Camp Teen Angel
July 19-22, 2012
Camp Manito-Wish YMCA, Boulder Junction, WI
Camp Teen Angel is a camp for teens ages 13-15 experiencing cancer through a family member or who have lost someone to cancer. Activities at this 4-day camp are geared to challenge our campers physically and mentally while interacting with other teens with similar cancer experiences.
Thirty-three amazing campers and eight energetic and caring counselors came together for an awesome Camp Teen Angel July 19-22, 2012. The weather was warm and sunny and allowed us to enjoy all of our camp activities.
Campers arrive Thursday afternoon and after orientation and settling in, we enjoyed dinner, games and a campfire. We were all getting to know each other.
Friday morning we hoisted anchor and set sail with Captain Steve and Quartermaster Steve-O of Pirates-Hideaway in Eagle River. The pirates served up some grub and then we sailed off on an adventure that included walking the plank. It was a crazy good time. http://www.eagleriverpirates.com/
Back at camp, we had time to unwind before our Sharing Session, then supper and we were off on our “Flat Stanley” scavenger hunt. Four teams were armed with a theme, a digital camera and a plastic dinosaur. The results were hilarious.
Saturday morning we hit the open trail on horseback at the Holiday Acres Stables in Minocqua. It was a first for many of the campers and though some started the ride with apprehension, everyone was all smiles when they returned. All of our campers and counselors were allowed to drive a go-cart while they waited. A tip of the hat to Holiday Acres for their generosity. http://www.holidayacres.info/
Horseback riding makes you hungry, so it was off to Hoggie Doggies for lunch. After lunch, Judi Rossi and the staff of Hoggie Doggies treated us to a delicious ice cream cone. http://www.hoggiedoggies.com/
Throughout the camp, the staff at Camp Manito-Wish, along with our own counselors, guided the campers through awareness activities and games. Saturday afternoon the campers participated on the High-Ropes Course where they tested their courage and dexterity. It was so exciting to see these kids climb and encourage each other. Each camper was challenged to step out of his or her comfort zone and many of the campers surprised themselves with their accomplishments.
Saturday evening we danced our socks off at our famous dance with a DJ. There was a lot of energy expended that night. After the dance it was back to the cabins for ice cream sundaes and hanging out.
Sunday morning we packed up and said our goodbyes knowing that we all made some great new friends
Kathy Mathie, Director, Camp Teen Angel
Pictures are on our Face Book page.