Illinois District Turners





    Days and Hours of Operation


    The Rathskeller bar welcomes you back to Illinois Turner Camp. The Regular Season Hours of operation are:


    Fridays 5:00 pm – 2:00 am*

    Saturdays 5:00 pm – 2:00 am*


    For Special  days watch your camp Bulletin.



    Late opening
    2nd Saturday in August 7:00 pm -- ?                 Evening of Final Show

    * The Raths may close earlier based on number of patrons, particularly Fridays.



    Children's Curfew


    The children's curfew at the Raths is 11:00 pm for ages 12 and under, and 12:00 am for ages 13 through 17.





    FridaysSing-alongs & some Live Entertainment nights.


    SaturdaysDJ & Dancing 8:30 pm -- 1:30 am


    Special Sundays DJ or live entertainment

    Watch the bulletin and the website for details.



    Product Offerings


    In addition to your favorite cocktails, the bar carries a variety of beer and malt beverages:


    Domestic Beer:

    Budweiser Bud Light Bud Lime
    Coors Light       
    Miller Genuine Draft   
    Miller High Life   
    Miller Light Old Style Rolling Rock

    Imported Beer:

    Corona Spaten    
    St. Pauli Girl        

    Malt Beverages:

    Bacardi Coolers Mike's Hard Cranberry            
    Mike's Hard Lemonade            
    Seagrams Coolers


    Weekly Specials: Watch the bulletin and website for weekly beverage specials


    Martini Bar in the Raths starting at 4:30 pm on June 25, July 9, and August 6




    The Building and Grounds Committee is responsible for approving cottage construction projects, overseeing major tree trimming and removals and coordinating improvements and repairs on Camp buildings, service roads, parking lots and grounds. A dedicated group of Turners donate many volunteer hours each year to maintain and improve Turner Camp. Two major 2011 projects are adding gravel and re-grading the service roads, and installing erosion control plantings on the slope between the big parking lot and the athletic field.




    The Illinois District has placed a moratorium on all new cottage and new room additions. However, all other exterior cottage alterations and modifications, installation of a porch, deck, patio, shed, satellite dish, hard-wire telephone lines, natural gas lines, and laying of any tiling or pipeline must be reviewed and approved by the Building and Grounds Committee prior to work starting.


    All exterior construction, except for emergency repair work as defined by Building and Grounds, must be started after the Camp season closes in the fall and completed before the season opens in late spring. If a project will not be completed by the start of the Camp season, the site must be cleared of all equipment and protection installed to make the area safe for the children of Camp during the season. Work may be restarted after the close of the season.


    Construction applications, including drawings (if required), must be received by the Building & Grounds Committee by March 15th for spring construction and by July 15th for fall construction. Completed applications may be sent electronically to the Building and Grounds Committee electronically HERE or via U.S. mail at:

    Illinois District American Turners

    Building & Grounds Committee

    Route 3, Box 238

    Algonquin, IL 60102


    Refer to Section V. of theRules and Regulations of the Illinois Turner Campfor additional information on construction.


    Tree Trimming/Tree Removal


    We are fortunate to have several hundred trees in Camp, many over 75 years old. Major tree trimming and removal, therefore, is a large ongoing project for this committee.


    Tree removal, cabling and major tree trimming must be first approved by the Building and Grounds Committee. Requests for approval, including your name, cottage number, telephone number and an explanation of the situation may be sent electronically HERE or via U.S. mail at:

    Illinois District American Turners

    Building & Grounds Committee

    Route 3, Box 238

    Algonquin, IL 60102


    Cost for removal of a tree deemed as dangerous by the Building and Grounds Committee will be borne by Camp. Other approved tree removal will be at cottage owner expense. Cost for removal of tree limbs overhanging a cottage will be split between Camp and the cottage owner. Approved cabling is at cottage owner expense.


    General tree trimming does not require committee approval and is the responsibility of the cottage owner.


    Grass and Weed Cutting


    In order to maintain the natural beauty of our Camp, each cottage owner should take pride in the physical appearance of their cottage and the surrounding area. All cottage owners have the responsibility of cutting the grass and weeds surrounding their cottage.


