jun 27 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jun 28 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jun 29 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jul 02 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jul 03 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jul 05 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am
    • Jul 06 , 8:00 am to 9:15 am

    Location

    Taft High School (meet at corner of Northcott and Hurlbut)

    Camp director

    Don Desalvo

    Don Desalvo is entering his fourth year teaching history and coaching track/cross country at Taft High School.  Coach Desalvo ran cross country at Illinois Wesleyan University.   

    Registration

    Price $ 50.00

    Registration ends 07/26/2018

    Cross Country/Track Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-8) has 98 spots left!

  • Drama Camp, Session 1 (Grades 4-8)

    • Type: fine_art
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 4-8

    Practice improvisational skills through games and exercises. No previous drama experience necessary! Form and perform in improv teams. Experience acting in Taft’s Black Box theater!

    We strongly recommend that students attend the art camp as well if they are interested in the drama camp. The art camp is offered from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the same days as art camp.

    Schedule

    • Jul 23 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jul 24 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jul 25 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jul 26 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jul 27 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    Location

    Taft's Black Box Theatre

    Camp director

    Quintin Nadig

    Quintin Nadig is a Drama Teacher and the Drama Department Chair at Taft.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/20/2018

    Drama Camp, Session 1 (Grades 4-8) has 44 spots left!

  • Drama Camp, Session 2 (Grades 4-8)

    • Type: fine_art
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 4-8

    Practice improvisational skills through games and exercises. No previous drama experience necessary! Form and perform in improv teams. Experience acting in Taft’s Black Box theater!

    We strongly recommend that students attend the art camp as well if they are interested in the drama camp. The art camp is offered from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM on the same days as art camp.

    Schedule

    • Aug 06 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Aug 07 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Aug 08 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Aug 09 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Aug 10 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    Location

    Taft's Black Box Theatre

    Camp director

    Quintin Nadig

    Quintin Nadig is a Drama Teacher and the Drama Department Chair at Taft.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 08/01/2018

    Drama Camp, Session 2 (Grades 4-8) has 48 spots left!

  • Football Camp (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    This camp is for incoming Taft freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are interested in playing football at Taft for the 2018-2019 season.  Fundamental skills and drills will be taught by Taft football coaches.  No equipment or experience necessary (we strongly encourage athletes to bring cleats).    

    Schedule

    • Jun 12 , 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Jun 13 , 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Jun 14 , 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
    • Jun 20 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 21 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 22 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 25 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 26 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 27 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 28 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 09 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 10 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 11 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 12 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 16 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 17 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 18 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 19 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 20 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 23 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 24 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 25 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 26 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jul 27 , 3:00 pm to 6:15 pm

    Location

    Taft Athletics Fields (located off of Bryn Mawr)

    Camp director

    John Tsarouchas

    Coach T is a graduate of Taft High School and Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.  At Northwestern, Coach T was a walk-on offensive linemen for the Wildcat football team. This is Coach T's eighth season coaching at Taft. 

    Registration

    Price $ 150.00

    Registration ends 07/27/2018

    Football Camp (Grades 9-12) has 148 spots left!

  • Freshmen Connection (Registered Incoming Taft freshmen only)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Registered Incoming Taft freshmen only.

    This is a MUST for all incoming freshmen! Three days of fun, team-building and getting to know the ins-and-outs of Taft for all incoming freshmen. Students will receive their schedule, lock, take their id photo, meet many teachers and fellow classmates and have a blast! Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Aug 14 , 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 15 , 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Aug 16 , 8:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Meet in Taft Main Gym on First Day

    Camp director

    Taft Faculty and Staff


    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/31/2018

    Freshmen Connection (Registered Incoming Taft freshmen only) has 776 spots left!

  • Jump Start to College Part 1, Afternoon Session (Part 1 of the same workshop is also offered in the morning)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising seniors, both from Taft or other schools within the community.

    Don’t wait until the school year begins and things get hectic… come to these workshops to get a Jump Start on your college application process!  Session 1 will focus on your college search, identifying good match schools for you, creating your “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance, discussion around financial aid, college visits and interviews, and begin your personalized scholarship search.  Why not take advantage of individualized help over the summer before the pressures of senior year have set into motion!

    Schedule

    • Aug 01 , 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Computer Lab 252

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/25/2018

    Jump Start to College Part 1, Afternoon Session (Part 1 of the same workshop is also offered in the morning) has 60 spots left!

