Camp Dean offeres 160 acres of adventureous woodlands to explore. Camp Dean offers challenging programs for girls in grades K-12. Girls stay 1 - 12 nights depending on age, program, and skill level.
Campers may choose from general and specialty sessions depending on their age and interest, and work with their counselors and fellow campers after arrival to plan their activities during their stay. Campers live in one of three platform tent units or in open air style cabin units.
Camp staff are carefully screened and selected, and represent the highest charcter, skill and caring. Each unit and activity staff member is trained in First Aid and CPR, and all staff members participate in a comprehensive staff training prior to the summer. Aquatics and horseback riding staff possess specialized skills and certifications. Staff members are at least eighteen years of age, and are from across the United States and abroad. Many are current college or university students or recent graduates.
Camp Dean is fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). ACA-accreditation is a distinction only one in four camps seeks and earns. To earn accreditation, our camp complies with over 300 stringent health, safety and program quality standards, and is visited regularly by ACA standards visitors to monitor our compliance. Facilities at Camp Dean include a cental dining hall lodge and commercial kitchen, camp office and Health Center, platform tent and cabin living units, a private pond for boating and fishing, miles of hiking trails, a heated in-ground swimming pool, open fields for sports and games, a creek, four program buildings, and several primitive sites for tent camping and cookout.
A fulltime Camp Ranger lives on-site, and is in constant communication with Resident Camp staff by way of UHF radio. The Camp Ranger also monitors and advises the Camp Director of approaching weather conditions.
Campers need not be Girl Scouts in order to attend Camp Dean, though tuition subsidies are provided to Girl Scouts registered within Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois. Summer Day Camp is also available, and Troop Camping is available during fall, winter and spring months. For more information, simply submit a request and our Resident Camp Director will contact you directly.
Activities and Features
Religious Emphasis None
Academic General Academics Science
Outdoor Activities General Outdoors Climb and Rappel Ropes Course Backpacking Hiking
Performing Arts General Performing Arts Dance Drama Music
Horseback Riding General Horseback Riding English
Competitive Events Intra Camp Competition
Individual Sports General Individual Sports Archery
Water Sports General Water Sports Recreational Swimming Canoeing Fishing Kayaking
Arts and Crafts General Arts and Crafts Jewelry Design
Miscellaneous General Miscellaneous Actvities Environmental Leadership Skills
Location & Contact
Camp Address 46W253 Camp Dean Road
Big Rock IL, 60511 USA
Winter Address 200 New Bond Street
Aurora, IL, 60504 USA
630-897-1565 x7161 (tel.) 630-466-7018 (fax.)