Summer Camp – overnight camp June 4 through July 28; Day Camp week of July 4
Camp New Hope (CNH), located on beautiful Lake Mattoon in central Illinois (just south of Mattoon) provides a safe and caring camp for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities from age 8 to 80 to experience fun and companionships, allowing a break for family and caregivers. CNH is Illinois’ premier facility for recreational programs for individuals with special needs, offering programs that bring fun, adventure, companionship, and activities of the “summer” kind. Residential camp weeks (Sunday afternoon through Friday afternoon) are offered through June and July (with one week of day camp the week of July 4) each with a special theme, special guest performances, and custom-themed activities and food. Camp is filled with arts and crafts, music and recreational activities, all adapted to individuals campers’ needs. Swimming, boating, sports and tournaments, fishing, and nature education fill camp days. Evenings conclude with group activities such as games, sing-alongs and stories at the campfire. The weeks culminate with an award ceremony for campers, parents and families. Camp New Hope adapts activities to each camper instead of the individual adapting to the activity. Amenities include: mini-golf, pontoon boat, fishing dock, playground, chapel/stage on the banks of the lake, Camp New Hope train, covered outdoor arts and crafts building, beautiful wooded trails – fully wheelchair accessible, swimming pool – 3 feet deep for safety with shaded deck and pool lift and large fully accessible activity center with gym. Limited scholarships are available. Check us out on our website, including fees and application, at www.campnewhopeillinois.org and on YouTube – Camp New Hope Happy. This year we’re also offering Buddy Camp, for individuals with and without disabilities, Sunday, July 30 through Wednesday, August 2.