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

We are Co-ed, and all our weeks are 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, which are screened with wooden shutters.  There are 6 campers per cabin and staff members.  Our cabins are divided by age/sex.

Teen Travel Campers

Campers 13-15 years Live in tents. There are 20 campers in this Program and 2 staff members

Counselors In Training  - ‘CIT’ - 15 yrs old – 2-week program – Leadership program.

Our lead staff is all 18 years or older, we recruit staff from colleges in Illinois & Indiana.  Most of our staff are in college courses for Elem. Education, Park & Recreation.  We do reference checks on all employees and background check through the State Police.

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

Our Camp Director / Executive Director is on-site every day and lives at the camp during the camping session.  Kelly Bunnell has been with the camp since 1988.

Our Camp Program Director is on-site every day and lives at the camp during the camping session.

We are a resident  / overnight camp.               We offer mini-camps & weeklong programs

Week-long campers check-in on Sunday/ Minicamp camper’s check in on Mondays or Wednesdays

We have 60-80 campers each week.   We register campers on a first come first serve basis.

To register your child, please complete the registration form and mail it with your deposit.

Once your child is registered you will receive a confirmation packet.

The confirmation packet will include a Supply list, arrival and departure times, and your child’s address while at camp.  A health history form, which does not require a physical, but is parent information.

We have an EMT / 1st Aid Staff, which live, at the camp while camp is in session.  All parents will meet with the EMT / 1st Aid Staff as part of the check-in.                           

Tours of the 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 only, for purchases of camp souvenirs.

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

Phone – Camper does not have access to telephones during camp, which keeps alive one of our valued traditions of daily mail call, which 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.

Week-Long Overnight Programs

Campers will have a well-rounded program that includes many nature-based activities.  Our pool will be available to cool off during a warm summer day with water games and activities. Campers will canoe on the Fox River.  Archery, crafts, outdoor cooking, hiking, fishing, creek tubing and creek walking, games, and great camp songs will fill their days. 

Mini Overnight Programs

2-night mini camps

Campers will participate in a well-rounded program, which will provide an opportunity for them to try all the programs we offer during our weeklong camps.

Teen Travel Program offered to campers 13-15 years old.

Two-day canoe trip, hiking local state parks, archery, swimming, horseback riding, and scuba diving.

Fun Friday

Friday’s are 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

Evening Programs

In the evening we have all the camp activities.

Tuck Olympic’s –  mudslide – tug-a-war, etc.

Skits and Talent night – Staff and camper skits and talent,

Club Tuck – DJ music and games.

Storyteller night

Carnival Night – Evening of games created by camp staff.

The closing ceremony for our campers is each Friday night for weeklong campers

The closing ceremony for our campers in mini weeks is their last activity during their stay



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

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