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Marcia Brooks Browne
April 12, 2020 08:06:15 (EDT)
I went to camp 77 years ago. And I still my paddle. Can't remember what you had to do to earn it. Does anyone remember? MWL days were the best year of my life. I'm now 92 years young. I was curious about my old camp days and found this site by typing in Minne Wonka Lodge in a search on the Internet. How fun is this !!!!!

Steve (Webmaster)
March 19, 2020 22:54:44 (EDT)
The website is back after a hard drive failure.

Carla Holtz
January 31, 2020 18:17:20 (EDT)
I have such lovely memories... one of which is- because I have trouble falling asleep- I used to sing lulabyes to my cabin. I hope it was pleasant for you, as it did help me feel good and sleepy.of it was any bother/trouble to anyone- please forgive me,

Linda Doddridge clements
July 31, 2019 21:22:04 (EDT)
I loved being a counselor at minne wonka! We just drove thru Eagle River and went on to find where the camp was...a nice man let us walk thru his back yard down to the lake...now all private homes🙁
I was there 3 summers, Amy Hansen was a co counselor in my cabin. I remember Nancy Yeager, Beth Hanna, Benny and Bob Jr. 1969-1970-1971. Worked in arts and crafts, and my second year had a college friend, Candy Fritz come and be a counselor with me. Would love to hear from anyone that was there then....I remember a camper, Eddie - Brillo was her nickname. I still have a monogrammed sterling silver letter opener that was a gift from one of my campers❤️ Best summers ever!

Cindy Richardson
August 8, 2018 09:06:37 (EDT)
I’m afraid I just saw the comments about last year’s reunion. I was a recreation major at Kent State and did my internship as a counselor at Minne-Wonka the summer of 1977. I was a lifeguard, swim instructor, and assistant counselor in one of the youngest cabins. I remember one camper in particular called StrohsAnn. I believe her parents owned Strohs brewery. The Camp was so beautiful but the water was absolutely freezing when I first got there...lost my breathe when I first jumped in the lake. I remember lying out in the woods by the lake during one of my breaks, thinking how I never felt closer to God as I watched the trees gently swaying above me. Please add me to your email list if there is ever another reunion. Thanks.

Kay c Clyne (Lavelle)
February 5, 2018 15:18:44 (EDT)
I was a counselor at the camp in the summers of 68 and 69. What a wonderful place. Hanna’s were a wonderful family
I was the sailing instructor. I recall the death of one of the campers as a drowning victim. Tough day for all of us.

Tracy EdwardsMurtagh
October 9, 2017 15:29:26 (EDT)
Though I no longer have my "little red sweater" I do still have a paper bag containing all of my awards. I had carefully cut them off and placed them in bag with some red felt to make a pillow. I was feeling so nostalgic after our last (wonderful)reunion I decided at least o pin them onto the felt to maybe make a matted, box-framed, "tapestry". The only problem is, I can't remember what they all are!
Help! I got most of them figured out and think I must be missing a couple of pieces to make my little activity "picture" make sense. Eg. I have a waterskier, two boats (I think that is what the second red 1/4 oval must be) but no skis. Obviously, since the skis I think were the entry level award, they must have been lost.
Does anybody remember what the #5 was ? ( 5 mile swim maybe?) I also have a diver and a capital letter D. Was diving one of those activities (like choir) where you got a felt recognition for participation? Was there one like that for the play too? I am trying to figure out if maybe the diver was actually a swimmer? I remember I was in the "M" group for swimming, but I don't think I ever got it -maybe I did. I recall I worked hard on it- swimming endless laps in all weather one year.

I also have a gold star and don't know if that was something from Archery, or what? Didn't we also award gold "dippers" for morning dip, and didn't we offer awards in campcraft, or was it only different levels of trip requirements?

I know it seems silly after all of these years, but I'd love to be able to bring my completed craft to our next reunion. This one brought back such wonderful memories, and I want to keep them, and you all, in the forefront!

Gail Armondino
June 22, 2017 21:48:05 (EDT)
Please send reunion info. I attended MWL in '76 and '77. I loved it there. Swamp-n-dry was my favorite test. My own kids are off to their first summer at camp in Maine. I hope they have the same fun we did.

Shannon Graham
June 13, 2017 21:02:48 (EDT)
I am so excited to see that there is a reunion planned for September! I do not know where it will be held, but I'm hoping to figure out how to get there! I went to MWL in the late 70's until the final year.

Susan Combs
June 11, 2017 17:09:00 (EDT)
It was a great place. I attended for eight summers, starting at age seven in 1952...so sorry it doesn't exist. My posture is entirely due to MWL and getting a pine tree!

Janie Semple Umsted
May 15, 2017 00:41:59 (EDT)
I was so excited to hear from Joyce Anderson Buckner that there was going to be a reunion in September. I want to come with Joyce. I was there as the Arts and Crafts counselor as well as sailing counselor /instructor the summer of 1967.it was one of the most wonderful times of my life.

