The Oasis Blog

This Thanksgiving, gather the family together and talk summer camp. Although it may be a little early, if your child has transition worries or if it's the first year for your little camper, a supportive family environment is the perfect place to plan ahead. Your child may be thankful for the preparation, even if it is months early.

Some other reasons to consider talking camp instead of turkey this Thanksgiving:

Entrusting someone with the care of your children is never an easy decision.  Parents want something that provides more than just adequate supervision.  According to the American Camp Association, more than 11 million adults and children attend over 12,000 camps in the United States each year.  There are numerous benefits to day camp programs. Consider our top three perks.  

Perhaps summer camp is still several months off, but you can still get into the fun and spirit by playing some summer camp games at home!  Here are 3 games you can play during the winter!

Nearly one out of every three children in Evanston comes from a family that cannot afford such extras as organized summer camp or recreation.

Come join the festivities at "Fun Fest 2012", the annual benefit for the Ted Fund.  Your attendance will help sponsor a child!


The days have turned chilly and students are back in school, but exercise is still an important part of staying healthy during the fall and winter months. Here are a few easy ways to keep kids active despite cooler temperatures.

Walk to School

Does your child’s school encourage a summer reading program?  If so, there’s a reason.

The days of summer camp may be over, but there’s still time to take the kids on an autumn camping trip or simply have a cookout in the backyard. Here are some ideas for easy and nutritious foods kids can help make, or even make by themselves. Remember that it helps immensely to chop or slice ingredients beforehand and store them in plastic bags.

Hobo Dinners

Fall is a time for hot apple cider, jumping and rolling in piles of leaves
and turning your home into a weekend science lab? Yes! Weekends are the perfect time for parents to get hands on with their children's education and expand on the curriculum their kids receive when at school. 

Evanston children tend to have much different summer camp experiences, depending on their parents’ economic situation. The more affluent enjoy swim lessons, camps with sports activities, vacations etc., and have fun, enriching summers. For those living below the poverty line (nearly one in three in the Evanston area), extras like summer camps with accompanying enrollment fees, are not within a family’s budget.