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Camp Little Giant 2023

After our hiatus, Camp Little Giant will be returning in 2023! We couldn't be more excited to be back and offer better camps than ever before.

    Dyna Camp: June 11-16, 2023, $725.00

    Camp tailored for campers diagnosed with ADHD ages 8-12. Dyna Camp is designed for children and teenagers with ADHD who do not need the level of support offered at special needs overnight camps yet need a different experience than a large traditional overnight camp can offer. This camp has aSunday PM Drop Off - Friday PM Pick Up.

    This camp is not a medical/treatment/therapy-based camp. Program models traditional summer camp activities with special attention given to individual needs throughout the week.

    Camp may be a perfect fit for your camper if they are working on the following:
    • Developing perspective taking skills (understanding how you’re perceived by others, understanding other’s thoughts, feelings and intentions)
    • Initiating conversations with similar-age peers with self-confidence.
    • Understanding ideas and concepts rather than just focusing on small details
    • Coping with frustrations or disappointments
    • Learning how to be part of a social group
    • Sportsmanship
    • Understand non-verbal social communication (reading social cues)
    • Learning how to use humor appropriately and relate to other’s experiences
    • Exhibiting age-appropriate and situation-appropriate emotional regulation
    • Transitions and unexpected changes in schedule

    Essential Eligibility Criteria

    Register Here

    Lillypads: June 18-23, 2023, $750.00

    Lillypads is tailored to the special needs of children who struggle in social spheres or need a little more attention than a traditional camp may offer. Whether diagnosed with Autism Spectrum, generalized anxiety, ADHD, or social anxiety, the Lilypads section of Camp Little Giant fosters friendship development, gently guides personal development and nurtures social growth in all campers. This camp does not require a diagnosis to attend! This camp is also for campers who just may not be ready for a camp with 50+ campers with high staff ratios!This camp has aSunday Drop Off - Friday PM Pick Up.

    This camp is not a medical/treatment/therapy-based camp. Our program models traditional summer camp activities with special attention given to individual needs throughout the week.

    Camp may be a perfect fit for your camper if:
    • Large sleepaway camps seem intimidating or have not been successful in the past
    • The thought of sleeping in a large bunkhouse would induce worry in the camper
    • Camper is successful in small groups
    • Camper enjoys predictable environments
    • Camper will likely need support with homesickness
    • Camper becomes uncomfortable with transitions and unexpected changes in schedule
    • Camper is uneasy about trying new activities
    • Camper is actively learning how to be part of a social group
    • Camper needs support learning how to be part of a social group
    • Camper needs support forming and sustaining friendships with similar-age peers
    • Camper is working on interactions with similar-age peers with self-confidence

    Essential Eligibility Criteria

    Register Here

    Dynamic Duos! Session 1: June 25-30, 2023, $1250.00

    Dynamic Duos! adults is catered to adults with developmental, cognitive or physical disabilities and their college/adult aged peers. Campers participate side by side with their camp “buddy” in traditional summer camp activities including hiking, swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, rock climbing, ropes course and team building.

    Camp “buddies” will be paired with your camper for the camp week. They will be a bunk mate, meal mate, activity mate and helping hand to their buddy with a disability.

    Camp may be a perfect fit for your camper if:
    • Camper would benefit from an inclusive environment supporting independence, building a community, being empowered physically and emotionally and having FUN
    • Has cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida or other disability limiting participation in a large traditional camp
    • Enjoys companionship with a 1:1 camp buddy

    IF camper does not meet EEC and has a caregiver that will provide services allowing camper to meet EEC, they may be considered for acceptance on a case-by-case basis. Contact program coordinator for details.

    Campers should have the skills to handle the sleep-away-from-home aspects of the camp program, including living independently in a group setting and taking care of their own personal needs with prompting when needed. (Independent completing ADL’s including but not limited to toileting, hygiene, feeding, dressing and transfers).

