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Tony loves the camping experience and all his friends at Camp SOAR. This is an excellent program, run by dedicated people.

Laura anticipated camp for months and was beyond excited! You and your crew did not disappoint at all. She wished that she could have stayed forever.

We noticed how happy Stuart was and that he seemed more self-sufficient and confident when he returned. He has been answering questions more responsively and acting like he matured at camp. Camp SOAR was a wonderful experience for him.

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Camp Dates and Applications

Camp SOAR is held at Wesley Woods Camp, Williams Bay, WI. Campers and counselors must provide their own transportation to and from Camp SOAR.  Scroll down for counselor information.  


 2018 Camp Dates

Session I:   Sunday, July 8 - Friday, July 13

Session II:  Sunday, July 15 - Friday, July 20

Mandatory Training Sessions for All Volunteers: 

If you are volunteering for Both Weeks or only for Week One—
Saturday, July 7  

1:00 Start if you are new to SOAR or have 4 weeks or less of experience at SOAR.
   You must eat lunch on your own BEFORE arriving for training
6:00 Start if you have 5 or more weeks experience at SOAR.  Eat dinner BEFORE arriving.

If you are volunteering only for Week Two
Saturday, July 14

1:00 Start if you are new to SOAR or have 4 weeks or less of experience at SOAR.                                                   You must eat lunch on your own BEFORE arriving for training
6:00 Start if you attended training last week or have 5 or more weeks experience at SOAR            
        Eat dinner BEFORE arriving.

If you are volunteering for both weeks, you will leave Friday around 11:30am and need to return Saturday by 6:30pm. No counselors stay at Wesley Woods Camp on Friday evening. 

Camp Fees

The Camp fee of $475 applies to campers only, there is no fee for counselors. The fee covers everything, a one-on-one counselor, all food, lodging, crafts, entertainment and a cool T-shirt.  Each year, a limited amount of donated funds are available for full or partial scholarships to the summer sessions.  Please contact the CRT office to request a scholarship application. 

Camper Applications

Please call 312-726-4011 or email to request an new camper application or additional information. New camper acceptance is a two step process, an initial phone screening is followed by a review of the completed application by a CRT child development specialist. Due to the high demand for placement, campers may only attend one summer session each year.  Camp applications are available at the end of January.

All returning age appropriate or prior wait-listed campers will be automatically mailed a current camp application in January. Completed camp applications must be returned by US mail; faxed or emailed applications will NOT be accepted.

Counselor Applications

All counselors are volunteers.  No compensation is received other than the knowledge you have participated in a life changing experience and have helped a special needs child enjoy a week of fun summer activities. You must be 15 years old by the start of camp.  Counselor’s volunteer time may be applied to service hours for school and religious purposes.  Counselors may volunteer for either week or both weeks, but must commit to the full session and attend training.  For more information and a counselor application, please click the Counselor Application and What is Expected of a Camp Counselor tabs to the right.

Applying to be a counselor?  Don’t wait:

For each session, we will accept a total of 80 counselors, some will be one-on-one with a camper, others will be on activities and leadership positions. 

Ladies:  Keep in mind there are always more female counselors than needed so don’t wait to get your application in to us.  Along with experience we take into account when your application is received.

Guys:  We can’t accept camper boys over the age of 12 until we know you will be there for sure.  Please get your applications in as soon as possible.

We swim in Geneva Lake, which is a popular fishing lake.  Everyone MUST have received a tetanus shot no earlier 2008, please include the date of your vaccine on your application.

We have current physicals on file for many returning counselors; ask us if you are unsure if you need an updated one.  You can apply without sending a physical.