Information Memo:


  • CN 13.08/13.08S will be mailed to downstate TANF cases on 4/1/2013.
  • TANF clients who live in Cook County can call toll-free 1-866-543-2267 to find out about camping possiblities for their children.


DHS has a contract with the American Camping Association. Under this contract, the camp fee for eligible TANF customers can be paid. To make sure customers are made aware of this, on 4/1/13, CN 13.08 (pdf)/CN 13.08S (pdf), CHILDRENS CAMP will be mailed to TANF recipients who reside outside of Cook County. Cases coded with a G or S in Item 28 of Form 552 (Pregnant Women Cases) are excluded from the mailing.

CN 13.08/13.08S is printed English front and Spanish back. A copy of CN 13.08/CN 13.08S is attached.

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 13.08/13.08S is not being sent to clients who reside in Cook County.

If a TANF client who lives in Cook County asks about camping possibilities for their child, they can call Toll Free 1-866-543-2267 or 1-866-KID-CAMP between April 1 and April 30, 2013, Monday through Friday. Instruct them to call between the hours of 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM or 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Tell the customer to have their medical card ready when they call.

After April 30, 2013, customers may call 1-312-332-0833, but this is not a toll-free number.

[signed copy on file]

Michelle R. B. Saddler

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Form referenced:

  • CN 13.08/13.08S