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The 4th is “Super Day”

For Mishawakans of certain era the phrase, “It’s gonna be a super day” evokes memories of a Nick Larsen organizing the traditional 4th of July parade. The tradition continued this morning, with a parade of flags, the Red Skelton pledge and the CIT’s raising the flag- with

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Camp Traditions- Old and New

Camp Traditions- Old and New I was a Navajo, Chippewa and a Mohawk. Later, in 1982, I become an Apache- the tribe for Counselors.  For as long as anyone can remember, campers at Mishawaka were divided into tribes for the summer. (Though it is worth noting that

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CP and Turk Ride Again

Recently I had lunch with former Mishawaka camper and counselor, Greg Turk. Greg was a camper in the 80’s and directed Camp’s horseback riding program for several years. We hadn’t seen each other in a while and it was great to catch up. Most of our conversation

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Form Follows Function

I never actually knew that it was the famous architect Louis Sullivan who is credited with coining this phrase (the actual phrase he wrote is, ‘form ever follows function’) until I looked it up. It turns out he got his inspiration for his words from the Roman

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Now Boarding Zone 1

Now Boarding Zone One- The unseen value of a Traditional Camp Experience My daughter and I were flying to Chicago out of Minneapolis recently and I was reminded (again) just how stratified our daily lives have become. It starts from the beginning of the travel process and

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The Vocabulary of Camp

I Wonder if Should Ask him to Play. Years ago, when I first saw the above cartoon, I cut it out and put in on my office door. For me, as a Director of a boys and girls camp, I often saw this dynamic play out each

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Birches

Birches Despite the fact that our local weather folks had been warning us for days, I was surprised to wake up and find the ground covered in snow- the heavy, wet kind that breaks limbs and bends trees. It’s too early to plow (the ground is not

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Absent Campers…..

Note: This poem was written by a former camper for an English class assignment. She shared it on Facebook and though we were not a in position to “grade” it, it get’s an A in our book and we share it here with sincere thanks and appreciation

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The Stories We Tell Ourselves

Our Core Stories  A few weeks ago I took part in “Camp Director’s Camp”- a gathering of 35 camp directors from the US and Canada- in beautiful Cape Cod, MA. The weekend was designed to re-create the camper experience for us directors by having us sleep in

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This was goodnight and not goodbye

“This Was Goodnight and Not Goodbye” By Kelly Mason Lichter   For those of you who read my first blog  and wanted to hear my thoughts post-camp, I decided to share my personal experience as a parent and former camper.  I still don’t feel like I am

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