The summer months are finally here, and many Rockford area families are looking for fun camps and activities to keep their children busy.

Luckily there are several options available for area parents. Here are five summer camps available in and around Rockford.

Camp Vertical Extreme at Rockford Christian High School, 1401 N. Bell School Road, in Rockford is a nonprofit day camp for ages 4 to 15 to meets 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Aug. 1. Campers can enjoy activities based on weekly themes. Field trips to pools and other entertainment venues will be available three days each week. Registration fees depend on family size. For registration information, visit Camp Vertical Extreme's website. For information about activities for campers, see the camp's online brochure.

Camp Winnebago (YMCA), 5804 N. Main St., in Rockford is a summer day-camp that includes such activities as archery, canoeing and teamwork exercises. Camp Winnebago also offers different camp programs suited to your child's age and interests. Most camp activities begin June 9. Registration fees vary by each program. For registration information, call 815-489-3374 or see Camp Winnebago's online brochure.

Rockford Park District offers various camps and sports programs throughout the summer. The park district also teams up with the Burpee Museum of Natural History, Discovery Center, Midway Village Museum, Rockford Dance Company, Rockford Symphony Orchestra and the Neighborhood Centers Alliance to offer Partner Camps. For registration information and camp schedules, call 815-987-8800 or visit

SUMMIT Discover Day Camp at Rockford University, 5050 E. State St., in Rockford offers a week of activities July 7-11 to children entering first through sixth grades. Activities are promised to "stimulate your child's curiosity and sharpen investigative talents." Morning, afternoon and full-day camps are available. For registration information, call 815-226-4087 or see SUMMIT Discover Day Camp's online brochure.

Whiz Kids at Rock Valley College, 3301 N. Mulford Road, in Rockford offers children a variety of summer classes including cooking, music, art and sports. Age guidelines and Cost vary by class subject. For a complete class listing, see RVC's online brochure. Registration also is available online.