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Camp Kata Kani

Looking for a safe, enriching experience for your kids this summer that’s close to the office?

Look no further than Camp Kata Kani Summer Camp in Bolingbrook, owned and operated by Camp Fire Illinois Prairie.

We are pleased to offer eight full weeks of day camp during the summer, running from June 10 through August 9 and a partial schedule the week of the July 4th holiday.

Our camp schedule runs from 8 am to 4:30 pm with optional before-care beginning at 7 am and/or after care ending at 6 pm each day. 

Each week will feature a mix of sports and fitness, arts and crafts, nature, STEM, and community/leadership experiences and MORE.  Click on Registration to view.

Excellent summer camp for boys and girls.  Close to Chicago, Dupage, Will and Cook county areas.

The camp fee includes lunch, afternoon snack, the cost of field trips and other expenses.
Before- and after-care is a available for an extra cost.  After-care includes an additional evening snack. 
Click on Registration below to view details and fees.

Please contact our summer camp director, Ryne “Ranger” Hanz at [email protected] or 630.629.5160. Call today to reserve your spot at camp.

Staffing Highlights - Meet Ryne Hanz
Ryne “Ranger” Hanz is excited to return for a third season with Camp Fire and Camp Kata Kani. Ryne is a graduate of North Central College, with a B.Arts in Psychology, focusing on child development and learning. This past year, Ryne completed advanced training in supporting students with special needs. He plans to obtain a Masters in counseling in the near future.

During the School year, Ryne works at Valley View School District, supporting with Autism and developmental disabilities. He previously worked with troubled teens in a resident care setting in New Mexico before joining Camp Fire. He also recently rejoined community theater, attempting a production of Midsummer Night Dream last fall, and taking part in productions with Bolingbrook's Theater on the Hill, where he will be preforming this summer in Legally Blonde.

When asked what his sparks were, he listed the following: Helping children, program development, and theater production. He follows the philosophy that given the right support and guidance, any person can be successful.

Staffing Highlights - Meet Amanda Held
Amanda "Betta" Held is excited to be returning for another summer as Assistant Camp Director at Camp Kata Kani! Amanda graduated from Carroll University with a Bachelor's degree in Writing and a minor in Liberal Arts Communication.

She first fell in love with the magic of camp as a young camper in 2002, and from then on couldn't get enough of camp, serving in roles as program aide, camp counselor, camp unit leader, camp program director, and assistant camp director. Amanda also serves as a before and after school facilitator during the school year.

Amanda joined Camp Fire in 2018, and brings with her an appreciation for outdoor team building; a passion for building character and providing growth opportunities to campers and staff alike; experience in canoeing, archery, fire building, crafting, and more; as well as a love for nature writing. She also assists with writing and communication for Camp Fire through avenues including development of social media and newsletter writing, among others.

Staffing Highlights - Meet Alyson Williams
​Alyson Williams is the Adventure Program Coordinator at Camp Fire of Illinois Prairie, and a resident of Bolingbrook.  Alyson's spark is to help people get in the right state of mind to enjoy life.
Alyson has been providing recreational programming for participants since 1991.  She also managed a teams and high ropes course, and facilitated it's adventure programs and staff training. Alyson is currently coordinating the amenities and programs for the teams and low ropes course at Camp Fire.  In addition, Alyson works in social work to strengthen relationships among people to improve the well-being of individuals and groups for all involved. 
Alyson has a Bachelor's Degree in Recreation Administration, and a Masters Degree in Social Work from Aurora University. Alyson is a Certified USA Archery Level 2 Instructor, who welcomes the opportunity to share this mindful practice of focusing on goal completion with everyone wanting such an enjoyable experience.