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-Chicago Summer Camps 2024!-

POW! summer camps are active, structured, and fun! Many of them are theme-based and age/grade specific. Weather permitting, camps will also include plenty of outdoor time. By offering a variety of programming that reflects POW!'s signature values, we're proud to create lasting memories for our campers and offer children all across the West Loop, Wicker Park, Pilsen, West Town, and beyond a place to stay active during the summer

POW! summer camps are small in size. Our larger summer camps only allow 20 kids in a group, to maintain structure. Campers participate in several training classes each day regardless of the theme. Camp days will include a combination of board games, dance parties, art, scavenger hunts, and more.
The goal of our summer camps is to build the athletic skills of each and every child. We will play a wide array of fitness games, teach kids about fitness and healthy living concepts, and more! Please make sure your kids come appropriately dressed! Camp days include art and reading sessions to cultivate minds as well as bodies. Our summer camp is one flat price. Drop-offs are at 8 am and pickups are at 4 pm. Take a look at this year's schedule. Make sure you scroll down to view early bird pricing.

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POW! Gym Chicago Summer Camp Descriptions

Enroll your kids in a full-day of athletic-driven play at POW!, with drop-off beginning at 8:00am. Kids will participate in an active POW! play date, including activities such as agility course training, dance parties, improv games, group story/writing, walks through the neighborhood, scavenger hunts, relay races, and more!

All children must bring a packed lunch, two snacks (morning & afternoon), and a refillable water bottle. If you send any electronic devices - POW! is not responsible for them, and kids will not be allowed to use them until the camp activities ends at 3:15 pm. We suggest packing a book for quiet time.


Enroll your kid in a full-day of athletic-driven play at POW! They will participate in at least 2 organized POW! training classes. Campers will also get outside to play games and hang out at the park for instructor-led activities. Some of other indoor activities include board games, dance parties, art projects and cards.

POW! excels at creating a day filled with structure and purpose. While camp drop-offs can be at 8:00 am, our structured programming starts at 9:00 am.

All children must bring a packed lunch, two snacks (morning & afternoon), and a refillable water bottle. If you send any electronic devices, POW! is not responsible for them. Electronic devices will not be permitted during our structured activities.


POW! Camps are filled with dynamic and active full-days. We find a way to keep kids moving. Nerf Week will include several structured movement classes each day that combine nerf target shooting and some with that include running and jumping. Campers will practice various nerf skills in challenges. POW! provides single-shot nerf guns for safety, however, during battle days, kids are allowed to bring their own nerf guns and ammo that will be safely stored until the appropriate training time. Safety equipment is worn and rules of engagement are followed.

Some of these nerf skills events will occur inside and others may be at Mercy Soccer Field. Aside from the daily nerf events, the kids will still participate in park time, daily workouts, art projects, and reading. Our program is structured and we make sure the kids get the right balance of physical activity, structured play, downtime, and rest. Kids will be divided into teams throughout the day. We also take field trips to the park.


The Sports Conditioning camp will challenge young athletes as a whole. Aside from participating in two sports performance training sessions each day, the campers will also play several outdoor games. Campers will be presented with choices like kickball, tag, capture the flag, soccer tag, flag football, or gaga ball. Other days may incorporate enhancing each child’s character, athletic intellect, and leadership skills. The camp week will be filled with athletic training and youth yoga and mobility.

One goal of our coaches is to positively influence every camper’s athletic perspective and habits. POW! and Parisi pride themselves on building more confident, fit, and healthier students. Camp will also mix art projects, park time, board games, social activities, dance parties, and more. Week-long camps will lead kids through the following training class topics: Strength Fundamental, Speed, Jump Training, and Mobility.


New This Year!

Parisi Peak Performance Academies. These are 3-hour clinics for junior high, high school, and college level athletes. It is $99 per athlete. A minimum of 2 athletes, but no more than 6 athletes.


