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GO FUND MEAttention Special Camps families!

Please join me in prayer for Gina, one of our very strong and loving high school volunteer camp counselor the past two summers, serving our adult campers. Gina is a strong, kind, and very generous person.

Gina developed pneumonia in October, and has now been transferred to her 4th hospital where a team of specialists will take over her case as she battles both pneumonia and a Pulmonary Embolism of the lungs (blood clots).

Please Keep Gina, her family and the team of hospital staff working with Gina in your prayers. Details on Gina's medical condition along with a Go Fund Me account has been set up for Gina and her family. Click on the blue square below for further information. Gina and her family are very grateful for everyone's support.

Gina, tonight I hope you feel all the love and support of your Special Camps family, your school, your friends and family. We love you very much! Oh the stories you'll have to share come June.

Much Special Camps Love!

Miss Colleen

SPECIAL CAMPS 2023 info coming soon! If you’d like to be placed on the email list for next year please contact Colleen @

Please review the list of current Covid 19 related requirements AVAILABLE HERE


Special Camps Halloween Party Sunday, October 23 from 3 – 5:30 p.m.

Join us for Trunk or Treating, accessible hayrides, pumpkin painting woodworking, games, music, costume contest (non-scary costumes only please), learn how to drum with the King Cobras Drumline, and enjoy a yummy BBQ with the Knights. If someone in your family needs an alternative meal, please bring it along and the Knights will warm it up or grill it for you.

Location: Behind St John the Baptist Church, O S 233 Church Road in Winfield

Cost: Free

Please call or text Colleen @ (630) 212-1565 to reserve your families spot at the party!


Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 3-week long, loving, all volunteer run summer camps. With proper supervision by trained staff and 24-hour nursing, Special Camps is a safe overnight camp for intellectually disabled kids and adults who could otherwise not attend similar camp programs due to physical, medical or intellectual limitations.

Campers play alongside a teen volunteer, who introduces them to swimming, archery, sports, horseback riding, grooming and painting activities, crafts, yoga, water sports, field games, talent shows, and singing and dancing in a structured setting, under trained adult supervision. Evening entertainment encourages social skills and interaction through play which includes hayrides, bingo, campfire songs, and dancing.

Volunteers living side by side with our amazing campers leads to personal and professional growth.

Special Camps provides week-long respite to families and caregivers. Raising a child with special needs can be an enriching experience, but can also provide life-long care and financial challenges. That’s why Special Camps provides financial scholarships to campers in need.


WEEK 1 TBA: for adult campers ages 24 +

WEEK 2 TBA: for campers ages 8 – 23

WEEK 3 TBA:  for adult campers ages 24 +

Contact: (630)690-0944

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Youth Camp equals 2 camps in one. Campers 8 – 13 and campers 14 – 22. Campers must have an intellectual disability to participate, able to communicate their needs and desires, and be independent in toileting. Must not have significant behavioral issues that would prove too challenging for a teen camp counselor.


For Campers ages 23 and over. Campers must have an intellectual disability to participate, able to communicate your needs and desires, and be independent in toileting. Must not have significant behavioral issues that would prove too challenging for a teen camp counselor.


Camper Registration
Special Camps is specially designed for the needs and desires of campers with intellectual disabilities and autism. Campers + their volunteers look forward to Special Camps all year. The friendships we build, the compassion we show, and the great times we share last a lifetime.
We hope to begin camper registration February 15th!


Counselor Registration
High school and college-age volunteers are needed. You’ll participate in all the activities alongside your campers, and learn a lot from the campers you serve.
Counselor Volunteer Registration information will be available on February 1st!


Adult Staff
Adult staff needed (ages 21 and older), to lead small groups to scheduled activities and supervise life in the dorm. As Staff, you will work hard to ensure a great experience by each camper and in return, you will receive all of their love and gratitude.


Nurse  Applications
Join Us!
Are you an RN nurse? We are in need of additional nurses to dispense medications, tend to minor injuries, and play alongside our wonderful campers. You’d be working side-by-side with experienced camp nurses. Three camp nurses are needed per session.