Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC)

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The Camping Leadership Immersion Course (CLIC) training is aimed at connecting community groups and other mission-based organizations with the Forest Preserves of Cook County through camping.

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Program Overview

CLIC is an overnight training at Camp Sullivan in Oak Forest designed to give participants the skills and experience to plan and lead camping trips at Camp Sullivan.

The overnight training course covers camping safety, day-hiking, tent and stove-set up, teambuilding and leadership skills, and educational offerings and will help familiarize you with the reservation process.

Our goal is to provide positive experiences and empower organized groups who often lack access to overnight camping and outdoor recreation opportunities. By completing the CLIC training, leaders gain access to the CLIC gear library (onsite) and designated group site at Camp Sullivan.

Gear provided includes: sleeping bags, sleeping bag liners (cocoons) and pads, 4-person tents, camping stoves, kitchen equipment, outdoor clothing and activity backpacks.

Application & Costs

To determine if you/your organization is eligible to participate, please email with your name, organization name and contact information. You will be notified by email regarding your eligibility and course availability. Email with any questions.

  • Training Course for Leaders: $25/person
    • Includes course materials, camping and meals
  • Overnight Camping Trip: $100 ($25 for each additional night)
    • Trip fees includes camping equipment for groups of 32 people, site permit, 24-hour on-site staff and one-way subsidized transportation. The Forest Preserves of Cook County does not provide trip insurance.

Upcoming Training

Program Support

Program support comes from the Forest Preserve FoundationColumbia SportswearCSX and Outdoors Empowered Network.

The Forest Preserves of Cook County is a proud member of the Outdoors Empowered Network. The Outdoors Empowered Network is growing a powerful network of affiliates that get youth outdoors through wilderness leadership trainings and outdoor gear libraries™. For more information about the network, member organizations, and the work we do please visit the Outdoors Empowered Network website.

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