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Certificate sparks memories of Camp Whitley

May 13, 2014

Pictured is a Certificate of Achievement provided in the early years of Camp Whitley, and signed by the camp’s first director, Walt Stephenson. This certificate was gifted to Camp Whitley by Pleasant “Guy” Stickler, who was in the first group of campers to attend in the late 1920s to mid-1930s.

Campers at Camp Whitley used to receive a Certificate of Achievement that was provided in the early years of the camp.

Although campers are no longer awarded certificates for their achievement, campers are still returning home after each week with ribbons in many of the areas of achievement shown in this certificate.

Eighty-six years later, Camp Whitley remains a “treasure” of Whitley County. Camp Whitley maintains the traditions and legends of its beginning years and making life-long memories for campers.

In the beginning years of camp, week-long “fun” was only available for boys ages 8 to 17 and cost just $3 per week, or $4 per week if the youngster was not from Whitley County.

Meals were created by the camp cook from the “potluck” bags of groceries the boys brought with them to camp.

Often times the bags were full of vegetables grown at their homes, eggs from their chickens, and meat from their own livestock. Homemade baked goods were also included and a much sought after portion of each meal.

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