Camp Leaders

Kathy Chuckas

kchuckasDirector
Years at Camp
: 17
School: Texas Christian University
Favorite Superhero: My kids
Favorite Food: Middle Eastern Food
Why I work at KPC: I have the BEST job in the world.  I have the opportunity to take what I experienced as a child and create summer memories for kids throughout the city.  I am blessed to have had this opportunity for the past 15 years and can not wait to see what the summer brings for our campers.

 

KPC believes that as we come together as a group of diverse kids and staff, that it is important to understand how to work cooperatively and positively with each other.  

An important part of our team is our Clinical Social Work Consultant.

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Beth Holzhauer

Consultant-Clinical Social Worker
Years at Camp: 16
School: University of Wisconsin Madison
Favorite Food: Ice Cream
Favorite Superhero: Underdog

James Holzhauer-Chuckas

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Years at Camp
: 16(9 as staff)
School/Work: St. Nicholas Church/Pope John XXIII School
Favorite Superhero: Rey (From Star Wars)
Favorite Food: Burgers
Why I work at KPC: I have been with Kids Playing Camp since its first day. I have watched it grow into something I just adore. I work at Kids Playing Camp for the atmosphere, campers, parent support, and staff. I believe Kids Playing Camps changes lives and I believe it is a place where kids can be themselves. Kids Playing Camp truly embodies its motto, "Be yourself, everyone else is taken."

 

Max Guadarrama

m_guadarramaAssistant Director

Years at Camp: 4

School/Work: Northeastern Illinois University Graduate/ Urban Sitter
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Orange Chicken
Why I work at KPC?  It's not just work, not just camp and it's not just another day. Kids Playing Camp is a one of a kind diverse camp that Northeastern Illinois University hosts every summer. Kids Playing Camp is full of adventures throughout the Chicago Land area. There are rainy days, chilly days and really hot days. Throughout the three sessions of camp, we build friendships, trust, honor, respect and a smile between each other. I would say Kids Playing Camp is the highlight of my summer.

Vanessa Caleb

Bio to come

Camp Activity Leaders

 KPC believes that every camper should experience the FUN and childlike treats from “Granma Pat” who brings Willie Wonka to life.

Pat Brunger

Kids in the Kitchen Leader
Years at Camp
: 16
Favorite Activity:  Spending time with grandkids
Why I work at KPC: I love to create TREATS for the campers especially the chocolate pizzas and s’mores on the sidewalk.

 KPC strives to include activities that build self-esteem, team-building and cooperatively learning for ALL campers.  Led by Georgina, campers learn not only that but have FUN in the process.

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Georgina Sagert

Head Leader:  Sports/Fitness
Years at Camp: 5
Work: P.E. Teacher
Favorite Activity: Cooking
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite food: Pasta
I work at Kids Playing Camp because I absolutely love working with kids. I'm a Physical Education teacher during the school year so this allows me to work with kids year round.  Being a part of the KPC staff has been so much fun the past 3 years.  This camp is so enjoyable for the campers but also for the staff!  I honestly couldn't find a better job than being part of this wonderful camp!

Team Leaders

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Years at Camp: 2
School: Northeastern Illinois University
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I love working with kids and getting to teach them something while having fun!

James Holzhauer-Chuckas

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Years at Camp
: 16 (9 as staff)
Favorite Superhero: Rey (From Star Wars)
School/Work: St. Nicholas Church/Pope John XXIII School
Favorite Food: Burgers
Why I work at KPC: I have been with Kids Playing Camp since its first day. I have watched it grow into something I just adore. I work at Kids Playing Camp for the atmosphere, campers, parent support, and staff. I believe Kids Playing Camps changes lives and I believe it is a place where kids can be themselves. Kids Playing Camp truly embodies its motto, "Be yourself, everyone else is taken."

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Marcus Terry

 

Years at Camp: 9
School: Kendall College
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite Food: Sushi
Why I work at KPC? I love working at KPC because I can allow my inner kid to come out again, while creating a better summer program than what I experienced as a kid. It makes my summer worth while when families thank our staff for our hard work and the smiles on their faces. I work at KPC for more than just a paycheck, we truly are a family that supports and assists each other.

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Max Guadarrama

 

Years at Camp: 4
School/Work: Northeastern Illinois University Graduate/Urban Sitter
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Orange Chicken
Why I work at KPC?  It's not just work, not just camp and it's not just another day. Kids Playing Camp is a one of a kind diverse camp that Northeastern Illinois University hosts every summer. Kids Playing Camp is full of adventures throughout the Chicago Land area. There are rainy days, chilly days and really hot days. Throughout the three sessions of camp, we build friendships, trust, honor, respect and a smile between each other. I would say Kids Playing Camp is the highlight of my summer.

Team Members

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Lukas Amstutz

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2
School: Trinity International University
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite Food: Pizza and Wings
Why I work at KPC? I love working with kids. They are so full of life and they always are willing to learn. Kids Playing Camp gives kids a great way to spend the summer and a great opportunity to meet other kids from around the city.

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Camille Buckley

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 6
School: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite Food: Pad Thai
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I love working with campers who manage to teach me something new each summer. I also love seeing how happy they are at the end of each day.

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Eduardo Chavez

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 3
School: Northeastern Illinois University
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? Love the experience and fun activities with the campers.

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Sade Chuckas

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 12
School: Mount Holyoke College
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Chocolate
Why I work at KPC? I LOVE working at camp and seeing all the campers have FUN everyday.

