(630) 690-0944 for more information


Update: This year we’re doing 3 weeks of camp! Our 2nd and 3rd week are full, but as of 4/17/2021, we do have 2 dozen openings for campers our 1st adult session for campers ages 24+.

We are in need of teen volunteers, especially high school aged men to serve as camp counselors. If you know of a young man who’d make an excellent camp counselor, please invite them to join you this summer.

Applications not available online this year. Please email our camp director Colleen @ colleen.scamps@icloud.com for an application or call: (630) 690-0944.

Thank you!


Dear Special Camps Friends and Family,

Oh what a year! We hope you and your family are doing well. We plan on having all the same fun activities, with all the same great friends, but will need to make some adjustments due to COVID.

June 6 – 11 for adult campers ages 24+
June 13 – 18 youth camp for campers 8 – 23
June 20 – 25 for adult campers ages 24+

Please review the list of NEW requirements below.
Everyone will show proof of COVID vaccine or a recent COVID negative test upon arrival Sunday.
Social distancing will be important. We understand no one is perfect, but if not possible, please wait til next year.
Everyone must wear a disposable face mask covering both the mouth and nose. We will have mask breaks when we are on our own bed, mealtimes, riding a horse, in the pool or showers, or when Staff tell us we can socially distance. If this is not possible, you’ll need to wait a year.
Here are some changes you’ll see at camp this year.
We will have about 40% less people at camp.
No Bus This Year. Family will remain in the car for drop off Sunday and pick up Friday in late morning.
Everyone will help our nurses take a simple Pulsox test before breakfast. It measures oxygen levels by placing a small device around your fingertip, for a few seconds.
Please contact me for more info about comprehensive COVID plan.
If you think your child qualifies for Special Camps and you would like an application, please email me and I can either email or mail the app. Limited openings even with the added adult camp. Applications will only be considered once everything has been completed, including the health from signed by your doctor. If you are in need of a financial partial scholarship please let me know.

Much Special Camps Love,
Miss Colleen

Colleen McDonald
cell: 630-212-1565

Special Camps provides opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and self-esteem in 2-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, water sports, field games, yoga, 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.

Not only do we focus on the growth and development of our campers, but Special Camps also provides training and experience to its volunteers. At Special Camps, volunteer’s experience personal growth, leadership skills, gain hands-on experience while living side by side with our wonderful campers, and learn some sign language. Volunteers have intense interactions with special needs campers that enhance lifetime opportunities and lead 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 any camper in need


June 6 – 11 for adult campers ages 24 +

June 13 – 18 for campers ages 8 – 13 and ages 14 – 23

June 20 – 25 for adult campers ages 24 +

Contact: (630)690-0944

Camp Starts in:

-17Days -1Hours -34Minutes -32Seconds


STARS camp is for ages 8 – 16 and STRIPES camp is for ages 17 – 23. 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.


For Campers ages 24 and over. 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. Needed are 3-4 camp nurses per session.