1-618-589-3800 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269 Account Login
1-618-589-3800 205 Rec Plex Drive, O’Fallon, IL 62269 Account Login

P.L.E.X. KIDS SUMMER CAMP

AGES 5-13 | $125 PER WEEK | $35 COVID CARE FEE | $1 TECHNOLOGY FEE PER WEEK

P.L.E.X. Kids Summer Camp offers families a unique summer camp experience that combines a balance of activities, choices for projects based on campers’ interests, academic focused lessons and entertainment venues unique to the McKendree MetroRecPlex.  Ice Skating, bounce houses and outdoor play time will be offered every week along with themed activity blocks.  Swimming and water activities will be available when guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health is issued regarding indoor recreation pools and youth programming. Traditional style day camp with a PLEX twist!

All camp activities are subject to change at any time due to guideline changes put in place by the Restore Illinois Plan and guidelines put into place by the Illinois Department of Health.  

Basic Program Changes for Restore Illinois Phase 4

    • Wellness checks for campers & staff upon arrival & throughout the day 
    • Increased cleaning frequency for all camp areas
    • Limited Plex Plus Time Hours 
    • Extended Drive Up Drop Off/Pick Up Hours 
    • Team assigned bathroom times, lunch seating, line up spots all following social distancing recommended best practices  
    • Team sizes will be limited & overall camp capacity is limited to 50% capacity 
    • Teams will only interact with the same 2-3 adults throughout the entire week 
    • Staff will wear masks 
    • Social distancing measures will be in place for all activities 
    • No field trips at this time  
    • Camp projects & supplies will be individually packed for each camper  
    • Limited registration for members only 

COVID Care Fee

Due to the major shift in program operation, we will implement a COVID Care fee for each week of camp.  This fee will help us offset the increased cost in running a safe program following the recommended guidelines put in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Commerce.  This fee will allow your child an individual set of supplies for art, STEAM, or academic activities planned for the day.  Each camper can take home their camp supply box at the end of the week.

Technology Fee

We use Brightwheel communication app for attendance tracking as well as direct communication with families through out the camp day.

-Payment plan options are available: $20 deposit plus $1 technology fee per week of camp due upon registration and remaining balance due the Monday before camp begins.

-Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

– Special guests & optional field trips are in the works   

For questions contact Erin, ephillips@metrorecplex.com

CAMP LEADERSHIP: Erin

PLEX SUMMER CAMP

WEEK 1 - ALL ABOUT ANIMALS
JUNE 8-12

Calling all creature lovers!  Learn about animals & the types of jobs that go along with being an animal lover.  We will learn about all sorts of animals, from birds to narwhales & see a live animal show from Tye Dyed Iguana!  

WEEK 2 - ART CAMP: COLORFUL CREATIONS
JUNE 15-19

Discover clay, collage, drawing, painting, and more!  Campers complete real works of art and get creative in this “do-it-yourself” camp.  Campers will bring an article of clothing to either tie dye or paint a one of a kind design! We’ll also explore performing art activities like improv.

WEEK 3 - S.T.E.A.M: TINKERING LABS
JUNE 22-26

Campers create, build and assemble a variety of projects while exploring how science affects the world around us.  This S.T.E.A.M. camp will focus on building simple machines and learning about robotics.

Campers will use the scientific method as they explore classic experiments with a messy twist! campers will participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) activities that will challenge every age group.

WEEK 4 - MY TOWN
JUNE 29-JULY 3

We will learn about our neighborhood, fire safety from a fire fighter, play outdoor lawn games.

WEEK 5 - SECRET SPY CAMP
JULY 6-10

Somewhere deep inside the ice arena, an elite group of recruits preparing to take on top secret missions. Each day at Secret Spy Camp is filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test.

Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets, uncover the science behind spying—all of this and more awaits! 

WEEK 6 - S.T.E.A.M: AIR & SPACE
JULY 13-17

S.T.E.A.M. Science Camp offer a daily combination of discovery and exploration, outdoor games and physical activities, and hands-on applications of the scientific principles presented.  This S.T.E.A.M. Camp will focus on learning about outer space, rockets and air travel. We use simple, real world science techniques that allow all campers to enjoy our camp.

WEEK 7 - SHARK WEEK!
JULY 20-24

Come for a JAW-some time and go underwater with us as we explore shark facts, marine life and create fun!!  Learn more about sharks, what they look like, how they swim, what they eat, and where they live. Special activities include hunting for shark teeth & ocean sensory bottles! Friday Fun will include making a special shark-y snack and of course Shark Week video clips!  

