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Camp History

The North Shore Soccer Camp (formerly Northwestern Boy’s Soccer Camp) was founded by Coach Lenahan in the Summer of 2001. The first year saw one week of camp with 26 participants. Since then the Northshore Soccer Camps have had over 20,000 campers attend the soccer camp with the perfect mixture of skill development, competition and fun. The Northshore Soccer Camp has become a "right of passage” for Chicagoland soccer players.

Coach Lenahan took a winless Northwestern program to Big Ten Champions and a an NCAA Division soccer power s before retiring in 2021. His love of coaching and soccer is still evident in the energy, passion (and sense of humor) he puts into each camp and camper.


Q: What do these camps offer?

  • Personalized instruction for all players (co-ed day camps and all-boy residential and college camps) from qualified, experienced college coaches and players.
  • A high-intensity program combining technical progressions, tactical sessions, and league games at the end of each session.
  • Low camper to staff ratio! 
  • 2022 camps will take place at the Robert Crown Fields in Evanston (for all day camps) and at Lake Forest Academy (for the residential and commuter camps). The College Soccer Training Center/Midwest Summer ID Camp is at Lake Forest Academy.

Q: What if my child is a goalkeeper?
A: Our goalkeeper Director, Ovidio Felcaro, is recognized as one the nation’s top goalkeeper trainers. With professional playing and coaching experience, along with international experience coaching at the highest levels including the World Cup in 1994, Ovidio uses his knowledge and tremendous personality to make goalkeeper training at the North Shore Soccer Camps a very memorable experience. Coach Felcaro will be present at the Residential and College Soccer Training Center Camps. We will have daily GK training at all day camps.

Q: My son is in 8th grade through high school, which camp should he attend?
A: Residential/Commuter Camp is for players in Grades 4-12 (split into age appropriate groups) and the College Soccer Training Center/Midwest ID Camp is Grades 8-12+.
The College Soccer Training Center (Midwest Summer ID Camp) is for players in 8th grade through college. Players who hope to play in college or become better for their high school/club seasons should apply for the College Soccer Training Center as it is representative of a college preseason and challenges the players to raise their level of play. The Residential Camp is more technical and tactical development but in a competitive environment. It is geared towards the high school aged camper looking to improve their skills as they head into the high school or club season. The Residential Camps are boys-only while the Day Camps are co-ed.

Q: My daughter wants to play, which camp should she attend?
A: The full and half day camps are co-ed and open to girls from Grades K-10. The residential and college camps are boys only. The Winter Futsal Camps are co-ed as well.

Q: What grade should I list when registering?
A: List the grade your child will be in when attending the camp.  If it is a summer camp, list the grade he/she will be in at the start of the 2022-23 academic year.  For all other camps, list the current grade.
Q: Where are the dorms in relation to the fields?  Are they air-conditioned?
A: At the residential camps located at Lake Forest Academy, the dorms are located just a short walk to the fields and the cafeteria is in the adjacent dorm. Some camps require 1/2 mile or more walks to get to the cafeteria — but not this one! Air-conditioning after a long day at training definitely feels good and is necessary to cool the body down for the next day's training. There is access to the pool at all residential camps as well. THERE ARE NO INDIVIDUAL REFRIGERATORS IN THE DORMS (however, there is a refrigerator to store medication). There is free Wi-Fi for all campers.


Q: Which forms do I complete with registration?

  • Medical Form.  Please fill out the online medical form prior to the first day of camp with your insurance information and signature. We have a certified trainer on staff if you want to inform us of any conditions before camp begins.
  • COVID Form. Please fill out the online COVID form prior to the first day of camp.

Q: Is there a deadline to register?
A: Acceptance is on a first-come, first-serve basis, due to limited overnight space. The camps do sell out! Reserve space as soon as possible. Full payment is due three weeks before the start of camp. We cannot guarantee roommate assignments if you sign up later than this.

Q: Is there a penalty if I register last-minute?
A: Yes.  Due to the preparation involved in all of our summer camps, any registration received later than 72 hours prior to the start of camp will be assessed a $25 Late Registration Fee.  

Q: What if I need to cancel my registration?
A: Your registration fee, less a credit for a future camp, will be refunded if you cancel your registration. That fee is determined as follows:

  • Futsal Winter Academy: $75 credit for a future camp
  • Summer Half Day and Full Day Camp: $100 credit for future camp
  • Commuter Camp: $150 credit for future camp
  • Residential Camp: $150 credit for a future camp

If you cancel your registration but would like to attend future camps, full payment will be awarded as a credit towards future camps. Campers who leave during the week due to illness or injury will receive a prorated refund minus the $150 non-refundable fee. Any Cancellations within 14 days of the start of camp will receive a CREDIT ONLY to a future camp and no cash/credit card refunds will be issued!

Q: How can I check on my outstanding balance?
A: Please log into your camp registration account using the following link: Account Login

Q: Do you offer Military Discounts?
A: Please contact nusoccercamps@gmail.com for information about our Armed Services Discount.


Q: My son just had a physical. Do I need a medical form?
A: School physicals are not necessary.  Please submit a completed copy of our Medical Form and COVID form online.

Q: What if my son gets injured at camp?
A: Professional athletic trainers are on duty at all times and hospital services are always available. We are a fully insured camp, but you must provide your own medical insurance. The camp staff assumes no responsibility for accidents or illness. You agree to this when you sign your medical form and waiver. Please contact our staff should your son get injured during camp to discuss potential camp credits.


Q: Any free stuff?
A: All summer campers will receive a Northshore Soccer Camps Soccer Camp t-shirt.  Each camper should bring their own ball for training.

Q: Where will I stay and what are the meal arrangements?
A: Lake Forest Academy will be used for residential camps. Dorms are located in close proximity to the fields and the cafeteria. Any meals that are included in the camp will also take place in LFA Residence Hall Cafeterias. Residents get three meals a day while commuters get lunch and dinner. Pizza is provided for a small fee for lunch for the Day Camp and at registration of the overnight camps. Snacks are available for purchase at all camps.

Q: Is a team or university employee discount available?
A: A team discount is available at $50 per camper with a minimum of 10 kids from one team for CSTC, Residential/Commuter Camps. There is a $25 discount for any university employees (not to be combined with other discounts) or first responders (police, nurse, doctors, fireman). Please call 847-833-1496 for more details.

Q: If I am staying overnight what should I bring to camp?
A: Pack according to the schedule of three sessions a day and how much you want to change your soccer clothes. Note: that all dorm beds are twin size. Below is a list of mandatory items and suggested items:

Mandatory Packing List
 Soccer shoes (molded preferably) Training Clothes (3 sessions/day)
Indoor shoes / Flats / Sneakers / Tennis Shoes
Shin guards
Water Bottle
Soccer Ball
Twin Sheets

*Insurance ID Card Required

Suggested Packing List
Great Attitude :-)
Rain gear (we go inside for lightning)
Cell Phone or Alarm clock
Bug spray

Blanket or Sleeping Bag
Soap, Shampoo, Toiletries
$$$ for camp store for pizza, and snacks
Covid Waiver

Swim Suit and Towel for pool time (Res/Comm)

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