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Michael Campos, Camp Director
Illinois Conference
619 Plainfield Road
Willowbrook, IL  60527
Phone: (773) 318-1634
Office: (630) 856-2859
Fax: (630) 857-8290
  Camp Contact
Roger Henderson, Camp Manager/Ranger
1684 Knox Road, 1200 N
Gilson, IL  61436
Phone: (309) 876-2050
Fax: (309) 876-2061

Camp History
Camp Akita was previously called Fellheimer Scout Reservation. It was a Boy Scout camp whose main use was for primitive camping. In June 2001, the conference purchased the 566 acres, once again giving the Illinois Conference a youth camp. The last camp owned by the conference had been sold back in the 1950s.

Information on Property and Camp Facilities
Camp Akita is located on I-74 between Peoria and Galesburg. With the addition of a 40 acre gift adjacent to the property, the camp now has over 600 acres. There is a 20 acre lake and 4 ponds ranging in size from 2 acres and smaller. Beautiful campsites already exist, many of them overlooking the lake.There is about 170 acres of cleared grass land that is flat and the remainder of the property is very wooded and extremely hilly. A stream flows through Pigeon Hollow, located in heart of  the  camp. This area is where settlers and Indians camped once they crossed theSpoon River. They found protection from the winter storms down in the hollow. The East side of the property has as its border the Spoon River.

Camp Programs and Special Features
There are a few existing buildings at the camp: caretaker's house, well house, barns and sheds for storage, a visitors' center with a fireplace, kitchen, seating for 75, showers and restrooms. A 3000 sq. ft. maintenance shed has been re-roofed. Recently completed is a bathhouse for our Pathfinders and tent campers. In Spring 2003 we will finish construction of a lodge/cafeteria to seat 300. The first phase will consist of two cabins that will sleep 84. We have a 40-foot climbing and rappelling tower. The lake provides lots of fun for tubing, beginner water skiing, sailing, canoeing, paddleboats and great fishing. With all the available pasture our horses will not be hungry. Take trail rides through hundreds of acres of forest and streams or ride along the Spoon River. Spend time in spiritual renewal as you sit in the amphitheater with a 180-degree view of the lake. There are programs for all ages.

Camp Mission
Our mission is to provide an atmosphere for learning to know Jesus as your Friend. And to provide an atmosphere to train youth and adults to better carry out the mission of the SDA church which is to carry the Gospel to the world through the ministry of preaching, teaching, and healing.

Directions to Camp
From Galesburg and West: Take I-74 East to Exit 54 (Route 97). Turn left to Hwy 150 East to Co. Rd. #12 and turn Right (South) to first gravel road. Turn Left (East) and follow to Camp entrance. From Peoria and the South take I-74 West and exit at Hwy 78. Exit and turn Right (North) to Hwy 150 West (Left turn and follow directions ).

From Chicago and North take I-55 South to I-80 West. Follow to exit #33, Hwy 78. Turn Left (South) to Hwy 150 West. (Just past Laura). Take Hwy 150 West and cross the Spoon River. Next paved road, Co. Rd. #11 turn Left (South) and follow to first gravel road and turn Right (West) and follow to the camp (1200N).
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