Illinois Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

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One of the Illinois Conference’s greatest resources for reaching youth is Camp Akita.  In addition to hosting an abundance of youth and Pathfinder events during the year, it is also home to the summer youth-camp program.  The focus of this program is to give young people an opportunity to experience God’s nature and exciting activities wrapped up in an environment that is unashamedly Christian.

Camp Akita is also a place for church groups, conference groups, youth teams, and families to come for a retreat.  Nearly every weekend people come to be refreshed by great fellowship and the camp’s natural beauty.  Many fun activities are also available including waterfront activities, a climbing wall, a high-ropes course, and mountain bikes.
Our hope is that the type of opportunities for training, ministry, and service for our young people in Illinois will abound so that they will be part of that “army of youth rightly trained”  to help finish the work God has given us as a church to accomplish.

This page is for those wanting to book a stay at Camp Akita.  However, if you are looking to reserve a spot for you and/or your children to attend one of the exciting weeks at Summer Camp, including Family Camp, click here.

For retreat reservations book now!

(Please note that the fillable form that is linked above should be saved on your computer.  The completed form can be emailed it to  Thank you)

An ideal setting for fellowship, inspiration, and recreation, Camp Akita features:

  • Large and small meeting rooms
  • Guest rooms with two double beds, bathroom, sink outside bathroom, ample closet space
  • Cozy cabins with two bathrooms, heat, and air conditioning
  • Rustic cabins with air conditioning/heat and close access to bath house
  • Camping sites
  • Full-service dining in the lodge (specialty -- vegetarian cuisine).
  • Great activities, including: 9-hole Frisbee Golf Course; Basketball; Camp owned Canoes / Kayaks; Hiking; Sports Field; Volleyball Swimming; Archery; Climbing Wall; and a Zip Line.

An ideal setting for:  Youth Groups, Church Retreats, Family Reunions, Conventions and Conferences, Men’s or Women’s Retreats, Overnight Guests, Large or Small Groups.

If you are interested in booking the camp for any reason, please click here to check whether the dates you would like are avaiable.  If so, please click here to download a Leader's Guide and Policy document and also to complete a fillable application form.
Camp Akita is located at 1684 Knox Rd 1200 N, Gilson, IL  61436-9430
Phone:  (309) 876-2060     Fax:  (309) 876-2061
Reservations for groups can be made by contacting the camp manager, Roger Henderson at (978) 815-3377.


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Meet the Camp Akita Staff:

Roger Henderson
Camp Manager and Ranger

 "... let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God." James 1:19
Tim Pittenger
Assistant Camp Ranger
Debbie Henderson
Food Services Director


Volunteer Opportunity at Camp Akita:

SAVE the DATES:  Back by Popular Demand!  Mission Akita, not once, but twice in 2018!  Please save the dates:   SPRING May 30 – June 6 and FALL October 17-23.  We had so much fun and accomplished so much for Camp Akita in just a few days!  Watch for updates!