  • Jump Start to College Part 1, Morning Session (Part 1 of the same workshop is also offered in the afternoon)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising seniors, both from Taft or other schools within the community.

    Don’t wait until the school year begins and things get hectic… come to these workshops to get a Jump Start on your college application process!  Session 1 will focus on your college search, identifying good match schools for you, creating your “Colleges I’m Applying To” list in Naviance, discussion around financial aid, college visits and interviews, and begin your personalized scholarship search.  Why not take advantage of individualized help over the summer before the pressures of senior year have set into motion!

    Schedule

    • Aug 01 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Computer Lab 252

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/25/2018

    Jump Start to College Part 1, Morning Session (Part 1 of the same workshop is also offered in the afternoon) has 60 spots left!

  • Jump Start to College Part 2, Afternoon Session (Part 2 of the same workshop is also offered in the morning)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising seniors, both from Taft or other schools within the community.

    Don’t wait until the school year begins and things get hectic… come to these workshops to get a Jump Start on your college application process!  Session 2 will include a presentation from Anna Rodriguez of Northwestern Academy on how to make your application stand out to highly selective schools and how to write a strong personal statement that will be submitted to most colleges and universities to which you apply.  Additionally, we will get you started on your Common Application for college admissions and provide you with concrete direction of what you should be working on over the remaining weeks of summer before the chaos of senior year sets in!

    Schedule

    • Aug 02 , 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Computer Lab 252

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/25/2018

    Jump Start to College Part 2, Afternoon Session (Part 2 of the same workshop is also offered in the morning) has 60 spots left!

  • Jump Start to College Part 2, Morning Session (Part 2 of the same workshop is also offered in the afternoon)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all rising seniors, both from Taft or other schools within the community.

    Don’t wait until the school year begins and things get hectic… come to these workshops to get a Jump Start on your college application process!  Session 2 will include a presentation from Anna Rodriguez of Northwestern Academy on how to make your application stand out to highly selective schools and how to write a strong personal statement that will be submitted to most colleges and universities to which you apply.  Additionally, we will get you started on your Common Application for college admissions and provide you with concrete direction of what you should be working on over the remaining weeks of summer before the chaos of senior year sets in!

    Schedule

    • Aug 02 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Computer Lab 252

    Camp director

    Sonia Abrego and Camie Laporte

    Sonia Abrego and Camie LaPorte are professional school counselors at Taft who share a wealth of knowledge with more than 20 years of experience counseling high achieving students to find their right college match.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/25/2018

    Jump Start to College Part 2, Morning Session (Part 2 of the same workshop is also offered in the afternoon) has 60 spots left!

  • Lacrosse Camp, Boys Beginners: Non-contact (Grades 6-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: male
    • Grade: entering 6-9

    The objective of this developmental camp is to provide an opportunity for all new players to get more familiar with the game of lacrosse. Basic skill and tactics will be introduced and instructed through games, drills, and competitions. Safety and fundamentals will be emphasized throughout in order to create a positive experience for players of all abilities. All players are encouraged to bring as much of their own gear as possible. Our camp staff consists of experienced coaches along with former and current collegiate players.


    EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN COSTEach player will receive a practice jersey and a mouth-guard.

    EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO BORROW – Sticks, goalie equipment, helmets, and gloves 

    Schedule

    • Jul 16 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 17 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 18 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 19 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Athletic Fields (located off of Bryn Mawr)

    Camp director

    Rich Zei

    Rich Zei is the current Boys Head coach for Taft Lacrosse. This is his fourth year as the head coach following three years as the Varsity assistant. In 2015 he lead the Eagles to a berth in the CPS city championship game.  "Coach Z" has been a lacrosse coach for the past 13 years, beginning his coaching career in Madison Wisconsin.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/19/2018

    Lacrosse Camp, Boys Beginners: Non-contact (Grades 6-9) has 36 spots left!

  • Lacrosse Camp, Girls (Grades 6-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 6-9

    The objective of this developmental camp is to provide an opportunity for all new players to become more familiar with the game of lacrosse. Basic skill and tactics will be introduced and instructed through games, drills, and competitions. Safety and fundamentals will be emphasized throughout in order to create a positive experience for players of all abilities. All players are encouraged to bring as much of their own gear as possible. Our camp staff consists of experienced coaches along with former and current collegiate players.