    Essential Eligibility Criteria

    Register Here

    Dynamic Duos! Session 2 (Adults): July 9-14, 2023, $1250.00

    Dynamic Duos! adults is catered to adults with developmental, cognitive or physical disabilities and their college/adult aged peers. Campers participate side by side with their camp “buddy” in traditional summer camp activities including hiking, swimming, kayaking, arts and crafts, rock climbing, ropes course and team building.

    Camp “buddies” will be paired with your camper for the camp week. They will be a bunk mate, meal mate, activity mate and helping hand to their buddy with a disability.

    Camp may be a perfect fit for your camper if:
    • Camper would benefit from an inclusive environment supporting independence, building a community, being empowered physically and emotionally and having FUN
    • Has cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida or other disability limiting participation in a large traditional camp
    • Enjoys companionship with a 1:1 camp buddy

    IF camper does not meet EEC and has a caregiver that will provide services allowing camper to meet EEC, they may be considered for acceptance on a case-by-case basis. Contact program coordinator for details.

    Campers should have the skills to handle the sleep-away-from-home aspects of the camp program, including living independently in a group setting and taking care of their own personal needs with prompting when needed. (Independent completing ADL’s including but not limited to toileting, hygiene, feeding, dressing and transfers).

    Essential Eligibility Criteria

    Register Here

    Dynamic Duos! (Teens): July 16-21, 2023, $1250.00

    Dynamic Duos! teens is catered to teens with developmental or cognitive disabilities and their peers inclusively. Campers participate side by side with their camp “buddy” in traditional summer camp activities including hiking, canoeing, fishing, rock climbing, swimming and high ropes course.

    Camp “buddies” will be paired with a camper for the camp week. They will be a bunk mate, meal mate and helping hand to their buddy with a disability. Must be 15+ to be a volunteer duo buddy for Duos! teens.

    Camp may be a perfect fit for your camper if:
    • Camper would benefit from an inclusive environment supporting independence, building a community, being empowered physically and emotionally and having FUN
    • Has cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, autism, spina bifida or other disability limiting participation in a large traditional camp
    • Enjoys companionship with a 1:1 camp buddy

    This camp is not a medical/treatment/therapy-based camp. Program models traditional summer camp activities with special attention given to individual needs throughout the week.

    Campers should have the skills to handle the sleep-away-from-home aspects of the camp program, including living independently in a group setting and taking care of their own personal needs with prompting when needed. (Independent completing ADL’s including but not limited to toileting, hygiene, feeding, dressing and transfers).

    Essential Eligibility Criteria

    Register Here

Camp Little Giant

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center
SIU Mail Code 6888
Carbondale, IL 62901

Contact us at 618-453-1121 or ton@siu.edufor questions or information.

Guardian Camper Guidebook

For more information about your campers experience with us, please check out this guardian-camper guidebook.

Guidebook

Who does Camp Little Giant serve?

Camp Little Giant provides opportunities for youth and adults of all abilities to experience an authentic camp experience.

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Need Assistance?

Camp Little Giant offers camperships for campers with financial needs.

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About Camp Little Giant

Camp Little Giant has served campers with disabilities since 1952. It was thefirstcamp of its kind in the nation, the first camp accredited by the American Camp Association, and ultimately paved the way for theSpecial Olympics.

Facilities

  • Medical Center
  • Kitchen and dining area
  • Rustic Cabins
  • 2 accessible shower and restroom facilities
  • Paved nature trail
  • Accessible beach on Little Grassy Lake
  • Outdoor amphitheater overlooking Little Grassy Lake
  • Pavilions and activity spaces
  • Accessible boat dock

Activities

  • Adaptive Sports
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Climbing
  • Evening Leisure Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Standup Paddleboarding
  • Ropes Course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Team Building
  • Fishing

*Activities vary according to camping programs.

For more information about Touch of Nature’s Inclusive Recreation Program, contact us at 618-453-1121 orton@siu.edu.

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