Special Camps is now accepting applications for it’s all volunteer, summer camp for kids + adults with intellectual disabilities. To apply you must have completed ninth grade by June, 2022 and be committed to spending 1 full week at camp.
Please complete the application below and then mail or scan and email the waivers back to Special Camps Winfield address at your earliest convenience, as many of our positions fill quickly.
We may take a large Coach Bus to White Pines Ranch if enough people are interested in riding together. White Pines Ranch is located in Oregon, IL, about 30 minutes West of DeKalb.
There will be three sessions:
- Session 1. Sunday – Friday, June 5 – 10 for adult campers
- Session 2. Sunday – Friday, June 12 – 17 for school aged campers
- Session 3. Sunday – Friday, June 19 – 24 for adult campers
Orientation and training will be held 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, field games, yoga and more alongside 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 need help or verbal directions on brushing teeth, or help tying their shoes. Needed are 115 camp counselors between the 3 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.
Please feel free to call, email or text Colleen McDonald with any questions @ firstname.lastname@example.org / (63o)212-1565.