To understand Chicago, a person must experience it. Even native Chicagoans sometimes need to step back to understand their home. At POW!, we pride ourselves on our hands-on, structured, active curricula. POW! takes this approach with immersive learning, exploring the streets of Chicago. 

This camp is best for teens who love Chicago and want to know more about it through actually living it. Rain or shine, our teens will trample the city and use the CTA for scavenger hunts in classic Chicago locales, to gaze at world-class art, dialog about pizza comparisons, and even dive into the grid & grit system that makes Chicago the greatest city in the world. Campers will pound the pavement to navigate within various neighborhoods.

Owner, Katalin Rodriguez Ogren, a native Chicagoan, who grew up on Chicago Ave and Wells with her brothers, created this camp for the independent, curious, and active teenager. Campers will experience what it means to be a city kid. This week-long summer camp will begin at POW! Gym in the West Loop where they will start their day. Kids will then be led through the city exploring various topics like art, architecture, history, sports, culture, and food. Teens will navigate the city while using public transportation, led by Lead Instructor Anya Zamiar, a seasoned instructor and CPS 8th-grade teacher.  There is an additional $50 charge for field trips and entrance fees. This will be collected 2 weeks before the camp date starts. The camp agenda is different than in past years, with some key overlapping topics and adventures.  

Week of July 15th: The Light & Dark Side of Chicago

No matter where you travel in the world, Chicago has a reputation for its spectacular art and architecture, but also its nefarious past. Oddly, Chicago is infamous for its dark side including its seedy underbelly of corruption that still haunts its legacy today. In the early 1900s, Chicago became the fastest-growing city in the world, growing from 300,000 in population to 1.7 million. Teens will explore not only the amazing light side of our fine city’s growth but its dark side. They will learn about the history of organized crime that brought our Windy City's renowned attention, but also its haunted buildings whose ghosts to this day still make themselves known to many travelers and residents. This week teens will travel through parts of the city exploring the beauty above the payment which is defined by both old and new school architecture. Then travel below the payment to discover Lower Wacker Drive, the many confirmed haunted buildings and where the infamous Al Capone built part of his empire.


Policies, Please Read Carefully:

  • Sibling discounts do not apply to early bird discounts.
  • No refunds will be given on any camps purchased after April 30th, 2024.
  • No discounts can be applied retroactively once camps are purchased.
  • Changes to your reservation will be allowed if space is available for the desired week.
  • All camp purchases must indicate the week you are enrolling your camper.
  • Sibling discounts are available, but early bird pricing is a better deal. If purchasing after May 1st for multiple kids, a 15% discount is available. Front desk must apply sibling discount.
  • If you are looking for unlimited access for the summer, contact us directly for UNLIMITED SUMMER ACCESS. However, you must book the weeks desired.
  • No payment plans are available for single week-long camps.
  • Kids may not share week-long camps.
  • Do not purchase camps for your child if they do not meet the minimum age/grade requirements.
  • Missed camp days due to illness or travel can not be used for other summer camp days. Refunds will not be given for single days missed.
  • Camp days or weeks cannot be saved for the following year if you are unable to attend.
  • Parents are responsible for packing lunches and snacks.

Things to Know:

  • Our camp program includes walking field trips daily. We visit the Skinner Park and Whitney Young campus for playful actives, scavenger hunts and walks. All weather permitting.
  • Parents will see the daily agenda posted every morning when they arrive for drop off.
  • Campers must be signed in every morning and signed out at pick up time.

Behavior Expectations:

  • If your child is unable to follow our rules both inside and outside of the building they may be expelled from the camp program. This includes: being disrespectful to any staff, fellow camper, and the POW! facility. Examples of this include: hitting, pushing, fighting, running off, and lack of compliance with safety rules/instructions. If the POW! staff feels a camper is unable to understand our rules they will no longer be able to attend. In these situations, refunds for that week will not be given.


2024 Summer Camp Dates

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