35 Years At Camp Walden
This summer marks my 35th year at Camp Walden, a summer camp for children in northern Michigan. Although I’ve held various roles here, including cabin counselor and arts and crafts instructor, my main job has been putting together a daily camp newspaper, The Walden Pond. Handed out every day at breakfast, the Walden Pond is a compendium of camp news and gossip, daily schedules and announcements, articles, interviews, surveys, contests, poetry, illustrations, news headlines from the outside world, and messages that people can send to each other in camp.
Camp Walden is a co-ed summer camp for children entering grades 2 through 11. This summer the camp is celebrating it’s 60th season. As a traditional co-ed summer camp, it offers a wide array of exciting activities kids can choose to learn and participate in, including swimming, waterskiing, tennis, canoeing, archery, fencing, horseback riding, radio, computers, outdoor cooking, animal care, lapidary, pottery, and drama (and a great deal more). The camp is located near Cheboygan, Michigan, on 100 pristine acres of lush meadows and old-growth forests along the edge of Long Lake, a clear, spring-fed body water.
The philosophy of Walden is that “summer camp should be a place where kids feel safe and cared for; where they develop independence and gain skills that feed their self-confidence; and where they form lasting friendships and craft lifelong memories.” You can find out more about the camp on their website: www.campwaldenmi.com.