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Have a Super Day!

Have a Super Day!

“Have a Super Day!” Thus was the refrain of one of the most cheerful, optimistic people I have ever known. Godfrey “Nick” Larsen was best known to campers as the Grand Marshall of the 4th of July festivities. But Nick was also the architect of how one interacts with Camp... read more

Summer 2021 - We Did It!

Summer 2021 - We Did It!

We Did It! To date, Midwestern humility might have prevented us from celebrating the fact that we provided a healthy, happy, and safe summer camp experience this summer for nearly 300 children and 70 staff who came from over 25 states and 4 countries. The feat is not just ours... read more

Reflections on the Summer of 2021

Reflections on the Summer of 2021

Luminaries glowed on either side of me as I walked the path to the lake one last time. Behind me our youngest campers whispered excitedly, unable to recognize the familiar path bathed in warm, flickering light. We had made it to summer’s end, awash in relief and gratitude. So many... read more

Smile and Nod- A Tribute to Sonie Larsen

Smile and Nod- A Tribute to Sonie Larsen

“Smile and nod, Steve, smile and nod.” That was the advice Sonie Larsen gave me if I had to talk with an unhappy vendor or camp parent when I joined as a Director at Camp Mishawka. I was 26, and though I had spent the 16 previous summers at Camp,... read more

Ask Not...An Ethos of Service to Children

Ask Not...An Ethos of Service to Children

Ask Not… A Continuing Ethos of Service Amongst our Staff I am often asked about who I think the “most famous” Camp Mishawaka alumnus is. More often than not I offer my impression on who was the most “infamous.” Ha! To be sure, there are former campers and staff that... read more