Specialized Kids’ Program

Camp Neeka

More Than A Traditional Day Camp Experience

The Camp Neeka Experience

Camp Neeka is an accessible and inclusive summer day camp for children of all backgrounds.

Directed by trained therapists, Camp Neeka provides children ages 7-16 with the opportunity to create friendships, build self-esteem, develop communication strategies and coping skills to improve their mental health and overall well-being.

  • A traditional day camp experience providing a safe, supportive, and fun environment that fosters social and emotional growth. See Camp Neeka’s benefits here.
  • Activities include gym games, art therapy, movement therapy, field trips, and recreational activities.
  • “Adult at Home” groups held during camp hours to support adults with continuing camp skills at home.
  • Supportive team of caring and attentive counselors with a 2:1 ratio of camper to counselor.

Contact the Camp Neeka Team

Camp Neeka Summer 2024

Two Locations

Waukegan Camp

  • When: June 6 – July 3, 9 am – 3 pm
  • Where: Oakdale Elementary School
  • Number of Kids: 40
  • Ages: 7 – 13 years old
    • Empowerment & Leadership Program (ELP): 14 – 16 years old


Northbrook Camp

  • When: July 11 – August 2​, 9 am – 2:30 pm
  • Where: Northbrook Junior High School
  • Number of Kids: 50
  • Ages: 7 – 13 years old
    • Empowerment & Leadership Program (ELP): 14 – 16 years old

Example Schedule

  • Monday: Introduction to weekly skills; therapeutic field trip
  • Tuesday: Movement, art and group therapy led by Josselyn clinicians
  • Wednesday: Therapeutic field trip
  • Thursday: Movement, art and group therapy led by Josselyn clinicians
  • Friday: Water day

Steps to Register

  • Step 1 – Complete this form
  • Step 2 – A Camp Neeka team member will provide you with registration forms to complete
  • Step 3 – Complete intake process and review camper needs with a Josselyn clinician

Payment Options

  • Medicaid (Free)
  • Accepts most insurance (payment depends on deductibles)
  • Out of pocket: $2,800
  • Scholarships available for eligible campers

Benefits of Camp Neeka

Fosters social and emotional growth
Provides guidance
Emphasizes team building and self-control

Stimulates the senses
Decreases frustration
Promotes problem solving skills

Allows for creative exploration
Motivates self-expression
Soothes emotional pain

The Camp Neeka Difference

Camp Neeka employs counselors who have professional experience in relevant fields, such as education/teaching and social work. Camp Neeka counselors are highly trained college or post graduate students pursuing careers in mental health or education who have an affinity and love for working with children.

Interested in becoming a Camp Neeka counselor? Apply here.

Maggie Nash, MSW, M.Ed.

Director of Mental Health Education, Therapist,
Director of Camp Neeka

Campers and Counselors

Camp Neeka 2022

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An accessible, inclusive summer day camp.

Get in touch to learn more about Camp Neeka.

Contact the Camp Neeka Team