Crafts, games, educational sessions, resources, pampering, friendship, good food, hiking/walking, discussion groups, informal chat with experts, Wii, entertainment, relaxation, and more! Outdoor activities will vary by retreat center/facility and time of year, but may include fishing, boating, rock climbing, and swimming. The entire weekend is carefully planned for stroke survivors, caregivers, and family members. Activities are modified so everyone can participate. Volunteers will support and assist you throughout the weekend.
The three day weekend retreats are designed specifically for stroke survivors, caregivers, and their family members. Adaptations are made to the best of our ability so that everyone can participate. Survivors are encouraged to attend with a caregiver. At camp, caregivers are asked to assist their survivor with daily routines as is necessary. Our volunteers are available to provide a helping hand, but will not provide skilled nursing care. As long as the caregiver is able to assist the survivor with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, medication administration, etc…), you are welcome to register for camp. The number of handicapped rooms varies by facility and are assigned based on greatest need. Please be sure to provide adequate information on the registration form about the level of disability to aid in our room assignments.
Camp is designed for both the survivor and caregiver. However, it is not uncommon for a more independent survivor to attend without their caregiver. Survivors attending alone need to be able to independently perform all activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, grooming, medication administration, etc…).
Stroke Camp has a no pets policy. Service animals are welcomed, but we must know in advance, and you need to provide the paperwork documenting that your pet is a service animal. Therapy/companion dogs/cats are not permitted. We appreciate your understanding in regards to this matter.
The three day weekend retreat is $150 per person for most of the retreats. A few camps cost more, and some are less if the sponsor chooses to supplement the registration fee. The registration form for each retreat will have the registration fee listed on it. We thank our sponsors for the financial support that makes Stroke Camp possible!
Yes, we ask that individuals needing assistance with the registration fees call our office at 309-688-5450 to discuss your needs.
Yes! Donations designated for our “scholarship” fund can be made through the Donate button on our website or by mailing a check. Thanks to donations received throughout the year, we have never turned anyone away from camp due to inability to pay the full camper fee.
No! With few exceptions, the majority of camps are held at conference and retreat centers and campers stay in hotel style rooms with private or nearby bathrooms. A few of the camps are held at facilities with more dorm or bunk type lodging. More information will be provided to you about the lodging for your specific camp when you register. Volunteers may be asked to stay in bunk style lodging when necessary.
Go to the Camp Dates/Registration page of our website to see a listing of dates and locations. You can register online, or print a form to mail to us. Camp listings are frequently updated, so check back periodically!
We are happy to begin discussions about camp sponsorship with a hospital in your area. Once the hospital expresses interest in providing a camp, please connect them with us.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, email address, mailing address, and phone number to be added to our quarterly newsletter.
Check with your local hospital/stroke center to find information on a stroke support
group. Here are links with stroke support group information:
American Stroke Association
National Stroke Association
There are also many online support groups that you can find through a simple internet search as well as through social media outlets.