FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the location of our Game On! Summer Sports Day Camps 4 Girls:

Our Chicago camp is located at Walt Disney Magnet School, 4140 N. Marine Drive in Chicago.

Our Lake Forest Camp is located on the athletic campus of Lake Forest College, 250 Washington Road, Lake Forest, Illinois.

If I have something to mail at any time during the year, summer included, what address should I use?

Please mail everything to our corporate office:

Game On! LLC

3000 Dundee Road Suite 210, Northbrook, IL  60062

Questions About Registration

How do I register for Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls?

All summer camp registration is conveniently on-line and accessible through our website at www.gameonsportscamp.com. Just click on the yellow “Register Now” button on top of the home page or the “General Info Summer Camps” tab and you are on your way.

Do you take credit cards?

No.  We find the associated fees cost prohibitive and would rather put that money towards the best summer camp experience for your daughter.

At the end of the registration process, the screen prompts me to proceed to payment.  Do I need to follow through with this?

Yes.  Even though we do not take credit cards, you must click the following to complete the registration process:

“Review Items In My Cart And Check Out”

“Proceed to Payment”

You can then choose “Pay All Items in Full” or “Other Payment Options”

If you choose “Pay All Items in Full”, choose “Check/Money Order” and then “Complete Order”

If you choose “Other Payment Options,” click on the box for “Payment Plan,” then scroll down and choose “Continue Checkout.”  Then click “Complete Order.”

Once you “Complete Order,” an email verifying that your registration is complete, along with a financial statement, will appear in your inbox.

I registered last year. Do I need to proceed through the entire registration process again?

Your information from last year will remain in your account. But it is very important that you review carefully for accuracy and update where needed. Notice we have made some changes here and there. If you happened to forget your login information, you can request a reminder through the system or feel free to contact our office at info@gameonsportscamp.com or 847-229-9959.

How do I make changes to my registration forms once I have registered?

Just log back into your Game On! account from the “Enrolled Families/Manage Your Account” menu atop our homepage and you can make all the changes you need.  You can alter your forms (authorized pick-up list, medical, profile, etc.) at any time. You are also able to add or subtract options such as our hot lunch program or optional field trips, though modifications to these will have specified deadlines. Finally, note that you can make changes to the particular summer camp weeks you will be attending as long as you maintain the 2-week minimum and make all your adjustments BY MAY 15th.  After May 15th, you may absolutely add on weeks contingent on availability. (See directions for adding on weeks and cost below)

How do I notify Game On! if I am adding an authorized driver to pick-up my daughter from camp?

You can add individuals to your Authorized Pick-Up list through your online account.  The Authorized Pick-Up List can be found at the bottom right-hand corner of your home page.

During camp season, please call our office at 847-229-9959 if you need to make any changes past 1 p.m.

If you can’t remember your login information or have other problems, please call our office at 847-229-9959 and we can help you out.

Can my camper go home with another camper after camp?

Absolutely, and it would warm our hearts to learn that the play date is with a new friend. But please add the appropriate individuals to your Authorized Pick-Up List prior to 1 p.m. if possible. For security purposes, your camper will not be permitted to leave camp with anyone not on that list who can provide I.D.

If you forgot your logon or have trouble adding someone to the list, or if you need to make this change after 1 p.m. during camp season, please call our main office at 847-229-9959.  We are happy to send you your login information and walk you through if need be.

Where do I find the prices and times for Game On!?

Under “Summer Camps” on our website, click on the camp location of choice and you will find prices, dates, and camp times. Our camp days run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Do I have flexibility in the number of weeks my campers can attend Game On!?

Yes. Campers have the option of attending 2,3,4,5, 6 or 7 weeks in Chicago and 2,3,4,5,6, or 7 weeks in Lake Forest. You can carve up your weeks as needed.

Note: The more weeks your camper can attend, the more rewarding, productive, educational and fun the experience will be for many reasons. The Game On! program is strategically designed so that with each additional week, your campers are enriched with new opportunities that foster growth as an athlete and a person. In addition, after a certain point, the cost per week decreases as the number of weeks you attend increases. (This sliding scale varies depending on your camp site.) So committing to more weeks in the beginning may be of significant benefit to your pocketbook.

