Mission Akita 2!

Join Mission Akita 2.0 

Sunday, May 29th- Friday, June 3rd, 2022! 


With a special thanks for our team of volunteers for Mission Akita 1 (May 11-18), we are extending an invitation to join us for Mission Akita 2, from May 29 - June 3. The summer camp and retreat center staff desperately need additional help preparing for the summer camp season. IF you can't join us the whole time, we would welcome any amount of assistance you can provide. The work projects include clearing trails, cleaning cabins, general repairs, and a few small projects. Mission Akita 2 will begin at Supper (6:00) Sunday night, May 29, and conclude after lunch on Friday, June 3 We do need all participants to register by 5/26. The camp staff and summer campers thank you for your service.

Camp Akita Address: 1684 Knox Rd 1200 N, Gilson, IL 61436

To Register by phone please call Jazmin Martinez at (630) 716-3395 or jmartinez@ilcsda.org 

*If you have any questions about the various projects taking place please call our Camp Ranger Roger Henderson at (978) 815-3377

online Registration Click Here




PDF Copy of FAQs click here

Can I bring my family?

This event is focused primarily on the volunteer participants. Our first appeal was to the adult volunteer. Yes, we are happy for families, parents and children to participate in this mission trip to Camp Akita.

What kind of jobs will we be doing?

There are jobs to fit your skill set! If you have a specialty or experience in electrical, plumbing, carpentry or other maintenance skills, we can use your assistance. If you enjoy grounds or landscaping, clearing brush, maintaining trails, or mowing, we have just an opportunity for you. We will need some kitchen volunteers too. There are lots of opportunities for the "unskilled" too. Please complete the application so that we can have sufficient tools and jobs to meet your skill set.

Can I bring my own tools?

Absolutely. Everyone should bring their own work gloves, shoes, glasses or other personal items. If you have a particular skillset: please bring your tools. (For example, if you are an electrician - you have tools you are most comfortable with, bring them. Or, you have a mower for grass, or even taller grass, or a weed wacker, sure, bring it along. Do you have a wheel barrow, pruners, broom, rake or other tools - please bring them). Please use a permanent marker or other method to identify any and all personal tools that you bring.

Do I have to bring my own tools?

Please bring your own work gloves, work shoes, and protective glasses. We can provide other tools necessary for the jobs at hand.

What if I can't stay all week?

While we want you to stay all week, we would be willing to work with you if you cannot participate for the full time. Please carefully note the days you are able to participate and the meals you will be present for on the application form.

Where will I stay?

During Mission Akita the camp will be available ONLY to our volunteer staff. We will be utilizing the chalets, lodge, village cabins, and rustic cabins as space is needed. There is campsite availability for both primitive and with hook-ups for your personal tent, trailer, or motor home. ALL volunteers need to bring their own bedding (sleeping bag, pillow), towels, and personal supplies. Before leaving: A list of cleaning duties will be posted. To keep labor and costs down, we will request that our volunteers help by leaving their lodging/lodging area clean or even a bit better than when they were found.

What and where will I eat?

We are planning scrumptious breakfast, lunch and supper for each full day. Please note that on the application you must indicate if you have any special needs (dairy free or vegan), or food allergies. If you are camping in your own vehicle, you are welcome to fix your own meals, HOWEVER, we'd love to have the opportunity to eat together. If you prefer to fix your own meals, please clearly mark that on your application form so that we can plan appropriately. (Please complete the "MEALS REQUESTED" section of the application.) Meals will be served in the cafeteria at the lodge.

When will the meals be served?

A regular meal schedule will be provided. We are all best served when all can plan to be on time to meals.

Can I bring my pet?

No pets of any kind are allowed at Camp Akita. The only exception is for Service Animals. We request pre-approval by the Camp Manager for a Service Animal during our Mission Akita event.

What about fishing?

Fishing at Camp Akita is permitted, but if you are 16 or older you must have a valid Illinois fishing license. Please observe state limits. Please see the Camp Manager for fishing procedures. No fish is to be stored or cooked in the Camp Akita buildings.

Can I have a campfire?

Fires are permitted in designated fire rings only, and only as approved by the Camp Manager.

Is there anything I should not bring?

No - firearms or fireworks are permitted. No - smoking or alcoholic beverages are permitted.

What if I have a medical emergency?

Camp Akita has regular safety protocols. It is requested that each volunteer plan for their own first aid needs, including bandaids, blister care, allergy and personal medications. A staff/volunteer individual will be designated to handle medical emergencies.

Are there other concerns?

The Camp Ranger will keep us posted as to specific concerns at our general meetings and meals. If necessary, items will be posted. Please note that there are activity areas that must be supervised to be used. The Camp Manager will provide a list of activity options for each day. Please do not enter the pastures. The horses are friendly, but please do not feed them. By entering their space, they may assume you are providing a treat. Please be safe.

What if I still have questions?

If you still have questions that are not answered in this packet, please contact our Camp Manager, Roger Henderson, for camp or work site questions. If you need assistance with your Mission Akita application, please contact Jazmin Martinez. rhenderson@campakita.com jmartinez@ilcsda.org


Mission Akita - Partial Packing List

Work clothes, shoes (close-toed), gloves Protective glasses (may be necessary) Casual clothes (camp casual for worship too) Shoes Bedding & pillow (sheets/blankets or sleeping bag) Bath towel Personal Hygiene/hair supplies Glasses/contacts Personal Medications Sunscreen/insect repellent Swim suit/towel Jacket, sweatshirt, hat (think to wear layers) Rain gear Other camping gear: tent etc...