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Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as zip lining, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, horseback riding and more. Camp provides opportunities for outdoor adventure and recreation for individuals whose disabilities or health challenges make these activities often seem impossible, giving them inclusive and empowering experiences to develop independence and confidence.
Think Outside (No Box Required):
This summer, we'll offer 5-day inclusive Adventure Day Camp experiences for children ages 5-17 with or without disabilities (with programming designed for a developmental age of 5-13), as well as 5-night Overnight Camp experiences for both youth with disabilities (ages 7-17) and adults with disabilities (ages 18+)!! For its' third year, we'll offer one inclusive overnight camp session for youth ages 7-17 with OR without disabilities, to expand on the powerful friendships we've seen form through our inclusive day camp program! Due to our packed summer schedule, we have shifted away from summertime Family Retreats, but continue to offer our beloved 2-night Family Retreats in the Spring and Fall for families who have a child with a disability.
Camp as an Essential Experience:
Without a doubt, people need camp-- now more than ever before. The past few years, we safely re-introduced a sense of normalcy, a sense of community, a sense of connection here at Timber Pointe. We implemented programming that inspires imagination and encourages enthusiastic engagement in outdoor recreation, where all can participate and thrive. Finally, we created a space where campers made new friends and re-gained confidence in social interaction, where families both relaxed and experienced the excitement of new adventures together, and where individuals began to process and heal while feeling 100% included, 100% empowered, and 100% safe. We can't wait to continue helping campers and families grow and thrive year-round in 2024!
An Intentional Camp- Program Goals and Outcomes:
Camp is a ton of fun, and we can't wait for you to discover all the fun activities that await here at Timber Pointe! However, camp is so much more than a fun time (or as we like to say, so much s’more)—camp influences the way a camper feels about themselves and the world around them, and teaches or builds upon life-long skills. Timber Pointe is intentional about designing programming and creating a camp culture/community that produce the following goals and outcomes:
We intend for all campers and guests to feel included and empowered at camp! Therefore, all campers will have the opportunity and possibility to participate in every activity offered during a camp session, with the use of adaptive equipment and strategies to support all ability levels.
We acknowledge, celebrate, and build upon successes that are unique to each individual— everyone’s wins look a little different!
We always start with the most minimal level of support, and add in supports as necessary. When an adaptation is presented, campers will be given the choice to utilize the adaptation.
We intend for all campers and guests to develop and practice a more comprehensive, positive, healthy and productive skillset that will help them throughout life and beyond camp. Specifically, we intend for campers to gain and display the following skills during their time with us:
Building positive relationships with both peers and adults (if camper is youth) through positive interactions with individuals at camp both familiar and unfamiliar (friends old and new!) of all abilities, identities and backgrounds
Displaying increased independence over the duration of the camp session
Participating in new activities, trying new things, and gaining new perspectives while at camp
In the Summers of 2020-2023, Timber Pointe was able to think outside the box to give an incredible camp experience to hundreds of day campers, families, and overnight campers while prioritizing the health and safety of all. With respect and care towards our mission and camper population served, Timber Pointe continues to monitor COVID-19 Community Levels and employ practices to ensure we are doing our very best to keep all of our campers, staff, and guests safe at camp, while keeping the spirit and magic of camp at the center of our programs.
We partner with organizations that serve our mission of providing a camp experience for kids and adults that have challenging illnesses or disabilities. Timber Pointe and our partners provide memories that will last a lifetime. For some it's more than camp, it's home.
Contact us to learn more about bringing your organization to camp.
Frequently Asked Questions
The camp I want to apply for is waitlisted. What does that mean?
All of our camp sessions are in "waitlist mode" from the get-go, so don't panic! Every camper is initially waitlisted when submitting an application. This is because each of our campers has very different needs and a different support ratio. In order to ensure safe, appropriate, and supportive staffing, everyone is put on a waitlist so that our team can review each application thoroughly before progressing a camper in their registration status.
How do I pay?
You can pay via e-check through the application/registration portal, or pay via cash/check. Checks can be made out to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center and sent to:
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center
Attn: Camper Payment
20 Timber Pointe Lane
Hudson, IL 61748
A deposit is due within 3 days of confirmation of registration acceptance and the amount should be paid in full two weeks prior to the start of camp.
I don't have access to a scanner. How can I get camp paperwork to you?
If you are unable to upload documents online, they can be sent to our Hudson office at:
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center
20 Timber Pointe Ln
Hudson, IL 61748
How safe is camp?
Safety is our priority. During the application process, you will provide us with the necessary medical information we need, as well as information about the care and support your camper needs to thrive at camp! Our staff undergo extensive on-site training prior to the start of camp.
What do I pack?
A packing list, information about camp activities, and pick up/drop off information are available in our Handbooks which can be found on each program's tab!
Have other questions? We recommend thoroughly reading through our Camper/Family Handbooks found on our "Overnight Camps" and "Day Camps" pages (chances are high your question is answered there)! If you still haven't found an answer in our handbooks, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to answer any remaining questions!