Days of Camp – August 1, 2019

Hi Folks,


We are so thankful for the ABSOLUTELY 100% perfect weather we’ve been having.  It’s incredible.  For the last several days we’ve been in the upper 70s in the daytime, the upper 50s at night, and we couldn’t ask for anything more.  The lake is warm, the air is mild, and at night it is ideal sleeping conditions.  If you are down south sweating it out right now, maybe next year you should plan to be in the Northwoods with us!!

Yesterday was Community Day in camp.  It was a pretty typical day (except for the afternoon), but our kitchen crew did something special.  After the Camp Council voted to approve Community Day, the kitchen crew prepared a scaled down menu for the day.  So breakfast was oatmeal and cinnamon toast.  Lunch was beanie-weanie (a personal favorite of mine) and cornbread with honey.  Dinner was meatloaf, mashed potatoes (from scratch as always) and candied carrots.  Sounds decent, doesn’t it?  Well, it was and it was delicious, but it was also a little more plain than usual.  We still had some fresh fruit out, but mostly just apples and oranges.  Nothing fancy like plums or peaches or strawberries.  And we did not have dessert after lunch or Canteen after dinner.

We were able to calculate what the cost difference was between a normal day of meals at camp, and the menu on this particular day.  It came to just under $400.  We rounded it up, and our Kitchen Manager, BILL MILLER, has ordered $400 worth of food from our vendors, which we will donate to the Lakeland Food Pantry.  Before the food is donated, Bill will stack up all the cases of canned veggies, fresh veggies and fruit, and other food we were able to buy from the boys’ sacrifice.  So they’ll get to see just how much we are donating and how many local families that will help.

This rural part of Wisconsin does include a lot of families in need, which we talked about very directly and openly with the boys.  Dozens of families will benefit from this donation (which we did as well 1st Session).  We spoke with the boys about how fortunate we are to have camp to share together, to have food always reliably on the table, and how important it is to be aware of and to assist families and children who don’t have it so good.  When we announced how much we had saved, the Lodge erupted in cheers.  It was a small sacrifice for sure…no one went hungry or without.  Still, it’s good to be a part of something like this.

Yesterday afternoon we had 2 great activity periods, and then instead of the afternoon free period, we went right into dinner.  It was early, but we needed the time.  After dinner the boys had a little time to clean up and brush their hair (or not), and then we mounted up on buses and vans and headed to a nearby girls’ camp for a fun social!  The girls put on a play for us, in two shows.  So half the boys went to the early show while the other half got to hang out on the field, maybe talk with some girls, maybe just talk about the girls, have some snacks, and run around.  Then it all switched so everyone got to do everything.  It was a fun night, and we got home kinda late, so this morning we slept in 30 minutes extra.

Tuesday was Cruiser Day, and it was a beauty.  It was not cold, but it was not overly warm either.  The high was right around 70 degrees, which felt great.  The Senior Village was in camp, and spent the day waterskiing, fishing, swimming, playing some trampball, going canoeing, having a nice time.  The Intermediates scattered about in vans.  2 cabins got up early, had a quick breakfast in camp, and drove up to Madeline Island.  Madeline is in Lake Superior just off the coast of Bayfield, WI.  So it’s a bit of a schlep, but well worth it.  They took the ferry across to the island which is very large and has a beautiful state park and beach area.  A few cabins went to the park in Eagle River that has every inflatable water toy ever invented.  And one cabin went up to Black River Falls, which feeds right into Lake Superior.

The Junior Village was on a bus together, and they assembled a very busy day.  They went water sliding, mini golfing, and bowling,  hitting up some local parks to barbecue their lunch and eat some pizza for dinner.  They all returned to camp happy and exhausted, and crashed hard into bed.  Camp got quiet very quickly that night.

Saturday is TITANS DAY!  We are all very excited.  Our plan is to write you about it twice tomorrow; once after the morning finishes, and once at the end of the day.  We’ll try to tune you in to the excitement of it all.

We’ll write you again soon!

Benches up,

Mike, Leslie & Dustin