Camp can be local, hands on and affordable this summer! Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley is once again hosting the Durant Summer Camp at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St.Charles. Camp is overseen by museum staff, and programs have been crafted to showcase the history of this unique site in the Fox Valley. 

2020 durant Summer camp

July 27, 28, 29 & 30
9:00 AM to 11:30 AM each day**

We invite your children to journey back in time to explore the daily pleasures and challenges of pioneer life. This unique, hands-on camp provides immersive experiences where learning is fun! Some of the activities include pioneer games and crafts, food gathering and preparation, cooking, candle-making, sewing, chores on the farm, and more. Participants will discover how the early settlers were great recyclers.

Members of Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley have offered to provide Summer Camp scholarships to ensure families, regardless of their income, have access to the historical learning experiences and education. Scholarships are limited.

To apply for the Durant House Summer Camp Scholarship, email your request to: Please include your name, address, phone number and why you are requesting the Scholarship.

How do I register and pay for camp?

Click “register here” for an online form and payment processing.

Once your registration and payment has been received, staff will review your registration form and then contact you to clarify details or answer questions.

Payment will be processed when you initially register for the camp. Please refer to our payment policy for information regarding cancellation and refunds (where applicable).

Once your registration and payment are confirmed, you will receive a payment receipt and a Parent Packet with all the camp details and emergency forms to complete and return.

Have questions or need more information?

Please call the PPFV office at 630-377-6424 or email The PPFV office is open Monday-Thursday, 9am-3pm.

**Please note that this is not an overnight camp. This camp occurs each morning on the days advertised.