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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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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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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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