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Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind/Low Vision & Deaf/Hard of Hearing Youth.
Making friends and memories since 1957. Celebrating 61 Years of fun & friends in 2018

To register for the 2018 Youth Camp, click here!
To register for the 2018 Helen Keller Adult Camp, click here!

Camp Lions of Illinois Activities

Here are just a few activities campers can do...

Swimming Hiking
Fishing High & Low Ropes Challenge Courses
Canoeing Zip Lining
Pontoon boat rides Nature Crafts
Paddle Boats Kickball
Beach/Pool Party Scavenger Hunts
Water Tubing Campfires
Team Sports Sing-a-longs
Archery Tie-Dye T-Shirts
Basketball A Dance
Beeper Ball Camper Talent Show
Volleyball Cookouts
Baseball Ga-Ga Ball
Described & Captioned Movies Beading & Other Crafts
Duct Tape Boat Race Painting

More Ideas still coming!
Check out more pictures on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/CampLionsIL

Camp Lions for Youth General Overview & Information

1st Session - Camp Lions for Blind and/or deaf Youth
Youth Camp for Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Camp Henry Horner, 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL
June 24th through June 30th

2nd Session – High Adventure Tech Camp
Youth Camp for both Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Camp Cedar Point, 1327 Camp Cedar Point Lane, Makanda, IL 
July 1st through July 6th

3rd Session – Deaf/HOH Youth
Youth Camp for Deaf/HOH only
East Bay Camp, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway, Hudson, IL
July 15th through July 21st

4th Session - Blind/Low Vision Youth
Youth Camp for Blind/Low Vision only
East Bay Camp, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway, Hudson, IL
July 22nd through July 28th

5th Session - Camp Lions for Blind and/or Deaf Youth
Youth Camp for both Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Hard of Hearing Campers
Camp Manitowa, 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton, IL
July 29th through August 4th

Register Here

Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind and Deaf Youth offers eligible youth a week of fun, challenging activities and make new friends with peers of similar abilities. Please scroll down for full description of camps and eligibility guidelines.

Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, team sports, archery, fishing, horseback riding, cookouts, crafts, artwork and nature programs. Every session offers new opportunities to explore new skills. All for free!

Camp Lions is recreational & 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.

Helen Keller Camp Information

Helen Keller Camp for Adults 17 years old and older, Blind and/or Deaf Adults
Adult Camp for Blind and or Deaf
Camp Henry Horner, 26710 W. Nippersink Road, Ingleside, IL
June 17th through June 23rd
Register Here

Locations: North, South & in the Middle

In Northern Illinois - Camp Henry Horner, Ingleside, Illinois
Host site for Youth Session 1 For Both Blind/Low vision and/or Deaf/HoH
Campers can take advantage of Wooster Lake for swimming, paddleboat's, fishing, canoeing, and a beach party! Camp Lions Henry Horner also offers walking trails, challenging teams sports games, high rope courses, rock wall climbs, zip line, arts & crafts, a swimming pool, campfires and S' mores! There are new experiences to challenge and please everyone with lots of time to make new friends! Only 50 campers accepted!

In Central Illinois - East Bay Camp, Hudson, Illinois.
Host site for Youth Session 3 "Deaf Week" AND Youth Session 4 "Vision Week"
Located on the northeast end of Lake Bloomington, this site offers canoeing, pontoon boat rides, archery, team challenge courses, nature crafts, cookouts around the fire, a dance and so much fun it is hard to imagine. Top it off with a beach party and camp talent show and you have it all! Sleeping accommodations are provided in five cabins with modern bathrooms & showers. Cabins are not accessible for wheelchair usage. Maximum of 50 beds available!

In Southern Illinois – Camp Cedar Point/Camp Manitowa, in Benton, Illinois
Host Camp for Youth Session 2 & 4 welcoming both Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/HoH
This campsite is in the heart of the Rend Lake recreational area. Water sports, fishing, high ropes challenges, ga-ga ball, basketball, beeper & baseball, archery, swimming, boating, tubing, fishing, arts & crafts, cookouts and s' mores, and talent night to top it off! Plus time to relax and talk with new friends under the shade of a tree. Campers have the opportunity to stay in cabins or possibly in Yurts (a type of tent with lattice supports on the inside, they are cool!). Showers and washrooms are in separate buildings. The cabins & Yurts are arranged so that male and female campers are in small clusters slightly separate of each other. 50 beds is our limit.

Specialty Camp Sessions

Camp Lions "Vision Week"
Especially for youth who are Blind or have Low Vision, this six-day session is held on the shores of Lake Bloomington
Located at: East Bay Camps, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway, Hudson, IL

While many activities are identical to our other camps, this session highlights activities that accommodate youth who are Blind or have low vision. Our daily schedules, posted in large print and in braille, might list many of the following choices: swimming, beeper baseball, horse riding, pontoon boat rides, beeper archery, and crafts such as painting, beading, or small handmade items. Every day is different and perfect for the creative spirit. A beach party, dance, talent show, cookouts, songs around the campfire, pool swims, braille bingo & cards plus a wide assortment of tactile games, described videos, and more fun fill the week.

