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Camp Whitley is ‘alive and well’

May 31, 2013

Brian Bills, left, a board member for Camp Whitley, shared with Rotary Club members the history of the camp. He is pictured with Rotary member Dick Buchanan. Photo contributed

COLUMBIA CITY — Columbia City’s Rotary Club hosted, State Police Officer Brian Bills at its Tuesday meeting.

Although Bills’ main job is that of a state police officer for Indiana, he is an advocate for the rejuvenation of Camp Whitley. Bills started his involvement in Camp Whitley by just offering a gun-safety program to campers prior to them being active on the rifle range. This is just one of a host of activities offered at the camp.

“Pretty soon I was asked to be on the board,” Bills said. Now he and eight others form the Camp Whitley Board of Directors. Their job is to oversee the direction of the camp and continue a tradition that goes back to 1928, providing hundreds of young people the opportunity to spend a week at camp.

“We’re trying to create memories that will last a lifetime in a safe and caring atmosphere,” said Bills.

Started in 1928 by Walt Stephenson, Camp Whitley continues a long list of directors that have contributed to the success of the programs offered.

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