Sarah Atherton
April 18, 2017 21:04:03 (EDT)
My father worked at MWL during 1930 and 1931. Recently came across a photo album he made of those years. Some labelled, some not...what got me was a couple of photos marked "Nancy Wheeler in the famous ex-deerskin.” Surely long before the memories of anyone on this board, but I wonder if the legend of the ex-deerskin made its way down the years. Anyone know what the reference indicates? Too intriguing not to ask...

Mary Kirchoff
February 11, 2017 16:55:01 (EDT)
We are having a MWL reunion and would love to send the information to anyone on this board, just write me at kirchoffmary@gmail.com and I will put you on the email list we have so we can contact you for information on this one and any other happenings in MWL world.
We are planning the reunion for 9/14/17-9/17/17

Harv Horowitz
February 10, 2017 02:25:56 (EDT)
Hello..I don't know if this website is still active...if it is,could someone reply. I was a friend of Bob Hanna jr, and worked at Minne Wonka the first summer that the camp was purchased by his Mom and Dad. I have many fond memories of Dusty, Aunt Alice...remember counselors DeeDee Day, Martha Steinman, Kathy Guth, and others...

Joyce Anderson Buckner
July 1, 2016 17:34:40 (EDT)
I loved being a counselor for two summers at Minne Wonka! '66 and '67! I was teaching swimming but remember the waterfront director was crazy and got fired. So I got her job. Also played taps every night on a bugle and to the colors in the morning at flag raising. I remember teaching Butch, the Hannah's dashound, to swim! Borrowed JoAnn's car to go to Eagle River to see my boyfriend from Oklahoma before he left for Viet Nam. Scratched her car and had to sell everything I brought to pay to get it fixed! Even sold my Este Lauder to Mrs. Hannah! When I think of the places where I have been the happiest, I think of "the playground by the laughing waters! Oh and the 2nd summer, I brought my Theta sorority sister JanieSemple with me. She taught water skiing. Remember soap scrubs off the doc? Just the best memories!

Katie Burgess Noonan
April 5, 2016 20:52:43 (EDT)
I think I was at MWL summer of 1970. Living at the south end of Puget Sound, Washington state. Anyone out there?

Alice Madura
March 7, 2016 14:20:45 (EDT)
1959!!! Yikes. I found letters I wrote to my parents in 1959 when I was at camp at Minne-Wonka Lodge in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. They include my daily schedule of tennis, canoeing, archery, sailing etc.
Wish I could go to the camp again.

ELizabeth "Beth" Merena
November 13, 2015 13:40:27 (EDT)
Like a few other people, I just bumped into this message board. I have extremely fond memories of MWL, but most exciting (and frustrating a little) is that I see a post here from May of 2014, from Jo Ann, the horseback riding teacher and she didn't leave her email contact. Jo Ann (and yes I remember your last name too!) you changed my life. Really. Thanks for all your encouragement and faith in me to succeed.
I have some photos, not right with me now, that I'll send to the webmaster. They are probably 1965 & 1966. Cheers, everyone.

Kappy Riker
August 11, 2015 17:51:56 (EDT)
I loved MWL,,, I attended for four summers, 69-72. I still sing the songs I learned there today. And, sang them to my daughter when she was young.....I remember two camp counselors, Katie Burgess from Picayune MI, and also Craig, from somewhere back east, I think. Boy, that water was cold!! Loved it all!! Best summers ever.

Mollie Baldwin Ede (Dunn)
July 17, 2015 07:53:34 (EDT)
Camp Minne Wonka Summers were the highlight of my childhood. I flew from SF Calif to join my cousins there for many Summers in the early 70's. I remember to this day how to tie many knots and put up a tent! I remember many of the songs I learned there and have shared with my kids. I remember going to church services in the outdoor amphiteater. Morning dip and taps at the end of the day. My first cabin was Windsong... "Oh swing along with me, theres a camp in Wisconsin that I long to be..."

Chris Kragh
April 15, 2015 08:12:01 (EDT)
Oh, wow, just came upon the site. I have pix! Who do I send them to? My mom was the cook for a year...and I always tell the story when she made liver for dinner, and wrapped all of them in reynolds wrap, so no one knew what was coming until they opened the package. We laugh about that even now. It was a wonderful time with wonderful girls. I don't remember the names. I just remember having a phenomenal summer.

BJ Mason
March 22, 2015 20:53:47 (EDT)
Found my 1963 yearbook...also 1961 yearbook. Sweater, scrapbook, and other yearbooks and wonderful memorabelia lost in basement flood...so sad. Was CIT with Craig Clark, Mary Belfer, Martha Steinman, Mary Heitman, Kate Niedner, and Helen Martin. Love to know where any of you are living!

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