Summer in the City
Can I Volunteer this Summer?
Yes! Sign up HERE
How Do I Donate?
Email the Rev. Steven Balke.
General SitC Program Information
For over 15 years, St. James Cathedral has dedicated itself to helping young people discover treasure in Chicago, themselves, and others with its two-week nonresidential camp, Summer in the City.
What is Summer in the City?
- Summer in the City (SITC), a ministry of St. James Episcopal Cathedral, is a non-residential day camp for 35 campers 8-13 years old from different parts of the city. SITC is an adventure and art camp allowing Chicago youth to discover treasure in their city, themselves, and others.
When is Summer in the City 2022?
- Summer in the City is from July 25 - August 5, 2022
- SITC Sunday - August 7, 2022
Can I register my camper(s) for Summer in the City?
- Registration for 2022 SITC is closed. To see if there are any spots left, email the Rev. Steven Balke.
How much does Summer in the City cost?
- SITC is free thanks to the generosity of the St. James community
- Want to donate? Do it HERE!
Who can be a camper at Summer in the City?
- Anyone who lives in the greater Chicago area and is between the ages of 8 to 13 by or on July 1, 2022
- Not in that age range but want to be involved? Apply to be a Junior Counselor.
Who makes Summer in the City possible?
- SITC is hosted by St. James Cathedral and is organized and run by Summer in the City staff and volunteers from St. James. Sign up to volunteer HERE!
Meet Your SitC 2022 Committee
Anna Broadbent, Associate for Outreach Ministries joined the Cathedral staff in 2018 and was ordained a priest at St. James Cathedral that same year. She leads the outreach ministries and young adults group. In addition to her responsibilities at St. James, Anna is a chaplain in the US Army Reserves (1LT).
Shawn Evelyn, Interim Associate for Youth Ministries recently served as priest-in-charge at St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church. As a transplant of Los Angeles, he came to Chicago with his wife, the Rev. Anna Broadbent. His family emigrated from Guyana in 1987, and as a cradle Episcopalian, he spent most of his life in the service to the church both at the parish and diocesan level.
Robert Black, Canon for Finance and Administration directs the administration, finances, communications, and operations of the Cathedral. He was formerly president and CEO of a non-profit media organization that produced weekly television programs about religion for national cable television.
Nicole A. B. Spencer, SITC Committee Member & Volunteer has been a member of the St. James Cathedral community since Autumn 2015. Summer in the City is the ministry that inspired her to become a member of St. James. As a member of the committee and an enthusiastic volunteer during camp and SITC seasonal events, she focuses on strategies and processes that support the vibrancy and longevity of the ministry.
Meet the 2022 Staff
Mayme Simms is excited and grateful for the opportunity to be on the leadership team of SITC this summer. She is currently an educator in St. Paul, MN and held a leadership position for an international non-profit for 15 years before that. Her work has always centered on youth and children in various cultures and environments. When Mayme is not working, you can find her running long distances, arranging flowers for weddings, paddleboarding, sipping cold brew on her front porch, watching the MN United with her husband and finding new places to adventure with her 5-year old daughter.
Chef Jacquelyn Lord is a classically trained chef with over a decade of kitchen and catering experience. A summa cum laude graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, she is fluent in numerous culinary styles including French, Mediterranean, Italian, and classic American fare. Chef Jackie loves serving her community, elevating comfort food into truly memorable experiences, and spreading love one meal at a time.