M Milwaukees Lifestyle Magazine May 2014 : Page 60

Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick Shares for First -Time Campers. 1. Pack more socks, underwear and swim suits than you ever think you’ll need. They stay damp. They get smelly. Nobody’s going to wash and dry them for you at camp. 2. Bring along some thing that reminds you of home and stick it under your pillow. A snapshot of your dog. A favorite stuffed animal. It will help on that fi rst night. 3. Leave behind your cell phone, iPhone, droid, tablet, Kindle, Nook, ear buds, Bluetooth, whatever. Will you miss them? Yep. A lot? Yep. 4. Try something new, even if you sort of screw it up the fi rst time. Feed apple wedg-es to a horse. Shoot an arrow. Braid an eight-strand lanyard. Bake biscuits over a campfi re. Jump from the high board. 5. Make a new friend or two. At the very least, they’ll help untangle your botched eight-strand lanyard. 6. Find Ursa Major in the night sky. (It’s the Big Dip-per, but if you call it Ursa Major, you’ll seriously impress the kids back home.) 7. Fill up on the buttermilk pancakes at breakfast. Skip the “mystery meat” at lunch. 8. Never, ever go to the showers with out wearing fl ip fl ops. Otherwise your feet will get corroded with camp-shower-mildew-scum and they will get green and black and furry and fall off and you will die. (Just kidding!) 9. Trust the coun -selors. They are trustworthy. Also incredibly tan. 10. Remember every thing — forever. If you let it, this will be one of the best times of your life. 60 10 Tips Passing the BY AMY SIEWERT Torch attending camp when he was 7 years old. In the summer of 2000 when he was 12, his father became camp direc-tor. Every summer as a finale to the camper’s session, Interlaken hosts a talent show. “My dad really wanted to do a skit together. He asked if I wanted to sing a song with him dressed in the same clothes.” The “Austin Powers” movie was popular that year so they decided to do a take-off on Mini-Me, Jonah playing “Mini Howard.” So, donned in his dad’s summer “uniform” of white T-shirt, flannel pajama pants, tan hat and socks with sandals, father and son embraced the whole camp experience and belted out “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers. “It was an opportunity where we got to make fun of that (his dad being the camp director and he a camper) and share it together,” Wagan says. “When I look back we were very ’90s look-ing,” Wagan laughs. “Flannel pajama pants were really popular that year.” The saying “Like father, like son” may be apro-pos for Jonah Wagan and his father, Howard. Jonah, 25, was recently named associate director at Camp Interlaken in Eagle River. The Jewish camp, deep in the heart of the North Woods of Wisconsin, is owned by the JCC. The elder Wagan is a former director at the camp. The summer camp experience has been an important part of Jonah Wagan’s life as he began “ Summer camp is a place that kids get to go and really get to find themselves, build their skills and make friends that can last a lifetime. ” — Jonah Wagan Storm Survivors Kipp Friedman was taking photos at Camp Interlaken in the summer of 1999 when a storm hit Eagle River. “My wife and I were up there and I was the photographer that weekend,” Friedman says. Their son was a camper at Interlaken at the time. Suddenly a big storm blew in and everyone was in the dining hall looking out across Lake Finley watching trees being uprooted by 80 mph winds that swept through the area. The lights went out and a tree landed on the roof of the dining hall. Nervous campers were starting to panic and scream. “In the dark, Howard Wagan’s voice boomed out of nowhere and calmed everyone down,” recalls Friedman. It was the year before Wagan became direc-tor, but he stepped in and took control of the situation, Friedman says. “It ended up turning into a positive experience for everyone.” The staff and campers worked together to clean things up as they proudly wore new T-shirts claiming they survived the “Sha-storm of 1999.” Camp Interlaken named the storm that because it happened on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest. — Amy Siewert M | May 2014

Passing The Torch

Amy Siewert

The saying “Like father, like son” may be apropos for Jonah Wagan and his father, Howard.

Jonah, 25, was recently named associate director at Camp Interlaken in Eagle River. The Jewish camp, deep in the heart of the North Woods of Wisconsin, is owned by the JCC. The elder Wagan is a former director at the camp.

The summer camp experience has been an important part of Jonah Wagan’s life as he began attending camp when he was 7 years old. In the summer of 2000 when he was 12, his father became camp director. Every summer as a finale to the camper’s session, Interlaken hosts a talent show. “My dad really wanted to do a skit together. He asked if I wanted to sing a song with him dressed in the same clothes.” The “Austin Powers” movie was popular that year so they decided to do a take-off on Mini-Me, Jonah playing “Mini Howard.”

So, donned in his dad’s summer “uniform” of white T-shirt, flannel pajama pants, tan hat and socks with sandals, father and son embraced the whole camp experience and belted out “Just the Two of Us” by Bill Withers.

“It was an opportunity where we got to make fun of that (his dad being the camp director and he a camper) and share it together,” Wagan says.

“When I look back we were very ’90s looking,” Wagan laughs. “Flannel pajama pants were really popular that year.”

Storm Survivors

Kipp Friedman was taking photos at Camp Interlaken in the summer of 1999 when a storm hit Eagle River.

“My wife and I were up there and I was the photographer that weekend,” Friedman says.

Their son was a camper at Interlaken at the time.

Suddenly a big storm blew in and everyone was in the dining hall looking out across Lake Finley watching trees being uprooted by 80 mph winds that swept through the area.

The lights went out and a tree landed on the roof of the dining hall. Nervous campers were starting to panic and scream. “In the dark, Howard Wagan’s voice boomed out of nowhere and calmed everyone down,” recalls Friedman.

It was the year before Wagan became director, but he stepped in and took control of the situation, Friedman says. “It ended up turning into a positive experience for everyone.” The staff and campers worked together to clean things up as they proudly wore new T-shirts claiming they survived the “Sha-storm of 1999. ” Camp Interlaken named the storm that because it happened on Shabbat, the Jewish day of rest.

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Catherine Underhill Fitzpatrick Shares 10 Tips For First-Time Campers

1. Pack more socks, underwear and swim suits than you ever think you’ll need. They stay damp. They get smelly. Nobody’s going to wash and dry them for you at camp.

2. Bring along some thing that reminds you of home and stick it under your pillow. A snapshot of your dog. A favorite stuffed animal. It will help on that first night.

3. Leave behind your cell phone, iPhone, droid, tablet, Kindle, Nook, ear buds, Bluetooth, whatever. Will you miss them? Yep. A lot? Yep.

4. Try something new, even if you sort of screw it up the first time. Feed apple wedges to a horse. Shoot an arrow.
Braid an eight-strand lanyard.Bake biscuits over a campfire. Jump from the high board.

5. Make a new friend or two. At the very least, they’ll help untangle your botched eight-strand lanyard.

6. Find Ursa Major in the night sky. (It’s the Big Dipper, but if you call it Ursa Major, you’ll seriously impress the kids back home.)

7. Fill up on the buttermilk pancakes at breakfast. Skip the “mystery meat” at lunch.

8. Never, ever go to the showers with out wearing flip flops. Otherwise your feet will get corroded with campshower- mildew-scum and they will get green and black and furry and fall off and you will die. (Just kidding!)

9. Trust the coun-selors. They are trustworthy. Also incredibly tan.

10. Remember every thing — forever. If you let it, this will be one of the best times of your life.

Read the full article at http://www.mydigitalpublication.com/article/Catherine+Underhill+Fitzpatrick+Shares+10+Tips+For+First-Time+Campers/1699684/206385/article.html.

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