“Brooke and James Schamber have succeeded in creating the ideal summer camp experience! They combine intellectual stimulation, healthy socialization, physical fitness, and just plain old-fashioned fun. My sons have had the best summer of their lives, and my husband and I revel in the knowledge that they are thriving under the Schamber's loving and attentive care.”
“Brooke and James are both phenomenal people; my son and daughter were enrolled in their daycamp and loved every minute of the experience. They are professional when it comes to running a business, and are nurturing to clientele, whether interacting with adults or children of all ages. They are truly a joy to work with and wonderful to know.”
“Brooke and James' daycamp has revolutionized our sons' attitude toward summer. Whereas previous camps have mainly been a subject of complaint, the boys are excited every day to be going to "Oasis". The activities are various, imaginatively chosen and well organized. Brooke, James and their co-counselors are both fun and caring. We have complete confidence putting our kids in their hands.”
"I have three kids, years of experience with various day camps, and this is absolutely the best camp we have ever found. It is designed and run by educators who have a real appreciation for kids as human beings, and who have never lost their sense of what is fun. Their choices for activities are spot-on. My older daughter just had a glorious second summer with Oasis where she reconnected with old friends and made some new ones. My younger one went for the first time this year and shes already talking about next year. Thank you especially for the video and photo gallery; it's been such a treat to see what the campers have been up to. I'm impressed by how, when the weather didn't cooperate, you have been able to turn on a dime and put some nifty alternative plan into action. I also appreciate the Tree Fort Challenge, which has kept the girls reading when they'd have probably slacked off."
"Maria enjoyed every minute of her time spent at Oasis. The amusing stories she told us in the evenings, together with the photos you posted weekly, made us want to be kids again and come to camp! She was excited before going to bed each night and in the mornings when she woke up because she wanted to get back to Oasis. Best of all was you and your staff's ability to make Maria feel special and individually taken care of. We are already looking forward to the next summer!"
"LOVE this camp and will never send my kids elsewhere! The kids get one-on-one attention, care and love. The field trips that are set up are second to none but the "on-site days" are spectacular too with education a hidden focus in everything they do. My 9-year old has come home teaching me science and not just showing me the "tricks" but giving me the "why" behind it. He's waking himself up early each day and pushing me out the door because he wants to be the first to arrive each day and the last to leave. Every night he is exhausted (not in a bad way, but the good, fall asleep with a smile on your face kind of way). They have even incorporated a "Tree Fort Challenge" which will keep the kids engaged in reading this summer. They are great...the camp is great! Thanks Brooke and James!"
"My girls had the time of their lives at camp this summer and LOVE Oasis. Every day was a new adventure, filled with old and new friends and new experiences. They were so disappointed when their time at camp ended, and can't wait to come back next summer. In fact, they want to attend for the entire summer next year! You both do a tremendous job with this camp, and Kelsey, Anne and Mark were awesome too. It's a wonderful place to send the kids and we know they are learning a lot about themselves as well as having a great time. Thanks again!"
"We've had a wonderful summer this year and many thanks go to the fun and talented counselors at Oasis and the amazing schedule of activities they offer. I have one child who loves nothing more than hanging out at home (preferably watching Star Wars) and another who wants every minute of his day filled with activities. Amazingly, they both love Oasis! They are already looking forward to next summer when they can go back. When I asked them to describe Oasis, this is what they said: "Awesome," "cool," "fun," "the sweetest camp I've ever been to!"
"I just have to tell you how much this grandma loves what you are doing for the benefit of children! You bring such joy to their lives that it is contagious; I am filled with joy everytime I see a photo of your campers. The children really "bloom" all summer under your program and supervision. Thank You!"
"Many, many thanks for the great service and for running the kind of camp my kids are begging to go to. We're looking forward to another summer with you!"
