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Each summer, we host two camps for up to 200 IL youth 14-20 years of age. Activities of the camp will build self-confidence, team work, positive peer and adult connections and independent living skills among youth. Youth will participate in activities including team-building, recreational, and skill-building activities.

Camp LIFE 2019

The theme for our events last year was, "Back to the Basics."  Our IL youth learned basic skills to help propel them towards an even brighter future!  Camp Life I 2019 for youth 17-21 years of age, was held on the campus of Auburn University at Montgomery (AUM) in Montgomery, AL.   Camp Life II for youth 14-16 took place at Children's Harbor in Alexander City, AL.  Fun was had by all, and they learned some wonderful things too! 

The events of 2020 meant that we had to make changes to meet the needs of our youth as quickly and effectively as possible.  Team IL knows that our youth are already dealing with challenging circumstances and they are truly SURVIVORS.  To that end, we curated special camp cargo boxes and hosted virtual sessions for our Survivors-  covering basic cooking skills, a fun and useful art project, informative sessions on continuing education, budgeting, careers in the music industry,and  motivational speakers.  We also hosted a fun dance party and a private chat about relationships that we did not record, so that our campers could be completely at ease with us.  You can find the sessions that we did record here:  Camp Life 2020 Virtual Experience!

Camp Counselors

Our camp wouldn't be possible without our amazing staff! The qualities we look for include boundless enthusiasm, putting others before self, sensitivity to camper needs, willingness to work, dedication and loyalty. Prior experience in a camp setting is not a requirement for working as part of our team, however, it is a bonus! Working with children in professional settings, teaching experience, and certifications are also assets to your application. Thorough background checks are completed on all applicants in compliance with State requirements.

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If you have any questions about Camp Life, please contact Arema Granger, IL Marketing Communications Specialist at

We all need a little help to survive and thrive, so we sent these CAMP Cargo kits and had an amazing virtual camp experience!

2019 Highlights of Individuals & Families Served

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