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Camp New Hope

More Than Just A Camp!

Year round recreation for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Who is Camp New Hope?

Our camp is a nonprofit organization serving people who have developmental disabilities. Since 1977, the Jaycees (leadership training organization) throughout Illinois have provided camping sponsorships for special needs people to go to Camp New Hope.

What is our camp like?

Every camper comes for one week during the summer. Every camper is part of a small group of 6 or 7 campers supervised by 3 paid staff per small group. This team stays together for all activities, including boating, fishing, swimming, games, music and art. This enables the campers and the counselor’s time to get to know each other and to learn to work together on projects.

Where are we located?

Our camp is located in Southeast Illinois, near Mattoon. It is 15 miles north of Effingham and 52 miles south of Champaign. Directions are on our website at

Who can attend?

The camp accommodates people who have developmental or physical disabilities. These campers have diverse needs and abilities. We are a favorite camp for many wheelchair users. We have camping for people of all ages over the age of 8. We schedule campers of the same approximate age during the same week.

What can we offer a camper?

We have the following items to provide during the week:

  • Mini Golf
  • Playground
  • Fishing Deck and Pontoon Boats
  • On Site AED
  • Sleeping cabins with Air Conditioning
  • Asphalt trails for easy access
  • Swimming Pool
  • Respite Building with a large basement for activities
  • The Camp New Hope Train

Would you like more information about Camp New Hope or a New Camper Application?

Peoria Jaycees | PO Box 2, Peoria, IL 61650 | (309) 676-5292