WEEK 8 - PLEX SURVIVOR GAMES
JULY 27-31

Get ready to get messy, do obstacle courses, and be challenged! Inspired by the TV shows Double Dare, Survivor, Fear Factor and Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Each day is packed with fast-paced fun and trivia, and includes wacky, wet, gooey and slimy challenges that keep campers active, competitive, laughing with friends, and getting soaked to the core! 

WEEK 9 - BEST OF THE PLEX
AUGUST 3-7

Campers choose what weeks/activities & themes that were the best.  Tons of team games & camp classics. We’ll spend the last week together creating memories!

P.L.E.X. KIDS PREMIUM CAMPS

AGES 8-13 | Grades 2nd-5th | SEE REGISTRATION FORM FOR TUITION FEES

Specially designed camps specific to our facility & staff’s expertise for a limited number of campers.  Each week every day will be spent participating in the selected camp’s focus area for at least 3 hours of the camp day lead by highly skilled professionals in each area. Each year we bring in community Plex Partners to add new areas of exploration.

All camp activities are subject to change at any time due to guideline changes put in place by the Restore Illinois Plan and guidelines put into place by the Illinois Department of Health.  

Basic Program Changes for Restore Illinois Phase 3

  • Wellness checks for campers & staff upon arrival & throughout the day
  • Increased cleaning frequency for all camp areas- at minimum, every 2 hours
  • Limited Plex Plus Time
  • Extended Drive Up Drop Off/Pick Up Hours
  • Team assigned bathrooms, lunch seating, line up spots all following social distancing recommended best practices
  • Teams will be limited to 10 participants, overall camp capacity is limited
  • Teams will only interact with the same 1-2 adults throughout the entire week
  • Staff will wear masks
  • Social distancing measures will be in place for all activities
  • No water activities at this time
  • Camp activities & supplies will be individually packed for each camper
  • Limited registration for members only

COVID Care Fee

Due to the major shift in program operation, we will implement a COVID Care fee for each week of camp.  This fee will help us offset the increased cost in running a safe program following the recommended guidelines put in place by the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Commerce.  This fee will allow your child an individual set of supplies for art, STEAM, or academic activities planned for the day.  Each camper can take home their camp supply box at the end of the week.

Technology Fee

We use Brightwheel communication app for attendance tracking as well as direct communication with families through out the camp day.

-Payment plan options are available: $20 deposit plus $1 technology fee per week of camp due upon registration and remaining balance due the Monday before camp begins.

-Time:  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

– Special guests & optional field trips are in the works   

For questions contact Erin, ephillips@metrorecplex.com

CAMP LEADERSHIP: Erin

-Payment plan options are available: $20 deposit plus $1 technology fee per week of camp due upon registration and remaining balance due the Monday before camp begins.

 

Plex Plus Time PRICES
7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • $25 PER WEEK for AM or PM
  • $40 PER WEEK for both

PREMIUM CAMPS

CODING WITH SYLVAN: ANIMATION STUDIO
JUNE 29 - JULY 3

Price Includes Tynker Coding app access 

The kids will explore the basics of animation, drawing their own characters and bringing them to life with code. They’ll create a portfolio of animated games, cartoon strips, music videos and interactive worlds. 

SWIM CAMP
JULY 6-10

At this camp, children will learn the basic skills of swimming & pool safety. Step-by-step instruction in pleasant, supervised surroundings make learning safe and easy.  Swimmers will swim everyday & play games involving water as well!  Campers will experience an abbreviated version of PLEX Swim and end the camp as a more confident swimmer!

SKATE CAMP
JULY 20-24

At this camp, children will learn the basic skills of Ice Skating and practice and enhance their balance, speed and control on the ice. Step-by-step instruction in pleasant, supervised surroundings make learning safe and easy.  Skaters will skate everyday & play games involving ice skating as well!  Campers will experience an abbreviated version of PLEX Skate and end the camp as a more confident skater!

GET ACTIVE CAMP
JULY 13-17

Each day campers will experience a different form of fitness classes and exercises.  We will also incorporate healthy eating habits & kids cooking classes!  

ACADEMIC BOOT CAMP
JULY 27-31

Focus on reading & math instruction for 10 hours during the week with Sylvan Learning Center Instructors with individualized focused grade instruction.  Campers will spend the remaining camp day enjoying swimming, ice skating, and additional camp & recreation activities.   

BRICKS & TRICKS
AUGUST 3-7

The LEGO® Company has made its name on working with some of the most popular movies and shows your kid’s love to watch! And their magic keeps on coming, so Metro East Bricks will be creating a little magic of our own with our LEGO® Bricks and Tricks Magic Camp!