    EQUIPMENT INCLUDED IN COST – Each player will get a practice jersey and a mouth-guard

    EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO BORROW – Sticks, goggles, and goalie equipment

    Schedule

    • Jul 16 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 17 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 18 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 19 , 8:30 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Athletic Fields (located off of Bryn Mawr Ave)

    Camp director

    Jacquelyn Andrews

    Coach Andrews grew up in Scottsdale, AZ and started playing lacrosse her freshman year of high school. She played all 4 years of high school and was team captain her Junior & Senior years. She went on to play at Benedictine University, and was team captain Sophomore through Senior year. The leadership position on both teams guided her to love coaching lacrosse. This will be her 4th season coaching and she loves watching the sport of lacrosse grow! 

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/19/2018

    Lacrosse Camp, Girls (Grades 6-9) has 48 spots left!

  • League of Legends Gaming Camp (Grades 6-12)

    • Type: activity
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 6-12

    Are you tired of being Bronze?  Do you think that you are a Platinum level player but your rank does not show?  Well then come to the LoL Summer camp at Taft. We are looking for players ranked from Bronze to Gold to help them climb the ranks and see what they truly can accomplish.  We will be exploring the current meta, diving deep into champion kits, performing drills to increase in game skills, learning how to communicate with your team, and much more.  We will culminate the camp with a tournament to determine who has made the most progress.

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft E-Sports Arena

    Camp director

    Todd McFarlin

    This camp is led by Todd McFarlin.  Coach McFarlin has been in running the eSports program at Taft for over 4 years.  He is a Twitch streamer, avid gamer, and has led Taft to win several tournaments during his time as coach.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/13/2018

    League of Legends Gaming Camp (Grades 6-12) has 11 spots left!

  • NavigaTEEN Together Workshop: Calming Practices for Families (Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family - feel free to attend alone too!

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family (feel free to attend alone too!) - All in the community are welcome!

    Participants will be lead through creative and fun therapies the whole family can turn to and benefit from to create an atmosphere of calm. Come in comfortable dress, ready for some movement, art, journaling, and plant therapy.

    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Aug 09 , 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 40.00

    Registration ends 08/02/2018

    NavigaTEEN Together Workshop: Calming Practices for Families (Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family - feel free to attend alone too! has 40 spots left!

  • NavigaTEEN Workshop: Book Chat and Journal Making/Writing, Grades 7-9 (All in community are welcome!)

    • Type: academic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Grades 7-9 (All in community are welcome!)

    We will discuss Roller Girl, a graphic novel debut that earned a Newbery Honor and five starred reviews, by real-life derby girl Victoria Jamieson. She has created an inspiring coming-of-age story about friendship, perseverance, and girl power!

    Participants will also make their own journal and start their graphic novel/journal of their own!

    Book is included in price and can be picked up at Taft. Students should read before workshop (it’s a fast and easy, graphic novel read!) The book will be available in the Taft Counseling Office after May 15.

    Light refreshments will be provided each day.




    Schedule

    • Jul 16 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 75.00

    Registration ends 07/02/2018

    NavigaTEEN Workshop: Book Chat and Journal Making/Writing, Grades 7-9 (All in community are welcome!) has 40 spots left!

  • NavigaTEEN Workshop: Connecting for Families (Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family - All in the community are welcome!

    This will be an interactive workshop where parents/guardians and their pre-teens/teens will share, journal, and connect in a fun and supportive environment.

    At least one adult and one pre-teen/teen should attend together.

    Schedule

    • Aug 07 , 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 40.00

    Registration ends 08/01/2018

    NavigaTEEN Workshop: Connecting for Families (Up to 2 parents/guardians and 2 pre-teens/teens from each family) has 40 spots left!

  • NavigaTEEN Workshop: De-stress and Self-Care, Open to all 7th through 10th graders (All in community are welcome!)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 7-10 (All in community are welcome!)

    Learn easy and fun techniques to care for yourself and manage stressful situations.

    Light refreshments will be provided each day.

    Schedule

    • Jun 26 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 27 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jun 28 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room (APR)

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/20/2018

    NavigaTEEN Workshop: De-stress and Self-Care, Open to all 7th through 10th graders (All in community are welcome!) has 50 spots left!

  • NavigaTEEN Workshop: Study, speak, self-advocate, and strategize, Grades 7-10 (All in community are welcome!)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Grades 7-10 (All in community are welcome!)

