Camp Mishawaka Blog


Too Young For Camp?

Parents often ask me what age is good for a child to begin attending sleep away camp. Just as there is no one type of camper, there is no one answer to this question, but over the course of many years, I’ve seen a pattern in camper […]

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My Favorite Camp Memory

My Favorite Camp Memory  by Charlie Paige, Boys Camp Director        I recently spoke with a fellow camper from the late 80’s and early 90’s who had signed up his two sons for their first summer at Mishawaka. I had last seen him at the […]

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Good Night, Not Goodbye

A few years ago I wrote about the power of the CIT speeches at the Girls Camp campfire. I was struck with the clarity, honesty, sense of self and place. The  tradition continues and I wanted to share a speech from 2016. The message is timely- perhaps […]

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Big Data, Best Selves

Finding Our Best Selves I recently attended a camp owners and directors conference in Boulder, CO, and though at times it might have easily been mistaken for a Patagonia and Nalgene convention, it was good to be amongst kindred spirits-women and men who have devoted their lives […]

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Arizona Sun

“Well, I’m a-goin’ out west where I belong…” I’ll never be able to explain why I know this song so well, as someone born in 1989, but it’s in there, buried deep in my memory, and has been since childhood. Admittedly, it’s not entirely appropriate this week […]

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Oh, The People You Meet!

Oh, The People You Meet! This guy (to the right) was Charlie Westgate, and I had the privilege of learning how to sail under his tutelage as a 9 year old boy. Later, in the strangest turn of events, I served as his “Boss” when I assumed […]

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Three months of my life are filled with the chaos of camp. It’s the good kind of chaos–the kind you find at a family holiday party when you’re simultaneously trying to greet seven people at once and make sure the pigs-in-a-blanket don’t burn in the oven. At […]

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50 Reasons George Lottes is Awesome

50 Reasons George Lottes is Awesome o He is the Mayor of Tent City o He still teaches Expert Canoeing o He drives anything with wheels on it, at anytime. o Lifeguarding Recertification! o Flint and Steel o Woodcraft o Taps and Reveille o He makes sure […]

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Appropriate Risk

Every year at this time, Minnesota news is full of stories of people (and cars) falling through thin ice. Most are in search of fish, but all share a common trait—what Garrison Keillor once referred to as “young men destined for leadership roles never to be fulfilled.” […]

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Mishawaka Song Book Revamp

Of all the conversations I have had with girls campers each summer, the funniest and most endearing are those that have started mid-song at the Girls Camp boat house, usually with the Girls Camp staff looking at each other quizzically. One particular instance in 2016, we were […]

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