Overnight Trips

New to overnight trips? It’s a good idea to start slow. First-time participants are required to take a short 2-3 day trip to warm up. This helps the participant get comfortable with the independence of being away from home and experiencing so many new and exciting things all at once. This also helps us evaluate your readiness for a longer trip. Once you are comfortable being away from home and our team gives you the green light, you can get packing for a long haul!

Upcoming Trips

Eligibility

Participants must be able to meet general trip expectations for all overnight trips. Specific trip eligibility is listed in the program guide information. For all trips lasting longer than three days and two nights, participants must attend an NSSRA overnight trip prior to the registration deadline for the desired trip in order for NSSRA staff to assess the individual’s readiness for the trip. Assessments will be completed at the end of all trips to determine eligibility for future trips.

Housing

Participants may be expected to share rooms, and possibly beds, with peers of the same gender. Specific housing details are listed in the program guide information. To arrange for a single room or bed, if available, please call the trip contact listed in the program guide by the designated registration deadline. An additional fee may apply for these arrangements.
NSSRA staff may not be present in all rooms during downtime, personal care/hygiene time or overnight. Room assignments will be made at the staff’s discretion. Participants are expected to stay in their rooms and be respectful of their roommates. To arrange for a staff member to be present in the room overnight, please call the trip contact as listed in the program guide by the designated registration deadline.

General Trip Expectations

To meet the essential requirements for all NSSRA overnight trips, participants must be able to:

  • Meet all expectations outlined in the Code of Conduct.
  • Participate in a group setting and follow all scheduled activities.
  • Demonstrate appropriate social skills with peers, staff and members of the public.
  • Carry out activities of daily living, with or without staff assistance.
  • Respectfully share living space with other participants and staff.

Activities of Daily Living

All participants are required to adhere to NSSRA participant expectations for the duration of the trip. Depending on the trip, NSSRA staff are available to provide different levels of reminders, prompting and assistance for activities of daily living (i.e. toileting, showering, brushing teeth, dressing and feeding). Specific expectations for carrying out activities of daily living on trips are listed in the program guide information.


Camp Duncan

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13
  • Lottery: Monday, May 16
  • Deposit Due: Monday, May 23
  • Location: Camp Duncan, Ingleside, IL
  • Age: 12 – 25

Start packing your bags because NSSRA is heading back to Camp Duncan for another year of fun! Camp Duncan is in Ingleside, near Fox Lake, on 278 acres situated on Fish Lake. It is a fully accredited site through the American Camping Association. Camp Duncan offers boating, archery, hiking, team courses, and an indoor Olympic size swimming pool. Tell your friends because it’s going to be a summer to remember!

New participants must attend an NSSRA overnight trip before the registration deadline for Camp Duncan so NSSRA can assess the individual’s readiness for this trip. There will also be a mandatory meeting for new participants a week before leaving for Camp Duncan. Please note that participants will be in single bunk beds in a large open cabin with peers and staff. Individual cabins are not available.

NSSRA will email a trip waiver and information packet after the registration deadline, and participants must return it with payment no later than Monday, July 18. Participants must function in a group setting with assistance and follow scheduled activities. For trip details, please contact Dylan Sams at (847) 509-9400 x6833 or dsams@nssra.org.
Fee includes transportation, meals, accommodations, and a wide variety of activities.

  • Date: August 8 – August 12
  • Program Code: 321001-61
  • Deposit: $600
  • Approximate Fee: $1,600 – $1,900

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Camp Wigwam

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, May 13
  • Lottery: Monday, May 16
  • Deposit Due: Monday, May 23
  • Location: Camp Wigwam, Waterford, ME
  • Age: 18 and up

Ahka Lacka Ching! NSSRA will fly to Camp Wigwam on Bear Lake in Waterford, Maine this summer. This camp offers exciting opportunities, including swimming, tubing, fishing, riding the speed boat on beautiful Bear Lake, and hiking up Hawk Mountain. We’ll challenge ourselves on the climbing wall and in archery and spend time together singing around the campfire and making s’mores! We will also venture outside of Camp Wigwam to watch a baseball game in Portland, Maine, go blueberry picking, hang out at the beach, and enjoy Maine! The American Camping Association accredits the camp, and NSSRA has been taking groups to Maine for over forty years. Camp Wigwam is an unforgettable experience and an excellent opportunity to go on an adventure, make new friends and new memories!

