This resource of summer camps is to aid parents in finding a summer activity camp for their child with a disability.
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Very Special Camps – Special Needs Summer Camps in IL
One in a Hundred Summer Camp
High Functioning Autism, Social Communication Skills, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety Disorders
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Camp Red Kite
Camp Red Kite is a summer arts camp tailored specifically to the unique interests and needs of young people on the autism spectrum.
August 5 – 23, 2019
M – F, 8:30am – 12:00pm
8 – 14 year olds and 15-22 year olds
The Station, 100 South Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60607
32405 N. Hwy. 12, Ingleside, IL.
Therapists meet with children diagnosed with ADHD, sensory processing disorders, language disorders and other learning disabilities once a week for two hours a day.
Opens in April or May for June-August
2151 W. Roscoe #1W (773-935-7355; pediatricspeechchicago.com)
Camp Little Giant
This sleep-away camp was established in 1953 by one of the founders of the Special Olympics and can accommodate children and adults with all types of disabilities and capabilities.1206 Touch of Nature Road, Makanda 618-453-1121,
Camp I Am Me
Camp for children who have experienced burn injury.
YMCA Camp Duncan, 32405 N. U.S. Highway 12, Ingleside
Camp Trek – Great Lakes Adaptive Sports
June, Monday - Friday from 9:00 am - 3:00pm daily and is primarily for youth ages 7-13 and 14-20 who have a primary physical impairment. Individuals are grouped according to age and ability.
*scholarships available upon request
27864 Irma Lee Circle #101
Lake Forest, IL 60045
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CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WITH BRAIN INJURIES
Wilderness Endeavor Camp (Adults 18 and over)
June 16 (Sunday) – June 21 (Friday), 2019
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center – Hudson, IL
Camp FunZone / The Zone (Students between 7 and 20 years of age)
June 16 (Sunday) – June 21 (Friday), 2019
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WITH CANCER
(Free) Medically supervised experience for children and families affected by cancer located in Montana.
Address: P.O. Box 1450 Missoula, Montana 59806
(Free) Local weeklong summer camp that offers adventures for children with cancer and their siblings. Sponsored by the Lombard Junior Women's Club.
P.O. Box 512
Lombard, Illinois 60148
Contact Person: Justine Morgan, Medical Service Director
Address: PO Box 19678, Springfield, IL 62794-9678
Details: 1 week camp for children diagnosed with cancer or blood disorders. Siblings can attend with their brother or sister who has/ had cancer for 1+ weeks. http://www.siumed.edu/foundation/camp-coco.html
Camp Kids are Kids
Sunday, August 11 – August 16, 2019 at the Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel, with suites converted into bunk cabins to simulate a campground. Camp is for kids ages 7-17 yrs. living with cancer in a fun, safe and medically sound urban recreational environment and with no financial cost to camper’s families. 24 hours medical care is provided by physicians and nurses to administer medications and change dressings.
Camp Quality Illinois Campapalooza
8122 W Sauk Trail
Frankfort, IL 60423
August 4-August 10, 2019
Details: Children with cancer – in any stage of treatment or recovery – ages 4 to 17. We provide 24-hour, on site medical care to make sure campers are taken care of while still being afforded the opportunity to just be kids. We offer a unique experience at our week-long summer camps where campers are paired one-on-one with a volunteer companion.
Children’s Oncology Services Inc./OneStep Programs
Contact Person: Darryl Perkins; Director of Programs
Address: 213 West Institute Place, Suite 306 Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: (312) 924-4220
Details: Camp OneStep is for children (5-19) who have been diagnosed with cancer and offers 11 different programs throughout the year, serving children and families who live in Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
Edward Elmhurst Health Camp
Camp Hope, a week-long summer camp for children, ages 6-12, whose parent or close family member is living with cancer. Camp Hope 2019 will be held June 24-28, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St. in Naperville. Before- or after-Camp care is not provided. Camp Hope is led by licensed clinical social workers and Naper Settlement camp counselors. Campers take part in therapeutic breakout sessions, including art, music, movement/dance therapies and yoga. Other activities include Superhero Science Day, Prairie Pioneers Day, H2Olympics Day, Earth Explorer Day and Excavation Exploration Day.
There is no cost to attend Camp Hope. Camper tuition is covered by donations made to the Edward Foundation. Space is limited. Registration is available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is required before May 30, 2019. For more information and to register, call 630-646-6111.
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WHOSE PARENTS OR SIBLINGS HAVE CANCER
Camp Kesem at University of Illinois
Camp Kesem is for children whose parent has cancer. Camp is at YMCA Camp Benson 16355 Scenic Palisades Rd Mt Carroll, IL 61053. Camp is from July 28 – August 3, 2019. https://campkesem.org/illinois/
For children whose parent has cancer
Camp Angel - June Session
Camp Eden Wood
6350 Indian Chief Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346 United States
June 11, 2019 from 12:00am - 11:59pm
Camp Angel - August Session
Camp Eden Wood
6350 Indian Chief Road
Eden Prairie, MN 55346 United States
August 16, 2019 from 12:00am - 11:59pm
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WHO ARE DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES
YMCA Camp Independence of Metro Chicago
Ages 7- 13 yrs., June 16-July 5, 2019
32405 N. US Highway 12, Ingleside, IL 60041
Bay Cliff Health Camp
Provides a 7-week summer camp for children, ages 3–17 who demonstrate proven need for therapy services (habilitation or rehabilitation) to address a physical disability/impairment and can be successful in our setting. Historically Bay Cliff has served only children from the Upper Peninsula and these children from rural areas are still the primary recipients of our services. However, Children from the lower peninsula and beyond are also welcome. Bay Cliff campers reside at camp for seven weeks to participate in an intensive therapy program that provides physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language therapy, instruction for the visually impaired, instruction for the hearing impaired, recreation therapy and music therapy services. Campers are given fun-filled camping experiences as well, as they work on their therapy goals.
