The truth is that the brilliant people who established the schedule for the last week of camp knew just how to do it. During these last few days, we are taken on journeys of hilarity, reflection, camaraderie, melancholy, and jubilance. The camp experience in a nutshell. It all began last night, we were visited by…Read More Sprinting through the tape…
August 7, 2018
Every year, I make a point of carving out most of a day to drive up to Moose Lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area to pick up our 9th graders on the day that they come in from their two week canoeing trip in Canada. The rationale for this annual sojourn is almost entirely…Read More The Boys Are Back In Town
August 5, 2018
I realize that much of my focus in these updates is, as it should be, on the kids’ experience here at camp. I realize that for the most part, the readership of these updates is simply desperate to get some sense of what their child’s experience at camp is like given the typical quality of…Read More It’s the staff, stupid!
August 3, 2018
Every once in a while you just have to let it all hang out and have one of those BLOWOUT days. A day unlike any other at camp that stands out as truly unique. While many of the best memories from a summer are created on standard routine days, these special days really serve to…Read More The Grand Pursuit
August 1, 2018
In 2012, the most common gift I received was a book called The Dangerous Book For Boys, by Conn and Hal Iggulden. It is a book filled with instructions, information, recipes and advice for tons of different activities that in the digital age might otherwise be lost to video games, private sports coaches, and after…Read More The Dangerous Book for Boys: Volume 2
July 30, 2018
Today, we had our every-fifth-year visit from an inspection team of the American Camp Association (ACA). The ACA is the primary association of camps in the country. With over 2,400 member camps, the ACA’s accreditation process is a rigorous one (not all of the member camps actually become accredited) with approximately 300 separate standards. Without…Read More A Standard Day….
July 28, 2018
One of the things that I am most proud of as I get the opportunity to serve as one of the stewards of this wonderful 90 year old institution is the sense of tradition that exists here. I love that we sit on the same chairs and eat at the same tables that have been…Read More Castle Day
July 26, 2018
Greetings from Camp! To be sure, this is high wilderness tripping season around here. One need only set foot into the Rec Hall to notice that the din of the place has lessened a bit these days. As I write this, there are nearly 70 kids out on various wilderness excursions. There are boys on…Read More Keep on trippin’!
July 24, 2018
These are the salad days of summer at Nebagamon. About a week into the second session, everyone seems to really hit their stride. Things just feel as they should around here. It is the time of the summer when our staff, who have been refining their skills throughout the summer, are talented enough to deal…Read More Salad Days….
July 22, 2018
Normally in a Sunday update I will spend a good deal of time talking about the messages delivered in the Sunday Service and at the Council Fire. And while today’s Sunday Service message about heroes is indeed important, I thought I would tell you a bit about another facet of Sundays here at camp. It…Read More Just go outside and play….