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CAMP OJIBWA… what it means for a Hungarian counselor…by Zsombor “Z” Zathureczky

Posted by admin1 on January 2, 2017

Camp Ojibwa… after spending two summers there, it’s still difficult to collect my thoughts about this special place. Even for me, someone from Middle-Eastern Europe, who got there only as a counselor at the age of 23, Camp Ojibwa has become a crucial part and one of – if not – the most determining experience of my life. The essence of camp is incredible: what they say in promotional videos, how special camp is and how people are brothers there, it’s not just promotion and marketing: it’s true. All of it. Camp is a place to grow, and not only for campers. During my first summer I learnt so many things about myself, about other cultures, about children, it’s almost unimaginable how much one can gain at Ojibwa. This is why I decided to return the next year, and even though I thought I couldn’t return for a third time,…

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First Year Staff Man-Not All Heroes Wear A Cape… by Grant Anixter

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Posted by admin1 on October 27, 2016

Being an overnight camp counselor this past summer was the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. The biggest tip I can give to an incoming first year junior counselor is to start every day with a clean slate; as if the past was erased. If you hold onto the mistakes your campers make, you will always be disappointed. All children misbehave at some point or another, they are only human. So, it's important to forgive and forget. These kids consider you to be a god. They will remember everything you do and, more importantly, every single word that comes out of your mouth. The worst feeling is when your camper thinks you don't love them. But, it's important to remember that if you say the wrong thing, or make the wrong decision it's not the end of the world. You can fix it. When you start to notice…

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Honest, Kind, Brave, and True .. by Gabe Zallik

Posted by admin1 on February 1, 2016

Honest, kind, brave, and true. Four essential attributes I would have never learned to own had it not been for Ojibwa. Ojibwa is more than just a camp. It is more than the everlasting friendships and stories that can be told from almost 90 years ago. It is a cult, a lifestyle one only learns to appreciate once they truly understand. Growing up, camp was almost inevitably in my future. Without hesitation, my parents sent me to camp in 2002, and I cannot say thank you enough for that. Camp isn’t a four or eight week experience; it’s a lifetime experience. There is no possible combination of words that can describe what camp provides for those lucky enough to call it their home. It has taught us how to be honest. To value trust and loyalty. How to be brave and take risks. How to be true; not only to…

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Fountain of Youth

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Posted by admin1 on January 12, 2016

If there is such a thing as the fountain of youth, I am going to be walking through it this summer. I spent 13 years at Ojibwa starting in 1987 (7 as a camper, 6 as a counselor) and even though every day of every summer was different one thing never changed. It is still my favorite place on earth. I have lived in Spain and Hawaii, traveled through Europe and been to Israel twice and none of those places hold a candle to the hidden gem that so many people call their home away from home in Eagle River. I thought going to camp was a surreal experience 15 years ago so it's impossible to describe in words what it feels like to be going back now. One of the directors, Joel Losoff was my first camp counselor ever as a 4 year old at a day camp in…

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It Was Never About the Week – Andrew Picchietti

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Posted by admin1 on September 19, 2015

“You have to come back next year so that you can win the week.” I have heard these words many times over the summers from countless campers, all of them pleading with me as they tried to use collegiate week as leverage for getting me to come back to camp. Last summer was my thirteenth year at Ojibwa, and I have never won collegiate week despite being in it twelve times. I participated in collegiate week six times as a camper and six times as a coach. Throughout my years at Ojibwa, I have become well-known for my time during collegiate week, but not in the way that most people would want to be. I have been known as the modern day Jim Kelly: always the bridesmaid, never the bride. For those reading this that don’t know who Jim Kelly is, he went to four straight Super Bowls and lost…

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Camp Ojibwa in the Fall… by Joel Losoff

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Posted by admin1 on September 19, 2015

Every fall I go up to Ojibwa with my friends. It’s about 60 degrees, the leaves are changing, the deer are walking around camp. It is so quiet still. Almost magical, but it is awesome. When we are working at camp, on a day-to-day basis, we never get the chance to appreciate camp for what it is. We are working/playing too hard and that’s a good thing! But, to hang out on diamond 1 with no one else around, looking out onto Catfish Lake, with the lake so still, it’s amazing. Camp is shut down, but not the feel of it. It’s the memories of Ojibwa that keep it alive, especially in these winter months. That’s why camp is so great. We never stop talking/thinking about Camp Ojibwa…and that’s a good thing!

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Collegiate Week: An event like the Pros by Sam Witt

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Posted by admin1 on September 19, 2015

I am sure many of you seeing me write a blog about collegiate week immediately assume it is going to be about me bragging about winning it back-to-back (Only time, I promise) but really it is about why I find it so special. Like myself, I am sure many of the people who have ever been a camper or counselor at camp have had some sort of professional sports dream. Also like myself, most of us never realized those dreams, but that is where Collegiate Week came in. The special thing to me about collegiate week is that it has acted as a professional sports league in its own way. It has the athlete side to it as a camper and the organization side as a coach. The camper side is simple; it was all about trying your hardest in leagues to boost your draft stock. It was like being…

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