    Questions and Reporting a Problem


    Questions may be sent and problems under the purview of the Building and Grounds Committee reported HEREor by U.S. mail to:

    Illinois District American Turners

    Building & Grounds Committee

    Route 3, Box 238

    Algonquin, IL 60102


    Be sure to include your name, cottage number and telephone number.




    Construction Application

    Rules and Regulations of the Illinois Turner Camp

  • IL Dist. Turners 2 Person Scramble Golf Tournament

    An Illinois District of the American Turners - Turner Cup Event

    Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 10:45 AM         Bonnie Dundee Golf Course

    270 Kennedy Drive, Carpentersville, IL 60110.  847-426-5511  

    Route 25 and Dundee Road (Route 68)

    EXCITING 2 PERSON SCRAMBLE    -    Handicapped for senior’s, women, and bad golfers

    A Prize on Every Hole plus SKINS     Men’s, Women’s and Couple’s Championships

    $60.00 PER PERSON $120 PER TEAM

    For more information contact Bob Haderlein 773-859-2398 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




  • The 2015 District Bowling Tournament took place on May 30 at Liberty lanes in Carpentersville IL

    Ten teams of 4 bowlers compete, here are some of the results:

    • This years winners - Dave Zweifel, Adam Zweilfel, Audrey Haderlein and Renee Haderlein
    • 2nd place - Pam Lau, Tyler Lau, Jerry Gleason and  Cheryl Gleason
    • 3rd place - Gia Paolentino, Mike Paolentino, Garry Frank and Rich Bradley
    • 200 plus games were bowled by; Lloyd Kusch, Dave Zweifel, Renee Haderlein, Jerry Gleason


    Gia Paolentino had the ladies high series  with a 540 and Dave Zweifel led the men with a 553 series

    This Tournament is HANDICAPPED so all can compete.


    The 2016 IL District Bowling Tournament will be on June 4th. We have plenty of room for more teams. Hope to see you there! 





    Food service is available in the upper level Dining Room of the Rathskeller, at the lower level Rathskeller kitchen and grill, and at the Baren Höhle on the dates and times listed below. A favorite at Turner Camp is our Friday Fish Fry which is every Friday from June 10 to September 2, with the exception of July 8. Three Sunday breakfasts are scheduled in the Dining Room on 6/19, 7/17 and 8/4 from 8:30 am to 11:00 am. Menu specials are listed in the Food Service Schedule below. We encourage everyone to enjoy a great meal and help support Camp.


    Cottage owners assigned kitchen duty can check the Work Schedule for assigned dates and times.





    Work Schedule


  • Enjoy Our Friday Fish Fry most Fridays at the Rathskeller during regular camp Season.



    Fish Fry Menu

    Cod Dinner - Fried or Baked

    Steak Plate

    Shrimp Plate

    Steak & Shrimp Dinner

    Cod & Shrimp Dinner

    Chicken Chef Salad




    Baked Cod with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $ 7.50

    Fried Cod with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $ 7.50

    Shrimp Plate with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $ 9.00

    Baked Cod & Shrimp with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $ 9.00

    Fried Cod & Shrimp with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $ 9.00

    Steak Plate with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $11.00

    Steak & Shrimp with Baked Potato, French Fries or Hush Puppies $13.00



    Regular Menu – Rathskeller Kitchen and Grill


    Cheddar Cheese Curds




    French Fries

    Brat Sandwich

    Onion Rings

    Chicken Wings

    Brat Plate

    Hush Puppies

    Mac & Cheese Wedges

    Chicken Nuggets

    Cheese Stix






    Chicken Chef Salad $6.00

    1/4lb. Hamburger $3.00

    1/4lb. Cheeseburger $3.50

    1/3lb. Hamburger $3.50

    1/3lb. Cheeseburger $4.00

    Double Cheeseburger $4.50

    Bratwurst Sandwich (1brat/bun) $3.50

    Bratwurst Plate (2 br/rye/pot.salad ) $6.00

    Chicken Wings HOT / MILD (6) $4.00

    Chicken Nuggets (8) $3.00

    Hush Puppies (8) $3.00

    Cheese Sticks (6) $3.00

    Mac & Cheese Wedges (8) $3.50

    Cheddar Cheese Curds $4.50

    Big Bang Shrimp $6.00

    French Fries $1.50

    Cheese Fries $2.25

    Onion Rings $2.25

    Cheese Pizza $6.50

    Sausage Pizza $7.50

    Pepperoni Pizza $7.50

    Supreme Pizza $7.50

    Meat Lovers Pizza $8.00

  • Program & Pool Tag FEES


    Program ONLY $175(pool tag is included)
    Daily fee $20



    Daily fee $30 (includes daily pool pass, does not include weekends)


