A Note from Executive Director Liz Fields
I cannot believe that it’s been 7 years since I started at the camp and now more than ever I am excited about what the future has to offer.
With the support of over 58 Rotary Clubs throughout the State of Florida, this camp is like no other, in that it provides an accessible facility for all children and adults with varying disabilities to experience camp.
Being ADA-compliant and barrier-free means that there is no limitation to the user groups that can use this beautiful facility.
We are planning some exciting new projects and have completed some others. We are still working on the addition of an environmental center.
Our Nature Trail was completed by Leadership Brandon. The trail is completely accessible with sight guided ropes, quiet seating areas and storytelling spaces. It has been a great addition to the camp and very popular with the kids.
The cabins have been remodeled to ensure 100% accessibility. Cabin colors have been changed for a new look to the camp and to remove the yellow colors that affect so many of our campers.
We are collaborating with some Rotary Clubs and other service clubs to sponsor additional camps.
The introduction of a new program Next Steps is one of the most exciting by allowing us to offer an education and job training component to the facility. Additionally, we are working on camps for children with visual impairments as well as a deaf and hard of hearing camp.
This is all such great news that I imagine the next 7 years will go by as quickly as the last. Hope to see you at Rotary’s Camp Florida soon!
Liz Fields has been the Executive Director of Rotary’s Camp Florida, located in Brandon, FL, since April 2014.
Liz is from England where she was a Stockbroker for Credit Suisse First Boston. She moved to the United States in 1990 and proudly became a citizen in 2005. Liz has extensive non-profit experience, having led Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County and Feeding America’s Suncoast Harvest Food Bank. With a very strong background in facilities management, her passion has always been ensuring that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else.
Liz is a member of the Rotary E-Club 34 and is a Paul Harris Fellow. She was awarded the Herbert G. and Diane Brown Humanitarian Award from District 6950 in September 2020, for her honoring the ideals of Rotary in her everyday service to children with special needs.