"Oasis, by far, exceeded all my expectations. My boys had an unbelievable camp experience and many thanks go to the talented staff. My kids loved each weekly theme, especially wild west week, the varied day trips were exciting, and the overall programming was educational and so much fun. I love that reading during the summer is no longer a struggle as The Tree Fort Challenge has turned what typically is viewed as work into a fun part of our summer. It's also nice knowing I get to take a break from making lunches as healthy catered lunches occur weekly. Oasis is a regular topic in our house and my sons can't wait until camp begins this summer. It is November and we are still talking about the dunk tank! The individual attention and great care my boys received is unlike any camp I was a part of as a kid. I highly recommend Oasis Day Camp!"
"Simply an OUTSTANDING camp. My boys attended this summer for 6 weeks and already have asked to go all next summer. The activities on site as well as the field trips completely engage the kids -- body, mind and soul. From cooking club, science experiments, sports, crafts, and music to amazing field trips to the beach, pools, zoo, museums, a farm, and even a Cubs game. Something new and exciting each day. They've had a great time with the counselors and friends. We look forward to coming back next year.
Thanks so much for having such a great camp. H and M have loved it. Best summer camp experience by far!"
"Thank you so much for a fantastic camp experience for S. and E. They loved every minute and hope to be back next summer!"
"Oasis is the ONLY summer camp that my son has never asked "can I stay home instead?" The camp is run by professional educators and the counselors are attentive and experienced. The campers are always doing amazing and fun activities. The vibe at drop-off and pick-up is always upbeat. My son has already requested Oasis for next summer!"
"My daughter loves this camp! She enjoys the many field trips and I appreciate the fact that the camp takes her to many water parks and other places that, frankly, I would not likely take her myself, since they are not so convenient for me to get to. She likes the counselors and I appreciate the regular communications, via e-mail reminders of what activities are coming up to weekly photo albums posted on the web site, from the camp directors. The drop-off and pick-up flexibility is also a big bonus. My daughter has already asked to go to Oasis again next summer!"
"This was my son's first summer at Oasis, but not his last. We have found the perfect camp. I am so appreciative of Brooke & James Schamber. They have made summer camp what it is supposed to be, fun. Our son gets up in the morning excited, energized and ready to go. The field trips are fantastic as is Mad Science, Cooking Club and all the rest. Oasis is also uniquely accommodating for parents with its flexible drop off and pick up as well as its ability to incorporate all ages. This camp is unmatched."
"This was my son's third year at Oasis. He loves this camp more than any other he's been to and won't consider going anywhere else. He especially likes the trips to water parks, special guests, playing with his friends from school and past summers at Oasis, and "free gym". He found the counselors to be nice, funny, and attentive. He didn't mind the bus trips because he spent the time playing games with his friends. I appreciated the flexible hours, the reading challenge, and my son being happy all summer."
"My kids have been part of Oasis Summer Day Camp since the doors opened. If you are looking for a few weeks of high quality, quintessential summer camp for your grade schoolers, this is it. I highly recommend Oasis."
"I wanted to say a HUGE thanks for how well this summer went for us. The fact that G. kept choosing to go back is unheard of!!! It was a major break through! I credit you guys and the magic you have with creating a comfortable environment for many different personality types. This is unique. Oasis Day Camp has a special place in my heart. G. made some sweet friends that he still talks about. This has not even happened for him at school. So THANK YOU, THANK YOU for an amazing summer! Hope to see you again next year!!!"
"I love that your camp makes E. and E. so happy. Thanks so much for all your hard work this summer. It was such a good experience for them both."
"It is my pleasure to recommend Oasis Day Camp. Year after year it is my kids' first choice of camp. They are always excited to check out the fun-filled calendar of events when it comes out. Now that my oldest is 13, he wants to graduate to junior counselor. It is the highest quality camp we have encountered in the North Shore, pleasing parents and kids in equal measure."
"I would HIGHLY recommend this camp as it has so many great attributes. For one thing the owners are a husband and wife dynamice duo! He a teacher and she a child psychologist, and last year a few of the counselors were also child pyschologists. My girls 12 (typical child) and 14 (with special needs) had a fabulous time!!!!! My child with mild special needs needed a few TLC accomodations due to heat and attention issues and Jame and Brooke were able to accomodate in a seamless manner so she was included and happy as were all the campers. It was great to have a lunch program option as well My kids are aging out, but otherwise they would love to go again!.
