Adult Staff and Nurse Registration

Special Camps is now accepting applications for its all-volunteer Special Camps program for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Staff members must be at least 22 years old by June of 2019. We look forward to meeting you and sharing this tremendously rewarding experience with you, as we (the volunteers) receive as much joy, laughter, and fulfillment as our campers.

Located approximately 30 minutes West of DeKalb, we rent the White Pines Ranch in Oregon, IL. It will be a lot of fun for everyone! The ranch offers exceptionally clean, dorm style camping.

We need adults to serve as volunteer cabin parents, activity leaders, and nurses. As a cabin parent/activity leader you will lead or assist your small group of special needs campers and volunteer teen counselors in activities during the day, and sleep in the dorm with us at night. Our nurses dispense relatively large quantities of medications, tend to minor injuries, and play alongside our campers. Nurses have their own separate living area. Activities consist of music, swimming, archery, sports, crafts, gold mining, small critter petting, talent shows, horseback lead arounds, trail rides, drumming and woodworking. Evenings consist of a variety of fun entertainment and dancing. You do not need to have experience. All volunteers work together with experienced volunteers.

There are two camp sessions:

  • Session 2. Sunday – Friday, June 7 – 12 for adult campers
  • Session 1. Sunday – Friday, June 14 – 19 for school aged campers

Options for Staff Application Completion:

Option #1: Complete an application online + White Pines Ranch Waiver
Option #2: Print the forms and mail it to our office
Option #3: Call 630-690-0944 and have us send you an application

* All Potential Staff must complete the application and the White Pines Ranch forms, even if you do not wish to ride a horse at camp. These can be printed and scanned or mailed to the Winfield address.

Please give me a call if I can help answer any questions.

Colleen McDonald
President of Special Camps
26W684 Lindsey Avenue, Winfield, IL 60190
phone: 630-690-0944




Adult Volunteer Staff Registration

  • Staff Application

    Applicants must be 22 years old by, June 2020. By Completing this application you affirm under penalty of perjury that the answers to the questions in this form are truthful. You also consent for a criminal background check to be performed on you. Individuals who have ever been convicted of an offense involving the intentional infliction of physical injury upon a child, sexual abuse of a child or child abduction under the laws of this state or any other state, or any persons using illegal drugs are disqualified from volunteering for Special Camps.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • examples: - Sign language - Multi-lingual - First aid - Life guard / Water Rescue - E.M.T./Paramedic - Registered Nurse - I've attended Special Camps before
  • Describe your experience helping individuals who have special needs.
  • Please describe any physical, mental, or medical concerns that may effect you during camp. ie: Diabetic, back pain or other physical concerns effecting physical maneuverability, depression or other mental health conditions, etc.
  • Camp Waiver

    Thank you for completing the online portion of the Staff Application. Please complete the “Print and Mail” portion of the camp application. Once both forms are returned, you will be considered for camp. The forms can be mailed to our office at 26W684 Lindsey Avenue, Winfield, IL 60190 or scanned and emailed to