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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.
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.
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.
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..."
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.
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!
Saw my Red Pine friends had reunion this summer and decided to find site for Minne Wonka!! What memories I have of my many years...Pine Knot (1st cabin) all the way to Counselor in Training. It was a 2 month camp then. Lost my awards in basement flood, but have MANY photos. Attended from 55 on. Yes Remember the memorial...how beautiful. Best friend was Craig from Louisville. Would love to connect w/many friends.
I just found this site, and it has brought back such happy memories. I was music counselor '62-'63 and loved every minute of camp. Broke my 5th metatarsal on my right foot 2nd yr. going to the loo. Had to adjust my college senior organ recital...
I attended MWL in the mid 50s.
Does anyone remember the memorial in the woods with a view of the lake?
There was a cross in honor of someone and a circle of log benches around it.
Is it still there?
Who was the woman it honored?
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
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