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New Issue of Flea Market Style

The new fall issue of one of our favorite magazines we contribute to just hit the stands. (Flea Market Style) Every time we shoot a feature, it results in over-buying for the styling …and we end up with an overflow of props, antiques— so now our camp prop room is overflowing & we want to give some lovely camp antiques a good home. So to make room (#JustifyNextFleaMarketTrip) we’re giving away a bunch of the antiques shot for the story. 10 OF THE ANTIQUES INSIDE THE BASKET: * 1950’s picnic caddy (picnic shot) * antique metal thermos (used for a…

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The Treehouse made a Belgium coffee table book!

Can anyone translate German? (we never thought we’d see this) A Belgium coffee table book “BAUM HAUSER”  just showed up in the camp mailbox this morning, with a little chapter of our treehouse in it 😊 Many folks don’t know why our treehouse is called ‘Toms’.The Daily Mail summarized it pretty succinctly : (link on profile) Excerpt: “Camp owner builds three-story treehouse in memory of her father, who christened the camp by hanging a swing on that very tree just before his death” It was a nice surprise to see the story of what he inspired show up in far…

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The Most Important Thank You Note – Lake Affect Chicago

The most important thank you note a guest has ever left for us. Do you remember the first time that you… caught a fish, frog or firefly? Jumped off a dock into a lake? Roasted a marshmallow on a campfire? The basic ’rite of passage’ summer camp kid things that we all take for granted- are foreign concepts for lots of kids who live in so many of our Chicago neighborhoods. This past week we hosted ABC anchor @TanjaBabich to launch her new initiative: . . In partnership with Kerry Wood’s @woodfamilyfoundation, they gave a diverse group of amazing urban kids the chance to…

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Vandavega Tees

In the 1960s and ’70s, the Latvian Catholic refugee community that occupied Camp Wandawega pronounced it “vohn-duh-vay-guh” and spelled it “Vandavega.”  This shoebox footage we found several years ago shows an 8 year old David – along with his brother and cousins – proudly wearing their Camp Vandavega T’s. We had so many folks asking for one, we decided it was time to bring them back, thanks to our friends at @threadless. We’ve recreated this vintage design and are now offering it on a tee or a sweatshirt in our threadless shop.          

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Sanborn Paddles

Our new custom paddle collab with  @SanbornCanoe is live! 🛶 Check out their gorgeous work through the Store link on our site, or by visiting them right here. From Sanborn: Camps are sacred places, filled to bursting with stories. None more so than Camp Wandawega. Since 1925, people of all stripes have called it their home away from home. It’s long been a place where the city-bound find an escape in the quiet of camp. Even mobsters pursued their liberty on these grounds. At Wandawega, children fly through the air, flung wildly by a rope swung out over the lake and priests raise…

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OUR FAVORITE SUMMERCAMP.

  We literally never wanted to leave this time capsule tucked up in the Northwoods. Camp Red Arrow is a boy’s summer camp in Woodruff, Wisco – they take campers as young as 7 years old for a minimum 7 weeks stay. It began as a logging camp in 1870, turned “Williams Resort” – until 1920 when it was converted into the All-boys camp that it still runs as today. This place is a literal living museum with Mess Hall, Rec Hall, Infirmary, and countless hand hewn log cabins (built by the Norwegian lumberjacks) – all still in original condition…

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A Camper’s Guide to Winter at Wandawega

  2 PERFECT DAYS EXPLORING AROUND CAMP WANDAWEGA Whether you are looking for culinary, adventure, culture, or all 3: here is the local ‘must-see’ list – all nearby! View the Brochure PDF or read on below. Wilson Farm Meats An Old Fashioned Meat Market – the Wilson family has been farming since the 1870′s. Scott, a fifth generation Wilson, established Wilson Farm Meats in 2004 in order to have a local retail and processing facility available to serve the local clientele. Scott Wilson’s farm, Wilson Prairie View Farms, is located in Walworth County Wisconsin where the pork is raised that…

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Craft Cabin

We’ve always wanted one of these. (it only took us a decade to make it happen). Sneak peak of the newest little project we’ve been obsessing over: Every scout camp in America for the past century has a craft cabin… A right of passage for girls and boys, you would enter camp a novice, and leave an expert basket-making-loom-weaving-pottery-painting-jewelry-crafting scout ninja. So after many months of researching the most common crafts made at summer camps since 1920(The sign is from cover of a 1940s book of crafts) We started sourcing deadstock craft kits, custom made craft kits, and impossible-to-find craft…

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VICE for APPLE at camp

watch full film HERE The Big Draw is a Visual Literacy charity dedicated to promoting visual literacy. It runs the world’s biggest drawing festival for all ages, aimed at getting everyone drawing — even those who think they can’t. We are so excited for to be a part of #todayatapple to support this amazing charity. Join us on Saturday, October 27th from 1-2:15 at the Apple Michigan Avenue store, for an inspiration hour on how the power of a sketch to come to life in so many ways (in the case of Camp treehouse, a playhouse to scaled model toy,…

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