Camp Angel-Winter (ages 7-14) held on January 25-27, 2019 brought us forty-four incredible young campers.

Our campsite Co-Directors, Dick & Amy Lemke welcomed this awesome group of campers. The camper groups (Bunnies, Foxes, Bears and Wolves) and their counselors stayed in cozy north woods cabins in a beautiful winter wonderland setting.

Friday evening was off to a great start with the campers, counselors and camp volunteers gathering around a huge bon fire to get to know each other and play games in a warm and toasty atmosphere of friendship.

Many fun adventures were available all day Saturday including ice fishing, snowmobile rides, ice bowling, sledding, climbing wall and snow shoeing. Face painting, nail painting, hair braiding and games galore were among the indoor activity offerings. A highlight of the day was the opportunity for the campers (counselors too) to select and make warm and cuddly “take home” tie blankets cut and prepared for the campers by our wonderful Angel family member, Suzanne Lemke. Thanks, Suzanne . . . you truly bring smiles and warm hearts.

On Saturday night, Cliff the Magic Man returned again (by popular demand) to mesmerize us with his amazing bag of tricks. Campers and counselors alike took turns joining Cliff on stage to show their skills as “Magician Assistant”. Cliff’s “Magical” performance is always a huge hit and provides entertainment that makes for very “Happy Campers”!

We gratefully salute our phenomenal team of counselors: Alexis Dean, Alli Kovach-Erickson, Emily Kovach-Erickson, Hunter Foster, Marissa Martin, Alayna Perry, Mckenzie Pipes, Casey Ruplinger, Sophie Spiess, Izak Walker and Walker Wendt led by Head Counselors, Myles Lemke and Cali Sanborn.

A huge and heartfelt thanks to our above and beyond Angel volunteer family who make this special weekend everything it was meant to be and more: Dick & Amy Lemke (Campsite Directors), Laura Roof (Camp Nurse), Jon Perry, Jennifer Klingen, Eric Schoeneck, Dave Hughes and Mike Wolf along with the “Wendt Family”-Brian, Kristine and Hunter).

Hats off (and, of course, Helmets on) to our “best of the best” Angel snowmobile team of volunteers: Ozzie Ausloos, Jim Harold, Carla Klein, Penny & Mike McCormick and Jim Rybarczyk for a day of fun and exciting rides for our campers.

A grateful acknowledgement to Camp Manitowish YMCA in Boulder Junction, WI (our winter campsite) and its outstanding staff for helping to make this a memorable weekend for us all.