We have already registered for Game On! and we Love it so much. Can we add on weeks during the summer and if so what is the cost?

We would be ecstatic if you decide to add on weeks contingent on availability of course. (We have a maximum number of campers permitted to participate per week and we bend over backwards to maintain a safe and effective coach to camper ratio.)

Cost Per Week For Added Weeks:
Your cost per week is determined by the number of weeks you are registered for as of May 15th. For example, if you are register for 4 weeks as of May 15th, your weekly cost to add is $575 ($2300/4). If you registered for 6 weeks as of May 15th, your cost to add a week is $525.00 ($3150/6).

Payment Policy for Added Weeks:
Payment in full, via cash or check, MUST be received by the first Monday of her added weeks. Your camper cannot participate until tuition is paid in full. NO EXCEPTIONS.

How many weeks of camp does my daughter need to attend to earn a Game On! Team Trophy?

Campers who attend 3 weeks or more will earn a team trophy. If you camper attends 2 weeks she will earn a medal or certificate for athletic achievement. Our reasoning for the difference in awards includes a logical distinction in the amount contributed to our team point system.

Is my camper at a disadvantage starting after week 1?

We have many campers who for one reason or another are not able to begin that first week. These later starters can rest assured that we are very sensitive to making sure they immediately feel a part of the Game On! family no matter their start date. With regard to week-to-week skill work, we do our best to review for our later starting campers.

Is transportation available for Game On! Lake Forest campers?

Door to door bus transportation is available for Game On! campers who register before June 1st and within approved zones for no extra charge.  Approved zones include:   Lake Forest, Highland Park, Deerfield, Lake Bluff, Vernon Hills, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods, Northbrook, Northfield, Glencoe, Highwood, and Bannockburn.

If you live outside the approved zones, Game On! will notify you of the address closest to your house and transportation times on a weekly basis for pick-up and drop-off.

Out-of-Zone Suburbs: Libertyville, Buffalo Grove, Long Grove, Winnetka, Wilmette, Glenview, Wheeling, Evanston, Morton Grove, and others not on the list of approved zones above.

You must register by June 1st to be eligible for transportation.

Are all camp-day activities and services included in camp tuition?

All are included with the exception of horseback riding and the optional lunch program. There may be specialty camps added at a later date. We reserve the right to charge extra for these programs.

Is the food you serve for the lunch program “healthy”?

Yes, it is important to offer healthy, kid-friendly food. We encourage our campers to eat a balanced meal. Meals typically include an entrée, starch, fruit and veggie.

Fee free to take a look at the sample menu for each location.

Chicago Lunch Program     Lake Forest Lunch Program

Can you describe the optional Horseback Riding Field Trip?

Throughout the summer we will take a few trips for those interested to the horse stable, The program provides girls the opportunity for a 30-minute group ride and 45 minutes of horsemanship. The instruction includes hunter seat riding in their state of the art stable. The host stable will either be Freedom Woods in Morton Grove or Field and Fences in Gurnee. (we can take a maximum of 13 per fieldtrip regardless of whether coming from our Chicago or Lake Forest camp, and registration is on a first come first serve basis).

You will need to bring us a completed waiver for your daughter to participate once registered.

What does our Game On! CIT (Coach-in-Training) Program Involve for your current 8th or 9th grader?

The Game On! Coach in Training Program welcomes girls and guys entering their freshman and sophomore years in high school who are looking for special training that involves working with and impacting young girls through sports.

CIT PROGRAM BENEFITS:

  • Train with experienced role models whose share our passion for passing on a love for sports and fitness;
  • Learn by doing – you will have significant (supervised) responsibilities that can potentially involve administrative tasks, program administration, creative projects and coaching/instructing campers;
  • Play and teach sports day in and day out;
  • Experience your own growth as an athlete and a person;
  • Flexible multi-week options;

***CITs pay ½ camper tuition

To learn more about the program and to download the CIT application please visit our website Join Our Staff Page or click here.

Questions About Camp Policies

What should my camper bring with her to camp?

