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 were mailed CN 18.03 (pdf)/CN18.03S (pdf), Children's Camp on 4/6/2018.
  • 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 was sent CN 18.03 (pdf)/CN 18.03S (pdf), Children's Camp on 4/6/18.

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 18.03 (pdf)/CN 18.03S (pdf) 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 18 and May 25, 2018. Calls will be taken on Mondays through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Online Referrals

The TANF customer can visit online to complete an online form to request a referral. This method requires the TANF customer to have an email address. The TANF customer will receive notification on their referral status within 2 business days by email. The online referral form may be completed from a computer or mobile device.

James T. Dimas

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

CN 18.03 (pdf)/CN 18.03S (pdf)