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Camp Little Giant Campers

Camp Little Giant is more than just an outdoor experience; it is an adventure in learning and growth, with the opportunity for campers to establish lasting friendships.

We believe our campers are capable of doing more than they think possible. Our philosophy is to allow campers to develop a "can do" attitude. Our goal is for campers to increase their confidence and independence, while learning new recreation skills.

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Camp Little Giant

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

Contact Jasmine Cave at 618-453-3950 or for questions or information.


Who does Camp Little Giant serve?

Camp Little Giant provides opportunities for youth and adults to experience camp.

We serve individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders, musculoskeletal impairments, neurological impairments, neuromuscular impairments, and sensory disorders.


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About Camp Little Giant

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

Respite Camp

The Camp Little Giant tradition continues into the fall with Respite Camp. Adults 18 and older with physical, cognitive or developmental disabilities will enjoy a 3 day, 2 night camp experience. This 3-day program is in partnership with the students from the SIU Recreation Therapy program.

For more information, call (618)453-3950 or email Jasmine Cave at

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  • Medical 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


  • Adaptive Sports
  • Archery
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Beachfront Activities
  • Boating
  • Climbing
  • Drumming
  • Evening Leisure Activities
  • Hiking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Kayaking
  • Outdoor/Environmental Education
  • Standup Paddleboarding

*Activities vary according to camping programs.

For more information about Touch of Nature’s Recreation Therapy Program, contact Jasmine Cave at or call 618/453-3950.