Ages 9 & Up

Located on 180 acres in Ingleside, IL
Serving individuals with disabilities, emotional and behavioral needs.

The highly adaptable programs strive to increase self-esteem, promote interaction, improve social skills and encourage independence in a natural environment.

The only American Camp Association accredited camp serving both children and adults with disabilities in metropolitan Chicago, Camp Red Leaf fulfills a vital need for safe, reliable, and enriching programming for individuals with special needs by providing week-long Summer Camp opportunities, Weekend Respite Care and 10-day Travel Camp adventures and now Day Camp 2017!


At Camp Red Leaf we believe that our weeklong and weekend programs can enhance the quality of life for individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers, while providing opportunities for campers to develop improved socialization skills and life skills.

Motor Skill Development

During summer camp sessions and respite weekends, campers participate in games and athletics that facilitate the development of gross motor skills, coordination, and fine motor skills. Campers play traditional sports like basketball, soccer, and kickball, as well as archery and participate in the low and high ropes course at the Glickman High Sierra Adventure Center.

Life Skills Development

Counselors guide campers in the development of critical life skills, which vary widely depending on each individual. These skills range from assistance with dietary habits, personal hygiene, and other basic, everyday skills. Counselors model acceptable behavior and use positive reinforcement to encourage each camper to attain his or her specific goals.

New and Lasting Friendships

Camp Red Leaf has a vibrant social atmosphere. Each year campers reunite with old friends and also establish new connections throughout the course of each session. Counselors plan activities that accommodate each camper’s specific needs in a positive, supportive environment, which in turn fosters campers’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and emotional well-being.

Respite Benefits to Families

Camp Red Leaf seeks to enhance the lives of campers and their families, in part by giving caregivers an opportunity to experience rest, to spend quality time with other family members and friends, and to use the respite break to meet their own mental health needs.

For nearly three decades, Camp Red Leaf has opened its doors – and arms – to embrace thousands of children and adults with developmental disabilities. One of only two American Camp Association (ACA) accredited camps that serve children with special needs in metropolitan Chicago, Camp Red Leaf is the only ACA accredited camp for adults with special needs in the region.

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