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Trips Galore! 

Trips trips trips. We love our camping trips! We have all of our cabins out on camping trips tonight. Must have the kitchen crew confused for the evening having a little number of people there to cook for! So the campers have been having a great time making s’mores, talking with one another, and sleeping in tents. So much happiness and laughter! 

This is our Winnebago cabin having a grand old time! 

Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July to everyone! We had such a busy day at camp! We were a part of the parade in Manitowish Waters where we sang camp songs, waved, and some of the campers got to ride in our float which was a canoe! Later in the day, we went swimming to cool off. In the evening, we had our very own Camp Jorn carnival with lots of fun games! Finally, to end the long day of festivities, we all watched fireworks over the lake. It was so special and beautiful!

We hope you all had an amazing Fourth of July! 

For photos from the day, check out our Smug Mug! 

Friendship Fire Finale Friday

Wow, this week flew by and it is already Friday! Can not believe it! It feels like just yesterday the campers were meeting each other for the first time on Sunday and now they have gotten so close. It is incredible to see the new friendships that have formed this week.

Today is a lot of packing and cleaning to have them ready to head home, but tonight we have our special Friendship Fire. The Friendship Fire is a tradition here at camp where we honor each other for doing great this week and sharing our stories. Also, we have a huge fire in the middle of the field that brings us together as one unified group. It is a fun time for everyone!

Have a wonderful Friday!

Photos of the day and our Friendship Fire to come. Keep a look out on Smug Mug!

Rainy Day Thursday

The day started out strong with all the campers at their fun activities and continuing to learn and gain experience in them. Slowly, as the morning went on, the sky started to get darker and darker. It seemed as if a storm was brewing. All of a sudden, it started to pour. The rain fall created many puddles everywhere which added a new element to all the activities, but the rain stopped no one. As the rain poured, campers continued to play, swim, craft, and more. A little rain doesn’t stop camp fun!

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”


Wednesday, June 29th

Today looks like it is going to be a great day for activities with the sun shining and everyone full of energy! Also, this wonderful group of people have been planting flowers around the flag pole we circle around twice a day to put up and take down the flag. The flowers add a perfect amount of color to the environment at camp!DSC_0456.JPG


Wells Fargo Evening

It was announced at dinner that all campers and staff should wear long pants and running shoes. Right when that was said, one game came to mind and it has been a long lived and loved game at Camp Jorn. The name of the game is Wells Fargo.

As all the children and staff changed into the proper clothing, the excitement was building up inside us all. It was just about time for the big game, but we could not forget about singing “Camp Jorn will Shine,” as we do at the beginning of each night in the Amphitheater. We all sang and cheered, bringing us closer and enjoying our time here together.

Next in the process was receiving the face paint to determine the separate teams. Purple or green, no matter what team, it was time to go to the extreme. This game is very similar to capture the flag in that each team has to work together to sprint across the field and gain cones for their team. The more cones grabbed and ran back, the more successful the team will be.

No matter what, everyone wins because we had an amazing, fun night at Camp Jorn!


More posts to come and check out photos from the week and Wells Fargo at this link:  


Learn why staff come to Camp Jorn

Camp has been an important part of my life for eight summers now, four of which were spent as counselor. I choose to come back to Camp Jorn each year because I love to make an impact on the kids that come here, whether it is big or small. Most of the time that impact is encouraging the campers to be themselves by embracing their differences and expressing the characteristics that make them unique. For the past couple summers I have been working in the leadership program with 13-15 year olds; an age group that commonly struggles with being themselves because they are worried about judgment from their peers. By creating a welcoming environment, every child is given the opportunity to display their true selves and I believe that is the best part about coming to camp. I too have found that I become the best version of myself while at camp because I am not afraid to show my various oddities that make me who I am. – Rachel Silverman


Hello! My name is Kris (Known around camp as Kit Kat!). I am the Program Operations Director. I have spent two summers working at another YMCA camp as a camp counselor and this is my first time here at Camp Jorn! I decided to spend another summer in the camp world because I love working with the kids every day and seeing the impact this place has on them. The memories that are made at camp can last a lifetime! I can’t wait to have an awesome summer! – Kris Bensen


Thursday is already here!

Can you believe that the week is almost over? we can’t. This week has honestly flown on by.

We had great weather today, no rain at all!

Tonights dinner was some delicious pizza and ice cream and cookies for dessert!

At campfire tonight campers will experience something they have never seen before, the game is called ghostbusters and campers will have to roam around camp with their cabin looking for a ghost to catch and walk them silently to the swim docks where there will be a trail with all of camp weather that ghost should be pushed in or not. Its going to be a wild ride and a great night here at camp!

Happy Thursday!


Today has been a great day!

We welcomed back the LIT group and the TEVA group from their trip. They both had an amazing trip and have nothing but great stories and smiles.

Lots of exciting activities today such as low ropes, tubing, crafts and the list goes on.

Dinner was chicken, corn and potatoes, yummy. With brownies for dessert!

Tonight at campfire the CIT’s have planned it all and will be putting their leadership skills to the test tonight.

Overall we have reached the halfway marker for the week and having a great time up here!

Taco Tuesday!

Today has been a day of excitement. Starting the day with a little Taylor Swift in the morning to wake up and get ready to have a great day.

It was a little chilly in the morning, but as the day went on the weather got nicer and nicer.

Campers had a blast sailing today because the wind couldn’t of been more perfect. Our advanced sail class learned how to solo sail today!

Tonights dinner is taco’s and nachos, yummy!

At campfire the campers and staff will be playing the ever so famous Wells Fargo!

Today was another great day to continue the week with, campers are getting close with their cabin mates and bonding very nicely.