Camp Compass

Camp Compass is a free, summer learning program for underserved elementary students of Springfield, Illinois District 186 Public Schools.

Camp Compass is designed to prevent summer learning loss and improve reading and math skills. Its purpose is to reduce the achievement gap and opportunity gaps that exist between low-income students and their higher-income peers. It accomplishes this purpose through a balance of academic and enrichment activities.


Licensed teachers instruct students in literacy and math.

Small class sizes, differentiated instruction, and licensed teachers are key to stopping summer learning loss and improving core academic skills.


Campers participate in enrichment activities.

Through these activities, kids find hidden talents, develop skills, and have memorable summer experiences they might not otherwise have.

2023 by the numbers…

100% of kids showed growth in multiple social-emotional (SEL) areas, with the greatest growth in “invites others to join in activities”.
Math Skills
91.6% of kids improved or maintained their math skills
98.2% of kids improved or maintained their literacy skills

  • 2023 Camp – June 20 – July 21
  • 768 Campers between kindergarten and fifth grade from all 22 Springfield Public Schools – District 186 Elementary Schools.
  • 38,781 Hours of academic instruction in math and literacy by certified teachers
  • 5 Sites : Dubois | Fairview | Harvard Park | Owen Marsh | Matheny-Withrow
  • 71 Community Partners teaching the kids about art, positive thinking, astronomy, finances, exotic animals, STEM, etc.
  • 9 Field Trips including bowling, rollerskating, swimming, Kidzeum, the movies, BounceTag, Gymnastics Zone, and Memorial Wellness Center
  • 295 SEL Lessons taught weekly to the kids by incredible camp counselors using the “Leader in Me” social-emotional learning curriculum.
  • 44,592 Meals provided to the kids, including daily breakfast and lunch and the weekly Backpack Feeding Program for the weekends.
  • 827+ Volunteer Hours generously contributed by 35 people who had a wonderful influence on each and every child.

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