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Camp Directories and Information/Recreation Resources

America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Free Access Pass
This is a lifetime pass for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities. Documentation is required to obtain the pass. Acceptable documentation includes: statement by a licensed physician; document issued by a Federal agency such as the Veteran’s Administration, Social Security Disability Income or Supplemental Security Income; or document issued by a State agency such as a vocational rehabilitation agency. The pass provides access to, and use of, Federal recreation sites that charge an Entrance or Standard Amenity.

American Camp Association is a comprehensive camp resource for families—offering expert advice from camp professionals on camp selection, readiness, child and youth development, and issues of importance to families. helps you find the right camp for every child.

Camp Big Sky
This mission of Camp Big Sky is to provide accessible fishing, camping, boating and other related outdoor opportunities to children and adults with disabilities.

Camp New Hope
In Neoga, IL, Camp New Hope is a year around recreational experience for those 8 years old and above with developmental and physical disabilities. Summer Camps, Respite, and Bowling Programs are offered.

JCFS Chicago Camp Information
Camp Firefly is a week long overnight camp for boys and girls ages 9-12 with High Functioning autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, PDD-NOS, OCD, Social Anxiety, and other related difficulties that impact social functioning.

Illinois Special Needs Camps –
Special Needs Camps provide your child with the chance to develop character, learn valuable life skills, make new friends, and discover new interests. Finding the right Special Needs Camps for your child is as important as helping them find the right college! At My Summer Camps, our goal is to help parents find kids and teen summer camps in Illinois that will meet the needs of your child.

Jill’s House, Chicago
We’re inviting children with intellectual disabilities (ages 6-17) to join us for an unforgettable, two-night camping experience. Since it can often be difficult for parents of these amazing kids to find activities built with the abilities of their children in mind, we provide an opportunity for kids to experience camp in a safe, exciting environment- their very own Weekend Adventure. Meanwhile, the campers’ families receive a weekend of respite to recharge, knowing their kids are in good hands.
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Morgan’s Wonderland – The World’s First Ultra Accessible Family Fun Park
The mission of Morgan’s Wonderland is to set a new standard for excellence in providing outdoor recreational opportunities for individuals with disabilities. We believe that there is a real need for a special place for special people, one that provides an oasis for people with disabilities, their families and caregivers who need facilities specifically designed to assist them in enjoying outdoor activities.

NeedyMeds Camp and Scholarship Database
This is a listing of camps for children and adults with specific diseases, and for children who have a parent or a family member with a specific disease. These are not necessarily free camps, or camps for financially needy children and families. But, some of these camps offer financial aid, so contact the individual camp for details. If you’re looking for programs that provide general financial aid for camping or other activities, then go to the Disease Based Assistance area of NeedyMeds and search by the specific disease.The programs listed in this database include camps for children with one specific disease, whole types of diseases (such as all types of cancers) or broader chronic diseases. Many of these camps are funded by either private or government organizations. Some camps take children from anywhere in the U.S., while others are limited to people in specific states. Most have some type of eligibility requirements, usually financial ones.

Next Chapter Book Club
We offer a unique community-based book club program for adolescents and adults with Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Our members (including some who cannot read) love books for the same reasons most people do.  They enjoy being transported to different worlds where they meet interesting characters and learn about exciting new things.  Taking that journey with a group of friends makes it even more delightful and fun.

One in a Hundred Summer Camp
The One In A Hundred summer camp was 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 Social Thinking® skills based on the work of Michelle Garcia Winner, executive functioning techniques and drama experiences, our campers learn how to share experiences with their peers in the best context possible — a real, vibrant community of friends.

Shady Oaks Camp
To provide people of all ages and backgrounds, with a disability, the same recreational opportunities that their peers without disabilities enjoy in a summer camp setting. In Homer Glen, IL.

Special Olympics
Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Our athletes inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

Special Recreation Association Network of Illinois – SRANI
This website is designed by therapeutic recreation professionals in Illinois who are passionate about bringing community based recreation programs to all the residents of Illinois who have a disability or handicapping condition.

Summer Camp Directory – Family Support Network of North Carolina
This directory is a product of the Central Directory of Resources at Family Support Network of North Carolina. It is a listing of summer camps, both day and residential, serving children who have special needs. This directory is a resource for family members and service providers who are looking for summer camp experiences for children. Family Support Network of North Carolina does not endorse any camp programs, including those listed in this directory.

Timber Pointe Outdoor Center – Easter Seals, Central Illinois
Owned and operated by Easterseals Central Illinois, accredited by the American Camp Association, and located on the shoreline of Lake Bloomington, Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois for providing specialized outdoor recreational, experiential and family programs for individuals with disabilities and illnesses in a fun, safe and accessible environment