Archive for June, 2012

Tracy Bachmann | June 29, 2012

A dash for the win

There must be something in the air, because before I left the house to head down to the office today, I put on my running shorts and sneakers so that I could be ready at a moment’s notice to break into a dash. What’s in the air, you ask? Tomorrow is the annual Camp Highlands track meet which dates back to the early 1900s when Doc Monilaw was the camp director. The first event actually starts today with the cross-country race – a one-mile course around camp. Each entrant gets a point for his team, no matter what he places. Tomorrow the boys will compete Army versus Navy in several track events including the high jump, the long jump, 50 or 70 yard dash and shot-put. It all culminates in the giant action-packed relay. In the afternoon, they’ll have a choice in clubs and a picnic supper on the hill. Finally boys will participate in the world-famous Games on the Hill complete with the broom relay, tennis ball/parachute game (what is that called anyhow? Leave a comment if you know), egg toss and a pie eating contest (among other things).

Happily everyone is in camp for the festivities! Cabins 10, 11 and 12 just got back from their hiking trips in the Porkies. Cabin 11 saw two bears! How cool is that? Many of our seniors will leave for their big trips next week. The remaining Junior cabins will go to the Porkies for their hiking trip and the Colts’ canoe trips are next week as well.

We just posted a good smattering of photos on the gallery. Take a look!

And now for that run.

And on that note…

i ❤ CH // tracy b.

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  1. Erin Esbeck says:
    June 30th, 2012 at 1:19 am

    ARMY ARMY ARMY!!! Can’t wait to see the pictures of all the fun!

    Thanks for the great notes & photos, Tracy. We look forward to the updates every day. Bears seen in the Porkies & ACs earned on the lake – such awesome experiences for our fellas!!

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Tracy Bachmann | June 27, 2012

Division Daydreams

It’s warming up nicely, and it sounds like we’re going to be lolling about in true summer temps by the end of the day. Wednesday at camp is Division Day (a.k.a. cook’s night off!) where the boys band together by division for activities and then a cookout. Cubbies will hike around the back bay of Plum, through one of the oldest old-growth hemlock forests in Wisconsin to Star Lake for their overnight. They’ll swim in the sandy lake, roast marshmallows, sleep in a tent and have a generally awesome time. Colts are headed into town for an awesome day at The Waters hotel where they have some great water sides. They’ll wrap up their day with a cookout supper and watching the ski show in Minocqua afterwards. Most of the Junior division is out on their hiking trip the the Porcupine Mountains and the others (cabins 8, 9, 13) will be in camp having “Worthwhile fun” (direct quote from Andy Bachmann) and the Seniors are off to Red Pine Camp for Girls for their annual social. What I’d give to be a fly on the wall!

There are new photos on the gallery. I’ve been trying to decide the best way to order them. I think I’ve finally decided they’ll be newest to oldest. Sorry to be such a flip-flopper.

This afternoon is kind of heavenly for team Bachmann. We will enjoy the first moments of quiet we’ve had in *weeks*. Not that we’re complaining. Trust me, nothing makes me happier than the sound of 50 Cubs and Colts at evening dip, but there is also something magical about the sound of the wind off the lake and not much more!

And on that note…

i ❤ CH // tracy b.

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  1. susan file says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    What an awesome adventure this is . . . you guys are amazing . . . I love reading these posts . . . and do have a lovely quiet well deserved quiet time!

  2. Richard File says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    Don’t forget to enjoy the sound of the loons!

  3. Kris Milner says:
    June 28th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    Tracy, you do such an amazing job of posting your thoughtful blog of “day-in-the-life” at Highlands. I look forward to reading it every day that John is at camp every year. He calls Highlands his second home, and that is something really special. Thanks for all that all of you do!

    • admin says:
      July 3rd, 2012 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks! We love what we do!

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Tracy Bachmann | June 26, 2012

What a great day for [fill in the blank]

Out on the ball field

I can’t remember a more beautiful start to camp. It makes for a great day of activities. Water sports this morning had a nearly still lake, and this afternoon the breeze picked up and the guys were flying across the lake on the Sunfish. The guys at land sports were loving the sun and the cool breeze. All this great weather makes for lots of running around and the building up of a mean appetite.

Did you know that Sharon Bachmann does all the meal planning at camp? With her planning and Lois’ incredible cooking, we never go hungry here at Camp! A good majority of our meals are made from scratch, a very unique thing in the camping world. No frozen pizza for us!

