In 1995, the Guidi family purchased 102 acres of former surface coal mine land in northern Fulton County near Farmington, approximately 45 minutes from Peoria, Illinois. The land consists of native hardwood timber, wetland, grassland pasture, and two large spring fed lakes, which together support a diverse habitat and wildlife, and create a beautiful place to visit.
Camp Big Sky was first incorporated in May 2000, under the name Why Not Now? until officially changing its name in 2007. The Guidi family leases the land to the Camp at no charge.
The first campers enjoyed some fishing on July 9, 2004. Over the past several years, volunteers have been working hard to improve the camp by adding infrastructure. An ongoing conservation effort continues to sustain and expand the diverse and healthy wildlife habitat and population.
Camp Big Sky is a 501(c)(3) charitable not-for-profit organization registered with the Internal Revenue Service, the Illinois Attorney General, and the Illinois Secretary of State. The camp is operated under a special use permit granted us by the Fulton County Zoning Board of Appeals by unanimous vote on April 28, 2004. The Camp may host up to 60 guests at a time, including staff.