Camp Hope - Northeast Illinois

Camp Hope is a five day recreational and residential summer camp in the Chicago area for individuals ages 11-30 with developmental disabilities.  This camp offers activities such as swimming, dancing, arts & crafts, and adaptive sports.  One-on-one care is provided for all campers.  Scholarships are available and applications are on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Phone: (312) 401-4673  |  Located: Lake Forest, IL  |  camphopeillinois.org

Timber Point Outdoor Center - Central Illinois

Easter Seals of Central Illinois hosts residential summer camp programs that are a week-long and designed for ages 7+ with various disabilities including Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, and many other physical and intellectual disabilities and illnesses.  Campers participate in traditional camp activities with counselors who are trained to provide the care that each individual needs.  Scholarships are available.

Phone: (309) 365-8021  |  Located: Hudson, IL  |  Website

Community Support Systems Summer Day Camp - East Southeast / Southeast Illinois

Community Support Systems offers summer day camps held in Effingham and Richland Counties.  The camps are open to students ages 7-21 who receive special education services at school.  Experienced and trained staff accompany the campers on planned outings and activities.  Lunch is provided free of charge each day and there is no charge to attend camp, though registration is required.  The only cost to families is the transportation to and from the designated pick-up and drop-off locations.

Phone: 217-705-4300, Ext. 4448  |  Located: Effingham & Richland Counties  |  Website

Camp New Hope - East/Southeast Illinois

Camp New Hope is a year-round facility for ages 8+ with physical and developmental disabilities ​to socialize, gain independence, and experience recreational camp activities while providing families relief from their caregiver duties.  They provide many programs throughout the year, including an overnight week-long summer camp, respite weekends, and bowling/movie parties.  

Phone: (217) 895-2341  |  Located: Neoga, IL  |  cnhinc.org

Camp Little Giant - Southwest Illinois

Southern Illinois University provides 1-2 week long residential camps for individuals ages 8-88 with physical, cognitive, and developmental disabilities.  This camp offers activities such as swimming, boating, horseback riding, nature quests, fishing, arts & crafts, and more.  It offers several options between sessions and partial scholarships as needed.

Phone: (618) 453-1121  |  Located: Makanda, IL  |  Website

Shady Oaks Camp - Northeast Illinois

Shady Oaks Camp provides outdoor fun and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other various disabilities ages 5+.  To participate in this summer camp program, parents and campers must be a member of the Parents Association of Cerebral Palsy Children.  They accept campers from not only Illinois, but from across the country.  Price ranges on the camp stay length, fundraising is available, and scholarships can be offered as well upon availability.

Phone: (708) 301-0816  |  Located: Homer Glen, IL  |  shadyoakscamp.org

Camp Resources

The following include camp resources available in Illinois geared towards individuals with various disabilities.  
Camp programs can foster independence and confidence in the campers and provide a valuable learning experience for all
involved, as well as provide respite for family caregivers.  Each camp varies in its policies on ages and disabilities accepted,
​as well as their program structure and pricing, and scholarships are available at some.