Evanston Safety Town is a summer day camp program based on National Safety Town, founded in Dayton, Ohio. Since it began in Evanston in 1977, several thousand young people have participated in the program. There have been a number of second generation campers following in the footsteps of their parents. And at least one third generation camper attended. HIs grandmother was one of the founders and his father attended in the 1980s. Thank you, Nancy Doyle. 

The camp entertains as it educates. Teen counselors are an essential part of making the camp a lot of fun. Teens earn community service hours with the contribution of their time.

Safety topics covered include crossing the street, what to do in an emergency and when to call 911. Also included are how to approach a strange animal, safety rules for household fires, water and bicycles, good touch/bad touch (created with the help of a child psychologist), and safe driving practices. Expect to have your driving critiqued by your child!

The safety topics are available on this site. A schedule of topics and visitors for each session will be posted in the room as it may vary with the availability of the speakers: policemen, the Fire Department Smoke House, a trained pet therapy dog and a bicycle shop owner. Bike day will be announced several days in advance. 

Camp is held at Lincolnwood School in the kindergarten rooms at the west end of the building. There is a parking lot on the south side of the building at 2600 Grant and street parking on Colfax on the north side of the building. Please be aware of parking restrictions for street cleaning. The City tickets and tows.

There is no residency requirement for campers. We welcome residents of neighboring communities.

We are fortunate to have teachers returning this year to serve as camp leaders who attended themselves as campers and then volunteered as counselors. The camp leader is assisted by a young adult.

Due to the prevalence of allergies, no food is allowed in the classroom. Please inform us about allergies on the registration form and provide appropriate medication in a plastic bag with the name of the camper and a phone number for a parent or emergency contact. Sunscreen should be applied before the camp begins each day. Sunglasses and hats and visors are welcome. The room has 2 bathrooms and a water fountain.

Teen volunteers are an essential part of the program. They work in small groups with the campers to explain and reinforce the daily topics and create and color materials that are collected in a booklet for each camper.  Videos, puzzles, and books are also provided to reinforce the rules. 

Campers requiring more attention can paired with one teen. Please notify us of this requirement on the registration form. 

The safety rules are reinforced daily (weather permitting) on the "Town" painted on the playground in 2016 by a local Boy Scout for his community service badge for Eagle Scout status. Thank you, Jasper, Davidoff.

  

Emily Guthrie, Executive Director, has been with the program since 1984. Her own children are now in their 40s but she loves the program and enjoys pulling it together every year as a contribution to the community.

Our Curriculum

Want to know more about the activities and educational content of the Evanston Safety Town camps? 

How We Got Started

Evanston Safety Town has been helping our children stay safe for over 40 years. Click below to read more about our organization's history.

SUMMER 2020 SCHEDULE
JUNE 1, 2020
DISTRICT 65 CANCELLED ALL SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR 2020 DUE TO THE CORONA 19 VIRUS. THAT MEANS THAT SAFETY TOWN WILL NOT MEET.
We are hoping that camp will be able to meet in 2021. Please check this website in late January for tentative dates, pending confirmation from the District of summer school, depending on snow dates.
All dates are TENTATIVE until Dist. 65 summer school start date is confirmed by the school board. That generally happens at the end of February. 
Let's hope 5 snow days are not needed, eh?
JUNE 15 -
JUNE 26

9:30 - 11:30 am. or 1-3 pm.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4-7.

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

             FEE

SAFETY TOWN CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO CORONA 19 VIRUS. SEE INFORMATION UNDER 2020 SCHEDULE.

 

Registration fee is $125 per camper. 50% scholarships are available for free/reduced students. Documentation required.

After filling in the online registration, please print out the form & mail it with a check or money order to the address below. Registration is not complete until the form and fee are received and confirmed by email.

There is no fee for the teen volunteers in recognition of the importance they provide to the camp. Thanks, teens.

JUNE 29 -
JULY 10

9:30 - 11:30 am MORNING ONLY. If demand is high enough, an afternoon session will open.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4 - 7.  

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

JULY  13-
JULY 24

9:30 - 11:30 am or 1 -3 pm.

Limit of 40 campers. Ages 4-7.

 

Fee is $125 per camper. Register online and then print and mail registration form and fee. Registration will be confirmed by email.

50% scholarships available for free & reduced lunch students.

Evanston Safety Town

c/o Guthrie

1003 Dobson St.

Evanston, IL    60202-3816

CONTACT US

847-866-6185