This week of camp using LEGO® bricks will have our campers building magical worlds and characters from some of the most popular movies, tv shows, and toys such as Harry Potter, Trolls, Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon, Jumanji, The Hobbit, and much more! Campers will create LEGO® robotic Harry Potters that fly on their broomsticks and Elsa’s ice castle, all out of LEGO® bricks! They will make their own magic with Poppy, Branch, and the rest of the Trolls one day, and defend their castles from fire-breathing dragons with magical spells and wizards the next. AND they will learn a few magic tricks of their own they can perform for their family and friends at home!  All campers will take home fun crafts, magic trick supplies, and have photos taken of all the fun LEGO® models they made throughout the week! And of course, each camper will take home a custom-made LEGO® mini figure!  Don’t miss the magic! Sign up for our Bricks and Tricks Magic Camp!

REGISTRATION PROCESS

Your choice of completely electronic or paper & pen!

1. Decide what weeks to register for. You can choose between the traditional summer camp or the premium camps for most weeks this summer. Daily camp rates are available the weeks of May 25th and August 10th.

Register online by logging into your MetroRecPlex account and following the registration links. Members can call the front desk to get online access or update a password.

OR

Fill out and return the registration packet

2. Pay in full or set up a payment plan for camp. A $20 deposit plus a $1 tech fee is required per camper per week for families choosing the payment schedule option.  You can do this by:

Completing the online registration process- the deposits will be withdrawn that day and the remaining balances are set up to automatically withdraw the Monday before the week of camp begins.

OR

Fill out and return the registration packet

3. Inform the camp directors about any medical needs, allergies, authorized pick up list & emergency contact information. You can do this by:

Completing the online camper profile survey linked above

OR

Filling out and return the registration packet

PRICING

P.L.E.X. KIDS PREMIUM CAMPS Prices
  • SEE REGISTRATION FORM FOR TUITION FEES
P.L.E.X. KIDS SUMMER CAMP Prices
  • $125 PER WEEK
  • $35 COVID CARE FEE
  • $1 TECHNOLOGY FEE PER WEEK
Discounts
  • REGISTER BEFORE MARCH 1ST AND GET $10 OFF PER WEEK
  • REGISTER BEFORE APRIL 1ST AND GET $5 OFF PER WEEK
  • SEAHAWKS & ICEHAWKS TEAM MEMBERS
  • CHARTER MEMBERS
  • CANNOT COMBINE MULTIPLE DISCOUNTS
Plex Plus Time PRICES
7:30am-9:00am & 4:00pm-5:30pm
  • $25 PER WEEK for AM or PM
  • $40 PER WEEK for both
Add-Ons
  • Technology Admin Fee - Per Camper/Per Week - $1
  • Camp T-Shirts - $10 Each
  • COVID Care Fee - $35
DAILY SCHEDULE

7:30 AM – 9:00 AM | Plex Plus AM
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM | Camp Hours
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM | Plex Plus PM

COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM

P.L.E.X. Kids offers a Counselor in Training (CIT) program available for both traditional and premium summer camp options for kids entering 9-10th grade. The program emphasizes leadership skills, creativity, team building and most importantly fun! By acting as role models for younger campers and assisting in leading aspects of the camp program, it is our goal that our CIT’s walk away having learned new leadership skills, having formed lasting memories with our youngest campers. Priority for placement is given to members, camp graduates, and team members of the SeaHawks & IceHawks youth association.

Please contact Erin Phillips at ephillips@metrorecplex.com for more information.

FAQS

Where is the Plex Summer Camp?

Plex Summer Camp is at the McKendree MetroRecPlex located at 205 Rec Plex Dr. In O’Fallon, IL. Campers will spend the majority of the day inside the facility.

What will my child do throughout the day?

Groups will rotate through different stations each day. Campers will skate, swim & play in the gym every week. The other activities will include crafts, games, team challenges, music & movement activities related to the weekly theme. Campers will have fun exploring science, sport skills, crafts and plan on a special event every Friday along with a Pizza party!

What should my child bring to Summer Camp?

Campers should bring a water bottle, sunscreen and lunch (except for Fridays). Please do not send your child to camp with personal items from home such as blankets, stuffed animals, iPods, Tablets, or any other type of gaming device. We will let you know the dates campers need to bring a change of clothes, swimming suits, beach towels, or any other items that are usually not brought to camp. Typically Monday will be ice skating & then swim a day in the middle of the week.

Who will be watching the campers?

Each group of campers will have designated camp counselor for the week. The group size is 15 campers maximum. Counselors will have experience working with youth, CPR/First Aid Certification and criminal background checks.

Do I need to pack a lunch for my child?

Campers will be responsible to bring a sack lunch every day to camp and at least 2 snacks. No nuts/nut butters please! Campers will get a morning & afternoon snack during the regular camp day that you pack. Campers enrolled in Plex Plus Time will offer a snack during the morning and afternoon.

How do we register?

Please feel free to register above or visit the MetroRecPlex member service desk for the registration packet!

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