    Learn to study actively, advocate and communicate positively, organize, and manage your time. This is a hands-on, engaging workshop that will give your pre-teen/teen the skills to successfully navigate life in middle/high school.


    Light refreshments will be provided each day.

    Schedule

    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/06/2018

    NavigaTEEN Workshop: Study, speak, self-advocate, and strategize, Grades 7-10 (All in community are welcome!) has 40 spots left!

  • Poms Dance Team Camp (Grades 2-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 2-9

    The camp is open to girls and boys grades 2 through 9.  We will focus on developing fundamental skills in all areas of dance.  All attendees  will learn a short poms routine as well as proper technique for leaps, turns, jumps, tricks, and sporting event etiquette.  All campers will receive a t-shirt


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Dance Studio (119)

    Camp director

    Jacquelyn Alunan

    Jacquelyn Alunan is a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University and math teacher at Taft High School. This is her 5th year as the Varsity Poms Head Coach.  The Taft High School Poms team won the city championship in 2014, 2015, and were runners-up in 2016 and 2017.    

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/13/2018

    Poms Dance Team Camp (Grades 2-9) has 37 spots left!

  • Positive ParenTEEN Workshop: De-stress and Self-Care (Parents and guardians of pre-teens and teens at Taft or in the community)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Parents and guardians of pre-teens and teens at Taft or in the community.

    Learn easy and fun techniques to care for yourself and your teen and manage stressful situations.


    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Jun 28 , 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room (APR)

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students and their parents. Together, they have worked with thousands of students and hundreds of parents.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 06/22/2018

    Positive ParenTEEN Workshop: De-stress and Self-Care (Parents and guardians of pre-teens and teens at Taft or in the community) has 50 spots left!

  • Positive ParenTEEN Workshop: Help your Pre-Teen/Teen Study, Speak, Self-Advocate, and Strategize (Open to all parents/guardians in the community)

    • Type: general
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering Open to all parents/guardians in the community

    Learn to support your pre-teen/teen as they study actively, advocate and communicate positively, organize, and manage your time. This is a hands-on, engaging workshop that will give your pre-teen/teen the skills to successfully navigate life in middle/high school.


    Light refreshments will be provided.

    Schedule

    • Jul 12 , 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

    Location

    Taft All Purpose Room

    Camp director

    Karen Devine and Chloe Soto, High School and Academic Center Counselors

    Ms. Devine and Ms. Soto work extensively with middle school and high school students supporting their academic, social/emotional and post-secondary success.

    Registration

    Price $ 25.00

    Registration ends 07/06/2018

    Positive ParenTEEN Workshop: Help your Pre-Teen/Teen Study, Speak, Self-Advocate, and Strategize (Open to all parents/guardians in the community) has 40 spots left!

  • Power and Speed Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 5-12

    Athletes from all sports are welcome to come learn the basics of speed through form drills, plyometrics, and more. Timed 40s and 10 meter flys are a staple of the program. We use the Freelap Pro Coach 424 Fully Automatic Timing System. The coaches leading this camp have used this speed training to lead over ten athletes to the State Championship in four years in a wide variety of events, including sprints, jumps, middle distance, and distance events.

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    • Jul 11 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    • Jul 12 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    • Jul 16 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    • Jul 18 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm
    • Jul 19 , 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm

    Location

    Meet outside Taft Door 4

    Camp director

    James Bleicher, Garrett McLinn, and Don Desalvo

    James Bleicher, Garrett McLinn, and Don Desalvo are cross country and track coaches at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 50.00

    Registration ends 07/08/2018

    Power and Speed Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 5-12) has 99 spots left!

  • School of Rock and Roll (Grades 5-8)

    • Type: fine_art
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 5-8

    Join us this summer for some rockin’ out fun. This is not a class to teach music to those with no knowledge at all, but rather a time to get better from playing with others. Don’t worry about your skill level, beginner to advanced is cool with us. No pressure, no being put on the spot...just jamming at your own level, learning a few new skills (probably teaching us a thing or two), and then bringing it all together with a jam out performance at the end of the summer.

    If you have a guitar, bass, amplifier, etc, it’s best to bring them so you have more playing time as equipment on hand is limited.

    Schedule

    • Jul 03 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 05 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 10 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 12 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 17 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 19 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 24 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 26 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Jul 31 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Aug 02 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Aug 07 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Aug 09 , 10:00 am to 11:30 am

    Location

    Taft Guitar Room

    Camp director

    James Nicklas and Michael Howe

    Jim Nicklas and Michael Howe work in the Counseling Department at Taft High School.  Both are lifelong rock and rollers.    

