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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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Camp is Home

This “Camp is Home” sign (pictured right) arrived this week as a gift from a former camper and current Camp parent. She found it in a gift store over the holidays and decided, “I had to get it for Mishawaka.” The truth is and we all know, […]

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But You Gotta Know the Territory

We enjoyed a visit from long-time Mishawakans Dan Beuthling and Kelley Ryan this week. After 20 years with Camp, they recently moved to British Colombia as owners and operators of Lagoon Cove Marina—a picturesque way station along the Inside Passage to Alaska. They are thriving in the […]

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Human Nature

Last week I was lucky to attend the American Camping Association’s National Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. While I, admittedly, spent some quality time just sitting in direct sunlight, trying to regain my normal human powers after a long, but mild, Minnesota winter, I also managed to […]

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Preserving Childhood

Reconciliation As a summer camp director for the past 25 years, I have observed a none-too-subtle shift in the way young people approach their childhood. In general, there is a hesitation to embrace their own youth as a time of discovery and wonder. Children might not describe […]

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