Counselor Application

White Pines Require Forms

Special Camps is now accepting applications for it’s all volunteer, summer camp for kids and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities. To apply you must have completed ninth grade by June, 2020 and be committed to spending 1 full week at camp.

We’re taking everyone by bus to White Pines Ranch for an authentic dude ranch experience. White Pines Ranch is located in Oregon, IL, about 30 minutes West of DeKalb.

There will be two sessions:
June 7 – 12 to assist adults with intellectual disabilities
June 14 – 19 for school age campers with intellectual disabilities.

An orientation and training program will be held early Sunday at the ranch before campers arrive.

We’ll treat our campers to an authentic dude ranch experience. We’ll go no trail rides with over 75 horses, swim, complete crafts, sports, archery, groom and paint horses, play field games and more along side our special needs campers. The dorm rooms are nice, both air conditioned and carpeted.

As a camp counselor, you will be a best friend, teacher and coach to 1 or 2 campers with intellectual disabilities. A few campers also have physicals disabilities. Our campers are pretty independent in caring for their daily needs, but some pay need verbal directions on brushing teeth, or help tying their shoes. Needed are 115 camp counselors between the 2 weeks. It’s a very rewarding experience and an opportunity to make some great new friends. Returning camp counselors call this a “life changing experience” and can’t wait to return.

Counselors get free time to hang out with our other extraordinary teen counselors directly after lunch and after campers are tucked into bed at 9pm. Adult supervision is provided.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call or email Colleen McDonald at (630) 690-0944 or colleen.scamps@icloud.com. Please complete the applications for both Special Camps and White Pines Ranch and mail or email them back to our Winfield address at your earliest convenience, as many of our positions fill quickly.


Counselor Application

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    By completing this form, you consent to a background check to be performed. Anyone convicted of a felony or with a history of illegal drug use will be automatically disqualified from volunteering for Special Camps.
    by clicking the yes box to consent to background check, applicants 18 and older consent to having a background check performed.
  • example: Boy scouts, Girl scouts, CPR training, Lifeguard Training, First Aid training, Multi-lingual, Sign Language, babysitting experience, etc.
  • Describe any experience you have with disabilities in detail.
  • Please describe any medical, physical, or psychological conditions that might affect your ability to be a camp counselor in detail.
  • Are you taking any prescribed or over the counter medications you would bring to camp? Please list them in detail.
  • Please explain in detail why you would like to be considered for a camp counselor position helping campers with disabilities.
    Please select which week(s) you are available to attend.
    Sorry, Due to Covid there will be bus providing transportation. Carpooling is recommended as there is limited parking available.