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Gear is available for rent or purchase at all Forest Preserves of Cook County campgrounds.

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Get your punch card at any Forest Preserves campground. Call 855-YES-CAMP for more details.

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Camping Gear Rental

Both beginning and experienced campers can take advantage of forest preserve campgrounds without having to invest in gear and supplies. A variety of programs offer rental options to families and individuals, groups and group leaders.


“Instant Camper” Gear Rental

Campers at all Forest Preserves campgrounds can rent our basic gear packages (for one, two or four campers). Each package includes:

  • Tent (1 total)
  • Flashlight (1 total)
  • Portable Chair(s) (1 total for One-Camper Package, 2 total for Two- and Four-Camper Packages)
  • Binoculars (1 total)
  • Sleeping bag(s) (1 per person)
  • Pillow(s) (1 per person, yours to keep!)

Following registration, campers will receive a phone call to confirm their reservation, and may select from rental options at that time. All rentals must be reserved prior to arrival at campground. Individual items are available for sale.


“Instant Camper” Rental Fees
One-Camper Package $70 $80 $90 $100 $110 $120
Two-Camper Package $112 $122 $132 $142 $152 $162
Four-Camper Package $177 $187 $197 $207 $217 $227


Individual Item Rental Fees
Tent (Capacity: 1) $20/night Flashlight $5/night
Tent (Capacity: 2) $27/night Portable Chair $10/night
Tent (Capacity: 4) $42/night Binoculars $10/night
Sleeping bag $20/night

Camping Leadership Immersion Course & Campouts

The Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) connects organized groups to camping in the forest preserves. Based at Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest, CLIC is offered to leaders of groups up to 30. An overnight training course includes instruction in leadership skills, camp equipment use and care, and group activities related to outdoor recreation and nature-based education. Once leaders are CLIC certified, they can bring their large groups for camping trips and will be able to use equipment for a campout at Camp Sullivan with their group.

CLIC trainings run spring, summer and fall. Space is limited. For more information, call 708-386-4042 x20 or email experience.camping@cookcountyil.gov.

  • Training course for leaders: $25/person
  • One-night campout for 32 people (2 adult leaders with 30 participants): $100 ($25 for each additional night)

Program support comes from the Forest Preserve Foundation, Columbia Sportswear, CSX and Outdoors Empowered Network.

Family Campouts

Families can register up to six family members for one of our scheduled overnight Family Campouts. Starting at 3 pm and ending at noon the next day, campouts include staff-led instruction in tent and equipment set-up, campfire building and camp cooking. Programs may also include night hikes, storytelling, animal encounters, nature play, archery or paddling.

All families will be provided with a campsite, equipment and the staff support needed to have a successful campout. A basic camping dinner, light refreshments and a simple breakfast will be provided for family campers. Some Family Campouts will be planned around Forest Preserves special events and will include transportation to nature centers or other nearby sites.

Family Campouts are available year-round. Families must provide their own transportation to the campground and bring any snacks and additional food. $75 total per family group of 6.

June 2019

SeriesFri, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 22

Family Campout

Camp Dan Beard, Northbrook
SeriesFri, Jun 21 - Sat, Jun 22

Family Campout

Camp Shabbona Woods, South Holland

August 2019

SeriesFri, Aug 9 - Sat, Aug 10

Family Campout

Camp Reinberg, Palatine
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