New participants must attend an NSSRA overnight trip before the registration deadline for Camp Wigwam so NSSRA staff can assess the individual’s readiness for this trip. There will also be a mandatory meeting for new participants a week before camp. Please note that participants will be in single beds and sharing cabins with peers. Please get in touch with Dylan Sams at (847) 509-9400 x6833 or dsams@nssra.org before the registration deadline to make arrangements for a single cabin.

NSSRA will email a trip waiver and information packet after the registration deadline, and participants must return it with payment no later than Wednesday, July 27. Participants must independently perform daily living skills, follow scheduled activities, and function at a 1:4 staff to participant ratio. We do not recommend this for anyone who gets tired easily when walking.
Fee includes transportation, meals, accommodations, and a wide variety of activities.

  • Date: August 17 – August 24
  • Program Code: 321002-61
  • Deposit: $600
  • Approximate Fee: $2,400 – $2,800

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Sleepover in Sheboygan

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, October 28
  • Lottery: Monday, October 31
  • Location: Sheboygan, WI
  • Age: 8 – 21

Join NSSRA as we make our way to the beautiful city of Sheboygan, Wisconsin! We will grow curious as we walk around the Above & Beyond Children’s Museum and discover all things “in the sky” as we go to the Aviation Heritage Center of Wisconsin. Local restaurants will help cure our hungry appetites along the way! We will also test our bowling skills at the Odyssey Fun Center before returning home. Please bring spending money if you would like to buy snacks or souvenirs.

Eligibility: Participants must be able to meet all general trip expectations. Staff assistance is available for all activities of daily living. All participants may register for this trip without attending previous NSSRA trips.

Housing: The group will be staying at Grandstay Residential Suites Hotel in Sheboygan. Staff will be present overnight in all rooms. Participants will be sharing rooms and possibly beds with peers of the same gender. If available, to arrange for a single bed, please contact Dylan Sams at (847) 509-9400 x6833 by the registration deadline. NSSRA may charge an additional fee for these arrangements.

NSSRA will send a trip packet one month before the trip, and all included forms must be returned to NSSRA by the advertised deadline for the registered participant to attend.
Fee includes transportation, meals, accommodations, and admission to all activities.

  • Date: Saturday, December 10 – Sunday, December 11
  • Program Code / Fee: 421001-61 / $420

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South Bend Shenanigans

  • Registration Deadline: Friday, November 4
  • Lottery: Monday, November 7
  • Location: South Bend, IN
  • Age: 22 and up

Come with us as we make our way “around the bend” to South Bend, Indiana! We hope your sweet tooth is ready as we will be touring the South Bend Chocolate Company.We will check out the Studebaker National Museum and see a comedy show at The Drop Comedy Club. We may try to catch a Notre Dame basketball game if we’re lucky! It will be a fun-filled weekend that is well worth the trip! Please bring spending money if you would like to buy snacks or souvenirs.

Eligibility: Participants must be able to meet all general trip expectations. Staff assistance is available for all activities of daily living. All participants may register for this trip without attending previous NSSRA trips.

Housing: The group will be staying at Home2 Suites by Hilton Mishawaka South Bend. Staff will not be present in all rooms. Participants will be sharing rooms with peers of the same gender. If available, to arrange for a single bed, please contact Dylan Sams at (847) 509-9400 x6833 by the registration deadline. NSSRA may charge an additional fee for these arrangements.
NSSRA will send a trip packet one month before the trip, and all included forms must be returned to NSSRA by the advertised deadline for the registered participant to attend.

Fee includes transportation, meals, accommodations, and admission to all activities.

  • Date: Friday, December 16 – Sunday, December 18
  • Program Code / Fee: 421002-61 / $650

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