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Illinois Turner Camp Celebrates 100 Years Founders Day Weekend, August 2014 Print E-mail
Tuesday, 25 February 2014 09:00

Hello Fellow Turners and Guests,

I hope this letter finds you all in good health. I am extremely excited to invite you to an amazing milestone in Turner History! This August the Illinois District Turner Camp will be celebrating our 100th Anniversary with a weekend celebration. This celebration will encompass all the best that we Turners have to offer. We will have plenty of athletic activities during the day and plenty of Gemütlichkeit in the evening with wonderful meals and live entertainment. Included on this site is (click for each):

- An official itinerary of the weekend’s activities.

- Founders Day Itinerary

- Reservation form for meals (print as many as you need).

- Hotel information

- Directions to Illinois Turner Camp

On behalf of all Illinois District Turners we hope you will join us to help celebrate this tremendous achievement.

Nick Barts

Centennial Committee Co-Chair

Complete downloadable printable weekend packet (PDF)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 01 July 2014 15:33
Founder's Day 2014 - Family Trees Print E-mail
Written by Cindy Ryba   
Tuesday, 24 September 2013 15:07

Founder's Day - Family Trees

We have many generations of families at ITC and thought it would be fun to do family trees with pictures.  People can use flip chart paper or display boards available at craft stores to draw their family trees.  We suggest pictures be added so people can recognize family members.  If someone has a large family they can do several family trees and put them side by side.  The plan is to have them displayed in the dining room for Founder's Day.  If anyone has any questions, they can contact Cindy Ryba at


Looking for Turner camp history from the last 100 years.
This will be on display the weekend of our 100th
anniversary August 1st thru the 3rd.

Looking for pictures, slides, articles, and anything else
that if from past activities at Turner camp.
Please give this to Susan Potthast, Ann Trankle, or Sue


T-Shirt and Polo Shirt Sales

There will be 100th Anniversary T-shirts designed by our own Jeff Tuecke and Ann Trankle. There will be children’s size, women’s and men. The T-shirts should be for sale around June 15th or later. There are limited sizes at this time but more can be ordered. Please be sure to see us and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can. There will also be Polo shirts available around July 1st. Cost is $10.00 for the t-shirts and the Polo shirts will be $15.00.

Last Updated on Thursday, 29 May 2014 13:10
Buy a Brick Campaign Print E-mail
Written by Scott Lau   
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:33

Illinois Turner Camp

Buy a Brick Campaign

It was in 1914 when Turner Alfred Wilde, a Chicago Public School teacher, founded Illinois Turner Camp on the banks of the Fox River. Turner Wilde’s original vision was to establish a Camp where young Turners could develop Sound Minds and Sound Bodies during their summer vacation. Over time, the activities have changed and the tents have been replaced with permanent cottages, but the original vision of a Sound Mind and Sound Body prevails 100 years later!

In the Spring of 2014, we will be installing a Brick Walkway/Patio in the Beer Garden outside the Rathskellar. This walkway will be a permanent commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Illinois Turner Camp. The engraved bricks will be an opportunity to honor Past, Present, and Future Turners in a lasting and memorable way.

The Bricks are available in 2 sizes, the standard 8” x 4” brick for $35, or a larger 8” x 8” brick for $50. Each brick will be custom engraved to last a lifetime. Bricks may be bought to recognize any Turner or Special Occasion. (See back for ideas) There will also be a special section representing Turner Camp in 2014. This section will be like a Time Capsule of the 100th Season. It is our goal that each cottage owner will purchase a brick with their name and cottage # engraved on it to be placed in this special area.

These bricks would make great gifts or memorials.

Please contact Pam Lau for additional information or to purchase a brick.

Cottage #119 or 740 Harper Ave., Cary, IL 60013


Buy a Brick Order Form

Sample_Brick Engravings

Last Updated on Friday, 23 August 2013 11:08

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