Show #20: Camp Big Sky
Camp Big Sky, Executive Director
16478 East Markley Road
Fairview, Illinois 61432
Camp Big Sky:
The mission of Camp Big Sky is to provide accessible outdoor opportunities to children and adults with disabilities. Millions of Americans are drawn to the outdoors. Many of us grew up fishing, hunting, camping, boating, hiking and participating in a number of other outdoor activities. We sometimes, if not always, take our ability to be active in the outdoors for granted. However, one in five Americans is not able to experience the outdoors due to a disability that restricts their access to these activities. Furthermore, painfully few public and private venues for outdoor opportunities are accessible, thereby excluding those with a disability from participating.
Camp Big Sky provides a camp that those with a disability can fully enjoy. For many, this will be the first opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. For others, it represents a return to something they previously enjoyed prior to a disability, illness, injury or accident.
n 1995, the Guidi family purchased 102 acres of former surface coal mine land in northern Fulton County near Farmington, approximately 45 minutes from Peoria, Illinois. The land consists of native hardwood timber, wetland, grassland pasture, and two large spring fed lakes, which together support a diverse habitat and wildlife, and create a beautiful place to visit.
Why Not Now? Inc., our govering organization is a 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit corporation registered with the United States Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois Secretary of State, and the Illinois Attorney General. We are governed by a 15 member, community based, volunteer Board of Directors that includes people with, and parents of children with disabilities.