I attended Camp Mishawaka as a counselor in 1969 and the camp is located in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. I was assigned to Super Belding which was an area to teach camping skills above the camp in the forest. This, however, is a view of the camp waterfront on Lake Pokegama. More to come in the near future.
This area in the forest of Camp Mishawaka was set aside for tennis. As you will soon learn, it was close in proximity to the soccer field. This area was NOT developed during my stay at camp in 1969.
These are the camp horse stables which is another area that was not there in 1969. Quite impressive from the air are they not? Maybe some reader will inform us what kind of horses the camp had? Also in what year did this addition to the camp occur?
Camp Mishawaka emphasized their waterfront program while I was at camp in 1969. Lake Pokegama was breathtaking to say the least and each age grouping had their own swimming area. Belding Camp, however, did not have a pier system but only open water. I will have more on the camps water activities soon.
A camp always moves on what kind of food is served to the campers and the Camp Mishawaka dining hall had excellent breakfasts and suppers. The atmosphere was fun not to mention noisy. This is both an exterior and interior photograph of the camp dining hall. It was farthest away from Belding Camp thus providing the younger campers an even greater appetite.
In 1969, I preached a sermon from this stone pulpit on The Tortoise and The Hare in this spectacular setting overlooking Lake Pokgama. It was about how man’s ways are so fast and furious but it is God’s way of enduring to the end that we are to be saved that counts. And there in God’s creation the message was received by the boys with great enthusiasm in a manner that they could comprehend. What a great vesper sie!
This was a campers first experience with Camp Mishawaka when coming into camp by either bus or car. I also remember that road for the starting point of many hikes with my Super Belding hikers.
This was a great location for basketball games or even for a quick game of horse. It was in close proximity to the infirmary. Later on it also became the place to be for field hockey games.
This climbing wall did not exist when I was at camp in 1969 but to stay competitive, Camp Mishawaka continually adds new features to its camp program and this is one of them. It looks quite challenging to say the least.
How well I remember the Belding Cottages which held four sections of rooms for the kids to sleep in. During rainy days I would read stories that captured their attention and at night somewhat scarier tales.
At this camp, the counselors bedded down right with the kids unlike another camp I attended as a staff member where the cottages and tents allowed counselors their own space. I like the Mishawaka pattern better.
Each bedding area had a lot of space for the campers belongings. Daily clean up of the cabins was held in the morning and each cabin also had a main area with a fireplace attached to it. Belding camp was for the younger kids and their cottages had electricity whereas the older kids cottages did not.
With camp just about a week away I envy the staff for the great times that are ahead of them, More soon!
Camp Mishawaka at dusk was a great place to be. The speedboat was safely docked after hauling kids around Lake Pokegama all day and the swimming area was without a ripple as all swimmers were around campfire or hanging out in their cottages. What a great place to reflect on all the days events.
Surrounded by forest, here you can see both the tennis courts and soccer fields from the air. With the advent of the West Nile Mosquito, I have to wonder how secure these areas are for youngsters that are perspiring? I wonder if these two areas are sprayed on a regular basis to cut down on those pesky insects? Again, these are two areas that did NOT exist when I was a counselor in 1969.
This long straight-a-way was what faced my Belding kids after each and every meal as our cottage areas were the furthest away from the dining hall. This was also the main activity field at camp. And, if you were to look just to the right of this photograph, this is what you would see
These were the older boys cottages known as Mulford and Gould and these cabins did not have electricity as did the cottages of the younger Belding boys.
Today is the last stop in our tour yet the beginning of the 101st camping season for hundreds of boys and girls at Mishawaka as they descend upon camp from bus coaches from around the United States and even some foreign countries. They will meet with their counselors who will escort them to their cottages but they will meet here, on the parade grounds, initially.
This photograph provides you a glance at the main swimming area of the camp on Lake Pokegama. The peninsula to your right once was the property of a girls survival camp which my Belding boys once visited and it is not associated with Mishawaka. Day is done! All is well!
Camp Mishawaka also took trips to the Quetico (Canadian Border Waters and also to Sugarloaf for camping off site. Camp itself prepared a boy or girl fully for what they would be experiencing.