Camp Fact Sheet

Wide Open Spaces

Our Mission: Provide education, training, and skills development to the children and adults with disabilities through participation in accessible outdoor activities.

Service Population

  • Our camp is available at no cost to any person of any age with any disability and their families, friends, and caregivers.
  • We serve both children and adults with developmental, physical, cognitive, sensory, and age-related disabilities including veterans of the United States Armed Services.
  • We host groups of campers from vocational rehabilitation and residential agencies, support groups, school districts, families, and individuals.

Organization

  • Why Not Now? Inc., doing business as Camp Big Sky, is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization incorporated in May of 2000.
  • Community based board of directors including people and parents of people with disabilities.
  • Volunteers are the heart of our organization and donate their time and talents through camper support, construction, maintenance, and fundraising activities.
  • Copies of Why Not Now Inc. most recently filed annual information returns (Tax Exempt Status, 990) are Available upon request.

Operations

  • Camp Big Sky is open every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for day activities. 9am – 2pm
  • Thursday, Friday, and Saturdays for overnight camping. 
  • Saturday day events are available for larger special group events by request.
  • We offer all daytime activities at no cost to visitors.
  • Overnight camping in cabins and tents is available for a nominal fee.
  • Reservations are required for ALL visits and should be made online at www.campbigsky.org or by phone (309) 258-6383
  • In addition to caregivers that accompany participants, our volunteers provide support services to assists campers when requested.
  • We provide all equipment, facilities, supplies, and accommodations.  Campers need only bring food and drink for their visit.

Accommodations

  • All accommodations and activities are totally accessible including: trail ways, restrooms, picnic tables, boats, docks, campfire areas, swings, cabins, tents, pavilions, and our multipurpose building.
  • We have three distinct activity areas with two lakes and a campground. Gas grills, a cook stove and oven, and propane refrigerators are available for cooking and food preservation.
  • Water is available from our wells at the campground and at Bruce’s Lake.

Activities