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Camp Lions of Illinois

Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind/Low vision and Deaf/Hard of hearing Youth offers eligible youth between the ages of 7 and 17 years old a week of fun, challenging activities and making new friends with peers of similar abilities. Applications for the camps include a fully answered application form, a physical exam, a signed and dated physicians statement, parental consent for camp activities and photos/videos, as well as a $15 personal spending account check or money order - no other cash should be brought by the campers.

The program offers various camps in sessions throughout the summer, which are located at various locations around Illinois.

The sessions include:

1st session - Camp Lions
Blind/low vision and deaf/Hoh youth
June 24th through June 30th
Camp Henry Horner, Ingleside, IL

2nd session - High adventure tech camp
Blind/low vision and deaf/Hoh youth between the ages of 13 and 17
July 1st through July 6th
Camp Cedar Point, Makanda, IL

3rd session
Deaf and Hoh youth
July 15th through July 21st
East Bay Camp, Hudson, IL

4th session
Blind/low vision youth
July 22nd through July 28th
East Bay Camp, Hudson, IL

5th session - Camp Lions for Blind/low vision and deaf/Hoh youth
July 29th through August 4th
Camp Manitowa, Benton, IL

Additionally, there is a Helen Keller camp for blind and/or deaf adults 17 years and older.
June 17th through June 23rd
Camp Henry Horner, Ingleside, IL

During each session, the campers have the option of staying in air-conditioned cabins or Yurts (a type of tent with lattice supports on the inside, they are cooled). Both housing options are arranged so that male and female campers are in small clusters slightly separate of each other.

Each camp location has a 50-bed limit. Cabins are accompanied with separate showers and bathrooms.

Camp Lions is recreational and does not teach any curriculum to campers. Activities are led by Camp Counselors trained with an emphasis on safety and positive role-modeling. Staff strive to provide an enriching experience for every camper. During most activities, counselor to camper ratio is 1:4.

Activities at any of the camps may include water activities such as fishing, swimming, pontoon boat rides, canoeing or water tubing; games such as beeper ball, sports, duct tape boat races, or archery; adventure activities such as hiking, ropes challenge courses, ziplining, or scavenger hunts; camping activities such as campfires, sing-a-longs, dances, talent shows, or cookouts; and crafts such as tie-dye shirts, beading, or painting.

Camp Lions' mission is for the overall growth of the individual camper in self-confidence, knowledge, independence, leaderships, and creativity through a recreational experience geared to individual abilities, from the beginning camper to the returning veteran.

Health and safety always comes first. Every Camp Lions session has a nurse present to ensure the health and safety of the campers. All water activities are supervised by trained lifeguards and all dietary needs are provided.

All counselors are trained in "first responder" First Aid, rescue breathing, and basic safety guidelines for emergencies.

For more information on Camp Lions, see their Facebook page, website, email or call.

Email: camplions@lifnd.ord
Phone: 1-815-756-5633

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