    Registration

    Price $ 125.00

    Registration ends 08/09/2018

    School of Rock and Roll (Grades 5-8) has 9 spots left!

  • School of Rock and Roll (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: fine_art
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    Join us this summer for some rockin’ out fun. This is not a class to teach music to those with no knowledge at all, but rather a time to get better from playing with others. Don’t worry about your skill level, beginner to advanced is cool with us. No pressure, no being put on the spot...just jamming at your own level, learning a few new skills (probably teaching us a thing or two), and then bringing it all together with a jam out performance at the end of the summer.

    If you have a guitar, bass, amplifier, etc, it’s best to bring them so you have more playing time as equipment on hand is limited.

    Schedule

    • Jul 03 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 05 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 31 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Aug 02 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Aug 07 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Aug 09 , 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Guitar Room

    Camp director

    Jim Nicklas and Michael Howe

    Jim Nicklas and Michael Howe work in the Counseling Department at Taft High School.  Both are lifelong rock and rollers.    

    Registration

    Price $ 125.00

    Registration ends 08/09/2018

    School of Rock and Roll (Grades 9-12) has 9 spots left!

  • Soccer Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 1-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 1-8

    The Taft soccer coaching staff will be holding a camp for boys and girls grades 1 through 8. The camp will be open to all skill levels and will include a week of instruction in technical soccer skills such as dribbling, passing, receiving, shooting, and defending. Campers will be put into situations that allow them to learn the “beautiful game” while also meeting new friends and playing soccer related games. Campers will be teamed up with a camp coach and assistant coach for the duration of the week. Campers will each receive a shirt and awards will be given out throughout the week for team and individual accomplishments. 


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 10 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 13 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Athletics Fields (located off of Bryn Mawr)

    Camp director

    Jeff Lucco

    Jeff Lucco is a graduate of North Park University and in his fourth year as the boys varsity soccer coach. He holds a United States Soccer Federation D License and a National Soccer Coaches Association of American  Level 1 Goalkeeper Diploma. He loves all things related to the Eagles and his favorite colors are blue, black, and silver. He loves Arsenal Football Club and likes to read on his free time. 

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/14/2018

    Soccer Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 1-8) has 98 spots left!

  • Soccer Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    Any boys and girls interested in preparing for the upcoming school year at their respective high school can register for the Taft Soccer Camp. It will be run by the Taft Boys and Girls Soccer Coaching Staff and coaches from other local high schools. The focus will be on strength and conditioning for the soccer player and fundamental technical skills.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jul 23 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 25 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 27 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Soccer Field (located off of Bryn Mawr)

    Camp director

    Maciej Myszka and Christine Medunycia

    Maciej Myszka is a Counselor and the head JV Boys Soccer Coach at Taft HS.  

    Christine Medunycia: State License E & D; 1st Maine West Girls Freshmen Coach 1991; Club Coach - FC United / formerly Trevian - 14 years Assistant Coach; Evanston Premier 1 year; Member IHSA Soccer Coaching Association; Member CPS Coaching Association; Coach's Award for State 100 Wins as of 2017 - Girls Soccer; At Taft - 1 year Girls JV Coach, 12/13 years Varsity Coach; 2 years Boys F/S Coach; 5/6 years Boys Assistant Varsity Coach; 3 years Boys Varsity Coach



    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/27/2018

    Soccer Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 9-12) has 68 spots left!

  • Softball Camp, Girls Fastpitch (Grades 5-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 5-9

    This camp will emphasize individual skills, fundamentals, and team strategy. Areas covered include everything from outfield and infield play to base-running, sliding and much more in this dynamic softball camp.  Our staff will conduct individual and group instruction for all players. Groups rotate throughout the day to different stations covering pitching, catching, infield defense, outfield defense and hitting.  All campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jun 26 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jun 27 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jun 28 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
    • Jun 29 , 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

    Location

    Taft Softball Field

    Camp director

    Germaine Padilla

    Germaine Padilla is the Varsity Softball Coach at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/29/2018

    Softball Camp, Girls Fastpitch (Grades 5-9) has 32 spots left!

  • Swim Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 4-6)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 4-6

    Swim Camp keep kids active and building momentum all summer long! For beginners, Swim Camp condenses 1 month of lessons into 1 week. The daily reinforcement of skills leads to increased muscle memory for beginning swimmers.  Swim Camp will give your swimmer the extra boost and confidence they will need for their summer activities! 

