Hard to believe that we are one quarter into our 2019 summer. Highlights from this past weekend include: Our second father & son weekend, basketball clinic, and the annual Camp Ojibwa spelling bee.
FATHER & SON:
We welcomed our second group of Fathers and Sons who came to Ojibwa to experience a piece of the magic that occurs here at Camp. This group was a mix of Ojibwa alumni, returning Father & Son attendees, as well as some families who were seeing Ojibwa for the first time. A group that came in as strangers, but left as friends, and a fabric of our Ojibwa family. There were many special moments including Father & Son Red Shark rides, S’Mores campfire, riding on the zipline (multiple times), building birdhouses, attempting to conquer the new obstacle course at the waterfront, and epic GaGa games in the pit. A huge welcome and thanks to our Fathers & Sons for joining us this past weekend. To see our latest album of Father & Son, follow this link: https://waldo.photos/galleries/view/album/uZE96B26e6fRDcUDCcSmSY/subalbums/PVGfzBLU56MGdrtUthAaDpZ
Over the weekend, we welcomed our second clinic of the summer. Former Lake Forest College basketball players, Eric Porter, Kente’ Mixon, and Danny Nikitas joined us to host clinics for our Fathers and Sons, as well as our campers.
- Eric Porter played at Loyola Chicago for 1 season and then played his final 3 seasons at Lake Forest College, graduating in 2018. Eric set the program record with 11 made 3 pointers in one game, the most made 3 point field goals in one season, and 2nd in total career made 3 point field goals. During his summer workout, Eric made 107 3-pointers in a row. Check it out at the link below.
- Danny Nikitas played for Lake Forest College and graduated in 2018.
- Kente’ Mixon was a two sport athlete born and raised in West Side Chicago. Following his passion, he attended Lake Forest College to play basketball. After graduating in 2015, Kente’ lives in Chicago coaching and training athletes. Kente’ is available for private lessons and Camp Ojibwa would strongly recommend his services. He can be reached at 773-932-7333.
Eric Porter 107 Consecutive Three-Pointer Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71rbloeboJ4
Eric, Kente’, and Danny worked with our campers on basketball basics in dribbling and shooting. Our campers loved working with the three coaches who brought great coaching, incredible passion, and a ton of energy to entertain our campers. Outside of the clinics, the three coaches participated in many games of “42” and “two bounce” with our campers and staff.
CAMP OJIBWA SPELLING BEE:
Our Sunday night Late Evening entertainment was our annual Camp Ojibwa Spelling Bee. Each cabin hosted preliminary rounds to select their representative. Cabin 13 led the energy and enthusiasm dressed in costume to cheer on their cabin-mate, Jonah S. Other finalists included:
- Cabin 1 – Jordan G
- Cabin 2 – Casey S
- Cabin 3 – Brody S
- Cabin 4 – Cameron P
- Cabin 5 – Max G
- Cabin 6 – Alec W
- Cabin 7 – Ben S
- Cabin 7 – Zach G
- Cabin 8 – AJ F
- Cabin 9 – Ryder P
- Cabin 10 – Brendan F
- Cabin 11 – Cooper M
- Cabin 12 – Sean G
- Cabin 13 – Jonah S
- Staff – Ryan M
Starting at Cabin 1, each representative got a word, and if spelled correctly, they remained in the competition. While tested, a majority of the contestants escaped round 1. A surprise plural “Locusts” cost Cooper M his advancing to round 3, the crowd noise was certainly to blame, and drama set in as Jonah S spelled “Humanitarian” and mistakenly ended saying “o – n”, but then quickly changed it to “a-n”. The judges conferred, and Jonah S was eliminated. The three finalists, Ben S, AJ F and staff representative Ryan M battled hard with AJ F taking the 2019 Camp Ojibwa Spelling Bee championship for his cabin!
Halfway through first session, with so much more to look forward to. Upcoming activities include our first social, Fourth of July, League playoffs, and the Camp Ojibwa Olympics.
Here’s to Camp Ojibwa,
Joel and Joey