Author: Angie Ziller

Camp Magic . . . .

There is always a conflict of emotions for me at the closing of each summer at camp. I’m, of course, happy to return to my home in Nebraska and see all of the familiar faces and places that I’ve missed over the past several weeks. However, there is an intense feeling of sadness that comes over me as well when I bid farewell to the campers, counselors and staff who have over the summer become like family to me. Some […]

A 6 Week-Towering Pines Camper

Now that campers are into their 6th and final week of camp for this year, we thought we would give you a glimpse of what kind of camper you can expect from head to toe upon their return home…. Six-week campers have a good foot to stand on, two feet in fact. Feet that have been stepping one foot in front of the other, as they have taken steps giving them newfound independence. Feet leading the camper down paths untravelled, to step […]

Taking Aim!!!

This week we are taking aim at the Target Sports program at Camp Towering Pines.  Archery, Riflery and Trap are popular activities at camp – there are 11 total classes offered for 3rd sign-up!  If we head up to the range, these individual sports provide opportunities for many skills to be practiced and developed beyond shooting either a bow and gun. Archery is about focus and consistency.  Archers pick a point down range and focus their aim and then work […]

Learning tolerance . . .

I saw something at camp a few days ago that really impacted me.  It was one of those moments where you stop, look back and think to yourself, “Did that really just happen?”  At first I kept walking and, honestly, didn’t think too much of it.  But then over the next hour, the image just continued to invade my thoughts, and I came to the realization that I had witnessed something BIG, not in size, but in meaning. I happened […]

All Children are Artists

“All children are artists.  The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” -Pablo Picasso This week we would like to put the spotlight on the Arts program at Towering Pines.  Many campers choose Arts & Crafts or TP Players (drama) as activity choices throughout the summer.  If we go “behind the scenes” of these activities, there are many skills learned that will propel them forward and help them be successful in life! In the Towering Pines arts program, […]