Towering Pines Blog

The Art of Conversation

Posted by on July 5, 2019

Towering Pines supports my efforts to raise three sons by encouraging meaningful conversations at mealtime.  As families rush to extracurricular activities, it’s important to not lose sight of modeling this important life skill.  Before every meal at TP, boys scatter in their cabin groups across campus to wait approximately 20 minutes.  It has a calming effect after the busy day.  Some days I see counselors leading outdoor games.  Other days, I notice boys telling each other about cool things they […]

The benefit of nature . . .

Posted by on May 22, 2019

Spring is finally upon us, bringing with it gentler weather, torrential rain, and the prospect of summer. Going to school in a small city in the middle of farm land, Iowa city, it is always a nice reminder to see the trees grow back their leaves, see the flowers blossom, and to see the multitude of small animals that reside in a city. All of it reminds me of what I, and all campers, have to look forward to during […]

Moms of TP Boys!!

Posted by on May 8, 2019

Dear moms of TP boys, In my role at Towering Pines, I wear many hats on any given day just as I do in my time at home in the off season.  With Mother’s Day fast approaching, I have been thinking a great deal not only about my role as “mom” to my own children, but also my role as a “camp mom” at TP.  I can’t think of any 2 jobs I have had that are more challenging and […]

Summer is coming!!!

It’s hard to believe “old man winter” might finally be lifting his grip, and that spring could actually be upon us.  At least that’s what the calendar says!!  However, the heavy snow cover up in the north woods of Wisconsin may indicate otherwise.  (EEK!!) Never fear—we are forging ahead and preparing for an amazing summer at TP!!  Jeff and JoAnne have promised that the snow will all be melted by mid-June, and I’m holding them to it!  I am excited […]

A new year to look forward to!

Holy cow! Where did the season go? I’m sure, like me, you have all been busy wrapping up the old year and ringing in the new. Between school and family, I hardly even realized that the first month of 2019 has almost come and gone. But, as soon as I think about the rapid passage of time, I’m again reminded that camp is just around the corner! Soon, oh so soon, it will be summer again and we will all […]