Florida College Chicagoland Camp is celebrating 40 years of serving campers this year!
The Chicagoland Florida College Booster Club started the Chicagoland Camp in 1976. Billy Boyd served as the director of the first camp, which hosted approximately 55 campers and 20 counselors for two weeks in Rockford, Illinois. The first three years of Chicagoland Camp were also two-week camps held in Rockford, Illinois.
Since it’s fourth year, Chicagoland Camp has been led by 12 other volunteer directors but hosted at only one campground. Camp is held for one week each summer at Camp Pottawattomie in East Troy, Wisconsin, and attendance continues to grow.
This year’s camp was directed by Andy Diestelkamp and hosted 145 campers for a week of spiritual encouragement and fun with friends. At the camp, 21 future Falcons received partial scholarships totaling $20,500, a record dollar amount for scholarships awarded annually by the Chicagoland Booster Club.
Even though fees for Chicagoland Camp are among the lowest of Florida College camps, the profit earned from the event provides a large portion of the scholarship funds given to students who plan to attend Florida College. To date, the Chicagoland Booster Club has awarded over $400,000 in scholarships to local students.
Adam Olson, Florida College’s director of alumni relations, is thrilled with the Chicagoland area’s last 40 years of success.
“Support for Florida College has been strong in the Chicagoland area for decades,” Olson said. “Their commitment to the College through events and scholarships is unsurpassed and we are thankful for the tireless efforts of this special group.”