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Sidney Chuckas

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 10
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Superhero: The Hulk
Favorite Food: Anything gluten free
Why I work at KPC? I want to spend my summer at camp and help create memories and fun times for the campers…just like I had when I was a kid.

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Gia Clarke

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 8
School: Evanston Township
Favorite Superhero: Thor
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? So I can give other kids the same great KPC experience that I had.

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Haley Cronin

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2
School: Northeastern Illinois University
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Potatoes
Why I work at KPC? I love working with kids and as a future teacher it is good experience.

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Danny Del Real

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 3
School: UIC College of Nursing
Favorite Superhero: Batman
Favorite Food: Wings
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because working with the kids everyday brings a smile to my face and each and every day is a new adventure.

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Holly Desmond

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 4 (8 as a camper)
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Cheese Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I love the excitement and creativity that each individual camper brings. Every year it's a new experience and it's great!

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Liza DeWhite

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2 (2 years as a camper)
School: Walt Disney Magnet School
Favorite Superhero: Iron Man
Favorite Food: Sushi
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I have always enjoyed the positive energy that is felt throughout the camp on a daily basis. I have always enjoyed the fun activities and the friends I have made. I enjoy working with younger kids and teaching them new things.

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Emmett Elward

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 4 (7 years as a camper)
School: Lane Tech High School
Favorite Superhero: Aquaman
Favorite Food: Pepperoni Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I loved going there as a kid, and enjoying the experiences and the fun, especially making new friends. And now that I can work there, it makes me feel like I'm giving back, like I'm giving the children the same experience I had of great memories and seeing new and old friends. I know this is my first job ever, but I don't think anything could top this.

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Liam Elward

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 5
School: University of Kansas
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Pomegranates
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp for the excitement of meeting new people and doing something fun and interesting every day! I'm also kind of jealous I didn't go to this camp when I was a kid.

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Kieran Elward

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 10
School: Taft High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I have been in the camp for nine years and I really love it. I love the ideals of the camp and the overall environment. All the staff are nice and we have fun every day.

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Sam Harris-Watts

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 3 (plus 1 year as a camper)
School: Jones College Prep High School
Favorite Superhero: The Hulk
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I love spending time with the campers and getting to know them while also playing lots of fun games and sports. Kids Playing Camp is like a second home to me because everyone here is so friendly and I'm always excited to come back the following summer.

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Kiet Jackson

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 6
School: Amundsen High School
Favorite Superhero: Vision
Favorite Food: Pizza
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC to learn and to become a leader. I also like working here because I love to hangout with the kids and learn about what they like to do.

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Mackenzie Janes

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2 (7 years as a camper)
School: Jones College Preparatory High School
Favorite Superhero: Superman
Favorite Food: French Fries
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I had so much fun going to the camp as a camper and love to go back and experience it as a counselor.

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Antonio Murillo

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 5
School: University of Iowa
Favorite Superhero: Spider Man
Favorite Food: Hamburgers
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because I enjoy making kids summer days that much more memorable and enjoyable. Working here has taught me a ton of life lessons and most importantly lasting friendships and memories.

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Charlie O'Neill

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 10 (8 years as a camper)
School: Whitney Young High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Chicken Wings
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because I used to be a camper there, and I enjoyed my time so much, I feel that I should pass on that fun to the current campers so that they can have just as good of a time as I did.

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Violet O'Neill

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 4 (7 years as a camper)
School: Whitney Young High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Tacos
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I love kids, and I had such a great experience spending all my summers at KPC as a kid and I want to give kids the same great memories of camp that I have and love!

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Audrey Pride

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2 (5 years as a camper)
School: Lane Tech High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Cupcakes
Why I work at KPC? I work at Kids Playing Camp because I love to play to play with kids. I was a camper for many years, and it is nice to be able to give the experiences I had to the new generation of campers.

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Aidan Ross

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 2
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Superhero: The Hulk
Favorite Food: Spaghetti
Why I work at KPC? I work at KPC because it is the most fun way to spend a summer.

 

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Ethan Ross

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 5
School: Nazareth College
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Cheeseburgers
Why I work at KPC? I love being able to play with kids and watching them learn and grow. I want kids to be able to look up to me and see me as a role model.

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Merlin Ryan

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 6
School: Amundsen High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Pulled pork sandwich
Why I work at KPC? I work at kids playing camp because I want to pass on my amazing camp experience as a camper to younger generations of campers. Also I enjoy the experience of working as a camp counselor alongside some of my closest long time friends.

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Ignacio Salas

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 8
School: Pope John xxiii
Favorite Superhero: Spiderman
Favorite Food: Chinese
Why I work at KPC? I would like to work at camp because I have been a camper for so many years and I would love to share the fun experiences with other campers.

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Andy Soglin

TEAM MEMBER

Years at Camp: 3
School: Evanston Township High School
Favorite Superhero: Captain America
Favorite Food: Anything with rice
Why I work at KPC? Kids Playing Camp is a great place to spend the summer. I get to hang out with really cool kids, play games that I'm "too old" for, and I can't really imagine working anywhere else.

 

 

Counselors In Training 

We are so excited to welcome the 2017 Counselors In Training group. We are honored to have them a part of our team and cannot wait to see what they learn.

Zack Beekman

Miranda Bloom 

Steven Chuckas

Katheryn Cudany

Avery Gager

Sam Price

Guy Ryan

Ava Swan

Sebastian Venazuela 

CONTACT

847.323.1394
kidsplayingcampregister@gmail.com
kidsplayingcamp.org

NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY

CAMP HOURS

8:00 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.
Drop Off and Free Play

Camp Rotations
9:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m
Aftercare - $10 per family per day