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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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What Lies Beneath

Laying the foundation for the Apache cabin (we think). We spent the better part of Thursday cutting a slice in the earth through Camp. We were burying some overhead power lines, and while we were at it, laid in some fiber optic cable to bring web access […]

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The story of returning home is a common tale. Dorothy clicked her red slippers together to get back home, Homer covered it pretty extensively in the Odyssey, Brian Wilson sings about it on Pet Sounds, and we punctuate our days with thoughts of the things we’ll get to […]

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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
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