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December 1, 2016
A new chapter has begun in the history of the land where Camp Hitaga has welcomed campers for 83 years. On November 25, 2014, the property was sold to Alan and Lori Sperfslage from Alburnett, Iowa. Alan and Lori’s offer was accepted on the basis of their ability to preserve the natural resources, make the required repairs, and their willingness to share the land with the local community and charitable organizations.
Prior to the sale, area camps and non-profits were invited to Hitaga to select camp property and program equipment that would enhance their programs, ensuring that the spirit of Hitaga lives on in many other locations.
On February 19, 2015, the Board of Directors voted to dissolve the Camp Fire Iowana council and on March 31, 2015, the membership of the Camp Fire Iowana council voted in favor of the dissolution of the council. The Board has completed the dissolution of the corporation in accordance with the articles of incorporation, bylaws, and the laws of the state of Iowa.
Proceeds From Sale
Proceeds from the sale of Camp Hitaga have been placed in a “Friends of Camp Hitaga” fund at the Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation (GCRCF). The fund will provide camperships for residential summer camp for youth (5 – 21) who reside in the Eastern Iowa counties that were historically serviced by the Iowana Council. The following camps will receive annual distributions from the fund until it is depleted:
• Camp Hantesa
• YMCA Camp Wapsie
• Camp Tanager
• Camp Courageous
The fund will provide, at a minimum, 36 full camperships each summer for the next 4 – 5 years.
Additional contributions can be made to the “Friends of Camp Hitaga” fund. If you would like to donate to the fund, you can do so online at gcrcf.org or by calling 319-366-2862.
All of the Camp Fire and Camp Hitaga memorabilia has been turned over to the University of Iowa Women’s Archives for preservation. The archived items are accessible to the public at the Women’s Archives.
If you have Camp Fire or Camp Hitaga memorabilia in your possession that you would like to donate, please contact the Women’s Archives at:
Phone: 319-335-5068 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camp Hitaga Reunion
An alumni reunion is planned at Camp Hitaga for Saturday, September 30 - Sunday, October 1.
See the Camp Hitaga Friends & Alumni Facebook page for additional reunion information.
Website and Facebook
This website and a Facebook page, Friends of Camp Hitaga, will continue to be maintained and used for future communications.
Friends of Camp Hitaga Advisory Committee
A Friends of Camp Hitaga Advisory Committee has been formed to handle questions from the Women’s Archives, schedule Camp Hitaga reunions/gatherings, and handle any other outstanding items.
Sue “Stick” Braun
Karen DeMeulenaere Dunlap
Joan Miller Minney
Teri Cain Schloss
Bertie Harsha See
Thank you for visiting!
Sadly, Camp Hitaga and the Iowana Council are now only memories.
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