Western Illinois Youth Camp

Type of service: Volunteer

What they do: Welcomes youth for volunteering, meeting space available for rent for youth organizations

Who is eligible? For Volunteers: 15 – 18 years old (do not need parent present). Under 15 requires adult present

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call, email, visit website or Facebook

Address: 2244 4-H Club Lane, Jacksonville IL
Hours of operation: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm Daily
Phone number: 217-673-3771 or 217-370-8593
Contact person: Tanell Anders

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​Spirit of Faith

Type of service: Drop-in Center

What they do: After school and summer drop in community center. There is a gym, volleyball team, weight room, tutoring, homework help, and activity rooms for arts, games, music, and more! Parent/toddler room. Free!

Who is eligible? Ages 5 and up. Under 5 must be accompanied by an adult.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Walk in

Address: 105 E. Dunlap, Jacksonville IL
Hours of operation: 2:45 – 5 p.m. (school year). 1:30 – 5 p.m. (summer)
Phone number: 217-371-6363
Contact person: Polly Pulley

First Christian Church – The Warehouse ​

Type of Services: Youth Group
What they do: Youth group with weekly gatherings/activities and other special events
Who is eligible: Middle School and High School (No transportation provided)

Address: 2106 S Main St, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Middle School – Sunday 9:15-10:15 AM, 10:45-11:45 AM. High School 5:30-8:00 PM
Phone Number: 217-243-6445
Contact Person(s): CJ Monroe (Middle School Pastor), Zach Nave (High School Pastor)
Email: ,

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Jacksonville Public Library

​Type of Service: Activities

What they do: Programming that promotes learning, literacy, and more! Lego Club, Poetry Club, STE(A)M programs, Storytime and Lapsit (for little kids), Community Book Club, concerts, art displays, workshops, and talks/lectures

Who is eligible? Open to all! Some programs require registration.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Visit the website to learn more. Click on “Upcoming Events”

Address: 201 W. College Ave., Jacksonville
Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone Number: 217-243-5435

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Humble Horizons 

Type of service: Activities, Mentoring, Youth Development

What they do: Student-Athlete Program, Career/Networking Program, Male Involvement Program, and Humble Horizons Sisters Circle. Host events and provide mentorship activities to youth while maintaining the core values of Humility, Unity, Maturity, Blessed, Leadership, Education.

Who is eligible? Youth and adults. Please see individual programs for targeted ages.

Referral needed? No. Just contact Sam or Terry to get started!

Best way to access services: Call or email.

Contact Person:
Samuel Holmes Jr- Email: Phone: 217-370-8357, or
Terry Grant- Email: Phone: 217-204-4991 ​
Address: P.O. Box 1382 Jacksonville, IL 62651,  Facility coming soon to the corner of Clay and Walcott!
Hours of operation: Special events only at this time, please contact Sam or Terry, or follow on Facebook for updates!

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Off/On the Square

What they are: A shop that hosts events for role playing games and trading card games (D&D, Magic the Gathering, Pokemon, etc)

Fee? Yes, fees vary depending on the event.

Best way to access services: Walk in or check out their FB page for events.

Address: 221 E. State St, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: 12 p.m. to 11:45 p.m.
Phone: 217-245-0306


Green Pastures Christian Campground and Retreat Center

Type of service: Camp

What they do: Camp and retreat center

Who is eligible? All are welcome. Ages for camps vary. Most are 5th – 12th grade, and past campers can come back for certain events. Financial assistance is available.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Get registration form from website and mail it in.

Address: 1936 US Hwy 67, Meredosia
Hours of operation: Can call anytime. Director lives on the camp property.
Phone number: 217-584-1374

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Girl Scouts

Type of service: Leadership development, recreation

What they do: Troops, camp

Who is eligible? Ages 5-18. Open to all girls. There is a registration form (paper or online) as well as a fee. Membership Assistance is available. No one will be turned away due to financial reasons. Ages for camps vary, as do costs. There are sliding fee scales and financial assistance for camp.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: For a troop: Call, email, or Facebook message to find out about Jacksonville troops; For camp: Register online, call, email, or Facebook message or come into office with questions

Address: 3020 Baker Dr., Springfield
Hours of operation: Monday: 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday – Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Phone number: 888-623-1237

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Jacksonville DREAM Center Foundation

Type of service: Drop-in Center

What they do: provide space for youth and families to drop and learn something. Homework help, activities (fine arts, performing arts, computers, life skills all happen here, depending on the day!)

Who is eligible? Open to all junior high, high school, and post secondary youth. You can even bring your friends or family with you!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Email or call with questions

Address: 210 W. College, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Most afternoons and evenings from 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm. Call or email ahead of time to get matched with someone.
Phone Number: 217-473-1303

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Walking for Wellness

Type of service: Recreation

What they do: Walking/exercise program

Who is eligible? Anyone!

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Just show up. There’s a sign in sheet when you arrive.

Address: JHS Bowl (215 S. Church St, Jacksonville) or First Christian Church (2106 S. Main St., Jacksonville)
Hours of operation: October through March on days that school is in session, 7 a.m. – 1 p.m. (at JHS Bowl) and year around, 1 – 4 p.m. (at FCC)


Type of service: Childcare

What they do: After school program

Who is eligible? Grades K- 6 (after school); assistance available

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Come in and fill out application

Address: 1000 Sherwood Lane, Jacksonville
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday after school until 6 p.m.
Phone number: 217-245-2141

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Boy Scouts – Abraham Lincoln Council

Type of service: Leadership development, Character development and Community Service

What they do: Camping, fishing, boating and Career surveying

Who is eligible? Cub Scouts are Kindergarten – 5th grade, boys and girls. Scouts BSA are 6-12th grade, boys and girls. Venturing Crew is coed ages 14-21. Sea Scouts are 14-21 and for both boys and girls. Exploring  are 14- 21 and for both boys and girls. There is a $66 yearly fee but this fee may be reduced or eliminated through fundraising.

Referral needed? No

Best way to access services: Call Abraham Lincoln Council and they will connect you with the right unit or program in Jacksonville

Address: 5231 South 6th Street Rd., Springfield 62703
Hours of operation: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Phone number: 217-529-2727
Contact person: Matt Torres or James Grable
Email: or

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