Tonight is taco night. Let’s just say that taco night is more than a meal at Highlands. It’s a multi-media experience. Complete with costumes and oftentimes, music. You are just as likely to see a horse mask as you are a rainbow colored wig. It’s kind of crazy. My personal favorite is the dessert tonight, though. It’s ice-cream with a corn-flake and brown sugar topping. It’s almost embarrassing how much I love this stuff.

Tonight also happens to be….wait for it….Capture the Flag! We posted the Army/Navy list today and camp’s all a twitter about who is who. I’m not sure if you’ve been following the weather here at camp, but let me tell you: it is GORGEOUS out. Cool, sunny, clear, breezy. I can’t imagine a better night for this awesome all-camp event. I hope those boys packed their tube socks! (don’t worry if they didn’t they always figure it out.)

Boys coming in from canoeing…

It’s not just the people-folk that are loving these summer days. I was out on the boat with Mike last night when we came up on a mama loon with TWO babies on her back. Amazing. I am hoping the boys get a chance to see her. Not to mention the bald eagle that was swooping over the boating bay today as the guys were coming in from canoeing. No kidding this is what I overheard, Camper 1: “Look! There’s a bald eagle.” Camper 2: “I love America.” Cracked me up. You can keep up with more funny things #overheardatcamp on the

Look who was flying overhead!

@CampHighlands Twitter feed.

Are you looking to subscribe to the blog? You can do it by clicking on the RSS feed button in your browser URL field. Also, remember, there a lots of new photos on the gallery and there will be gobs more tomorrow. Mike Bachmann has been out all afternoon snapping pictures of the guys at their activities.

And on that note….

i ❤ CH // tracy b.


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  1. Mary Claire Esbeck says:
    June 27th, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Keep up the good work! This is so much fun as a grandmother and mother to campers. We even spent time at family camp when grandson Austin Finnell was there. Now, his summer camp is in the Marine ROTC program, almost as good as Camp Highlands! We follow camp through
    Bill and family.
    Will continue to follow your adventures!

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Tracy Bachmann | June 25, 2012

What’s a first night at camp made of?

Boys playing soccer while waiting for the bus.

A little bit of jittery, nervous excitement. Old friends. New friends. Roasting marshmallows around a campfire on a starry, cool evening. Hearing Taps play for the first time of the summer (or the first time ever!). That’s what a first night at Highlands is made of.

The fog was heavy this morning. Beautiful.

Last night after a filling dinner of homemade spaghetti the boys learned a little bit about a “day in the life” at Highlands during the evening campfires. Taps did blow, and after a long trip in the car or on the bus, the guys were asleep. It was a cool night, but today warmed up nicely. The weather could not be more beautiful!

Boys rotated through stations learning about key points around camp: the kitchen and dining room, the rifle range, the waterfront and to a common area to learn about activities.

Tonight the guys will have chicken noodle soup and sub sandwiches with watermelon for dessert.


Bunk notes

If you need information about setting up Bunk Notes or Replies, you can download the informational form on the homepage. It’s a great system. Remember, if you want your boys to email you back, you must attach a Bunk Reply.

This weather could not be more perfect! A view from the boating bay.

The summer is off to a great start. The guys are in the camp store (as I write this) getting their fill of water bottles, pens, stamps and toothpaste! It’s just business as usual here at Highlands. I’m so glad they are all here!

i ❤ CH // tracy b.

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  1. Chantel says:
    June 26th, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Thanks for blogging; so helpful for a momma!

  2. Barbara Yokom says:
    June 26th, 2012 at 5:57 am

    Love this! Thank you for this blog! I miss my boy…but know how happy he is at Camp!

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Tracy Bachmann | June 24, 2012

Camp is started!

After a beautiful afternoon of (not-so-patient) expectation, all the boys are here! For the kids and families who were here at lunch, a siesta-inducing lunch of turkey dinner was served in the dining hall.

The staff and campers who were not on the bus joined in the track to cheer the busses’ arrival. Lots of smile and hugs and hi-fives went around as gear, trunks and back packs were quickly distributed to cabins.

The boys are off now to supper (spaghetti!) and will head back to their divisions for camp fires and a general overview about what happens in a day at Camp Highlands.

Moms and dads, we know you will miss your guys while they are here. We are so honored to have them with us. We look forward to teaching, inspiring and revealing their hidden talents here at Highlands.

i ❤ CH // tracy b.

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  1. Stephanie says:
    June 25th, 2012 at 3:31 am

    All I can say is that I am jealous and take good care of our young man please.

    • admin says:
      June 26th, 2012 at 1:51 am

      Will do! It’s our honor!

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