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.
the camp FACILITIES
Camp Kearney is brimming with nature, activities, and sleeping quarters.
of woods, prairie, streams, and four lakes
of hiking trails
Family Retreat Center, 9 Cabins, and a Caboose
Includes a kitchen, dining hall, game room, and a shower house
Miss Kearney's Mystery Cabin
In-grounded pool with changing room
250 foot Runaway Mountain Slide
Coming Soon - 9 holes miniature golf
High Ropes Course
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
Camp Session 1: 8-12 years old
Camp Session 2: 8-12 years old
Camp Session 3: 8-12 years old
June 28 - July 2
Camp Session 4: 13-15 years old
July 5 & 6
Camp Session 5A: 6-8 years old
July 7 & 8
Camp Session 5B: 6-8 years old
Camp Session 6: 13-15 years old
Camp Session 7: 8-12 years old
Camp Session 8: 8-12 years old
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!