Camp Whitley organizes summer activities for all ages | News

COLUMBIA CITY – Dedication to “character development, outdoor recreation, sportsmanship and leadership enhancement for campers, staff and community.” This is the mission of Camp Whitley, located on Troy Cedar Lake.

The history of the property dates back to the 1920s, when a Columbia City teacher named Walter Stephenson wanted land for an annual outing experience to provide to students who helped clean the school at the end of each year. This eventually became the Whitley County Boys’ and Girls’ Camp, and in 1938 it was renamed Camp Whitley.

Today, the camp experience continues for local youth, and even adults, in a number of community programs. There is something for all ages throughout the year.

Soon, on May 27 and 28, Camp Whitley Fun Night will take place. Think of it as a trial experience to see what camp life is like. Young campers are dropped off on Friday and picked up on Saturday morning. The cost is $25 to attend and registration can be found online. The experience will give children the opportunity to meet other campers, staff, counselors and learn about some of the camping activities.

The Summer Kids Camp begins June 12-18 and runs through July 23. These are week-long camps and each week will have different age groups that the camp will focus on. The cost is $330.

Camp Whitley will also be featured in the Former Settlers Parade. Camp enthusiasts and former campers are encouraged to join in as they parade through the streets in the annual event. The parade begins at 5:30 a.m. Register to participate on the camp site.

This summer there is also a camp opportunity for adults in the community. The adult camp weekend will be July 29-31. Participants will have the chance to relax in the lake and participate in the camp’s favorite traditional activities. The cost to attend is $125, which includes all meals, accommodations, activities, and a shirt. Registration can be found online.

There is plenty to see and do at camp this summer. Visit for more information.

Sally J. Minick