Camp Henry Horner

After a century of operation at the site, JCYS has entered into a contract to sell Camp Henry Horner to Camp Nageela Midwest. This summer, Camp Nageela will operate its successful overnight camp on the site and continue the rental programs that have been previously booked.

Though JCYS will no longer be operating day and overnight programs at Camp Henry Horner, we are excited to announce a new day camp that will be based at the JCYS Northwest Family Center in Buffalo Grove. The new JCYS North Suburban Day Camp (JCYS North) will be led by Graham Little, former Director of Camp Henry Horner.

JCYS North will include the fun, excitement, and traditions your camper has come to love, while providing your family with the flexibility you need. Highlights of the new JCYS North include:

  • Weekly field trips for campers in grades K-4 and twice weekly field trips for campers in grades 5-8;
  • All of your camp favorites like GaGa, carpetball, cooking, arts and crafts, and sports;
  • A soon-to-be-favorite camp game, Nine Square in the Air, along with tetherball and volleyball;
  • FREE before-care and after-care every day;
  • Transportation from Mundelein, Vernon Hills, and two locations in Highland Park (Braeside School and JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center) for an additional fee;
  • Swim lessons and free swim time at our private pool; and
  • Cookouts, theme days, and special events like Color Competition, Beach Party, JCYS Idol, Carnival, and more

In addition to these program highlights, the Northwest Family Center features large activity rooms and a gymnasium, allowing for more room and flexibility on rainy days.

We are planning a Parent Info Night where you can tour the facility and grounds of the Northwest Family Center and speak with Graham about JCYS North. Over the coming weeks, you will receive more information about registration, weekly schedules, new LOWER camp fees, transportation, and field trips.

We are thrilled to continue the JCYS camp community at the Northwest Family Center. We hope you will join us during this exciting time. If you have any questions, please reach out to Graham Little at or (847) 740-5010.

Thank you for supporting JCYS and being an invaluable member of the JCYS community.