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Summer registration opens for 2019 Camp Little Giant

By Brandi Courtois, Staff Writer

Camp Little Giant is now accepting registrations for campers of various ages and abilities for the 2019 summer camp sessions.

The therapeutic recreation camp opened in 1952 and was one of the country’s first camps specifically created for people with disabilities of all types, according to a university news release.

Activities are adapted by specially trained camp staff to meet the needs and abilities of individual campers, according to the release. Campers will be able to participate in swimming, music, horseback riding as well as many other crafts and activities.

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The camp will take place at Touch of Nature Environmental Center, located about eight miles south of Carbondale, according to the release. The campers will be along the shores of Little Grassy Lake near the Shawnee National Forest.

The 2019 Camp Little Giant schedule:

  • June 9-14: Camp Olympia I, Ages 21 and older with high care needs, low mobility or use of a wheelchair
  • June 9-21: Camp Olympia II, Ages 21 and older with high care needs, low mobility or use of a wheelchair
  • June 16-28: Camp Traditions II, Ages 21 and older with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • June 23-28: Camp Traditions III, Ages 21 and older with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • July 7-12: Camp Traditions IV, Ages 21 and older with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • July 14-19: Camp Shawnee I, Ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • July 14-26: Camp Shawnee II, Ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • July 21-26: Camp Shawnee III, Ages 8-21 with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities
  • July 28-August 3: Dyna Camp, Ages 8-19 with attention deficit, hyperactive disorder

A $100 deposit is required at the time of registration with full payment due by the start of the session. According to the release scholarship assistance is available to campers who qualify. Scholarships and registration are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The cost for those who need less intensive and individualized care and supervision is $550 for the six day session and $1,200 for the 13 day session. For those who require one-on-one care and supervision the cost is $1,000 for a six day session or $2,100 for the 13 day session.

The seven day Dyna camp registration cost is $650 for participants that do not need individualized care and $1,200 for those who do.

Camp registration forms and additional information can be found online or by calling Vicki Lang (618) 453-3950. 

Staff writer Brandi Courtois can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Brandi_Courtois.

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