Author: Ty

Reflections from the Shores Week 1

The first week of the 2017 camping season has come to a close and we want to begin to share with you thoughts and observations along the way.  As we continue on this adventure as directors of Camp Kawaga we will share insight on what the boys are up to and a few quotes.

These blog posts will be called “Reflections from the Shores”.  At times they will be brief and times they will have more detailed summaries of activities and accomplishments.  We stressed to our staff at precamp, communication is vital to the success of any organization and this is just another vehicle we will use to keep you updated on the daily activities around camp this summer.

The first week of camp has been a whirlwind of activity.  Through rain and shine we have kept the boys out and about enjoying the northwoods.  Clubs have included biking, sailing, swimming for the Mohawks, outdoor adventure, waterskiing, tennis, basketball, target sports and more.  All the seniors were out on D2 for Senior Softball practice and will be putting up a good fight vs the counselors on the 4th of July.  All around a great week of clubs with top notch instruction and teaching moments.

Evening programs were a huge hit this week with great variety.  The standard capture the flag night 1, Human Stratego, Counselor Show #1, our first Social with Agawak on Saturday night and last night the first small pow wow of the summer.  Sunday nights are a special time at Kawaga and we pride ourselves in providing the space for the boys to reflect on the week they had, the week that is upcoming and reminding them of the gifts they have received from their parents to be at camp.  Some of their comments are well beyond their years and below are a few quotes from last nights pow wow.

  • “It feels great to be back at camp and it reminds me of the memories I have created the last 2 years, and gets me excited to create some new ones with all of you.”

-Sioux camper 11yr old.

  • “It is important to be respectful of others and try hard in activities, and also cheer in the messhall.””

-Chippewa camper 9yr old

  • “Your actions at camp and in life have real consequences and you need to be respectful of your counselors and each other.  And refs of games too.  They are not professionals.”

-Mohawk camper 13yr old

  • At Kawaga you have a great opportunity to get closer with friends you meet here before, and also meet new friends, but also just to come closer to other human beings and other learn from the counselors.  That is what I am excited for do this year.

Oneida camper 14yr old

The boys are off to a great start and this week we will be sending out several groups out on trips.  Starting with our CIT’s who left this morning for their Boundary Waters Canoe Area trip.  The Chips leave later today for a quick one nighter and group 1 will be out for a couple days as well.

Keep checking back for more posts and Reflections From The Shores to come soon.  Have a great week!  I know we will!



Reach into the future…

Dear Kawaga Family,

As we approach our 103rd summer and as we pass the torch to our new Directors, Ty and Lauren Simpson, we wanted to share a few thoughts and updates with you.

Thank you

Over the past 6 weeks we’ve heard, directly and indirectly, from many campers, staff, families, and alumni. What consistently shines through is your love for Camp Kawaga; your desire to preserve what makes it special; and your hopes for it to be even better in the years ahead.  What a tremendous foundation and spirit for us to build upon, together with all of you.

New Leadership

Ty and Lauren are off to a strong start.  Kids and adults alike comment on their positive energy, welcoming and caring manner, coaching and teaching mindset, and their natural leadership style.  The Simpsons have already hosted fun gatherings in Chicago, the North Shore Suburbs and Cincinnati, visited with dozens of camp families in their homes, and have engaged in hundreds of phone calls, texts, and email exchanges with members of the Kawaga Nation . . . all with an eye toward making the summer of 2017, the best so far.


We can’t wait for you to see the transformation in the heart of the Camp. You’ll be greeted by a beautiful, more spacious, and more functional Mess Hall; a bigger and way-cooler Omni Sports Court; and, a revitalized and more versatile Diamond 1.  And yet, it all still feels like Camp Kawaga . . . intimate and full of tradition.

“Never Forget the Past”

Even as things change, what endures is our unwavering commitment to help develop boys into competent, confident, and compassionate young men. This is the vision of Camp’s founder, “Doc E”, as captured in the Kawaga Ideal. And, it is our intention to help steward this legacy for generations to come.

Ty and Lauren will be in touch with you later this week, and frequently thereafter, with exciting news about staff, programing, and other important information for this summer.  In the meantime, Happy Passover….Thank You…..and,

“As God gave us the fire, so gave he us the warmth of friendship”

The Fisher and Daube Families.