Summer Enrichment Camps


Rock Island Academy, Center for Math and Science and Ridgewood camp’s are FULL. Please consider our other available sites!! It’s  time to register for our 2018 Summer Program! Summer is a time to grow. Our kids have fun! At Spring Forward’s Summer Camps, children who are entering first through fifth grade experience new and engaging activities daily. Summer is a time to explore. Our campers will take trips to places like Niabi Zoo, Putnam Museum, Nahant Marsh Education Center, Western Illinois University, West Lake Park, TaxSlayer Center, Rock Island Public  Library, and local parks. Summer is a time to learn. It is important to keep our kids actively learning so they avoid the “summer slide” that often occurs during the summer months. Our campers read a minimum of three days a week to ensure they are prepared for the coming school year. There is no cost for the six-week camps, and breakfast and lunch are provided. Spring Forward Camps are sponsored by the Doris and Victor Day Foundation, Rock Island Milan School District, and other partners. LOCATIONS: Earl Hansen Frances Willard Rock Island Academy Center for Math & Science Ridgewood  DATES June 11—July 20 (Off on July 4-5) Spring Forward strives to provide a safe, positive, and supportive environment. We work to ensure that campers will grow academically and socially. While we acknowledge summer is a time to have fun, we have high expectations for all. Staff will work with families to ensure students come to camp prepared to learn each day. DAILY SCHEDULE 9:00-9:30—Breakfast 9:30-11:45—Activities/Lessons 11:45-12:00—Recess/Games 12:00-12:30—Lunch 12:30-2:00—Activities 2:00-2:30—Gym & Dismissal A parent or guardian must attend our Summer Kickoff on June 11. There will be  breakfast followed by a brief, informational meeting at each site.  If no one can attend the kickoff, Spring Forward staff must be contacted before your child can start camp. Our staff is highly qualified. We have licensed teachers, reading specialists, and experienced camp counselors who are committed to    providing your child with the best summer  experience. Attendance is important for your child’s success. Spring Forward Summer Camp is not a “drop-in” camp.

  • All absences must be reported to Spring Forward staff before 9 am (309-793-5900 Ext. 257)
  • Children with unexcused absences during the week cannot attend Friday field trips
  • Students may not have more than three unexcused or five excused absences throughout the six-week camp (28 total camp days)

All our programs were enhanced though support of community partners. Our partners offer field trips and outreach at sites that included literacy, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math), and health and recreation programs. Our partners include the Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum, River Music Experience, Illinois Extension Office, Rock Island Public Library, Blackhawk State Park, Hy-Vee, Quad City Botanical Center, Saint Mary’s Monastery, Living Lands and Water, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Ballet Quad Cities. The goal of Spring Forward summer camp is to make sure all students read and maintain their reading level over the summer.  The informal progress monitoring assessments from the LLI lessons are collected and analyzed to determine if students maintain or improve.  In addition, students are given the BAS word lists at the end of camp as another form of assessment since we use it at the beginning of camp. Teachers at the Spring Forward Summer Camps, use the Fountas and Pinnell’s Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) for literacy instruction.   Leveled Literacy Intervention results from 2071 include: 

  • Of the 217 students attending June-July and completing progress monitoring assessments, 87% maintained in reading levels and 12% demonstrated gains.
  •  Of the 238 students completing word lists assessments, 41% gained and 58% maintained levels.