Sleeping accommodations at Camp Lions "Vision Week" are in air-conditioned cabins with eight bunks to a room. Every cabin is one level and has a modern bathroom with a walk-in shower. Our Counselor to camper ratio is 1:4 to make Camp Lions a positive and safe experience. A Camp Health Officer will be on site 24/7 to assist in medications and provide basic health care.

Camp Lions "Vision Week" is a chance to meet other youth who all have vision loss, each a peer and hopefully a camp friend! Room for 50 campers only!

High Adventure Tech Camp

New for 2018!

High Adventure Technology Camp is a camp for camper’s ages 13 through 17 year olds that are deaf, blind or deaf and blind.  This new camp is for the camper that likes to work with their hands, loves new technologies as well as enjoys hiking and camping.  With the special help of instructors from Rend Lake College who will teach campers onsite. Campers will be able to build and fly their own drones for FREE! They will not just be making a drone and flying it, they will also learn how to take care of their drone and repair their drone when needed.  Every camper will be taking their drone home with them at the end of camp. Building and flying a drone is just part of the camp experience. There will be traditional Camp Lions activities like swimming and fishing along with new camp activities.
Counselor In Training Week (C.I.T.) - Attendance Invitation only!
Every year Camp Lions hosts a training for selected campers, age 15 and older, based on Counselor observations of the nominee’s personal strengths. The CIT's attend training with Camp Lions Counselors and get a taste of all the ins and outs of being a Camp Lions Counselor. Topics range from learning how to lead small groups to instruction on safety, positive role modeling, teamwork, and other day-to-day tasks needed to make the Camp run smoothly.

The CIT's are obligated to attend a second camp session of their choice (space providing) to use their new skills working alongside a Camp Lions Counselor. They will assist the Camp Counselor, and the campers assigned to that Counselor, in a wide variety of duties. Camp Lions hope is that with positive guided experiences, offering each CIT to assume leadership and responsibility roles, these teens will return home more self-assured & ready to take on more responsibility in their daily lives. The ultimate goal is to perhaps have them return to work with Camp Lions of Illinois as Counselors for younger blind & deaf campers.

2018 CIT's will be notified by e-mail from the LIF Camp Lions Registrar!

Camp Lions has a mission 

Our mission is for the overall growth of the individual camper in self-confidence, knowledge, independence, leadership, and creativity through a recreational experience geared to individual abilities, from the beginning camper to the returning veteran. A ratio of 4 campers to 1 Counselor is maintained to assure safety and provide positive role modeling. Older Teen campers who are Counselors-In-Training provide extra hands to make the camp flow smoothly.

Health & Safety 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 staff and lifeguards. Dietary needs are carefully provided for by the dining staff.

Camp Lions Counselors are trained in "first responder" First Aid, rescue breathing, & basic safety guidelines for emergencies such as fire, tornado, etc.

The best tool we have to keep your camper healthy is the information provided by the parent(s) and guardian(s) and the Physical Exam. The physical exam form is provided in every application & is the only form accepted. The form must be completed by a licensed physician and received by the Camp Lions Registrar on or before the application deadline of June 1, 2016 by 4pm.

Incomplete applications will be returned. Complete applications include:
• Fully answered application form,
• Physical Exam,
• Signed and dated Physicians Statement,
• Parent Consent for Camp Activities and Photos & Videos,
• $15 personal spending account check/money order (bring no other cash).

Respect Is Key
Kids will be kids, we know and expect that. What we don't want is negativity. So we ask every camper to treat follow campers and staff with the respect each deserve. If a camper is unruly, disrespectful, or is a danger to themselves or others, and is unwilling to change such behavior they will be dismissed from Camp Lions and their parent/guardian will be called to pick them up. They may not attend the following year. However, the camper may apply after one year's absence if a pledge of improved behavior is offered in sincerity.

For any additional questions, please e-mail us at camplions@lifnd.org.

Additional Opportunity: Leader Dogs for the Blind Summer Experience Camp

Leader Dog offers a camp for blind/low vision youth age 16 and 17. For more information, click the link below.



All Star Campers

Our campers are wonderful people who go on to do amazing things later in life!

Joyce E. Strother, Supervisor of Children's Service at St. Louis Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired, told us her story of how Camp Lions shaped her student teaching experience.

David Uzzell, previously a camper from 1999 to 2001, now works at a five-star Washington D.C. restaurant, Marcel's. Read more about David's incredible work ethic from NPR.