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Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind/Low Vision & Deaf/Hard of Hearing Youth.
Making friends and memories since 1957. Celebrating 60 Years of fun & friends in 2017!

Be calm... Camp is getting closer every day!
Look for Camp Lions 2018 info in January.

Camp Lions of Illinois Activities.
Here are just a few activities campers can do...

   Camp Lions of Illinois Activities        Camp Lions of Illinois Activities
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Pontoon boat rides
  • Paddle boats
  • Beach/Pool Party
  • Water Tubing
  • Team Sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Hiking
  • High & Low Ropes Challenge courses
  • Zip Lining
  • Nature Crafts
  • Kickball
  • Painting
  • Scavenger Hunts
  • Campfires
  • Sing-a-longs
  • Described & Captioned Movies
  • A Dance
  • Camper Talent Show
  • Cookouts
  • Beeperball
  • Vollleyball
  • Baseball
  • Ga-Ga Ball
  • Beading & Other Crafts
  • Tie - Dye a Tee Shirt
  • Duct Tape Boat Race
and ideas are 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

2nd Session - Deaf/HoH Youth
Youth Camp for Deaf/Hard of Hearing only
East Bay Camps, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway, Hudson, IL

3rd Session - Blind/LowVision Youth
Youth Camp for Blind/Low Vision only
East Bay Camps, 24248 Ron Smith Memorial Highway, Hudson, IL

4th Session - Camp Lions for Blind and/or Deaf Youth
Youth Camp for both Blind/Low Vision and Deaf/Heard of Hearing Campers
Camp Manitowa, 12770 N. Benton Road, Benton, IL

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

Campers enjoy swimming, canoeing, team sports, archery, fishing, horseback riding, cookouts, crafts, artwork, & 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 & positive role-modeling. Staff strive to provide an enriching experience for every camper. During most activities Counselor to camper ratio is 1:4.

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 Youth
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 swiming pool, campfires & 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 2 "Deaf Week" AND Youth Week 3 "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 partyand 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 Manitowa, in Benton, Illinois
Host Camp for Youth Session 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, beep & baseball, archery, swimming, boating, tubing, fishing, arts & crafts, cookouts & 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!

Camp Lions Adventure Wilderness School (C.L.A.W.S.)
Not scheduled for 2017
This hybrid camp was created to meet the needs of active teens between the ages of 15-17. C.L.A.W.S. has been honored as the recipient the Eleanor P. Eels Award of the American Camping Association for "providing sensitive & thoughtful leadership, which results in the enrichment of human growth through the outdoor experience". Campers are invited to attend C.L.A.W.S. based on observations of personal potential of campers as noted by Camp Staff.

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 nominees 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.

2017 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 heath 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.