Camp Luther, Three Lakes, WI
Our summer Campers arrived late in the day on Friday on a wonderfully comfortable Lamer’s Coach Bus – big comfy leather seats, a DVD and even a bathroom…The complete package! One of our exceptional volunteer Angel families, the Perry’s … Michelle, Jon, Alayna and Reece served as bus chaperones (and campsite volunteers) and accompanied the campers to their campsite destination to ensure a happy and safe journey. For the Perry’s it is a give back experience as Michelle is a cancer survivor. Alayna was a camper herself and now would help out as Junior Counselor.
Upon arrival at the campsite, the campers were enthusiastically greeted by our team of fabulous counselors and other volunteers including medical personnel from Marshfield Clinic to oversee and tend to the safety of the campers as well as participating in and helping the campers with the activities. In the spirit of “giving back”, Dick and Amy Lemke serve as our Campsite Directors/Coordinators, to be right there with the campers and for them. We are twice blessed to have them in our midst.
Following the traditional Friday night pizza party, the campers were treated with a special visit from members of the Northern Lights Harley Riders who roared in on their “awesome” Harley’s, capturing the attention of the campers. This great group of riders join us every year and the campers have unique photo opportunities while sitting on the intriguing Harley’s. One of our campers discovered, with the others quickly catching on, that the Harley’s have “horns” – it was a serenade to behold!
With our hearing back in sync, long-time volunteer, Kerri Weister, had created her annual campsite scavenger hunt for the campers. They all took on the challenge and the “hunting” pursued. There were group competitions and prizes – a good time was had by all. Thanks, Kerri, for your continued hard work and scavenger skills!
After “scavengering” – the campers and counselors scurried off to their weekend residences (villages) in the woods … the Fort, Tree houses, Tower and Cover Wagons. Before “sleeping”, they enjoyed gathering around the fire pits, sharing, getting to know each other, and of course, preparing and devouring, “s’mores”!
Saturday was activity day which began with a Pirate Ship Adventure down the beautiful Chain O’ Lakes in Eagle River order cheap levitra. Provided and hosted by Captain Steve and first-mate, Steve-0 of Pirates Hide-Away, the Strauss family generously treats the campers each summer to take to the waters on their amazing Pirate Ship. A HUGE THANKS goes out to these wonderful “Angel” pirates! http://www.eagleriverpirates.com/
After returning to the campsite and even more interesting activities, the campers took their swimming tests, (safety first), thanks Lifeguards: Tommy Geraty and Wes Borden. Then we all enjoyed a special lakeside lunch that included the “tasty” Sloppy Joes prepared and donated by the one and only, Ron Rose of Leroy Meats of Horicon, Wisconsin. It’s delicious and always a big hit with one and all. Ron also donates all the hamburgers for the Saturday night cookout. A very grateful high five to Ron and Leroy Meats of Horicon. www.leroymeats.com
To top off our lunch, Dave & Cathy Clark so graciously donated (as they do each year) the ultra yummy ice cream (and cones) from Cathy’s Ice Cream and Candy Shoppe in St. Germain, Wisconsin. You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream! A very sweet THANK YOU to Dave & Cathy.
And a warm acknowledgement to our dynamic duo weekend food coordinators, Roger and Karen Siegmeier. They kept us well fed and watered and we appreciated it.
Activity day is all that and more at Camp Angel. The afternoon includes lots of wet and wild water activities including swimming, fishing (YES, we DID catch fish), and the favorite of favorites, water craft rides with tubing. We gratefully salute Dick Decker and Al Mondus along with Rob & Traci Graziano for making this possible.
Dick and Al have volunteered their time and skills each and every year to give the kids rides and bring them laughter. This year Rob & Traci joined in to “give back” by joining this water team duo to provide the rides and make it again a “best of the best” opportunity for the kids.
We also had crafts (the very fun and interesting marshmallow guns) that were assembled and designed as a fun take home gift for the campers under the able direction of the very gifted, Otto Schoeneck. Otto and his wife, Mary, also donated all the components. Thank you – you two Angels!
The words of the day are also … “You Rock”! Our now famous and well-received rock painting activity (we’ve added driftwood as well) takes place lakeside with the very talented (she can design and paint!) Angel volunteer, Mary Ryskoski, in charge. The rocks (driftwood too) are gathered and donated to us for our painting pleasure by our amazing “Rock and Driftwood” team of Angels… Sue Puncochar, Joyce Abraham and Joan Van Ornum. Thank you ladies – you brought smiles to the campers faces, making our day and theirs!
And speaking of smiling faces, Laurie Nystrom, is right there with us every year to face paint those precious camper faces. The kids love it and we love Laurie for doing it.
Of course, we had an entire team of volunteer activity and campsite angels on deck and we are beyond grateful to each and every one for all THEY did. We absolutely couldn’t have done it without them.
One Big Angel Family!
A heartfelt “shout out” to them all …
The medical team: Vijay Aswani MD, Sarah Hess, Arshia Madni, Kerri Weister;
Dick & Amy Lemke; Donna Stone; Amy & Phoebe Aswani; Jeff Weister; The Perry Family; Roger & Karen Siegmeier; Abbey Malliette; Laurie Nystrom; Mary Ryskoski (Theresa & Vincent); Tom Schuller; Nancy Schuller; Andrea Berg; Deana & John Bigley; Mary & Otto Schoeneck; Tommy Geraty; Wes Borden; Dick Decker; Al Mondus; Rob & Traci Graziano
AND OUR INCREDIBLE COUNSELOR TEAM . . .
Lauren Arnoldussen, DJ Cleveland, Grant Cleveland, Alex Graziano, Nikki Graziano, Meg Matthews, Camilo Mesa, Ally Miller, Samantha Sadow, Alex Viegut, Augie Viegut, Kevin Wolfe
After the activities concluded, the campers went back to their abodes to clean up, rest up, and return for our evening cookout. Then we kicked off our shoes for the Saturday night dance with our very own Angel DJ – Dan Scafaro. Dan volunteers his time and talents each and every year so the kids can unwind and focus on some fun … Dancing with the Angels prevails! Thanks Dan for always being there to make the music a magical and happy time for these kids.
With the day and dancing done … the counselors gathered the “groups” … Bunnies, Foxes, Bears and Wolves and headed back for the last night at the campsites for bonding, snacks and eventually some sleep too.
Sunday morning we packed-up and enjoyed another good breakfast together before boarding the bus home. The send off was filled with lots of hugs and fond goodbyes among the campers, counselors and all the volunteers. The counselors and volunteers lined up for the traditional Camp Angel waving of arms and big smiles for our campers who reciprocated from the bus windows.
Another special and memorable Camp Angel weekend came to a close and is in the record book as being filled with very special Camp Angel Summer 2013 memories and very special Happy Campers.
Lolly Rose, Executive Director