Why Oasis

Oasis Summer Day Camp

An exceptional summer camp experience

Oasis isn’t your average day camp -- it’s an exceptional summer camp experience. Founded in 2008, by educators and parents Brooke and James Schamber, Oasis Summer Day Camp offers children the opportunity to widen horizons, form new friendships, take risks, and discover new strengths all under the guidance of highly qualified staff.

The Oasis philosophy is to ensure an adventure-filled, educational camp experience that engages your child and encourages campers to build upon their emotional, social, creative, and athletic abilities.

We currently offer children ages 4 through 12* an award-winning summer camp experience and are conveniently located in Highland Park and Winnetka.

*Junior counselor opportunities for teens ages 13 and up.

What Makes Oasis Exceptional?

Adventure Awaits

In addition to traditional day camp activities, Oasis offers weekly adventure experiences. Our campers have ziplined, touched stingrays, kayaked, ice skated, and more. We also pick the best water parks and beaches to ensure swimming days are always exciting. When campers aren’t on an off-site adventure, Oasis regularly hosts special guests and activities -- everything from a petting zoo to a seventy foot inflatable water slide! If you are truly looking for something for your children to do this summer, Oasis is the camp for you.

Learning and Discovery

School's out for the summer, but at Oasis we believe some of the best learning happens when children are at play. As educators we know the value of continuing engagement through enriching lessons. Each week, special guests visit our camp to encourage exploration, curiosity, and creativity in all our campers. Oasis also offers all campers a chance to participate in an optional, incentive based reading challenge. From cooking to reading to STEAM project building -- Oasis campers are always learning.

Something for Everyone

At Oasis, we feel it is important for children to feel empowered by choice, and we encourage exploration. On Tuesday and Thursdays, Oasis hosts a variety of enrichment classes including art, improv, science, technology, cooking and more. Oasis campers have the freedom to choose the activities most interesting to them. Whether your camper is artistic, sporty, imaginative, silly, or something else -- there is certain to be something to engage your child.

We Believe in Giving Back

We believe there’s great joy in learning the importance of community involvement and giving back. This summer, Oasis will partner with The Kindness Connection to benefit several organizations as part of a unique service learning opportunity.

Each Summer, Oasis also hosts over twenty campers, who would otherwise be unable to attend, on scholarships through the Ted Fund Organization.

Talented Educational Specialists and Staff

Oasis Summer Day Camp is one of the only local camps owned and operated by staff with graduate degrees in Education and over 20 years of experience in the educational field. Owners Brooke and James Schamber are both currently educators; Brooke, an experienced school psychologist, and James a Golden Apple award-winning elementary school teacher. Oasis employs other talented and highly qualified staff who are equally as dedicated to bringing out the best in each child. It's clear to our camp families that spending summers at Oasis is a labor of love.