Her backpack should contain sunscreen (administered for the first time prior to leaving home in the a.m.), a water bottle filled with cold water (we have cold water jugs throughout camp she can use for refills), and snacks (nut free and in a ziplock bag). Optional items include a towel and swimsuit if she is swimming, a favorite tennis racquet and/or a softball glove.

Please be sure to clearly label everything your daughter brings with her to camp.

It is also crucial that your campers wear laced gym shoes to camp. Flip flops and crocs are not permitted unless worn solely in the pool area or on water-related field trips.

If your daughter is bringing medications:

What if my daughter needs medications at camp?

All medications must be maintained and administered by our Game On! Trainer.

Exception: Your camper may be authorized to carry a second EpiPen and/or inhaler.

If you are bringing medication(s) to camp, please:
-Place in a ziplock bag with your campers name
-Include a photo and instructions in the bag
-Make sure your camper gives it to a memeber of the Game On! staff for delivery to our trainer

Should my camper bring snacks to camp?                 

*****GAME ON! IS PEANUT FREE & NUT FREE – NO EXCEPTIONS  ****GAME ON! DOES NOT PERMIT FOOD SHARING

Campers tend to work up an appetite during their sports-filled day. You have the option of sending snacks with her to camp. However, please note that any food she brings must be peanut free and nut free. It should also be contained in a zip lock bag.  Please remind your camper that she should not share her food with anyone.

What will my Game On! camper do when the severe weather hits?

We continue the sports action on-site utilizing our indoor facilities or treat the campers to off-site activity such as bowling. Rest assured, they are not sitting around waiting for the weather to lift.

How will extreme heat affect my camper’s day?

When your camper arrives home that day and raves about her typical sports crazy day, you will undoubtedly wonder how it’s possible given the summer heat. At Game On! we have mastered the art of staying cool: Of course we are very careful to make sure the campers stay well hydrated, encouraging them to drink regularly from their water bottles which are refillable from our accessible and abundant jugs around camp. On top of that, however, we have perfected the incorporation of water fun into the day. Picture this: Sprinklers on the field; Campers running in and out in between innings or during time outs; Sopping wet athletes learning, actively engaged, and having fun; campers galore playing sports impervious to the 100 degree reading on the thermometer. And picture this: Slip & Slides on the softball fields – skill of the day is learning how to slide properly!!!!!! No wonder everyone wishes to sign up for softball during optionals that afternoon.

As an alternative, most of our campsites offer indoor space, so we can move our sports play inside if need be.

Remember that our Game On! facilities also provide us with an air conditioned room or two. Our campers will therefore feel the cool air against their sweat-coated, precious faces at one time or another when necessary during the course of these sweltering days.

Will Game On! honor all of our friendship requests?

No. We will only guarantee one, though we will allow you to put a couple on your profile form. We commit to doing our best unless the number of requested teammates jeopardizes our camper to coach ratio. In that case, while we may break up the group, your camper will not go it alone. All that said, it is our hope and our goal to foster an environment where your camper will make those precious new friendships that become as valuable as the old.

*Please note that we group our campers by grade. If your camper requests to be with a friend that is not going into the same grade in school, then they will most likely not be grouped together.

What if my camper does not feel good or suffers an injury during camp?

We have a certified and professional trainer on site at all times who will there to administer first aid, call home when necessary, and/or determine if more complete medical attention is warranted.

What do I do if my camper cannot make it to camp on any given day?

Please call the camp office or email Game On! as early as possible to let us know. And please convey the message back to your camper that we will miss her dearly. NOTE THAT WE WILL NOT REFUND MONEY FOR MISSED DAYS. NOR DO WE GUARANTEE MAKE-UP DAYS.

Questions About Our Program

What is our Ponytail Program for girls grades Pre-K (age 4) – 2nd?

For a full description, please please click here. 

How does the Ponytail camp day differ from our regular camp day?

While our classic program has always offered a traditional camp culture, complete with a camp song, spirit contests, water wars, talent shows, and creative arts, our Ponytail program incorporates the creative arts and imaginative play on a daily basis. Consequently, our Ponytail day balances the sports with the creative.

What if my 2nd grader would prefer our Leaders Camp program?

