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  1. My Week at Special Camps


    My Week at Special Camps
    By Joshua Money

    Special Camps was established by Colleen McDonald in 1994. She wanted a place where children and adults with intellectual disabilities are not judged by how they look or what their disability is. Special Camps runs 2 weeks a year (adult week and kids week). All the activities are the same for both weeks. Some of the activities provided are: Continue Reading

  2. New Website Contributors

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    Volunteering at camp this summer was so much fun! I had the opportunity to meet all kinds of great new friends that I hope to keep in touch with. Miss Colleen and I are currently looking for Staff Members, Counselors, and Campers that would like to participate in the growth of the Special Camps website! Continue Reading



    The first day of camp was a HUGE success thanks to the wonderful volunteers and staff! Stay tuned to the website for updated content and SEND SUN SCREEN!

  4. Susan Rebecca Johnson…joins the Angels (continued).

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    Our daughter, Susan Rebecca Johnson, aged 38, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, April 21. Services will be at Ahlgrims Funeral Home on Thursday, May 3. Visitation will be from 4 pm to 7 pm with funeral service at 7 Pm. Ahlgrims is located at  567 S. Spring Road in Elmhurst. In lieu of flowers, we would prefer donations be sent to Special Camps, 26W684 Lindsey Ave., Winfield, IL 60190, where she loved going to summer camp.
  5. Susan joins the angels… She will be missed.

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    Hello Special Camps family,

    It is with deep, deep sorrow that I notify you one of our adult campers, Susan Johnson, (daughter of Nurse Carol), joined the chorus of Angels Saturday night. Susan, our sweet, gentle and always up for a good time funny girl, has officially become one of God’s Angels! As Susan would say, “God is good all the time”. Susan was 38 years old. She did not suffer. She will be missed. More details to come!

    Much Love!!!

    Miss Colleen

  6. Volunteer Adult Staff

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    Volunteer Staff
    January 29, 2018

    Special Camps offers enriching opportunities for adults over the age of 21 to experience the joy and compassion of Special Camps too. You’ll give our campers your full attention, love, patience and respect. In return, you’ll be repaid a thousand times with the knowledge you’ve helped our campers increase self-esteem, independence, make new friends and gave our special needs campers wonderful memories.

    You’ll enjoy great activities along side your campers including swimming, horseback riding, music, digging for gold, sand volleyball, basketball, archery, water games, crafts, field games and more. At night we’ll have large all-camp parties.

    You need not have experience to apply. You’l have a great time paired up with one of our experienced staff members.

    Adults over the age of 21 are needed to serve in the role of RN nurses, cabin parents, and activity leaders. We are a 100% volunteer run camp, and all staff members receive training and are paired up with experienced volunteers.