This past week at Camp PALS Chicago has been a truly amazing one. Campers and counselors from all across the country have made incredible memories and built some wonderful friendships. Friday was the perfect way to cap off the last week of fun. 

Campers and counselors participated in a memorable Olympics, competing in relay races, dance competitions, and even some human sculpture building! 
After a laid back afternoon full of arts and crafts and team bonding, Camp PALS Chicago got gussied up for a Super Hero-themed semi-formal dance where they danced the night away.
Closing ceremonies begin tomorrow at 1:30pm at the Elmhurst College chapel.

Check out the photos from today’s amazing activities here.


Today was a beautiful day in Elmhurst, Illinois, and Camp PALS Chicago’s campers and counselors took full advantage of this gorgeous summer weather. The day was jam packed with a trip to the bowling alley, a joke-telling competition, and tons of fun games. 

Campers also participated in the Congratulations Project. During this activity, each camper wrote a letter to be distributed to new parents of a baby with Down syndrome congratulating them on the amazing future their families have in store. All of the campers wrote truly incredible letters.
Coming soon: a video of a few outstanding examples!

Camp PALS Chicago finished up this incredible day with an ice cream social and a truly epic PALS dance party. 

Check out the photos here.


Campers and counselors at Camp PALS Chicago spent the morning in the gym playing a competitive game of basketball before heading to the beautiful Lincoln Park Zoo. After walking through the gorgeous park and checking out some awesome animals from all over the world, Camp PALS Chicago headed back to campus for dinner and a show- camper karaoke! Everyone brought the house down in true PALS style with their incredible, passionate performances of everything from Justin Bieber to the Beatles.

Check out the photos from the amazing performances and more here and get ready for a truly excellent video!


Camp PALS Chicago spent a beautiful Tuesday on Lake Michigan, soaking up all the sun, sand, and sailing the Windy City has to offer.
Campers and counselors spent the day splashing in the water, playing in the sand and enjoying both a beach barbecue and each other’s company before heading over to the Chicago Yacht Club for the evening. There Camp PALS Chicago enjoyed a delicious dinner and amazing sail boat cruises around Lake Michigan. There may not be anything that can rival the amazing view of the Chicago skyline participants took in, but the smiles and laughter captured today may be pretty close!

Check out the photos of today’s fun here and keep an eye out for the video.


Nobody does Mondays quite like PALS. Camp PALS Chicago kicked off what is sure to be a truly incredible week with a Monday for the record books. The morning began with a kickball game followed by aerobics and yoga. After an exciting scavenger hunt around the beautiful Elmhurst College campus, campers relaxed with a movie and some popcorn before heading to downtown Chicago for an amazing evening at Dave and Busters. 

Check out the photos from today’s adventures here and stay tuned for a video coming up soon!

Camp PALS Chicago launched full swing into its inaugural year today with the arrival of our amazing crew of campers from all across the country! After enjoying the beautiful sunny weather and getting to know each other, campers and counselors got a taste of the gorgeous Elmhurst campus and all the fun in store with a barbecue on the beautiful lawn and some getting-to-know you games. Camp PALS Chicago 2013 is just getting started and campers and counselors alike are prepped for an incredible week! 
Check out today’s photos here and keep an eye out for today’s awesome video.