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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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Transformers

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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108 Years, Give or Take

Last Wednesday, the Chicago Cubs finally won the world series. As someone born in Cleveland, but raised in Chicago, I had a tough start to the series. My dad, and his entire family are Cleveland natives, while my mom grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. I […]

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Curating your Own Experience

We recently flew out to visit our daughter, a freshman at Connecticut College for Family Weekend. Though we traveled as a family, we were spread out throughout the plane, and I had a bit of panic when I realized I had forgotten to pack my headphones. Might […]

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Camp Mishawaka is a gift, not a gif

Greetings from Mishawaka, I follow a number of our peer camps in WI and MN on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – in part to keep informed of how and what they are doing and to learn more about how people in our industry are using social media […]

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