About Camp Ojibwa

History/Timeline

Operating for over 90 years, Camp Ojibwa is a true staple in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. With nearly a century in the books, there are far to many stories to share here on our website. Below is a brief history of Camp Ojibwa through the years.

1928

28 year old Al Schwartz takes 17 kids to a small resort in Three Lakes, WI. This is the first season of Camp Ojibwa.

1930

Camp Ojibwa permanently moves to its current location on Catfish Lake.

1937

The first season of sports leagues and the inaugural Big 10 (Collegiate) Week!

1939

The Dad’s Lodge is constructed.

1940

The Red Hall is built and all existing cabins are moved further back from the lake.

1945

A generous contribution from Jack Keeshin leads to the construction of Cabin 13.

1954

Mickey Schwartz becomes a Senior Counselor.

1956

Cabin remodeling begins with Cabin 12, and Peach League is introduced.

1959

Dennis Rosen spends his first summer at Camp Ojibwa.

1961

Sid Novak passes away. Sid was the head counselor since 1943 and was a major influence on the early generations of Ojibwa campers.

1965

The Camp Ojibwa Jubilee gets a facelift.

1968

Ojibwa celebrates the 40th Summer!

1969

Leo Durocher takes a trip to Ojibwa.

1975

The first Ojibwa games ends in a tie between the Trojans and Spartans!

1978

50 years for Camp Ojibwa!

1983

University of California, Berkeley wins Collegiate Week!

1986

A group of former camper buys camp and Dennis Rosen takes over as camp director.

1992

The Dad’s Lodge officially becomes Cabin 14.

1994

The inaugural Ojibwa Olympics take place.

2001

With record attendance, camp expands the Rec hall and Mess hall.

2003

The Monster debuts!

2009

The Staff Retreat is constructed.

2011

Zipline!

2012

The debut of the Field of Dreams!

2017

Our 90th Summer! The Camp Ojibwa History Museum is constructed.