Youth & Teen Programs


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Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation has a variety of programs for Youth & Teen participants with disabilities. Please review this season’s events below or in our program guide!


CUSR After School Program

Ages 5-22
Fill your afternoon with games, sports, arts and crafts, cooking, field trips, and hanging out with friends! We will offer an amazing and safe atmosphere where we will laugh, play, grow, and learn new skills. To reserve your spot, you may pay a $10 nonrefundable deposit per child, per month. The remaining balance will be due on the dates listed below by 5p. Participant will be dropped at this time and space offered to waiting list participants.

Goals: Improve verbal and social skills, build new friendships and gain self-confidence and independence. Expand knowledge of leisure activities.

  • Dec 1-21 | $180/$270
  • Jan 4-31 | $230/$345
  • Feb 1-28 | $230/$345
  • March 1-11 & 21-31 | $180/$270
  • April 1-29 | $230/$345
  • May 2-20 | $230/$345

Days: Monday-Friday
Times: 2:30-5:30pm
Min/Max: 4/9
Deadline: One week prior to month starting
Location: CUSR Center
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Afterschool Registration >>

CUSR Winter Break Camp

Ages 5-High School Graduate
Break is never boring when spent with friends! Students will stay active and learning by playing games, cooking, trying creative projects, and enjoying field trips. Please pack your child a sack lunch. All CUSR Camps and programs are NUT FREE.

Goals: Enhance social skills, learn new leisure activities, and increase independence.

  • Wednesday, December 22
  • Thursday, December 23
  • Tuesday, December 28
  • Wednesday, December 29
  • Thursday, December 30

Time: 8am-5pm
Fee(R/NR): $56/$84
Min/Max: 6/12
Deadline: December 15
Location: CUSR Center
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Winter Break Reg >>

CUSR Spring Break Camp

Ages 5-22
Are you looking for something fun and exciting to do over Spring Break? This program has just what you need! We will be filling our days with crafts, cooking, group games, and so much more! Please bring a sack lunch each day. Please note that CUSR is a nut free camp.

GOALS: Improve verbal and social skills, build new friendships, gain self-confidence, independence, and expand knowledge of leisure activities.

Day: Monday, March 14-Friday, March 18
Time: 8am-5pm
Location: CUSR Center
Fee (R/NR): $56/$84
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: March 7
No Door-to-Door Transportation

Spring Break Reg >>

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Ages 5-35

Dreaming of riding horses and learning how to care for them? At Healing Horse Stables you will learn riding skills through an hour-long lesson including various exercises and activities from a P.A.T.H. (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship) certified instructor. You will also have a ground lesson where you will learn how to groom and saddle a horse.

GOALS: Increase in concentration and balance, improved coordination, gross motor skills, improve overall orientation and body awareness, muscle tone, posture, flexibility, increase of knowledge about horses and riding, improved emotion well-being, and forming a connection with a non-judgmental being.

Date: March 26-April 30
Time: 10a-12p
Deadline: March 20
Transportation: Transportation will not be available. Participants will need to meet and be picked up from Healing Horse Stables in Homer each day.
No Door-to-Door Transportation

NOTE: Closed-toed gym shoes are required and no high heels. Due to safety concerns, you will not be able to participate in improper footwear. Cowboy boots are welcome! Long pants are highly recommended to protect your legs from the saddle and horse. Bring a water bottle each week! **There is a weight limit of 250 lbs.

Horseback Riding Reg >>

CUSR Kids’ Corner

Ages 2-5 (with parent present)
Have a preschool-aged kiddo who is adventurous and curious about the world around them? CUSR Kids’ Corner offers exciting and engaging weekly activities! We will play as a group, read stories, meet new friends, and participate in self-led sensory play stations!

GOALS: Improve gross motor skills, improve fine motor skills, improve problem solving skills, improve listening skills, encourage peer socialization, increase self-confidence and self-awareness.

Date: March 22-April 26
Day: Tuesday
Time: 10-11:15am
Location: CUSR Center
Fee (R/NR): $20/30
Min/Max: 4/8
Deadline: March 15

Kids' Corner Reg >>

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