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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 2024. 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.

New Location will be Camp Red Leaf in Ingleside. Camp Red Leaf is located within Lake County, on the chain-o-lakes area in upper Illinois. Lots of activities will lead ot lots of fun including swimming in a heated pool and lake, fishing, canoes and paddle boats, archery, crafts, yoga, wood working, sports, talent shows, high and low ropes with a climbing wall and a high zip line. Evening parties are the best with campfire songs and skits, parades, games, and dances.

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 dorm.  You do not need to have experience. All volunteers work together with experienced volunteers.

There are three camp sessions:

  • Session 1. Sunday – Friday, June  2 – 7    for adult campers
  • Session 2. Sunday – Friday, June  9 – 14  for school aged campers

The Entire Staff Application Completed Online This Year!

Staff Registration

If for any reason your browser gets stuck or you can’t get started… or you’ve spent more than 10 minutes trying to get registered, please give me a call. Within 10 minutes you’ll be registered! (630) 690-0944.

Please follow the online registration process  below. There is an odd glitch to the online application.  If you run into any struggles, please don’t hesitate to give me a call. I’d be happy to walk you through the process.

Email Colleen for an access code or any other issues.

Registration Forms

Staff please complete the Staff Application and the High Sierra Adventure Course Medical Form.

All forms MUST be viewed by all applicants. Please go to each section, even if it’s not for you, (like the Staff + Camper applications). Scroll down to the bottom of each.  Check I am not a camper or staff (example below), and sign it. Then press Continue.



When you have completed each section press “continue” and it will let you know you have registered for camp.

Need Some Help? Again, if for any reason it takes you and your parent more than 10 minutes… or doesn’t work at all for you, your not the only one. Please call Colleen any time before 10 pm at (630) 690-0944.

Colleen McDonald

Special Camps CEO, #30 years

26W684 Lindsey Avenue, Winfield, IL 60190

Cell; (630) 690-0944

All staff must also complete the 2023 Covid-19 waiver which is available here: Special Camps COVID-19 Waivers 2023