Monthly Archives:June 2013

Daily Achievements for 6/26/2013

Posted by on June 27, 2013

It’s the Towering Pines philosophy that children build confidence by achieving success, and much of our programming is designed around this goal. To reinforce this success / confidence, camper achievements are announced each day at the evening assembly (right before dinner).  Counselors from each activity area tell the entire camp about camper accomplishments for the day, e.g. passing a new rank in archery or riflery, successfully completing a new skill in waterskiing, catching the biggest fish of the day, etc. The Towering Pines staff […]

Who will capture the Monster of Clear Lake?!!

Posted by on June 26, 2013

Beautifully ensconced between majestic Lake Nokomis and the spring-fed (and aptly named) Clear Lake, Towering Pines offers a terrific waterfront program; sailing, swimming, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailboarding, etc. Less visible, but every bit as fun, is the TP Skin Diving class. The class is led by veteran counselors Aaron Zaga (8 years of skin diving experience), Colin Joss (also 8 years experience), and supported by lifeguard Alex Harlow.  Thanks to the Staff enthusiasm and an itinerary of exciting activities, Skin […]

Sailing into session 1

  The summer is in full swing! It’s only the second day of activities but it feels like we’re all family already. Today’s chief of the day was John K., a veteran camper who only gets more responsible every year. He was honored by waterfront director, Matt Benhke, who said that John is not afraid to ask for help and offers his own help freely to counselors and campers alike. Johnny K. kept us all on schedule and boldly led […]

First session is underway!

Posted by on June 25, 2013

We’ve finally started our activities!  As soon as they were dismissed from the morning assembly, the boys ran in all directions to their classes, super excited to get things going. A couple of things stood out today:  Josh was Chief of the Day; John caught a 17” small-mouth bass on Clear Lake; Sebastian got up on two skis for the first time and made it around Nokomis; and Michael got the high score at Riflery, a 42 kneeling!  Nice job […]

Off to a Great Start!!

Posted by on June 24, 2013

The first full day of Towering Pines Summer 2013 went superbly!  The energy levels and moods were high as the campers greeted old friends and began forming new friendships. Even Mother Nature chipped in to deliver a perfect TP afternoon; sunny & warm with a gentle invigorating breeze. The morning was spent on health checks at the infirmary and activity orientations.  The orientations enabled new campers to learn about the wide array of exciting camp programs offered at TP, and […]