Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp

  • Lockport, IL
  • Camp Type: Overnight
  • Age of Campers: 5 -
  • Gender of Campers: Coed
  • Year Established: 2003

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At Shady Oaks Camp, we create outstanding camp experiences that enrich the lives of our campers Shady Oaks Camp accomplishes this by providing outdoor fun and recreational opportunities for children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and similar disabilities. 

On these pages you will find detailed information about our camp, it's history, our facilities, and staff, and the organizations that have helped support us and helped make Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp successful. In the next few years, the Parents Association for Cerebral Palsy Children and Shady Oaks Cerebral Palsy Camp hope to increase our number of campers and improve the quality of our program and facilities. We will also be branching out to not only serve people with Cerebral Palsy, but other physical and developmental disabilities as well. The future of our organization looks to be a bright one!

Founded in 1947, the camp is located on 35 beautiful acres.  The camp has grown from its three original buildings to seven dorms, two staff houses including an infirmary, a large dining hall, director's quarters, grounds keeper's quarters, heated pool, and a recreational facility donated by the Ford Foundation.

Ford Hall is the focal point for many of the camp programs. Various musical, dance, and theatrical groups perform in and outside of the facility. During days of inclement weather the campers have access to books, board games, a pool table, piano, and a television/VCR . The camps arts and crafts program is also centered here.

All of the buildings, except Ford Hall which is brick, are made of wood. This rustic look gives Shady Oaks its "summer camp" feel. Dorms can house between 7-10 campers per two week session. Each dorm also has a small room attached to it which serves as housing for the Head Dorm Counselor.

Shady Oaks is nestled in a forest of oak trees and surrounded by numerous small ponds. Various animal visitors including frogs, turtles, raccoons, mink, deer, birds, and an occasional fox can be observed on camp grounds from time to time.  

Between the months of September and November and also April thru May camp is available to rent for retreats, picnics and meetings by various church, business and youth organizations. The camp provides housing for groups up to 150. Kitchen facilities are also available for cooking and dining. Interested parties can submit our online form, or contact us for more information.

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