CAMPS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES
Victory Lane Camp
For children with special needs- more information to follow via website
Date: 6/13/2019 – 6/16/19
Location: Cornerstone Campground in New Castle, IN
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp: (Free) Summer get-away camp that serves thousands of special needs campers throughout the United States.
565 Ashford Center Road
Ashford, Connecticut 06278
The One In A Hundred Summer Camp
Established in 2009 to help children who have challenges establishing and maintaining friendships develop social language skills within a positive summer day camp experience. Combining executive functioning skill development, Social Thinking® skills based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner and drama experiences, our campers learn how to share experiences with their peers in the best context possible — a real, vibrant community of friends. Our camp is for youth who have been diagnosed with any of the following: High Functioning Autism, Social Communication Skills, Attention Deficit Disorder, Anxiety Disorders. Campers are placed in their groups based on the grade they are entering in the upcoming school year and their social language abilities. June 24, 2019 – July 26, 2019 at the North Suburban YMCA.
Provides a non-threatening environment where adolescents with bladder or bowel dysfunction receive education and psychological support while having fun meeting children with similar challenges.
Easter Seals Timber Pointe Outdoor Center
Provides specialized outdoor recreational, experiential and family programs for individuals with disabilities and illnesses in a fun, safe and accessible environment in central IL.
Ages 6-18 yrs
20 Timber Pointe Lane Hudson, IL 61748
309-365-8021utdoor recreational, experiential and family programs for individuals within https://www.timberpointeoutdoorcenter.com/
PARK DISTRICT SPECIAL RECREATION PROGRAMS
CHANNAHON SPECIAL RECREATION
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
FOX VALLEY RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Batavia, Fox Valley, Geneva, Oswego, St. Charles, Sugar Grove, South Elgin)
GATEWAY SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Burr Ridge, Elmhurst, Oak Brook, Pleasant Dale, Westchester and York Center, the City of Countryside, and the Villages of Hinsdale and Willowbrook)
HEART OF ILLINOIS SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Peoria, Morton, Chillicothe, Washington)
KISHWAUKEE SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Genoa, Dekalb, Sycamore, Sandwich, Flagg-Rochelle)
LILY CACHE SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Bolingbrook, Plainfield)
LINCOLNWAY SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Frankfort, Frankfort Square, Manhattan, Mokena, New Lenox, Peotone, Wilmington)
MAINE NILES ASSOCIATION OF RECREATION (Park Ridge, Morton Grove, Des Plaines, Golf-Maine, Lincolnwood, Niles and Skokie)
NORTHEASTERN DISTRICT OF SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION
(Addison, Bensenville, Butterfield,Village of Glendale Heights, Itasca, Lombard, Medinah, Oakbrook, Village of Schiller Park, Villa of Village Park, Wood Dale)
NORTHERN WILL COUNTY SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Lockport, Romeoville, Brookeridge)
NORTHERN IL SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Barrington, Cary, Crystal Lake, Dundee, Elgin, Hampshire, Huntley, Harvard, Lake of the Hills, Marengo, McHenry, Wauconda, Woodstock)
NORTHWEST SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Rolling Meadows, Buffalo Grove, Palatine, Iverness, South Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Streamwood, Bartlett, Hanover Park, Schaumburg, Elk Grove Village, Salt Creek, Arlington Heights, Wheeling, Prospect Heights, River Trails, Mt. Prospect)
NORTH SUBURBAN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Deerfield, Glencoe, Glenview, High land Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Northbrook, Northfield, Wilmette, Winnetka, Highwood, Lake Forest, Riverwoods)
OAK LAWN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Bridgeview, Burbank, Chicago Ridge, Crestwood, Evergreen Park, Justice, Hickory Hills, Hometown, Palos Hills, Summit)
ORLAND PARK SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION
NORTHLANDS ASSOCIATION FOR SPECIAL RECREATION (Rockford, Freeport, Belvidere Park)
BraveHearts Therapeutic Riding and Educational Center
SEASPAR (Lisle, LaGrange, Brookfield, Downers Grove, Western Springs, Woodridge, Darien, Clarendon Hills, Lemont, Westmont)
SPECIAL RECREATION SERVICES OF NORTHERN LAKE COUNTY (Waukegan, Zion, Round Lake)
SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION OF CENTRAL LAKE COUNTY (Grayslake, Mundelein, Vernon Hills, Hawthorn Woods, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lincolnshire)
SOUTH SUBURBAN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Country Club Hills, Hazel Crest, Homewood-Flossmoor, Lan-Oak, Matteson, Oak Forest, Olympia Fields, Park Forest, Richton Park, Tinley Park)
SPECIAL RECREATION OF JOLIET AND CHANNAHON (SRJC)
WARREN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Gurnee, Grandwood Park District, Wildwood Park District, Warren Township)
WAUKEGAN PARK DISTRICT (Waukegan Township, portions of Benton, Warren, Newport, Libertyville Townships, Beach Park and Gurnee Villages)
WESTERN DUPAGE SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Bloomingdale, Carol Steam, Glen Ellyn, Roselle, West Chicago, Wheaton, Winfield, Naperville, Warrenville)
WEST SUBURBAN SPECIAL RECREATION ASSOCIATION (Franklin Park, Berwyn, Cicero, Elmwood Park, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Harwood Heights, Melrose Park, Norridge, Oak Park, River Forest)
WORTH SPECIAL RECREATION
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