    POOL TAG (Members Only)

    PER PERSON $40

  • For a PDF version of these rules click Here



    Illinois Turner Camp

    Rules and Regulations

    Parents or Guardians:

    Illinois Turner Camp is open for another great year! We are looking forward to a wonderful camp season. Please review the rules below with your camper(s), as we hope you enforce them throughout the summer. Some rules and regulations have changed.


    • The daily youth program starts promptly at 9:00 am at the shelter Monday-Thursday and 10:00am on Friday. Attendance is taken daily. Campers should be dressed appropriately for the day. (Gym shoes, athletic shorts or pants, t-shirts and hair tied back. Please no jean shorts!)

    • Field trips will require aMANDATORYfield trip t-shirt. This shirt must be worn on every field trip. This way we can ensure the safety of all the campers at all times. These shirts will cost $10.00. Please pay this fee when you return your emergency form.

    • During field trip days, there will beNOcamp program provided.

    • During non-camp program hours, childrenMUST STAY OFF THE GYMNASTICS EQUIPMENT!

    • Swim lessons start promptly at 1:00 pm Monday-Friday. No camp children are to be at the pool from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

    • Afternoon and evening activities are fun but not mandatory.

      • Monday Handicrafts 3:30-4:30, Cheer/Dance 5:00-6:00, Lacrosse/Hockey 5:00-6:00, Movie 7:00-8:30.

      • Tuesday Outdoor Survival 3:30-4:30, Cooking 5:00-6:30, Games 7:00-8:00

      • Wednesday Handicrafts 3:30-4:30, Gymnastics 4:00-5:00, Pickle Ball/Nitro Ball 5:00-6:00,Campfire 7:30-8:30

      • Thursday Library 4:00-4:30, Volleyball 5:00-6:00, Family Game Night 7:00-8:00

      • Friday Handicrafts 3:30-4:30, Soccer 4:00-5:00, Awards 7:00-7:30

    • During Evening activities there areNO PETS orALCOHOL allowed.

    • During the summer there are two sleep outs, a 10 and over and a 9 and under. We ask children attending the sleep outs MUST be present at program at least 3 of the 5 days.

    • Campers attending the sleep out must be enrolled in the camp program with all fees paid in full and emergency form completed.

    • Unfortunately, the camp program cannot accommodate visitors to sleep outs.

    • Campers are expected to help clean up the shelter and surrounding area the following morning f a sleep out.

    • To be a participant in the Water Show and/or final Show, campers are required to attend the youth program at least 3 full days.

    • Parents are responsible for remaining in camp all day. If there is a need to leave a designated adult should be left in charge, campers should know who is in charge at all times. Parents who leave their campers unattended will be issued a warning. The second offense will be reported to the camp committee. PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT “CAMP MOMS” KNOW THAT THEY ARE LISTED AS A CAMP MOM

    • No child under the age of 8 is permitted at the pool or concession area without a responsible adult.

    • Calendar events and news will be posted at the Shelter, Raths, and Pool bulletin boards.

    • Campers entering the youth program must be 6 years of age or entering 1st grade by September 1st. Birth certificates may be requested.

    • Curfew is a concern of the camp committee and should be enforced at all times.

    • Please note the rules for the Raths. No one under the age of 13 is permitted in the pool room at any time. No one under the age of 21 should stand or sit at the bar.

    • Staff meetings are open for all parents.

    • Parents are responsible for making sure their campers are ready for the day. Please apply sunscreen (this is not camp staff’s responsibility), bring a hat and or bottles of water if needed.

