Adam's Summer Updates

Warming up…

If you have been following the Lake Nebagamon weather reports over the past few days, you will notice that we have been in the grip of a pretty good heat wave here at camp. (Admit it, as much as you pretend to be living your own life there, one of the first things you do…

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Blended families…

I have to admit, I always wonder if it will work. Every summer, at the beginning of each second session, I have a moment of doubt as to whether or not we can successfully mesh a group of 100 boys that have been here already for a month together with a group of 100 kids…

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RELOADED!!!

Changeover is a great two day period here at camp.  Having a camp with only 90 or so kids in it allows us to do some things that we normally would not be able to do because of our numbers.  On the first day we all enjoyed Medieval Day here at camp complete with jousting…

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Didn’t we just start?

I know that I am not alone in expressing my absolute amazement at the fact that tomorrow is packing day for our first session campers. As impossible as it is to believe, in just about 40 hours, 84 of our brothers will be bidding us adieu for the long off-season. It seems incredible to me…

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And that’s…THE LUCK OF THE DRAW!!

One of the more consistent debates among my angst-ridden generation of parents is the one about the dreaded Participation Trophy.  There are those out there that believe that children who are given trophies for mere participation gain self-confidence and the willingness to try new things, and there are those out there that believe that the…

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Sunday Strong!

Without a doubt, anyone that has ever spent a summer at Nebagamon would tell you that there is nothing like a Sunday at camp. Sundays here have their own special feel to them. Whether it is the late wake up (well…late wake up for anyone outside the Swamper Village…Swampers wake up early no matter what…

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Casting Call….

They have made some improvements in the Family Surgery Waiting Room at St. Mary’s Hospital in Duluth over the past few years.  A new coffee maker, a much more modern information panel that gives you up to the minute news about the progress of patients, and even a few new jigsaw puzzles (oh joy….more jigsaw…

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Two BIG Days!!!

Without a doubt the most circled day on the Nebaga-calendar of a first four week camper is Paul Bunyan Day.  (Now, in all honesty, for me the most circled day is Rueben Day in the Rec Hall, but that is because I have a legitimate Reuben problem.  But that is a discussion for another Update….or…

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Career day(s) at camp!

One of my joys every summer is the opportunity to watch how the experience for our campers is not only an exercise of the spirit and the body, but also of the mind. This presents itself in various ways – Sunday Services, Council Fires, quiz bowls, communal readings in the cabin after “Taps”, existential discussions…

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Overture…Hit the Lights!

Several times in these updates already this summer, I have referenced the idea that one of the important opportunities that we give kids here is the opportunity to take “safe risks” and yes, even to fail.  These ideas are among the primary reasons behind our Good Time Charlies (GTCS….or talent shows).  Now to be clear,…

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