July 11, 2012
Camp Duncan in the News
YMCA’s Camp Duncan was featured in the Chicago Tribune today – in a piece showcasing the specialty camps held each summer. Camp Duncan is a camp for all, hosting 18 medical camps this year, serving around 800 campers with special needs. To learn more about all of the Y’s camps, visit http://www.ymcachicago.org/programs/camps/.
On a recent afternoon, Kari Kinnett sat on a picnic bench at Camp Duncan in far northwest suburban Ingleside singing Adele's "Someone Like You."
Kinnett, 22, who wants to be a professional singer, was practicing for an upcoming talent show at the weeklong Helen Keller Camp for blind and deaf individuals at Camp Duncan.
The Helen Keller Camp is one of several YMCA camps held at Camp Duncan for children and adults with special needs.
Kinnett, who has been blind since she was 2, said the camp gives her the rare opportunity to go out on her own and away from her parents' close watch.
"It helps me make new friends," said Kinnett, of Villa Grove in central Illinois. "It's a way to socialize and learn new activities."
Camp Duncan has hosted blind campers in past years for daytime-only outings, but this year marked the first adult-resident overnight camp for the deaf and blind.
Camp Duncan, owned and operated by YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, is on 400 wooded acres and features a 90-acre lake. It was bought by Joseph Duncan in 1921 for $3,000 for the sole purpose of being used as a camp for children. His initial target group was young boys from the West Side of Chicago.