    • Field Trips:

      • Please remember drivers are responsible for all children in their vehicle while driving.

      • If you plan on driving make sure a copy of your driver’s license and insurance is on file.

    During any camp organized activity, the staff is going to enforce the rules for misconduct, including, but not limited to, the following: using violence, force, noise, profanity/obscenity, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other comparable conduct toward anyone or urging other campers to engage in such conduct.

    Behavior Management Plan


    Effective discipline has two purposes: to encourage self-esteem, self-control and responsibility; and to discourage irresponsibility and inappropriate behavior. To be effective, discipline must be a part of a positive, respectful relationship between adult and child. While children cannot assume the same rights and responsibilities as adults, they can be treated as equals in terms of worth and respect. Discipline is not only stopping children from doing wrong; it’s helping them to do right. The most effective way to discipline is to prevent problems from arising in the first place.


    Rules are more likely to be followed if they are:


    Consistent - don’t change every day

    Explicit - are clearly defined and understood by the child

    Predictable - are known ahead of time

    Upheld - there is follow-through with a consequence when a rule is broken

    When children are anxious, they often become agitated and behave inappropriately. As they gain a sense of security from knowing what to expect, their anxiety decreases which in turn reduces inappropriate behavior.

    Three Strike Policy

    Illinois Turner Camp has implemented a three-strike behavior policy. The first infraction of the behavior management plan will result in a verbal warning. The second infraction will result in time-out or loss of privilege. The third infraction will result in loss of privilege and notification of the parent(s) at the end of the camp day. Two three-strike days will result in a conference involving the counselor, the Camp director, a member of the ITC Youth Committee, the camper, and his or her parent(s). Three three-strike days will result in a one-day suspension from the camp program. Four or more three-strike days could result in further suspension or dismissal from the program.Serious infractions will be handled on a case by case basis.

    Zero Tolerance Policy

    Illinois Turner Camp has azero tolerance policy in regards to physical aggression. Any camper who commits an act of physical aggression against another camper, staff member, or parent will be immediately dismissed and be escorted to his or her cottage by a member of the Camp staff. The camper may be reinstated after a conference with staff, Youth Committee, and the child’s parent(s). During any camp organized activity, the staff is going to enforce the rules for misconduct, including, but not limited to, the following: using violence, force, noise, profanity/obscenity, coercion, threats, intimidation, fear, bullying, or other comparable conduct toward anyone or urging other campers to engage in such conduct.

    • First offense:Camper(s) will be asked to sit out for the remainder of the activity.

    • Second offense:Camper(s) will be escorted back to their cottage for the remainder of the activity or the rest of the camp day.

    • Third offense:Camper(s) will meet with the Director and the Youth Committee to discuss the matter

    If you have any questions please feel free to ask Director or your Youth Committee

    We do ask if you have anything to discuss with the staff please wait until appropriate working hours and please do not talk to life guards while on duty. Life guards need to have all eyes on the pool. Safety is our number one concern.

    • Program Fees:

      • Members:

        • $175 for the youth program for the summer (INCLUDES POOL TAG)

        • $20 daily fee

        • $40.00 for pool tag for the summer

      • Non Members:

        • $30.00 dollars per day, includes daily pool pass, does not include weekends

    Thank you,

    The 2016 Illinois Turner Camp Staff:

    Camp Director: Erin BeckAssistant Camp Director: Lili Fuiju & Teagan HammontreePool Director: Alexa BeschornerAssistant Pool Directors: Jodi VanDahm, Caleigh Walsh & Teagan HammontreeCounselors:Kelli VanDahm, Megan Dorn, Savanah Zbinden, Chloe Walsh, Nick Gerstbrein, Avyn Alairys. Mackenzie Boress, Dylan Brooks, Abby Garelli, Christa Gebhardt, Kyle Smith, & Matthew Litza

    The 2016 Illinois Turner Camp Youth Committee:

    Co-Chair: Laura Koehler & Ashley StevensonYouth Memebers: Kim Beschorner, Becky Tuecke, Pat O'Brien, Brian Vinson, Todd Borc, Shawn Dahm and Kate Ganatos



    Required Forms: (you can print these and show up with them)