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Timberrrr!- Making Space for 2021

Timberrrr!- Making Space for 2021

I can’t say I am a big fan of cutting down trees, but sometimes it opens up new possibilities. I was always dismayed when I would walk the campus with the “tree man” identifying maples, oaks and basswoods that were “danger trees,” those that threatened buildings or well-travelled paths. We... read more

Dad, what did you do in the Pandemic?

Dad, what did you do in the Pandemic?

What did you do in the Pandemic? My grandfather was too young to have fought in the First World War and my father too young to have joined the efforts of the Second one- though he did serve during the Korean Conflict. I remember, as a young boy, asking them... read more

Just Around the Next Bend

Just Around the Next Bend

The on-going lessons learned from a canoe trip The map showed 3 pull-overs- disruption in our forward progress that routed us around rapids impassable by canoe. We lost count at 7. We pulled our packs out, pulled the canoes over and got them to the other side, only to find... read more

A Map of the World

A Map of the World

Each time I have sat down to share some reflection on what a summer without Camp is like, I have been stymied. In no small part, I think, I’m stymied because I start by sharing how suspending our summer has affected us- and me, and that just didn’t seem a... read more

Camp Memories

Camp Memories

I’ve spent twenty-five summers at Camp Mishawaka. The late Dick Dahlen recruited my friend and I from Tucson, Arizona to fly to northern Minnesota to be a nine-year old Belding camper. My counselor that summer was the dynamic Geoffrey Bishop. We came full circle my final summer with Geoffrey as... read more