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Hello, former campers. I attended MWL in '65 and '66 as a 12 and 13 year-old. I remember a fellow camper by the name of Nancy Detweiler (sp?), another nicknamed Toogie, and a Susan with whom I was pretty good friends.
There was a show that was put on one summer, a lurid melodrama in which I played a murder suspect, I believe... The protagonist was played by a girl named Julie, if memory serves.
There was also a handsome young male counselor who dubbed me "the girl with the closed-lip smile" because I refused to show my braces! I wish I could recall his name - I had a serious crush on him! (He probably had boatloads of admirers.)
One year I was there, a counselor in my cabin read to us from A Wrinkle in Time.
Anyone remember any of the above? What about the cinnamon toast? And the leeches in the lake?!
About 14 or 15 years ago, my husband, children and I drove through Three Lakes; this was my first and only visit to the area since the mid-sixties. We found the camp and learned that MWL had recently closed. The approach to the camp, the main building, the lakefront, and the place in general, seemed much as I remembered them. A beautiful place.
I would enjoy hearing from anyone from '65-'66.
Nicolette "Nicky" Webb (Angieri)
St. Louis, Missouri
Click to see images of the Minne Wonka camp memory book/year book from 1972 that Sherri found at a library book sale in Cleveland.
I found a Minne Wonka camp memory book/year book from 1972 at a library. Would anyone like it?
June 10, 2014 19:07:10 (EDT)
I taught riding in '65 and '66 and was going to visit Wisc. this fall, is the camp still in existence? Jo Ann
May 25, 2014 12:07:22 (EDT)
What a wonderful site! I have many, many great memories of my summers at Minne Wonka. Are any of you contempories who might remember my cousin Nancy Jane Barnes (in 1930's) or my aunt Virginia Springer? I was there in the 1950's. Nancy Jane is in her 90's but sharp as a tack and would love to hear about memories of Minne Wonka.
Seeing that picture of Linden Lodge with Tina and Sara and so many girls I remember sharing joy with... It brings back a lot of memories. I have to dig up those memory books the next time I go back to my parents' house.
Found a package of camp photos among boxes of family items. There are 10 B&W 1 3/4" X 2 3/4" pics - year? 40's?? Packet manufactured by Grogan Photo System Inc in Milwaukee. If anyone is interested in them, I am happy to send them on....
please... Anyone who can remember any of the old camp songs to email me..
Wow I just found this website. Tracy I remember you!!! I was always the smallest in all these pics.....It was great to look back. I still have dreams about MWL and maintain to my kids that camp memories are among the fondest in my life. I was friends with Debbie Badley and Jane Oneil....Oh what a great camp it was. Those cinnamon rolls on Sunday!! They were the best. Those years were some of the best. I remember almost all of you in the pics. Any of you remember Bye Bye Birdie? We were quite the actors on those rainy days. Best wishes to all of you!
On a recent driving trip I was surfing the web and looked up Minne Wonka. I had no idea there was this wonderful website. I, too, have so many special childhood memories. Loved seeing messages from old friends; Ann Wham, Debbie Dick, Timmy, Holly Wachs. Good memories for me- running to the bulletin board to see if you were posted for a canoe trip, Susan (tall from Texas) and her "suave rating" (never really knew what that meant!), s'mores (ate too many of those), singing in the dining room while the "jumpers" cleared the tables, crossing our fingers that we didn't get demerits for a messy cabin etc.
hi to all! Cissy
I was just perusing the Minne Wonka site on google for the first time and found your posting and that of Laura Justiss. Wasn't that a fascinating time ? The summers I spent there in the 50's and 60's were truly some of the most memorable of my life. I wish we could go back there and do it all again. Hugs, Liza
Does anyone remember me? I remember a lot of you, believe it or not!
I went to Minne Wonka the summers of 1967 and 1968. What a wonderful place. What ever happened to it?Please add me to the mailing list.
I went to camp summers of '74 '75 '76. Please add me to your mail call list.
The old boat house burned down Sunday night.
Wanted to pass along that the original boathouse of Minne Wonka Lodge just burnt down on Sunday. A neighbor was injured w/burns who was helping owner try to start an old wooden Chris Craft boat in the boathouse. It blew up and the entire boathouse was lost.
I attended Minne Wonka Summer Camp. Many of us were from St.Louis. I'm figuring 1968-1970. No doubt one of my best memories I have of my childhood. Love, loved horseback riding. Sunday services. Chapel in the Woods(?)We sang "Morning has Broken".
I so remember: movie night- "The Trouble With Angels" one year. I loved canoeing,archery,arts and crafts, WATER SKIING! Wow! the happiest of times!
Oh! Never forget the wonderful sweaters that made a home for all of our merits!
I would give a year to be able to spend one more six week Summer Camp as a 6 yr old at Minne Wonka.
I can smell the pine now. Remember that Grand hill we would race our horses up?
Gigi Armstrong Lynch (John Lynch)
I was at Minne Wonka Lodge when i was in sixth grade. I won like all these prizes for archery and was in Balsam Bunk Cabin.
I saw a message from Mutzie Harms Weir written on this site in 2009 - I was at Minnewonka with you in the early 50's. I tried to email you from this site, but it seems to use only Outlook. I'm at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you see this, let me hear from you.
Jane O'Neil Fleming told me to get on board and here I am.....right back where I have always been. I love the photo's and have so many more I could share. I continue to sing the songs to my kids all the time even now when they are grown up. I loved Minne Wonka Lodge and everything I learned there. What a gift and blessing it was to spend so much time there as a young girl. I was there in the middle to late 70's and remember everything. The canoes trips, the bug juice, the candlelight ceremonies and the swims before breakfast. Seems like yesterday. Miss these years.
Going to facebook now to be a friend. Keep in touch anyone who remembers me. I think of you guys all the time.
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