Keeping Kids Busy, Keeping Kids Safe, and Keeping Kids Strong!!


We have created this web link for parents and students to spread the word about summer activities that are being offered in the Effingham area.  Research shows keeping students involved in supervised summer activities will help keep them from getting involved in drugs, alcohol, and violence.  This page shows the majority of activities offered to students of our community.  Below you will find links and information about activities offered by the following groups; Effingham Park District, Helen Matthes Library, area churches, 180 and Club 56, Effingham summer food program, Lakeland College Summer programs, various camps, and many other opportunities.


To use this link please scroll down the page and view the various descriptions of activities offered for kids in Effingham County.  Click on any available link to view detailed calendars, camp forms, and other information about activities. 


Transportation: Below you will find the information for a FREE ride, through CEFS, to the Summer Food Program at West Side School. In order to get a FREE ride you must register by calling 1-877-360-4085.  After you are registered, you must call the same phone number to let them know what days you want them to pick you up for the Summer Food Program.  CEFS is planning on making multiple stops throughout the community for transportation to the program.


 **At the bottom of this web page is more information about Central IL Public Transit.**








SUMMER FREE FOOD PROGRAM:  The flyer below describes the FREE lunch program at

West Side School.  Along with a FREE lunch daily, with the help of the Eff. Park District, there will also be supervised activities for the kids to do after or before they eat lunch.  The program runs from 11am to 1pm Monday thru Friday.  Remember transportation is FREE if you call ahead 1877-360-4085






Many summer sports and programs are available to participate in through the Eff. Park District.  Below you will see a couple different links that will take you straight to the Park District’s webpage where you can view upcoming activities.  The Park District has something for every child, from baseball to cooking and crafts.  The cost for these programs are low but if you need assistance please call and ask about their scholarships, (217) 342-4415



For Programs and Sports Click on this link 

Click on Programs, and under programs you can look at various activities or sports that the Park District is offering this summer.


Also if you want to view their entire summer calendar click on this link






Transportation Available in Effingham through CEFS

(Central IL Public Transit).  Call 1-877-360-4085

Open to Everyone, Office hours are 8:30am 4:30pm

Transportation routes run from 6am to 6pm

·        Need to call and give 24 hr notice

·        $1.00 per one way stop, each stop is one way (10 mile radius)

·        $2.00 per one way trip (11-25 mile radius)

·        Children 12 and under are 50 cents per one way trip



Each month, the library host a variety of events for children, tween, and teens, including lapsits and story times, movie events, Art Attack, games, and so much more!

If you have any questions about the library's children’s programs or ideas for future programs, please contact Amanda McKay at 217-342-2464, ext. 27.

Mon - Thurs 9AM - 8PM
Fri - Sat 9AM - 5PM
Sunday Closed



Click on this link to go directly to the Library’s monthly calendar, it is full of activities for ALL AGES and many are FREE.


Effingham Unit #40 Summer Camps Sports Camps


Effingham Junior High Softball Camp Jully 11-13th from 8am-12pm

Click on this link for


Effingham Jr. Hearts Football Camp July 23-27.  This is for students entering the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade, they also will be accepting 10 cheerleaders and 2 mascots.  Call Rick Schmidt @ 217-536-5304

Fee assistance is available.


Effingham Girls  Basketball Camp May 21st-23.  This is for grades 1st-8th

Click on this link for the form.


Effingham Boy’s Basketball Camp May 29th-June 1, for students entering grades 3-9th. Click the link below for the form.


Effingham Girl’s Volleyball Camp June 11-14th  For students entering 5th-8th grade.  Click on the link below for the form.


Other Effingham Community Camps/Activities


Effingham Performance Center is offering a Summer Theater Camp. This camp is for students aged 8-18.  For more information call

 217.540.2788, or go to


Lake Land College is offering various activities for students.  Activities such as arts and craft, food and fun, discover and learn, and science adventures will be offered through the college with some of these activities at the Kluthe location in Eff.  Call 217-234-5434 for more in formation or click on this link to view the activities.



Ballard Nature Center

A great place to have outdoor fun with the kids, they also offer some summer camps visit their site at

5253 E. US Highway 40

Altamont, Illinois 62411

Phone: 618.483.6856




First Christian Church of Effingham  217-317-3800

For Students in Kindergarten to 6th Grade:

05/27/12 @ Noon God Made Us Celebration

Come and enjoy a day of games and activities at the church. We will serve hot dogs and some great snacks. This event is free of charge.

07/01/12 @ Noon Knock Them Down!!!

We will meet at the church and then go to the bowling alley. All children & their parents are invited to join us for an afternoon of Bowling. This event is free of charge.

07/22/12 to 07/27/12 @ 5:30pm Amazing Wonders Aviation (VBS Program)

Come and enjoy as we follow a flight plan of games, crafts, friendships, snacks, and lessons around the world, learning about Gods amazing creations.

This event is free of charge.

08/26/12 @ Noon God Knows Us Celebration

Come and enjoy a day of games and activities at the church. We will serve hot dogs and some great snacks. This event is free of charge.

09/30/12 @ Noon Columbus Day Celebration

Come and enjoy a day of games and activities at the church. We will serve hot dogs and some great snacks. This event is free of charge.


For 7th to 12th grade activities,

Every Wednesday, we have Youth Group starting @5:30PM.

We have games and study a lesson.

The themes of this summer are:

05/23 – 06/20:   Made to Make a Difference: Can You Really Change the World?

06/27 – 07/18:   No Plan B: God's Remarkable Plan to Rescue the World

 08/08 – 08/29:   King David: Trials, Temptations, and Triumphs

.09/05 – 10/03:   Courage: Do You Have What it Takes?

ON 07/01 @ 5:30PM, we are meeting at the church and then going Bowling. (the church will pay for the shoes and lanes)

ON 08/19, We will go as a group to the movies. Time TBD.





New Hope Church, Effingham
ONEIGHTY meets on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month 6-10 pm. ONEIGHTY is a teen outreach that exists to provide a safe, interactive environment where youth can build positive relationships with peers, volunteers and most importantly, God.


Club 56 This event is for all 5th and 6th graders and their families. The purpose is to welcome the new 5th graders to Club 56. Location: ONEIGHTY


Click here for their complete calendar of events


Cornerstone Christian Church, Effingham  (217)-342-6770


Click here for their entire calendar


SKY Vacation Bible School - June 10-14th, 6:00-8:30 PM for ages 3 years-5th Grade.  Online Registration available at:


Jr. High VBS in conjunction with SKY available for 6th-8th Grade. 

Contact for more information.


WAM Camp: Worship, Arts, and Music Camp - July 16-20th, 9-11:30 AM for Kindergarten-5th Grade.

 Email for more information.


Fellowship for Christian Athletes 2012 Day Camp

·        For boys and girls entering 5th-8th grade

·        June 18-20th and it is FREE

·        9am to 2:30pm at Eff. High School

·        A full day of activities are planned including a free shirt and bible


Call Coach Rod Wiethop at 217-663-6068 or Tom Morgan at 618-593-6756

Forms are available at Eff. Junior High or the Summer Food Program