- 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 20.01/CN20.01S (pdf), Children's Camp on 03/11/2020.
- TANF customers can call toll-free 1-866-543-2267 or 1-312-332-0833 beginning 03/17/2020 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 were sent CN 20.01/CN 20.01S, Children's Camp on 03/11/2020.
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 20.01/CN 20.01S will not be 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 may call Toll Free 1-866-543-2267 (1-866-KID-CAMP) beginning 03/17/2020.
TANF customers may also visit online at www.acail.org/idhs to complete an online form to request a referral. This method requires the TANF customer to have an email address. The TANF customer will within 3 business days receive notification on their referral status by email. The online referral form may be completed from a computer or mobile device.
Grace B. Hou
Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services