From Film Making Camp, Minecraft Camp to Tennis Camp, there are plenty of awesome overnight camps you can feel good about sending your kids to this summer.

I never went away to camp as a kid. As a teenager I went to Northern Illinois University with my high school dance team for UDA dance camp. It was a grueling 4 day experience of dancing, dorm living and cafeteria food each year, but it was filled with some of the greatest memories of my life.

I believe every child should experience some sort of overnight camp in their lifetime. It's a great way to get out, explore, test your own personal limits and friendships will be made that will last the test of time.

Here are nine awesome summer camps in Illinois to send your kids to this summer from

1. Digital Media Academy - University of Chicago, Northwestern University

Here, kids and teens are inspired to be the next generation of developers, animators, filmmakers, photographers, designers and engineers. Tech Camps feature hands-on, project-based learning using virtual reality, wearable technology, robotics, 3D printing and more.

2. Alexa Cafe - Lake Forest College

Girls ages 10-15 can build their tech skills in a super stylish area full of bean bags and cafe tables. They can design web pages or learn to code.

3. Emagination Computer Camp - Lake Forest College

Kids ages 8-17 can unleash their creativity in 3D animation, iMovies, digital music, video game design, robot building and more. Plus they can enjoy swimming and outdoor field games too!

4. iD Tech Camps: code, Game, Create! - Northwestern, Benedictine University, Lake Forest College and Loyola

Kids and teens ages 7-17 can learn to program, code apps, engineer robots, design video games, mod Minecraft and much more.

5. Xcelerate Nike Girls Lacrosse Camp - North Central College

Girls ages 10-18, regardless of skill level can enjoy this lacrosse camp. (There is also a boys only camp available too.)

6. University of Illinois Fighting Illini Summer Camp - U of I Champaign

Camps for boys and girl are offered for young athletes. Here they can polish their skills in basketball, cross country, soccer, swimming and tennis.

7. Emagination Minecraft Coding Camp - Lake Forest College

Teens ages 13-17 can learn to code using Java programming while creating modifications for the popular game Minecraft. Plus, there is a Minecraft themed environment on campus!

8. Nike Soccer Camp - Elmhurst College

Kids and teens ages 8-18 can develop their soccer skills with the help of Coach Dave Di Tomasso and his staff.

9. Nike Tennis Camp - University of Illinois 

Coach Michelle Dasso and her staff will provide kids ages 9-18 coach and mentor the newest and most experienced tennis players.

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