Chicago Day Camp

Chicago Day Camp

Chicago Day Camp – Chicago, Illinois
Camp fun for our youngest campers

March 24th – 26th, 2023

5 – 10

Chicago, Illinois


Applications for 2023 have closed.  Be on the lookout for 2024 applications in January!


Applications for 2023 have closed.  Be on the lookout for 2024 applications in January!

New starting in 2023! Siblings get to join in the fun of Chicago Day Camp too!

Chicago Day Camp is unique in comparison to our other Camp One Step camps. It offers pediatric cancer patients and survivors, as well as their siblings, between the ages of 5-10, the opportunity to experience the wonderful support and fun of camp during the day and they get to sleep in their own bed at night.

Each day of camp we will have an amazing time visiting some of the most fun and educational places in and around Chicago. From visiting Chicago’s most famous museums, playing games, arts & crafts, and to learning about animals at one of the local zoos, we plan a wide variety of activities for our campers.

Parents will drop their campers off in the morning and after their exciting day pick them up in the early evening.

After Submitting Your Application2023-01-17T08:46:32-05:00

After registering you will begin to receive the following information from Program Leaders

  • Camper Welcome notification
  • Packing list & “What to expect”
  • Pick up/Drop off times
  • Bus transportation information if applicable

Paperwork will be required for each program and may include:

  • Physical exam form
  • Health insurance information (front and back of insurance card)
  • Immunization Records
Current Safety Strategies2023-02-17T20:06:37-05:00

Camp One Step is committed to ensuring the health and safety of the individuals who participate in our camps.  With our camper and volunteer wellbeing in mind, the following safety strategies are in place:

  • COVID-19 vaccine will be recommended, not required*
  • Masking will be optional and masks will be available for those desiring one
  • HEPA filters will be used in shared sleeping rooms (HEPA filters will only be available at local programs not travel programs)
  • Pre-camp COVID-19 testing will be required
  • Pre- and post-camp health screening will be required

*Requirements for routine childhood vaccinations, which include diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, and chicken pox, are required to attend in-person camps.  Medical exemptions for campers will be reviewed by the Medical Director and Physician Advisor.

Camp One Step encourages any individuals at an increased risk of infection to consult with their healthcare team prior to attending camp to ensure that an in-person camp is a good fit.  If you have any questions or concerns about the above, please send questions to Medical Director, Susie Burke at [email protected].

Camp One Step is so grateful to the community for continuing to put health and safety at the forefront of all that we do.  We hope to see you at camp!


Meet your Program Directors

Julie Hecktman and Emily Staudt
Julie Hecktman, Program Director

Through a good friend who held a fundraiser for Camp One Step every year, Julie learned about Camp One Step. She asked him to tell her more about the camp and the next thing she knew she was volunteering as a counselor! Julie began volunteering with camp in 2002 and is currently the Program Director for Chicago Day Camp. Over the years she has also volunteered with Summer Camp, Sibling Camp, Dude Ranch, Family Camp, Winter Camp Virtual, the Washington D.C. program and Brain Tumor Family Camp. Julie considers camp a second family and the joy and laughter keep her coming back.

Emily Staudt, Program Director

Emily has been a part of the Camp One Step family since 2021 when she started as a counselor at Winter Camp Virtual. She had a friend who was a former camper who told her about Camp One Step and she was sold! Since that first Winter Camp Virtual, Emily has now volunteered for various camps including Summer Camp, Dude Ranch, Utah Ski Virtual, and CONNECTED as well as being a group leader for in-person Winter Camp. Emily has recently joined the Camp One Step Young Professional Council (YPC) and has attended many of our fundraising events.

Photos from past camps

Our Medical Team

Camp One Step’s Medical Director, Susie Burke, leads our volunteer medical team. The Camp One Step medical team is comprised of volunteer physicians and nurses who have a passion for working with children and adolescents who are or have experienced the challenges of a life threatening illness. Even though it is important to have staff with pediatric oncology experience, we also welcome staff with other clinical backgrounds such as general pediatrics, adult oncology, emergency, and ICU to name a few. The medical staff work closely together in teams to address the medical needs of each camper. Our goal is to promote the health and well-being of the campers in an atmosphere of fun.

Have any Questions?

About our camps
Devin Ryan Director of Program Operations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

Jessica Hopper Director of Program Operations
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

Madeline Brown Programs Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

About our CONNECTED programs
Mark Lowry Senior Manager, Digital Programs
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

About our medical team
Susie Burke Medical Director
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 312.924.4220

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Medical Volunteers photo in William Bay on the walking trail

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