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  1. 10 years of Special Camps – By Laura Enk


    It’s been almost a decade since I first went to Special Camps. Each year there’s always one moment that sticks out in my mind. Sometimes it’s during a crazy dance party, or in between cannonballs at the pool, or shooting a bullseye with a camper for the first time at archery. I look around me and I’m just hit with that Special Camps magic. It’s the genuine, unconditional love of the campers, and the tireless efforts of the counselors to give them the best week possible. It’s witnessing the pure joy of people, who are often judged and outcast for their differences, in an environment where they are loved and celebrated for who they are as people. Continue Reading

  2. Special Camps 25th Anniversary – By Joshua Money

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    HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPECIAL CAMPS!!! I LOVE coming to camp. I’ve come for 5 years and Awards.

    2014 (Best at Archery) That was my first time ever doing archery.
    2018 (Best Journalist) I was asked to write for the blog.
    2019 (Most Outgoing)

    We were called outside Sunday night and we caught our first leprechaun. We caught 4 leprechauns and had 2 leprechauns escape jail. The only way Miss Colleen would let the leprechauns go is if they (the leprechauns) gave us all of their Gold. At Kids week one of the leprechauns escaped on horseback. (this was a fact told to me by barn staff and confirmed by Miss Colleen). I was on a trail ride when this fact was told to me. I confirmed it with Miss Colleen when I got back from the ride.

    In 2014 I came to camp not knowing what to expect. I was very impressed. I’ve made alot of friends through Special Camps and I’ve stayed in touch with all of my camp friends through e-mail.

    The Blooze Brothers are alot of fun. The Blooze Brothers have performed at camp all 5 years I’ve gone. Miss Colleen surprised me this year she introduced me to The Blooze Brothers.

  3. KOC 21st Annual Golf Outing – Mayslake

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    The MAYSLAKE Knights of Columbus are excited to announce their 21st annual golf outing to benefit Special Camps for Special Citizens.

    The Event will take place on July 22, 2019 at Gleneagles Country Club in LEMONT Illinois.
    13070 McCarthy Rd, Lemont Illinois

    For more information contact Mike Hyland at 630-697-8589.

    The Knights of Columbus and all of us at SPECIAL CAMPS thank you for your support.

  4. Adult Camp Vacation is now full!

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    Hello Families!

    Just an FYI… Our adult session of Special Camps has been filled, as of 2/22/18. If you’d like to get on the mailing list for next summer, please either email your contact information, (mailing address and also email if possible).

    We are still looking for additional volunteers both sessions. Our children’s week for those 21 and under still has plenty of openings.

    Thank you,

    Colleen McDonald
    President of Special Camps
    p: 630-690-0944
    a: 26W684 Lindsey Ave. Winfield IL 60190



  5. 2019 Camp Announcement

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    JUNE 9 –14 CHILDREN AGES 8 –20

    JUNE 16 –21 FOR ADULTS AGES 21+

    Special Camps provides opportunities for kids and adults with intellectual disabilities to experience new activities, form friendships, increase independence and build self-esteem in week long, overnight camps.

    Camp encourages the development of social skills through interactive activities alongside a teen volunteer in a structured setting, under adult supervision. Parties every evening include hayrides, bingo, campfire songs, dancing and more.

    Special Camps provides training for its volunteers. At camp, volunteers develop leadership skills while gaining insight into the lives of special needs individuals. Volunteers have unique opportunities to learn from the campers they play, and live along side, that can lead to personal and professional growth.

    Special Camps provides weeklong respite to families and caregivers. Raising a child with special needs can be a very rewarding experience, but also requires life-long care and often financial challenges. That’s why Special Camps provides scholarships for any camper in need. Campers who are able, pay $350 for their one week stay at camp. Those in need should inquire, as a few scholarships may be available.


  6. Merry Christmas!

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    Special Camps has brought such joy to my family… We wish you and your families an abundance of joy over the Christmas holidays. Hope to see each of you when Special Camps returns for our 25th year, June 9th, (just 172 days from today)!!!

    Much Special Camps Love,

    Miss Colleen + her father Mr Reed


  7. GIVING TUESDAY [happy birthday Special Camps!]

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    Dear Special Camps friends,

    We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #Giving Tuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. Following Thanksgiving, comes Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. On Tuesday, November 27th, charities around the world will come together for one common purpose, to celebrate generosity and to give.

    In honor of Special Camps 25th Anniversary, we will for the first time, participate in #Giving Tuesday. Continue Reading

  8. 41st Annual Christmas Party

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    Join the SPECIAL CAMPS family along with Knights of Columbus groups from Wheaton, Winfield, and West Chicago for a special CHRISTMAS PARTY to bring joy to children and young adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. Continue Reading