Camp Mishawaka Blog


The Ongoing Saga of a Two Foot Canoe Paddle

At the start of January, a 30 inch canoe paddle arrived at my house. It looked like any other canoe paddle, though better suited to a six year-old than my twenty-seven year old frame. I felt little attachment to it–maybe even a some resentment as I imagined […]

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The Function of Camp

Greetings from Camp Mishawaka! For the last 25 years the nice gentleman that prepares our taxes has listed my occupation as “Executive” —never mind the fact that any given day in the summer you can find me with a plunger or bag of dirty laundry in my […]

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West Coast Wrap-Up

I have returned! For the past nine days, I've been on the West Coast, looking for Mishawakans everywhere I go. I found alumni, veteran staff, current campers, and even some Mishawaka hopefuls. It's great to see campers in their hometowns--in their school uniforms or house shoes--and I [...]Read more

Paddle Tour 2016

A couple of weeks ago, I announced the Up the Creek with Camp Mishawaka nationwide tour. In the midst of Road Show season, I’m making trips to our smaller hubs to visit campers and alumni who are usually missed at our reunion shows at this time of […]

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Up the Creek with Camp Mishawaka

Every year at this time, we hit the road to visit some major Mishawaka hubs. It’s good for us to get out of town, to escape the sometimes dreary Minnesota winter and to add some sunshine back into our daily diets. In Tucson, we get to catch […]

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Mishawaka Road Show

We miss you when you’re not at camp! So, at this time of year, we prefer to come to you. (It gives us a chance to escape the Minnesota winter.) We’ve booked some Road Show dates and hope you can make it to one of our reunions. […]

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Scrape It Off

It’s Friday! You can thank BC Program Director Taylor Cole for this summer camp version of the hit song. Get to breakfast late I like my bagels plain It’s how I start my day (ooh ooh) It’s how I start my day I use too many plates […]

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Having the chance to work at a summer camp gives me the opportunity to get to know a lot of different types of kids and to see how they function in a setting that relies solely on face-to-face communication. The lack of texts, tablets, or tweets means […]

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Time Lapse

Last fall, we set up a camera inside the Apache Cabin and set it to take pictures of main campus twice a day. Below is a video of those pictures stitched together. It’s 9 months compressed into 30 seconds. Winter is long in northern Minnesota, but this […]

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22 July 2015

Weather Constantly repeating “the weather this summer has been great” is boring to write and read, but is wonderful to experience. Sunny skies dotted with a few white clouds nearly every day. The winds on Sunday were actually too strong to hold a regatta, but overall is […]

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