"What can I say? My son loves coming here. I needed a camp for working people. I can drop him off as early as 8 and pickup goes until 5:30. I also needed a "pick your weeks" schedule, because I am divorced and share summers with my ex. I signed him up last year because of this and he insisted on coming back. Highly recommended!"
"Our twin sons' first year at Oasis Day Camp exceeded our expectations. After the very first week, the boys said, "I wish it was Monday...," for they wanted to skip Saturday and go right back to camp! They have made friends, had fun, and felt comfortable with both peers and counselors from the very outset. We recommend Oasis, and thank James and Brooke for a superb summer experience."
"Having two boys who have attended so very many summer day camps in the North Shore over the last 8 years, I can say that Oasis Day Camp is tops -- a fabulous camp appealing to kids of all ages and interests. My boys have had a great time exploring new places on field trips and meeting new friends. Oasis was founded and is run by educators who get it! The counselors are top notch. My kids and I highly recommend Oasis."
"Camp Oasis is a wonderful place for kids, and for the parents to know their kids are having the best summer. It is my son's and his friends' absolute favorite. Every day at Oasis is special, whether it's a field trip to the many swimming pools in the area, a visit to a sports game, museums, etc. or a day at the camp - it is the best fun ever! Highly Recommended!!"
"(Our) family loves Oasis Summer Camp. Brooke and James are genuine, creative and skillful with our 8 year-old twin boys, who have both found this camp to be fun and memorable. The calendar is packed with exciting activities, field trips and good food. Altogether, it has enriched their summer experience and their relationship with each other, their peers and counselors. Can't say enough great things about Oasis!"
"Thanks. I know that no matter what you do, it's a fun, safe and happy day for all our little campers. We are so thrilled to be with you again this year."
"Thanks James! You are great. The kids and all of us are soooooo happy to have you and Oasis in our lives."
"Oasis is by far our favorite summer camp. We drive 40+ minutes to the Winnetka location because my son refuses to go to any other camp. And, he always has a seriously good time. Great staff, great trips, great activities -- GREAT camp!"
"My son won't attend anywhere else. This camp goes above and beyond any expectations I had of a premier summer camp. The owners, along with their staff, are beyond qualified...but most important to me is their obvious love of children. Looking forward to another summer with Oasis."
"Our seven year old daughter had an incredible experience at Oasis Camp! All she talked about during dinner was how much fun she had...then she passed out immediately and went to bed early because she was exhausted from all of the awesome activities (parents, this is a good thing).
On the last day of camp, she demanded, in a nice way, she return to Oasis for camp next summer. James, Brooke and the counselors-- we can't thank you enough."
"We had a fabulous camp experience here, so I wanted to yelp about it. My young kids were in such great hands with the caring counselors. They did many different activities that wove in concepts such as confidence building, sharing and empathy. My children were on the younger side and were shown such great respect from all of the campers. The children led by example of the counselors. The owners of the camp are educators who really care about the development of each of the kids and take the time to understand and motivate them.
It is a safe, fun and educational environment for kids to have the best camp and summer experience ever."
"Seeing Oasis Day Camp at drop-off and pick-up and sometimes showing up at the water parks I was super impressed with the way management, counselors, and the overall organization handles almost every aspect of this camp. Heck, one of the owners (James) was often seen opening car doors for campers as they arrive and leave for the day. I've never seen that.
With the countless field trips and activities I was happy to see each and every camper happy and active. Not only was I able to hear about all the activities but I was able to view new photos of these events almost daily. We were also able to see a recap of the whole summer at Oasis with a photo DVD sent to our house.
I have noticed in comparison to other camps Oasis Day Camp has a very individualized relationship with each camper including my child. My child was just not a number amongst the masses. Other families who have left the "larger" camps said campers were often lost in the mix at these huge camps. The larger camps had campers waiting in line to engage in the activity, and/or remain at one location with the same activities.
The families who I've spoken to said they would only send their child to Oasis Day Camp. After seeing what happens in only one summer at Oasis I feel the same. My child will only go to Oasis Day Camp!"