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Special Camps Information and Registration

ALL CAMPER SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR 2022! To get on the email list for next year, please email Colleen @  Thank you.

Option 1:

Step 1: Print and mail the full camp registration packet below. Please make sure our Special Camps health form is signed by your doctor. Mail all to our Winfield address at:

Attention Special Camps
26W684 Lindsey Ave
Winfield, IL 60190


ALL CAMPER SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED FOR 2022! To get on the email list for next year, please email Miss Colleen Thank you.

Option 2:

Complete the online application online. The online application is available at the bottom of this page. Mail in the White Pines Ranch waivers,  Special Camps Health form signed by your doctor and the camp deposit to our Winfield address at:

Special Camps
26W684 Lindsey Ave
Winfield, IL 60190

Note: Most Doctor’s are happy to sign off on our Special Camps Health Form without a doctor’s appointment if you’ve been seen them in the past year. Just ask them to mail it to our address when complete. Applications will not be considered until we have the health form too!

The more we know about your child before arrival, the better we are able to provide the best camping experience possible. Please include any additional notes which you feel would be beneficial. Thank you for your help.

All campers must also complete the 2022 Covid-19 waiver which is available here: Special Camps COVID-19 Waivers 2022

Special Camps provides opportunities for new friendships while encouraging independence and self-esteem in an all-volunteer run camp to benefit children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Sunday -Friday, June 5 – 10 for adult campers ages 24 +
Sunday –Friday, June 12 – 17 for ages 8-23
Sunday -Friday, June 19 – 24 for adult campers ages 24 +

Special Camps at White Pines Ranch, Oregon, IL
Special Camps will be hosted at White Pines Ranch in Oregon, IL. White Pines Ranch is located about 30 minutes West of DeKalb. It will be a true dude Ranch experience! White Pines Ranch has over 75 specially selected, gentle horses for our campers to groom, do lead arounds and trail rides. Dorm rooms are carpeted, air-conditioned and have attached bathroom/shower area. Photos + Camp Movie can be found @

Day Time Activities: Grooming, Painting and Riding Horses, Yoga, Swimming, Water Games, Crafts, Music + Dance, Sports, Archery, Field Games, Wood Working, Talent Shows and more.

Evening Activities: Bonfire with camp songs & S’mores, hayride, Bingo, Karaoke, Dances and a visit from the Blooze Brothers.

Our All Volunteer Staff are carefully screened. Most are veterans of our all-volunteer camp. Staff attends a thorough training period to learn through practice how to provide personal care. Registered nurses are on duty 24 hours a day to administer all medications and provide medical care.

This camp is exclusively for children and adults ages 8 and older, who have been diagnosed with intellectual disabilities, who meet the criteria for camp admission.

1. Campers should be capable of responding to staff with a verbal, audible, or physical response.
2. Campers must be able to adapt to a group living environment, including sleeping in a cabin next to others without disturbing others, following directions, and enjoying meals with others.
3. Campers must be independent in toileting.
4. Camper must not have behavior that proves too challenging for a teen camp counselor. Camper should not be abusive toward him/herself or others or have inappropriate sexual behavior.
5. Campers must provide all required medical information to determine the appropriateness of the camper’s admission. The Supervising Camp Nurse will review all health forms to determine eligibility.
6. Special diets are accommodated through family packing supplemental foods.

7. Must be capable of wearing a mask over nose and mouth while indoors, and show proof of COVID 19 vaccinations or a negative test on opening day.

Applications will not be accepted without completion of the Special Camps Health form, signed by your doctor, dated October of 2018 or later. If your child lives in a group home, we will accept the home’s Physician Order’s form instead of our health form, but please complete our health form too, so that our nurses have immediate access to your contact information.

*Most doctor’s are happy to sign off on the health form without making a doctor’s appointment if your child has been seen in the past year.

INSURANCE – All campers are required to show proof of medical coverage in effect.
TRANSPORTATION – You are responsible for bringing your child to camp. Special Camps will offer FREE bussing home to Warrenville off I88 or Plano High School. The large coach bus has a bathroom aboard, but will not be able to accommodate wheelchairs.
CLOTHING – Older clothes are great for camping. A list of suggested clothing will be included in the confirmation packet and is listed on our website.
VISITORS – Family members and friends are welcome to visit on opening and closing days. Visitors at other times can disrupt a camper’s schedule and cause him/ her to miss a favorite activity and cause homesickness.
Campers accepted based on qualifications and
AVAILABILITY OF STAFF – Special Camps reserves the right to accept or deny applicants on–site or prior to attendance and will be the party responsible for acceptance or denial. Acceptance into Special Camps is the same for all applicants without regard to sex, race, disability, religion or social background.

I hope you grow to love Special Camps as much as our volunteers and I love bringing this wonderful opportunity to our great campers. Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Sincerely yours,
Colleen McDonald
Camp Director for Special Camps
(630) 690-0944

If completing forms online, please complete both the campers registration form and the camper parent questionnaire. Both are available below.