No Problem. We figured some might be ready for our classic Game On! day. So they can definitely opt to “play up,” meaning they can join our Leaders program for older campers.

What would the typical day look like with our Ponytail Program?

Please click here for a glance at a typical day.

How is the typical camp day structured?

Mornings are all about skill building and enforcing the concept of team. As the campers rotate through our core sports, they will engage in fun team contests and games designed to teach and reinforce the fundamentals.

At the same time, the program will encourage and reward teamwork. Throughout life, whether within the world of sports or the framework of the working world, social networks, and family structure, we are all better off knowing how to work    together – putting individual strengths together to gain advantage. At Game On! we provide the atmosphere and incentives that teach the true team experience.

Which sports will my camper play each week?

No matter which weeks your camper attends, she will play all of our core sports and then some. Specifically, most mornings, your camper will rotate through three of our seven core sports including soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, lacrosse, softball and fitness. By the end of each week, your camper should have rotated through each one at least twice. During the afternoons, your camper will be able to pick and choose from a menu of sports available to her age grouping (Division). Here the list grows to include sports such as yoga, karate, flag football, ultimate frisbee, rugby, badminton, field hockey, floor hockey, and dance/cheer in addition to our core sports.

At Game On! will my camper do anything besides play sports?

How does Game On!’s Got Talent sound? Our talent show is most definitely one of the most cherished days of the summer.

The creative list goes on: Team banner painting; tie-dye days; team skit, cheer, and handshake contests; lanyard; watermelon eating competition…..

Campers may enjoy Carnival Day, boating, water park days, the beach, Halloween in the summer, and so much more that comes with Game On! camp traditions.

We are a sports camp with a memorable and spirited camp culture.

Is Game On! Sports Camp 4 Girls a competitive camp?

We are not a “competitive camp” though we offer ample opportunity for our athletes to play competitively should they so choose. The bottom line is that skill-building, sportsmanship, team spirit, and teamwork score just as many points in the tally as a win during morning team rotations. During afternoon optionals, our campers often have a menu of choices that include competitive sports, advanced skill work, wacky fun such as backward softball, or the new and different such as yoga, karate, ultimate Frisbee, flag football, field hockey, etc. We work hard to strike a balance that accommodates all.

Game On! is NOT about the pressure to win. Rather healthy competition and challenge are balanced by the chance to frolic and play just for the fun of it.

Will my travel athlete be challenged in her sport (s)?

Your travel athlete will be challenged and our coaches are trained to motivate your camper to advance her skills. Not only will she have the opportunity to participate in our advanced and competitive optionals (and depending on the camp site private or small group lessons), she will have the chance to challenge herself in her sport during Challenge Course Fridays. In essence, the Game On! program inspires growth and improvement for both the travel and recreational athletes in all the sports we offer.

Will my camper play a variety of sports at Game On!?

Yes. The program is designed so that campers will have the opportunity to play more sports than you can imagine on a daily basis. Aside from the instruction your camper will receive, she will be exposed to the traditional and non-traditional. For specifics, check out the “Sports We Play” page on our website.

Can my camper come to camp and just work on one sport?

While Game On! does offer specialty camps and lessons in certain sports at some of our camp sites for our older campers (subject to expansion and based on demand), a summer at Game On! is all about exposure and growth in multiple sports. For our younger campers, our program offers the chance to experience variety and develop the confidence they need to determine where their more serious interests may lie. For our older campers, we subscribe to the theory that after an intense and competitive school year, they may need to lay back and have some fun enjoying other sports. In addition, analogous to the benefits said to accrue from cross training, participation in other sports may very well lead to improvement in the core areas of their specialties. (i.e. the footwork and reflex work demanded in tennis will most definitely lead to increased quickness in other sports.)

What if my camper is not a great athlete and has never played various sports?

Game On! will provide the perfect environment for her to explore while having a blast. Whether her experience ultimately heightens her confidence and interest in a certain sport or she is in it for the pure joy, she will thrive.

I read that my daughter will grow as an athlete AND a person.  How do you accomplish personal growth?  

