Woohoo! Summer 2014 has officially begun with the arrival of our Session One campers. We could not be more excited! Today was a busy day. The clouds and rain changed into a beautiful sunny afternoon/evening just as the campers on the bus arrived. Campers were introduced to their cabin mates, went on a round robin to various key places on camp, had swim assessments, signed up for classes, and more. We had a yummy spaghetti dinner and ended the night with our opening campfire. All is well at Camp Jorn, and tomorrow looks like it’s going to be a beautiful day. On a closing note, Happy Fathers Day to all of our wonderful CJ fathers and father figures.
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Today has been a crazy day, with hail this morning and thunderstorms this afternoon! Although the kids are having fun making candy sushi, friendship bracelets, and tie-dying! There was a few sunny hours where the kids got to play messy twister!
The White Water Rafting trip went very well! There was not a rain drop the entire trip and everyone had a blast! All the kids said “That was Awesome!” when they got back to camp.
Tonight we have our weekly Sock Hop! Which will be indoors, and everyone will be dressing in their finest superhero outfits.
Hope everyone has a nice Thursday! We are sad that tomorrow is our last full day with Session One Campers, but we will have Friendship Fire tomorrow night!
Another summer is roaring towards us! Every summer brings with it new excitement and it’s own uniqueness, but this year marks a very special place in our history. This summer, we are celebrating our 60th anniversary!! 60 years is an accomplishment, but for CJ it feels like an even bigger accomplishment because it involves so many. In the camping world, we say “we’re in the relationship business,” and it’s true. Our history is only important because of all the connections and relationships we’ve made with the people that have crossed our path. Not only would we not be in existence without you, but we wouldn’t have had such a rich and fulfilling past and an even brighter future to look forward to, without you. For that, we thank you!
This August 16 through 19, we’ll be wrapping up our summer with a 60th anniversary weekend celebration, and we hope you can join us! Friday evening, August 16, will kick off the weekend with a group dinner and performance from Bret & Frisk. Saturday will host many of your favorite camp activities like canoeing on Rest Lake, horseback riding, water skiing, archery, etc. We’ll also have a special celebration Saturday night. Sunday, we’ll host our Up-North community pancake breakfast and leave you to your leisure to enjoy CJ. To register, please check out our 60th anniversary page on our website or call the camp office at 715-543-8808.
We’re also in the process of creating a Camp Jorn History book, with help of author “Buckshot” Anderson. Buckhot, is gathering stories from alumni to add to the book and get a feel of what the last 60 years at camp have been like. If you’d like to share your CJ story to be considered for the book, please go to our online questionnaire. The book will also feature photos from over the last 60 years. If you’d like to see our historical photos you can view them at SmugMug or on our Camp Jorn YMCA Facebook page.
Although things have changed in many ways over the last 60 years at Camp Jorn, many things remain the same. Children still sing the same songs, take the same bus ride up to camp, swim & play in Rest Lake, have camp outs at Fox Island, and come to camp for new adventures and leave as better people than when they arrived. That is what CJ is at it’s heart, and something that will stand the test of time.
It was our biggest summer yet in terms of number of campers, but that’s just one part of the story.
The rest of the story can be seen in the many photos below from our sessions at CJ; the rest of the story can be seen in the eyes of the campers, and heard in the words of the campers; the rest of the story is written in the tall pine trees, in the sparkle of sun on Rest Lake, in the sound of laughter and the hush of reverence.
It’s a story of friendship, fun, challenge, and growth. The story is in all of us who are part of Camp Jorn.
Hi CJ Family!
As the summer draws to a close, I want to bring your attention to a video by Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. Peg talks with families about the “3 Cs- ” Confidence, Curiosity, and Character- the skills kids learn at camp that they take with them into the school year.
Please enjoy this short look at how we can keep the learnings of camp alive year-round!
Until next time,
As parents prepare to send their kids to camp, there are often some anxieties about how the camper will do- will he or she be homesick? Make friends? Worry? Ask someone for help if needed?
The following link brings the anxious parent and camper to a great article about handling some worrisome camp feelings. We hope it gives you comfort and helps you manage some of your concerns. Please let us know what you think!
Below are some pics from this summer. To see more please visit our Facebook page.
Summer is so close, we can almost taste it! The trees and plants are blooming, the temperatures are rising, and the sun is staying out longer each day. This can only mean one thing…camp is almost here!! With all the excitement and anticipation buzzing in the air, we (the CJ staff) thought we should have an event to not only use that electric energy and get everyone super excited for the summer, but also allow campers to meet some of their fellow session mates, and some of the summer staff before they get to camp. We also thought it would be great for parents get a chance to meet the staff, which for many doesn’t happen unless they make the trek to the magical place in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. So, this past Saturday, May 12th, Camp Jorn YMCA had its first ever Spring Campfire where we brought a little bit of the CJ spirit from the Northwoods to the Old School Forest Preserve in Lake County, IL.
From the start, we thought that the idea for the event was a great one, but we couldn’t believe the amount of interest in it until we saw it! We had over 100 campers, parents, and friends turn out to our little Spring Campfire event! To start it off, there was a meet and greet for campers, parents, and staff, with two fires going and s’mores for all. Some awesome field games followed, and then it was time for our main Campfire program. At Camp Jorn YMCA, we call our evening all-camp activity, our Campfire program. For this program, we had a great introduction by our Camp Director, Sarah, followed by some of our favorite songs and skits led by some of our summer staff. For some campers, they were learning these songs and seeing these skits for the first time. And, for others, they were catching up with old camp friends on what had been going on throughput the past year and embracing the songs and skits like they were welcoming them back from a long hibernation. Oh, those crazy camp songs that only other camp people understand and appreciate….And, Parents got to enjoy the night right along with their campers, and get a taste of what Camp Jorn is all about.
All in all, the two hour program was a blast, and we couldn’t have asked for a better night! We look forward to hosting many of these Campfire’s in the future and can’t wait to see all of those campers that attended, this summer!
If you have some great photos or video from the Spring Campfire event, we would love to see it! Please email Caroline with any pictures or video to firstname.lastname@example.org
Take care, and CJ love