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5 Sections- putting in dock one step at a time

5 Sections- putting in dock one step at a time

5 Sections It wasn’t much, but I put in 5 sections of dock last weekend on a gray but calm Pokegama day. That leaves 28 more to complete the “iconic” Mulford Pier at the center of the Mishawaka waterfront. I have ceded the remainder to those a […]

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Packing 101

I made a quick trip to the North Woods this week, maybe in an attempt to pre-empt the mass migration that’s about to happen from all corners of the country, and acclimate to the camp climate. I found myself disappointingly out of breath from my treks across […]

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My Camp Trips

My Camp Trips by Charlie Paige, Boys Camp Director I will soon head off to Yosemite National Park for a week long camping trip before hitting the road to Camp for the summer. Last fall I visited Yosemite for the first time and afterwards pledged to visit […]

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Celebration of a Good Life

Celebrating a Good Life It’s been 46 years since his death, but the work of longtime Camp Mishawaka counselor, David Slocum (Sloc) still resonates today. I never met Sloc, but have spent many hours around the memorial that overlooks Lake Pokegama built in his honor.  Etched on […]

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April (Snow) Showers Bring May Flowers?

Are you tired of the weather updates from Northern Minnesota yet? Because we’re not! Last weekend during our Spring administrative meeting in Minneapolis, I was biking around the lakes, wearing short sleeves and sunglasses. I even busted out a pair of shorts! Reports suggest weather in the […]

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Through Thick and Thin

I learned today that the phrase “through thick and thin” is one of the older expressions in the English language. Maybe it’s because people have always looked for a way to define struggles, as well as good times. I’ve used the phrase plenty, but have never thought […]

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Sounds of Spring

I recently heard the chirp of a smoke detector as I walked down the hallway of my apartment building. As is the magic of sense memory, I was immediately transported to a familiar springtime walk through the camp grounds, brown leaves crunching beneath my boots on the […]

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Kids Say the Darndest Things

In the process of winterizing cabins last fall, I stumbled upon a treasure-trove of kid wisdom and humor. Greta, our Girls Program Director and year-round Associate Director, had captured some of what comes out of campers mouths during the summer, written it down on post-it notes and […]

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Seasonal Shifts

I recently returned to Tucson after a two week work visit at Camp. Winter at Mishawaka is stunning—a white blanket of snow covers everything and you can see the lake from the office. Once spring comes around, most of the snow is gone and the lake shows […]

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Unplug

The Internet went out. Plug, unplug. Wait. Nothing. Repeat. I probably did these at least four times before recognizing I should expand my troubleshooting and call the dreaded automated help line. Yes, I am experiencing technical issues, thank you. “Sorry, we’re experiencing network outages in your area. […]

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