- Every year it costs approximately $350,000 to operate Shady Oaks Camp for an eight week session. This money is put toward the cost of food, entertainment, utilities, and the 1:1 staff. Because the Parents Association is a not for profit organization, a large portion of this money must be raised by the parents.
- The parents raise money in several ways including; selling candy and raffle tickets, Annual dinner dance and motorcycle run, and working various tag days. If S.O.C had to rely upon these fundraisers alone, it would not be able to open each year. Since its inception in 1947, The Parents Association and S.O.C. have counted on and received generous contributions from many outside sources. Without these kindhearted individuals S.O.C. would not be celebrating its 68th anniversary in 2015.
- Because of this, The Parents Association and S.O.C. would like to thank all the companies, businesses, organizations, and individuals who have donated their time and money to S.O.C.
Shady Oaks Camp is always in need of help. Because most of the money raised throughout the year is put toward operating camp, not much is left over for repairs and renovations. As you may imagine 69 years of Illinois winters have taken there toll on the camp buildings. Many of the dorms are in need of major work.
On top of all the repairs, the program at Shady Oaks needs to be updated to compete with other camp programs. New adaptive equipment for sports, arts and crafts, and games need to be purchased. All of which cost money.
If you would like more information on our program, please feel free to contact us. S.O.C is always looking for new campers to become part of our family. In addition, If you or someone you know would like to help by providing assistance to Shady Oaks through a donation of time, equipment, supplies, prizes for our annual raffle, or money please contact us.
Every donation is greatly appreciated and none is too small. By becoming involved in the Parents Association, you will discover what many campers, staff, parents and donors have learned. Shady Oaks is a very special place, a home away from home for all who come in contact with it.