Teaching and enforcing sound values pervades every aspect of camp. Not a minute goes by without attention to building solid character as we incorporate values such as good sportsmanship, teamwork, spirit, effort, leadership, perseverance, etc. into each and every day. Even our team incentive program awards significant points for these values. Given that teams are working toward trophies, our campers come to understand our emphasis on character very quickly. Moreover, we encourage daily shout outs that recognize model behavior and may go to the extent of awarding individual ribbons for effort, leadership, and sportsmanship if a camper is exhibiting behavior that goes above and beyond. Even better, we create an environment where campers learn to feel GOOD about demonstrating positive values – it’s not all about the points or trophy!

I have heard that you have a day where ribbons are earned based on performance. Should I be concerned that her feelings might be hurt if her friends or teammates are more skilled and earn the more advanced ribbon?

Great question. We do in fact have certain special days at camp where campers can challenge themselves in the designated skills of the week. Based on their progress they are awarded ribbons that represent levels.

Rest assured that we are extremely sensitive to the possibility that a camper might feel the urge to compare. So what do we do about it? We talk, discuss, and explain from the first day of camp and day after day thereafter, to small groups, individuals and the camp as a whole, emphasizing the following points:

1)     These challenges are not tests; they are not to induce stress or pressure. Rather they are fun challenges (and they are);

2)     These challenges are to be viewed as an individual measure of their skill level and we teach how to use these as a foundation to set goals; how the yellow they earned today determines the goal of a green for next week;

3)      That all athletes have different strengths and weaknesses and how their teammates may have been working on the sport longer both within Game On! and through outside lessons or leagues; Hence differences in abilities.

4)     That all ribbons (and all Game On! awards for that matter) are earned. Regardless of the color ribbon, they should stand proud of their efforts and progress;

5)     Finally, we have performed a simulation throughout the years that really resonates. We hold a push-up contest that pits Barb against the strongest Director of Operations in the world, Sara, and a few of the other strong coaches. The entire camp watches and cheers. Of course, Barb loses big time but emerges so proud because she accomplishes a personal best. She holds that yellow ribbon high. There are other messages that emerge during this simulation but you get the idea.

 Is swimming offered at the Game On! Lake Forest location?

We have the benefit of having private access to Lake Forest College’s impressive indoor pool during the course of the Game On! season. As always, we offer free swim as an optional activity most afternoons.

Summer 2014, we will be reintroducing instructional swim 2 days per week to Leaders program campers who opt in and 3 days for our Ponytail campers. Please note however that we will require a minimum number of 20 participants per week to move forward with the program.

Is swimming offered at the Game On! Chicago location?

 Walt Disney Magnet School does not have a pool on-site. We will continue to refer Game On! families desiring a quality swim program to the Goldfish Swim School for after-camp lessons. However, unlike this past summer, we will not be providing post-camp transportation to the pool summer 2014.

Am I able to visit/see camp before the summer begins?

Unfortunately, we cannot give you a full tour as our sites are in use by our host college or school. However, we are more than happy to come to your home or host you at our corporate office where we can show you the camp video and walk you through a summer Game On! Style. If interested please call our office at 847-229-9959 to schedule a date.

Can I visit camp during the summer to see my camper in action?

Our end-of- camp- ceremonies incorporate the opportunity for you to catch a glimpse of your camper as she participates in activities typical of a Game On! morning. That said, we most definitely welcome you to visit camp during the course of the summer. Our only request is that you call at least a day in advance of your anticipated visit for the purpose of assuring that our camp schedule for that particular day does not include special activities, field trips or events that might interfere with observing your camper in action.

Game On! Sports Foundation Questions

I noticed that you have a foundation, what is the mission behind the foundation?

Game On! Sports Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, was founded in response to the overwhelming demand and need for assistance to underprivileged young girls both interested in and deserving of participation in quality sports programs & camps. The foundation funds scholarships that allow motivated girls to attend quality sports camps who otherwise would not have the financial means and funds and supports organizations and projects which provide quality sports opportunities for girls.

How can I donate?

There are many ways one can contribute to help deserving young kids afford opportunities. Feel free to visit our foundation page and our facebook page for more information. Alternatively, we welcome a phone call at 847-229-9959 to discuss a cause that is so near and dear.