Camp Hope is a five-day recreational and residential summer camp in the Chicago area for children, teenagers, and young adults who are challenged by developmental disabilities. Camp Hope offers typical summer camp activities such as swimming, dancing, singing, arts and crafts, adaptive sports, cookouts, a magic show, and a carnival. The established age range of campers is 11-30, and a wide range of developmental disabilities are accepted. Camp Hope is one of the only residential summer camps in the United States that offers one-on-one care for each camper.

A week at Camp Hope is a fun filled, exciting week of activities, friendships and summer adventure.  Our camp is designed to meet the specific needs of our campers without sacrificing the traditional events which make summer camp so special!

The one-week camp begins on Sunday evening and runs through Friday afternoon.  Each one of our campers is paired with a specifically selected buddy.  The buddy will be with the camper every step of the way through the entire week. Together the camper and buddy will experience all the fun and excitement of summer camp.  All activities are adapted for our campers' needs, and include:

  • Swimming

  • Games and Activities - Climbing Wall, Horseback Riding, Campfire Drum Circle

  • Arts and Crafts

  • Outdoor Carnival

  • Music

  • Talent Show

  • Costume Dance Party with DJ

  • Chore Time

  • Cabin Inspection and Dormitory Awards

  • Awards Banquet 

  • Special Presenters - Magician, Juggler, Musical Groups, Sports Teams, Dance Exhibition and Lessons

Each year a theme is chosen for the week of camp.  Past themes have included: Under the Sea, Olympics, Jungle Safari, Birthday Party, Neon Rainbow, Space Jam, Harry Potter, and Paradise.  The camp staff work to include this theme in the activities for the week to make each year at camp original and fun. 

Need more information?  Please check out the FAQs page. You may also contact camphopeillinois@gmail.com or Laura Fuhrman at lfuhrman@camphopeillinois.org with any questions.


Our Board of Directors is a hands-on group of community members who volunteer to provide leadership for our organization as well as coordinate and participate in summer camp activities.

Executive Director
Judy Ballantini

Chris Carr

Kyle Gaughan

Ann Burke 

Jeanne Burke

Katie Farrell

Emma Faucher

Sherry Fischer

Sarah Hartman, RN

Ellen Romeiser

Lillie Romeiser Rodgers

Julia Saran

Maggie Slingerland

Camp Administrator:
Laura Fuhrman

Diane Ireland

Mary Lane

Meaghan Laughlin

Graham O'Connor-Brooks

Cynthia Passalino

Andrea Perino

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