Camp Wicasa in Minnesota is a summer camp for children ages 8 through 18. It is a camp in the woods located near Eagle Mountain, the highest point in Minnesota. It sits on the cool side of the mountain where the Camp has given young boys and girls an outstanding summer camp experience for 80 years. Conditions at the Camp have changed a great deal in the 80 years since it first opened, but the essentials are the same.
The Camp is still very rustic. The accommodations are simple log and wooden cabins, single pane glass. There is no heat in the cabins. Electricity was brought into each cabin in the early 1940s.
In Minnesota, summer nights can be cool. When the children need a blanket, they take one out of the blanket closet alongside a wall in each cabin. The rules of the camp require children to fold the blankets precisely the same way after use and slide them into their slot in the closet just perfectly so the closet door closes. If there is a wrinkle in the blanket while folding them up the folded blanket will not fit in its slot, the door will not close. Folding blankets quickly and efficiently is a lesson the children apply in other meaningful ways throughout their lives. All of the children remember, "The Blanket Rule".
Camp Wicasa can support 200 campers at any one time. That is a lot of young people running around in the woods! It takes a lot of preparation to keep them occupied, busy and safe 24 hours a day 7 days a week all summer long. Most campers stay for two weeks at the time, but there are several who attend for the entire summer.
They Camp even has multi-generation campers in attendance. There are four families who currently enjoy their 4th generation of Camp Wicasa campers. What an enormous achievement and stamp of approval for this wonderful place and the staff they've featured over the years. The Camp even boast second and third generation Camp Counselors! Sons and daughters love the camp experience.
One of the ways the camp planning staff entertains the kids is with theme weeks during the summer. The Camp contacted us several years ago when they wanted to use different colored sunglasses to distinguish the six teams for one of their camp theme weeks. We provided them with six different colored sunglasses each with a different message imprinted. The campers would wear the sunglasses during the entire week to identify them as a member of the Red Team for example, the Blue team, etc.
When the Staff developed the idea of a Star Wars week, we were intrigued. We found a font to use for their imprint that is very close to the font used for all of the Star Wars movie titles. And we incorporated that font into their Star Wars week promotion right on the side of the sunglasses.
We wondered what would children as young as 8, 9, and 10, possibly know about the characters of the Star Wars movie series? Star Wars was a film phenomena in the late 20th century. Well, you could just as easily have imagined the same about the characters of the Wizard of Oz. If you had asked someone in the 1950s what could young children at that time know about The Wizard of Oz, you would get a very hearty laugh.
Because as we all know now, the characters of the Star Wars movies as well as those of the Wizard of Oz series movies will be known to young children for generations to come.
We are so proud of our collaboration with Minnesota's Camp Wicasa and we hope to be part of many children's summer is for many years to come.
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