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 26 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 27 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 28 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jun 29 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Swimming Pool

    Camp director

    Jason Polensky

    Coach Polensky has been the swimming and water polo coach here at Taft High School for the past 5 seasons.  During his tenure at Taft they have won 6 conference championships and have continued to rise into the upper echelon of Chicago swimming.  Coach Polensky is a graduate of Stagg High School where he was an ALL ISA water polo player. 

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/30/2018

    Swim Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 4-6) has 28 spots left!

  • Swim Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 7-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 7-8

    Summer Swim Camp will give your swimmer a boost of confidence! Summer Camp is for swimmers of all levels who will come for one week. Students will work to progress faster, build muscle memory, and learn safety skills.  Swim Camp will give your swimmer the extra boost and confidence they will need for their summer activities!

    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 10 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am
    • Jul 13 , 9:00 am to 11:00 am

    Location

    Taft Swimming Pool

    Camp director

    Jason Polensky

    Coach Polensky has been the swimming and water polo coach here at Taft High School for the past 5 seasons.  During his tenure at Taft they have won 6 conference championships and have continued to rise into the upper echelon of Chicago swimming.  Coach Polensky is a graduate of Stagg High School where he was an ALL ISA water polo player. 

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/13/2018

    Swim Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 7-8) has 29 spots left!

  • Swim Camp, Boys (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: male
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    Come and see what it takes to be a champion.  The focus of this camp will be conditioning for the upcoming high school swim season.  From working on stroke technique or getting in shape all athletes are welcome.  All participants will receive a Taft Swimming Tee Shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jun 26 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jun 27 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jun 28 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jun 29 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 09 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 16 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 20 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Swimming Pool

    Camp director

    Jason Polensky

    Coach Polensky has been the swimming and water polo coach here at Taft High School for the past 5 seasons.  During his tenure at Taft they have won 6 conference championships and have continued to rise into the upper echelon of Chicago swimming.  Coach Polensky is a graduate of Stagg High School where he was an ALL ISA water polo player. 

    Registration

    Price $ 100.00

    Registration ends 07/20/2018

    Swim Camp, Boys (Grades 9-12) has 29 spots left!

  • Swim Camp, Girls (Grades 9-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 9-12

    Come and see what it takes to be a champion.  The focus of this camp will be conditioning for the upcoming high school swim season.  From working on stroke technique or getting in shape all athletes are welcome.  All participants will receive a Taft Swimming Tee Shirt.  



    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jun 26 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jun 27 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jun 28 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jun 29 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 09 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 16 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
    • Jul 20 , 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Swimming Pool

    Camp director

    Jason Polensky

    Coach Polensky has been the swimming and water polo coach here at Taft High School for the past 4 seasons.  During his tenure at Taft they have won 6 conference championships and have continued to rise into the upper echelon of Chicago swimming.  Coach Polensky is a graduate of Stagg High School where he was an ALL ISA water polo player. 

    Registration

    Price $ 100.00

    Registration ends 07/21/2018

    Swim Camp, Girls (Grades 9-12) has 28 spots left!

  • Tennis Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 6-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering 6-12

    This camp is a perfect way to build self-esteem, hand eye coordination and team building. We will teach you to learn and love the game as much as we do.  The camp will take place on the Norwood Park Tennis Courts.  Please contact the Boys Head Varsity Tennis Coach Justin Yesensky if you have any questions at (jmyesensky@cps.edu).  Campers will receive a t-shirt.  

    Schedule

    • Jun 11 , 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 12 , 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 13 , 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm
    • Jun 14 , 4:15 pm to 6:15 pm

    Location

    Norwood Park Tennis Courts

    Camp director

    Justin Yesensky

    Justin Yesensky is the Varsity Boys Tennis Coach at Taft High School.  Coach Yesensky is also a math teacher at Taft High School.      

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/14/2018

    Tennis Camp, Boys and Girls (Grades 6-12) has 38 spots left!

  • Volleyball Camp, Boys (Grades 6-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: male
    • Grade: entering 6-9

    Come and learn from the Super Conference Varsity Taft Eagle Volleyball Program. For one week we will be working on the fundamentals of passing, hitting, serving, blocking and team strategy. It will make you a better all-around Volleyball player. Plus you will be getting to meet the Head Varsity Coach, William Angel, and the Sophomore Coach, Allison Taylor, along with Varsity players and Alumni of the program. We will end camp with a tournament to allow you to show off all of your Volleyball skills! Come meet fellow teammates and work on your game! All participants will receive a tee shirt!


