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Touch of Nature’s Summer Camp season runs June through August and we have another great lineup for campers of all ages.

Camp Little Giant has been offering lifetime memories and experiences since 1952 and is one of the first residential camps of its kind in the nation to offer camping opportunities for people with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities. 

Our EdVenture Camps offer both education and adventure (hence, the name) as well as an appreciation of the natural world around us.  What better way to mix education with fun.  

Registration for all of our summer camps is now open!  Consider sending a camper on an adventure of a lifetime by providing a Campership.

Check out our 2017 Summer Camps Brochure!

EdVenture Summer Camps 

EdVenture Summer Camps serve children ages 7-15. Each camp offers a variety of different adventures and exciting education components that will keep your child busy all summer!

Visit our EdVenture page and find out about our overnight, day and intergenerational camps.  Registration is now available for all EdVenture Camps.  Convenient payment plans are also available.  

Camp Little Giant

Camp Little Giant offers camps to children and adults ages 8 to 88. Camp Little Giant is a 1 to 2 week long residential camp serving individuals with physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities, designed to meet the needs of everyone! Activities include: swimming, boating, horseback riding, nature quests, fishing, arts and much more.

Registration is now available for all Camp Little Giant sessions.  Conveneint payment plans are available.  

Dawg Days Freshman Retreat

Dawg Days Freshman Retreat is a four-day and three-night retreat for incoming freshmen at Southern Illinois University. Freshmen can sign up for Dawg Days as an optional program and will spend their time at Touch of Nature getting to know new people, learning about SIU traditions and finding out what it means to be a Saluki. Go Dawgs!

August 12-15  

Respite Camps 

Respite Camps are for adults ages 18 to 88. The Camp Little Giant tradition continues into the fall with the Traditions Respite Camp. Adults with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities will enjoy an authentic overnight camp experience. Activities include arts and crafts, sports and games, beachfront activities, boating, dancing, a hayride, a campfire and much more.