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  1. Special Camps Christmas Party!

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    Howdy Special Camps Family,

    Special Camps is hosting a Zoom Christmas party. We miss you and hope you can join us.

    Date: Thursday, December 17

    Time: 6:30 pm for Kids (8-23), 7:30 pm for Adults (ages 24 and older).

    There will be a fashion show, (featuring you), our very own Mr Nick hosting a dance party and possibly a visit from Mr and Mrs. Clause (we all know how busy they are this time of year). Hope you can attend. We’ve missed you!

    Much Special Camps Love.  Miss Colleen

    For Zoom Access Code, please contact Miss Colleen  

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  2. 2020 Camp Season Postponed

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    It is with a heavy heart I notify you, that for the safety and wellbeing of our entire Special Camps family, we will not be hosting Special Camps in June, 2020.

    We want to hear from you! It is our hope that we can stay together virtually this Spring / Summer via our Facebook page. Please “like” us on Facebook, so you can hear and respond back from all of your camp friends. When the virus has ended, we hope to host a Virus-Free Party for all of our camp friends. Hope you can join us!

    Full refunds will be mailed to families who have already registered. Thank you for your understanding during this World Epidemic. You will all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. May it pass swiftly.

    Much Special Camps Love,

    Miss Colleen

  3. 2020 EASTER PARTY!

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    Out of an abundance of caution for all of our guests, Special Camps is saddened to announce the canceling of this year’s Easter Event at the DuPage County fairgrounds.. We pray the risk diminishes soon so we can re-schedule another fun event when this all clears up.

    We look forward to seeing everyone in June for Special Camps. Much Special Camps love, Miss Colleen

  4. The Happiest Place in the World!

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    The happiest place in the world is Special Camps! Just ask my family. The camp 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, riding and grooming horses and more.

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  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.