- 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 14.08/14.08S, Children's Camp on 4/1/2014.
- 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.
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 14.08/14.08S, Children's Camp on 4/1/14.
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 14.08/14.08S 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 1 and April 30, 2014, 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. The office is closed on Good Friday, April 18, 2014.
After April 30, 2013, customers may call 1-312-332-0833, but this is not a toll-free number.
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Michelle R. B. Saddler
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services