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.