For over 50 years Camp Wassatoga has been a favorite location for youth building lasting memories in the great outdoors. In the 1960s, 36-acres on the west end of Lake Sara was dedicated to be used as a Girl Scout camp and over the years thousands of girls spend their weekends exploring and having fun at the camp. In 2020, the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois decided to close the camp and return the property to the Effingham Water Authority, which opened the door for Camp Wassatoga entering a new phase of its life. On January 1, 2021, Friends of Camp Wassatoga, a newly formed non-profit corporation, signed a lease to run the camp as a youth camp available to all area youth organizations.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Larry Quicksall - Chair
Larry has been involved in youth organizations for most of his life including Boy Scouts of America, Lutheran Youth Fellowship, and Girl Scouts of America. Larry is currently a retired mental health therapist.
Dawn Quicksall - Vice Chair
Dawn has been involved with Camp Wassatoga since 2006 as a Girl Scout troop leader taking her scouts camping and canoeing as well as running day camps for 10 years for area girls. Dawn was also the Camp Ranger for four years at Camp Wassatoga while working for Girls Scouts of Southern Illinois. As the Vice Chair of Friends of Camp Wassatoga, Dawn oversees the overall property of the camp.
Angie Moeller - Secretary
Over the past 20 years, Angie has led a Girl Scout troop, three 4-H clubs, a church youth group and assisted with a boy scout troop. Making independent youth through a variety of experiences is a passion of hers as seen through the 28 years she has taught young children in kindergarten and pre-k.
Martha Stice - Treasurer
Martha grew up attending day camps and overnights at Camp Wassatoga as a Girl Scout. She is now a GS troop leader and homeschooling mother of five, who is only too happy to have this outdoor oasis as a resources for local youth.
Sharon Knowles - Director of Volunteers
As Director of Volunteers, Sharon helps to find and train volunteers to assist with a variety of activities that keeps Camp Wassatoga running the way it should such as camp clean up days, improvement projects, and board related tasks. Sharon is very involved with Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois including co-leading a troop, acting as Service Unit Manager and Service Unit Treasure for Girl Scouts of Effingham County, and serving on the board of Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois.
Janice Monroe - Director of Fundraising
As fundraising director, Janice helps to procure the funds to make improvements at camp and keep it a well maintained area for groups to use for youth activities. She has been the president of the Whitetails Unlimited Central IL since 2013, is on two committees with Girl Scouts of Southern IL, and a member of the ELKS in Effingham, Illinois.
Mya Moeller - Director of Communications
Mya is our newest member of the Board of Directors and will focus on communications and marketing for Camp Wassatoga. Mya is a recent graduate of Greenville University and received the Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Business Management.