Guidelines for Camp Lions Free Summer Camp

Camp Lions of Illinois for Blind and Deaf Youth and Adults is an over-night camp that offers eligible Illinois residents a week of fun, challenging activities and an opportunity to make new friends with peers of similar abilities. Please review our guidelines for Camp Lions.

A camper needs to have a visual acuity range of total blindness or a 20/70 vision in both eyes after best correction and/or have an auditory loss which requires daily usage of communication alternatives such as: sign language, lip reading, or the need of a hearing device such as a hearing aid or a cochlear implant.

Complete applications include:

  • Fully answered application
  • Physical Exam
  • Signed and dated Physicians Statement
  • List of Immunizations
  • Images of Insurance Card
  • $20 deposit personal spending account check/money order (bring no other cash)


Health & Safety Come First

Camp Lions Summer Camp takes place in a rustic outdoor setting and most camp activities are held outdoors.  There is limited air conditioning at most camp sites. Campers need to be medically able to safely participate in camp activities with or without any reasonable accommodation.

Every Camp Lions session has a health officer 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.

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 fellow campers and staff with the respect that 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.

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