Summer Camp at Camp Kearney

EXPERIENCE GOD’S BEAUTIFUL CREATION

LOCATED JUST 20 MINUTES SOUTH OF PEORIA, CAMP KEARNEY ENCOMPASSES 155 ACRES OF WOODS, PRAIRIE, STREAMS, AND LAKES.

Founded over 50 years ago, Camp Kearney is the result of a vision given to long-time South Side Mission worker Margaret Kearney. Margaret wanted to provide a Christ-centered camping experience for children of South Side Mission, and it became a reality through the hard work and generosity of many people. Camp Kearney has expanded its ministry and now offers a free week-long summer camp experience to around 400 children from inner-city Peoria and rural Central Illinois each summer. An additional 600 children visit Camp Kearney each summer through our day camp program. 

Rent Camp Kearney

If you are interested in seeing how we might be able to accommodate your group, visit the Rental Information page. 

When our summer camp program is not in full swing, Camp Kearney is available to church groups, families, or other organizations for overnight retreats, picnics, day outings, volunteer work projects, or adventure activities. It is through these events that Camp Kearney is able to share God’s blessing with those outside our primary mission field.

CAMP MAP

the camp FACILITIES

Camp Kearney is brimming with nature, activities, and sleeping quarters.

155 Acres

of woods, prairie, streams, and four lakes

5 Miles

of hiking trails

Inside the camp cabin

Lodging Options

Family Retreat Center, 9 Cabins, and a Caboose

Camp game room

Main Lodge

Includes a kitchen, dining hall, game room, and a shower house

Camp Chapel

Indoor Chapel

Picnic Shelter

Escape Room

Miss Kearney's Mystery Cabin

camp pool

Swimming Pool

In-grounded pool with changing room

camp mountain

Mountain Slide

250 foot Runaway Mountain Slide

Miniature Golf

Coming Soon - 9 holes miniature golf

Disc Golf

9-Hole Course

camp playground

Playground

A  young man on High rope course

High Ropes Course

Camp kids zipline

Zip-Line

A young girl rock climbing

Climbing Walls

3 kids playing basket ball

Basketball Court

Camp kids playing games

Athletic Field

Volleyball Court

SUMMER CAMP

CAMP KEARNEY OFFERS FREE SUMMER CAMP TO CHILDREN FROM FAMILIES WITH LIMITED RESOURCES.

Camp Kearney offers a quality, Christ-centered camping experience to children from inner-city and rural Central Illinois completely FREE of charge. Our goal has always has been to provide a summer camping experience to children who might not otherwise be able to attend summer camp due to limited financial resources. If you find yourself in these circumstances, we’d love to help. 

2021 Summer Camp Dates

June

June 7-11

Camp Session 1: 8-12 years old

June 14-18

Camp Session 2: 8-12 years old

June 21-25

Camp Session 3: 8-12 years old

June 28 - July 2

Camp Session 4: 13-15 years old

July

July 5 & 6

Camp Session 5A: 6-8 years old

July 7 & 8

Camp Session 5B: 6-8 years old

July 12-16

Camp Session 6: 13-15 years old

July 19-23

Camp Session 7: 8-12 years old

July 13-17

Camp Session 8: 8-12 years old

Transportation Details

Getting to Camp Kearney:

Daily, parents may bring campers to the South Side Mission and check them in at 9 am. A bus will transport the campers to camp, OR parents may bring campers to Camp for
check-in at 10 am.

Getting home from Camp Kearney:

Daily, the camp will bus campers to the South Side Mission for parents to pick up at 4pm, OR parents may pick up them up daily at Camp at 3:15 pm.

THE CAMP KEARNEY GALLERY

See all of the fun our campers have every summer!

Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline
Camp kids zipline