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Camp Little Giant 2024

Ready for camp already? So are we! Camp Little Giant registration is now open. Camp sessions will be held Monday-Friday starting June 10th and ending July 26th. All Camp Little Giant sessions will be day camps for the 2024 season. Pick up and drop off from the SIU Arena as well as lodging for camper families Monday-Friday is available.


About Camp:

From swimming and environmental education to boating, sports, games, outdoor education, and arts and crafts, every week promises memorable opportunities for growth and fun.

Our camper to staff ratio is 4-1.

Campers will need to bring a change of clothes, a swimsuit, towel, sunblock, water bottle, and small backpack to keep their belongings in.

Campers must be able to meet Essential Eligibility Requirements and our Inclusion Statement Waiver.


Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) and Inclusion Statement:

EECs should not be seen as blocks to participation, but rather as a tool to help ensure your camper has the fundamental skills required to be safe and successful in our specific camp.


If your camper does not meet EEC, they are more than welcome to join camp if they provide a 1:1 caregiver that will provide services that allow the camper to meet the EEC. Please contact the camp director for details or questions. 


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Guardian Camper Guidebook

For more information about your campers experience with us, please check out this guardian-camper guidebook.


Camp Little Giant

Touch of Nature Outdoor Education Center
SIU Mail Code 6888
Carbondale, IL 62901

For more information about Touch of Nature’s Inclusive Recreation Program, contact us at 618-453-1121 or

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Who does Camp Little Giant serve?

Camp Little Giant provides opportunities for youth and adults of all abilities to experience an authentic camp experience.

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Need Assistance?

Camp Little Giant offers camperships for campers with financial needs.

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About Camp Little Giant

Camp Little Giant has served campers with disabilities since 1952. It was the first camp of its kind in the nation, the first camp accredited by the American Camp Association, and ultimately paved the way for the Special Olympics.


  • Health and Wellness Center
  • Kitchen and dining area
  • Rustic Cabins
  • 2 accessible shower and restroom facilities
  • Paved nature trail
  • Accessible beach on Little Grassy Lake
  • Outdoor amphitheater overlooking Little Grassy Lake
  • Pavilions and activity spaces
  • Accessible boat dock


  • Adaptive Sports
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Swimming
  • Boating
  • Climbing
  • Evening Leisure Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor Education
  • Outdoor Cooking
  • Standup Paddleboarding
  • Ropes Course
  • Rock Climbing
  • Team Building
  • Fishing

*Activities vary according to camping programs.