History of Timber Pointe
Timber Pointe Outdoor Center is the premier resource in the state of Illinois providing specialized and inclusive camping and respite programming for individuals with disabilities or special needs and their families in a safe, accessible and beautiful environment. Owned and operated by Easter Seals, Peoria and Bloomington, Timber Pointe, formerly known as Camp Heffernan, was purchased from the Boy Scouts in 1989. ACA Accreditation
Easter Seals Sessions
Timber Pointe offers special needs and inclusive camp sessions for children and adults ages 7 and up. Campers participate in traditional camp activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, arts & crafts, target sports, music, and horseback riding. It is an experience of outdoor life for kids whose health issues make these activities often seem impossible. It is a chance for campers to develop independence and confidence. There are six weeklong Easter Seals sessions this summer, including camps for adults with physical disabilities, adults with developmental and/or physical disabilities and youth with developmental and/or physical disabilities. In addition, we offer weekend respite camps during the school year.
Programs available at Timber Pointe are:
In addition to conducting Easter Seals camps, Timber Pointe works with various other organizations that serve people with disabilities or special needs. We provide the lodging, staff, and/or programming based on the camp’s needs. During 2011, the following Partner Camps will attend camp at Timber Pointe Outdoor Center:
- Association of Horizon
- Autism Society of McLean County - Takoda Day Camp and Pathfinder Day Camp
- Brain Injury Association of Illinois
- Hindu Youth Heritage Camp
- Muscular Dystrophy Association of central Illinois
- The Penguin Project
- Sickle Cell Disease Association of Illinois
- SIU School of Medicine - Camp COCO
- Special Recreation Associations
- Thresholds Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centers
Last year, over 900 children and adults with disabilities and special needs from all over Illinois and the surrounding states attended camp. An additional 2,637 individuals participated in conferences, receptions, retreats, and teams challenge experiences held at Timber Pointe.
Facilities Rentals/Teams Course
Timber Pointe is a wonderful and unique resource available to enhance the quality of life in our Central Illinois community. We offer overnight rentals in our cabins and lodges as well as day use for corporate meetings and events. We offer activities such as canoeing, hiking, fishing and archery. Teambuilding exercises include high ropes and low ropes courses to build enhanced cooperation and communication. Our experienced facilitators will develop a program specific to your group’s goals and needs.
Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation
The Timber Pointe Charitable Foundation was incorporated in 1996 for the sole purpose of securing funding for the development, maintenance, and operation of Timber Pointe Outdoor Center. Since its inception, the Foundation has secured over $4 million in funding, in-kind capital improvements and gifts of capital equipment. In addition to the Lodge, the following projects have been funded by the Foundation:
- Woods Center
- Pool/shower house complex
- Improved, expanded and new cabins and program areas
- Acquisition of tractors, mowers, pontoon boats and medical equipment
- Road improvements
- Water line shut off valves and upgrading of Main Camp water system
- Camperships for those with demonstrated financial needs
If you are interested in renting our facilities or planning your next team event, or if you would like to make a donation to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center, please contact us at (309)-365-8021.
Directions and map to Timber Pointe Outdoor Center.