For the staff at camp during visiting weekend, there is a 30 hour period where we feel like we are in the Twilight Zone. After four weeks of constant action, enthusiasm, and noise, the camp is empty and quiet. It feels like the camp is yearning for an activity period to start, and something is amiss. Of course, it is, but all was right when the buses eased their way around the corner to head home onto the campus. All of the campers and staff already at camp lined up to welcome our second session campers. Campers received their cabin assignments and sprinted to the cabin, where their staff helped them find a bunk and start unpacking. What was incredible to witness is how our new Ojibwa campers, those who have never been here before, were welcomed by our veteran staff, and campers. New campers were being toured around the grounds, by their new friends, making sure that everyone know their preferred shower house, and most importantly, where the water shack is. They were teaching new campers Pinners, and shooting hoops. Our goal is to make new campers feel apart of the Ojibwa brotherhood, the moment they step off the bus.
After our traditional first night spaghetti dinner was complete, the leagues began. As we walked around camp, talking and playing with the campers, the energy, action, enthusiasm, and, yes, the noise was back. All is right at Camp Ojibwa.
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Here’s to Camp Ojibwa,
Joel and Joey