    Schedule

    • Jul 23 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 24 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 25 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 26 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
    • Jul 27 , 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    William Angel

    Coach Angel is the head varsity boys volleyball coach at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/28/2018

    Volleyball Camp, Boys (Grades 6-9) has 49 spots left!

  • Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grade 9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 9

    Come and learn from the Super Conference Varsity Taft Eagle Volleyball Program. This one-week camp will help prepare incoming freshman for tryouts.  It will focus on teaching and improving the fundamental skills of passing, hitting, serving, blocking and team strategy needed to play for the Taft program.  All participants will receive a tee shirt!

     

    Schedule

    • Jul 16 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 20 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Sebastian Acevedo

    Sebastian Acevedo is the Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/20/2018

    Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grade 9) has 41 spots left!

  • Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 10-12)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 10-12

    Come and get ready for the upcoming Volleyball season.  This is a two-week preseason camp where players will learn the Taft offense and defense systems.  We will also focus on strengthening basic fundamentals as well as learning new skills and techniques.  All participants will receive a tee shirt!


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 16 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 17 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 18 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 19 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
    • Jul 20 , 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Sebastian Acevedo

    Sebastian Acevedo is the Varsity Girls Volleyball coach at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 120.00

    Registration ends 07/21/2018

    Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 10-12) has 46 spots left!

  • Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 5-6)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 5-6

    Come and learn from the Super Conference Varsity Taft Eagle Volleyball Program. For one week we will be working on the fundamentals of passing, hitting, serving, blocking and team strategy. It will make you a better all-around Volleyball player. Plus you will be getting to meet the Head Varsity Coach (Coach Acevedo) along with Varsity players and Alumni of the program. We will end camp with a tournament to allow you to show off all of your Volleyball skills! Come meet fellow teammates and work on your game! All participants will receive a tee shirt! 

    Schedule

    • Jun 25 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jun 26 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jun 27 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jun 28 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jun 29 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Sebastian Acevedo

    Sebastian Acevedo is the Head Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach at Taft High School.

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 06/29/2018

    Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 5-6) has 54 spots left!

  • Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 7-8)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: female
    • Grade: entering 7-8

    Come and learn from the Super Conference Varsity Taft Eagle Volleyball Program. For one week we will be working on the fundamentals of passing, hitting, serving, blocking and team strategy. It will make you a better all-around Volleyball player. Plus you will be getting to meet the Head Varsity Coach (Coach Acevedo) along with Varsity players and Alumni of the program. We will end camp with a tournament to allow you to show off all of your Volleyball skills! Come meet fellow teammates and work on your game! All participants will receive a tee shirt! 


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Main Gym

    Camp director

    Sebastian Acevedo

    Sara Polensky is the Varsity Girls Volleyball coach at Taft High School.  

    Registration

    Price $ 60.00

    Registration ends 07/13/2018

    Volleyball Camp, Girls (Grades 7-8) has 48 spots left!

  • Wrestling Camp (Grades K-9)

    • Type: athletic
    • Gender: coed
    • Grade: entering K-9

    All campers will be instructed in the fundamentals of wrestling with an emphasis on core moves and proper drilling techniques.  Taft Coaches/wrestlers and college wrestlers will provide instruction.  Campers will be divided by age groups and experience.  A T-shirt will be provided to all campers.  


    Schedule

    • Jul 09 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 10 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 11 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 12 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
    • Jul 13 , 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

    Location

    Taft Wrestling Room (Room 320)

    Camp director

    Brad Engel

    Brad Engel is entering his 5th year as head wrestling coach at Taft High School. Coach Engel has coached numerous sectional qualifiers as well as IHSA state championship qualifiers.  

    Marvin Martinez is a graduate of Western Illinois University and Alum of Taft High School, Class of 2010. He is in his fifth year as a Coach at Taft High School and was the president/founder of the WIU Wrestling Club from 2011-2014.

    Mike DiFrisco is entering his fourth year as an assistant wrestling coach at Taft High School.  Coach DiFrisco is also the founder of Skyline Wrestling Club.  






    Registration

    Price $ 65.00

    Registration ends 07/14/2018

    Wrestling Camp (Grades K-9) has 60 spots left!