Illinois Department of Human Services


Information Memorandum


  • Children's summer camp fees can be paid for eligible TANF customers through a contract with the American Camping Association.
  • Downstate TANF cases will be mailed CN 17.03/CN17.03S (doc), Children's Camp on 4/3/2017.
  • All TANF customers can call toll-free 1-866-543-2267 during the month of April to find out about camping possibilities for their children.

Contract with American Camping Association

DHS has a contract with the American Camping Association. Under this contract, the camp fee for eligible TANF customers can be paid.

Camping Notice


The American Camping Association provides a notice to inform TANF customers who reside outside of Cook County about this opportunity. Downstate TANF cases with children will be sent CN 17.03/CN 17.03S (doc), Children's Camp on 4/3/2017.

Cook County:

Although camping slots in Cook County exist, those slots tend to fill quickly even without the benefit of a notice to customers. To avoid raising the hopes of a large number of TANF parents and their children for whom a camping spot may not be available, CN 17.03/CN 17.03S (doc) is not being sent to clients who reside in Cook County.

Although Cook County residents do not receive a notice, they may call the phone numbers listed below to inquire about camping opportunities in their area.

Phone Numbers to Inquire about Camping Opportunities

TANF customers can call Toll Free 1-866-543-2267 or 1-866-KID-CAMP between April 15 and May 26, 2017. Calls will be taken on Mondays from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the office is closed on Sunday. The office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on May 27th, 28th and 29th. 

James T. Dimas

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

CN 17.03/CN 17.03S (doc)