Therapeutic Recreation

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In front of the Friend's Gazebo
young man enjoying a horseback ride
Laura dancing with camper
campers and staff together
Disabled hunt participant

Touch of Nature's Therapeutic Recreation Program provides recreational opportunities to individuals experiencing physical, cognitive and developmental disabilities including, but not limited to, visual and hearing impairments, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, ADD/ADHD, autism and traumatic brain injuries.  The Therapeutic Recreation was made possible by the innovations of Dr. William “Bill” Freeberg. Freeberg was one of the founders of the Special Olympics and in 1952 started the first ever outdoor camp for people with disabilities, Camp Little Giant.

Touch of Nature’s Camp 2 facilities are wheelchair accessible. Our counselors and facilitators do their utmost to ensure an adventure filled with experiences leaving lasting impressions and wonderful memories. 

Participating in exciting outdoor activities, meeting interesting new people, and exploring the world is what an adventure with Touch of Nature Therapeutic Recreation Program (TRP) is all about. Each program is a unique experience, combining the place, the season and participants in your group.

Be prepared to step out of your normal routine and enter a world where time is measured by the sun and the movement governed by wind and weather.

  • To get a better grasp on the program activities, click HERE.
  • For more information about Touch of Nature’s Therapeutic Recreation Program, contact Vicki Lang-Mendenhall at vickil@siu.edu or call 618/453-1121.  

clg wheelchairs at amphitheater

Camp Little Giant offers summer residential and day camp opportunities for adults and children with cognitive, physical or developmental disabilities. We focus on providing a safe environment for campers to experience personal growth and enrichment.