Daily Updates from The Shores

July 7, 2020

Hi Kawaga Parents,

Yesterday was another healthy and high-spirited day!

Campers enjoyed a balanced day — competing hard in leagues, learning new skills during instructional club periods, and continuing to spend plenty of time staying cool in the water.

Your boys continue to challenge themselves, discovering new activities and setting personal goals. Whether it’s skiing around the bay, catching their first fish, or shooting their first bullseye in archery, our campers make us proud every day, demonstrating persistence and achievement.

So, our second week is off to a great start!

July 6, 2020

Happy Monday, Parents —

Sunday was a fun, healthy, and overall much-needed day to relax at Kawaga.The boys enjoyed an hour-plus of extra sleep in the morning, icy snow cones in the afternoon, and our first small powwows in the evening.

Every other Sunday, each age group gathers at its own site for a small powwow. Their counselors lead them in a thoughtful discussion — often using the Kawaga Idea as a platform for reflecting on the past week, setting goals, and forging deeper connections with their fellow campers, counselors, and Kawaga. Parents, no doubt you’d be impressed (and probably surprised) with your boys’ awareness, maturity, and openness.

As we head into Week 2, we’re feeling grounded, confident, and altogether energized.

That’s all for today! We’re looking forward to another great week. Talk tomorrow and take care!

July 5, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

Yesterday was another healthy and action-packed day, kicked-off by our first weekly Saturday Service of the summer, and ending with a spectacular display of fireworks over the lake. The ooohs, the ahhhs, the cheers! Your boys had a great day and night.

With our cohorts spaced safely apart on the O.D. Shed Court, counselor Ezra Wallach — back on The Shores for his 5th summer — delivered a wonderful sermon, reflecting on his return to Kawaga after a multi-year hiatus. Ezra’s perspective, authenticity, and thoughtfulness resonated with campers and staff alike. (We’ll post Ezra’s sermon later today on our website at https://kawaga.com/news/.)

That’s all for now. Hope you all had a great holiday, too. We can’t believe it’s already been one full week; time really flies when we’re having fun. Talk tomorrow!

Be Proud. Be Happy. Be Kawaga.

July 4, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

Happy Fourth of July! We had another healthy and sun-filled day yesterday at camp.

We’re thrilled to announce that our final bay swimmer made it across the bay yesterday morning, cheered on by his fellow Braves. The striking image of this young camper, who struggled to make it across the bay — and all those who were cheering him on — reminded us of a powerful line from Kawaga’s Ideal:

“Here let him learn to stand up in the storm; here let him learn compassion for those who fail.”

We’re so proud of the boys for their display of courage and empathy. We only wish you all could have seen it, too!

We hope you’re finding these Daily Updates helpful and reassuring. Please remember that you’ll be hearing from us in other ways, too. Ty and Lauren will alternate each week in writing you a more in-depth report and personal reflection about the summer in “Ty’s Take” and “Lauren’s Letter.” We’ll also be posting counselors’ Saturday sermons each weekend (all at www.kawaga.com/news).

If you need to reach us us, please email parents@kawaga.com or (if health-related) nurse@kawaga.com. And, of course, you can always phone the office at 715-356-6262. We promise to get back to you within 24 hours if it’s a non-emergency message. We’ve been putting our cellphones down for the day, so we can be with your boys and the staff 🙂

July 3, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

Thursday was another healthy and sunny day in the great Northwoods!

It was also another scorcher, and we’re continuing to find creative ways to beat the heat. Not only are we swimming, skiing, sailing, and canoeing, we’ve introduced water balloons, an inflatable slip n’ slide, and ‘The Beast’ — a massive, 18-foot inflatable paddle board — into our daily programming. To cool us down, we were treated to a late-afternoon sun shower, to help us head into the evening feeling cool and refreshed.

If you haven’t already, we recommend you check out Ty’s Take for an in-depth reflection of our first few days at Kawaga. Spoiler alert: we’re incredibly proud of our campers and staff for their spirit, enthusiasm, and flexibility in embracing this once-in-a-lifetime camping experience.

Talk tomorrow!

Be Kawaga,
Ty and Lauren

July 2, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

We can’t believe it’s already been three days! On the other hand, because everything’s running so well, it feels like it must be longer.

With each day, the boys are getting more comfortable with the new rhythm of camp. Activities continue to run smoothly and safely. With the exception of some sore muscles and tired legs (to be expected following a three-month quarantine), we’re delighted to report that the boys are happy and healthy.

Yesterday was another hot one, and we again enjoyed plenty of water activities and an extended rest period to help the boys recharge and rehydrate.

Look for “Ty’s Take” coming soon to give you a greater sense of what we’re all so fortunate to be experiencing at camp!

Be Kawaga, Ty & Lauren

July 1, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

We’re pleased to report we had another fun, rewarding, and healthy day at Camp Kawaga.

Under sunny and clear skies, the boys enjoyed plenty of water activities with their cohorts, from swimming and sailing to waterskiing, tubing, paddle-boarding, and more. With temperatures reaching the mid-80s, we kept a close eye on hydration and sun-protection.

As more warm weather approaches, we’re as grateful as ever for our spectacular one-mile of lakefront property, which we’ll enjoy to the fullest! We’re only two days into the summer but it already feels like home. And, of course, we’re having a blast.

‘Til tomorrow – take care! Ty and Lauren

June 30, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

Our first full day is in the books. And, despite a bit of rain, what a great day it was! Fueled by our traditional Monday burgers, the boys enjoyed a steady rotation of Open Areas with their cohorts throughout the day. Bay-swimming and water-skiing, Voccer and Billyball games (original Kawaga sports). And — as always — plenty of smiles and enthusiasm.

To see these boys playing at camp — truly in their element — is something special. We can’t wait to watch them grow over the next six weeks.

All’s great here on The Shores. We’re happy and healthy.

Talk to you tomorrow.

Be Happy. Be Kawaga.

Ty and Lauren

June 29, 2020

Hello Kawaga Parents,

We’re thrilled to report that we had a beautiful first evening at Camp Kawaga. Although the arrival to camp — staggered by cohorts — was different than in the past, it went smoothly and produced more smiles than you can imagine.

After settling into their cabins (and enjoying a quick snack), campers spent a few hours connecting, competing, and reveling in the warm Kawaga sun (safely spaced, of course).

And, of course, during our outdoor dinner of delicious brisket, cornbread, and baked beans, the enthusiasm and comradery was on full display.

So, yes, CK2020 is off to a great start. Your boys are so thrilled to be on The Shores and with each other. Whether your son is a first-year camper or an experienced Brave, it’s safe to say that he’s excited for what tomorrow brings, as are we.

Please continue to check here every morning for our daily update, which we plan to post by 9am. Of course, this is not the only way you’ll hear from us. So, please also check Instagram or Facebook for daily photos and posts. And, each week, look for a “Ty’s Take” or “Lauren’s Letter” to give you a greater sense of Kawaga 2020. We’ll share with you stories of what we see and feel during this incredibly special summer. Thank you, as always, for your trust.

Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Kawaga.

Ty and Lauren

June 26, 2020

Please check here each morning for our #CK2020 daily update, which we plan to post by 9am. Here’s where we’ll briefly recap yesterday’s highlights.

Please also check Instagram or Facebook for daily photos and posts. And, each week, look for a “Ty’s Take” or “Lauren’s Letter” to give you a greater sense of Kawaga 2020, sharing stories of what we see and feel during this incredibly special summer.

Thank you, as always, for your trust.

Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Kawaga.

Ty and Lauren