Summer Program Philosophy & Purpose

Camp Tuckabatchee Inc. is an Independent Non-for-Profit Summer Youth Camp, Established in 1927

Our camp program is Co-ed.  We are a Traditional – Nature-based camp.

We are not affiliated with any church or organization.

Overnight Campers

Campers 7-14 years live in rustic cabins furnished with basic cots. Cabins are divided by age and gender.

Teen Travel Campers

Campers 13-16 years live in tents on gender seperated campsites. Weeks are divided into 13-14 year olds and 15-16 year olds.

Counselors In Training 

‘CIT’- Must be at least 14 years old – 2-week leadership training program.



Our Team

  • Our senior staff are 18 years and older. We recruit from colleges in Illinois & Indiana. Many of our college level staff are enrolled in courses for Elementary Education, Early Childhood Development, and Parks & Recreation. 

  • We do background and reference checks on all employees.

  • Our staff attends a weeklong training session prior to working with our campers.

  • Our Executive Director and Camp Director reside at Camp through the summer camp season.

  • We have an on-call nurse available while camp is in session.  All parents will meet with the 1st Aid Staff as part of the check-in.  

Camper FAQ's

  • We have 60-80 campers each week.  

  • Registration is available through our website. A health history form is part of registration.

  • Confirmation will be sent upon registration.

  • Before camp starts the Camp Director will email the supply list, arrival and departure times, and your child’s address while at camp. 

  • Tours of Camp can be arranged anytime by calling our office and setting up an appointment.

  • Campers need no money while at camp. Our camp store is open during check-in and check-out for purchases of Camp souvenirs.

  • Our kitchen staff prepares three meals per day. Campers receive an afternoon and evening snack. 

  • Phone – Campers do not have access to telephones during camp, which keeps alive one of our valued traditions of daily mail call that  is looked forward to by all campers and staff.  Letters from home, friends, and family are great. Make sure everyone has your camper’s ‘camp address’ and mail early, or bring mail for the week on the check-in and drop off in the camp office for delivery. 

  • If you have questions at any time about how your camper is doing please call our camp office. The office is located at the camp and we will be happy to check on your camper and call you back.

  • Campers wake up at 7:15 a.m. and campers have lights out between 9:30 & 10:00 p.m.




Other Activities

  • Fridays are a fun, all-camp, activity day a theme is picked each week and activities and meals reflect the theme for the day. All ages participate in the Fun Friday activities

Other nightly programs may include:

  • Tuck Olympics –  mudslide – tug-a-war, etc.

  • Skits and Talent night – staff and campers

  • Club Tuck – music and games.

  • Carnival Night – Evening of games created by camp staff.

Closing ceremonies for weeklong campers are are held on Friday night.

Closing ceremonies for mini week campers is their last night at Camp.

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 Executive Director ~ Rj Swett
Camp Director ~ Elizabeth Swett
Fundraising & Events Coordinator ~ Ken Hicks

Phone: (815)-433-2984
1973 N 35th Rd
Ottawa, IL 61350

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Copyright © Camp Tuckabatchee

In loving memory of Kelly Bunnell

In Memory of Kelly Bunnell 8/6/1960 to 9/10/2021

8/6/1960 to 9/10/2021