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Tracy Bachmann | July 11, 2018

Check 1, 2? This thing on?

Welp. That went by quickly! First term is **almost over** and we’re just getting a blog update to our fans. I hope that what we’ve lacked in words we’ve more than made up for in photos?? Please say yes! We’ve had a great time trying to get a good shot of each and every boy out there. And by my count we’ve got around 936 for first term! I think that’s a record.

The end is nigh…Here’s what you need to know.

Friday’s family picnic is gonna be great. We start the festivities at 3:00 p.m. at the Cub/Colt pier with the world famous Army/Navy Water Carnival. Football tournament finals follow, and the picnic starts at 6:00 p.m. on Junior Hill. After we get our fill of cheesy potatoes and ice cream, we’ll gather together for the awards ceremony. It’s rumored to be quite hot on Friday, so come prepared. Of course this is the North Woods, so you might throw a little sweater in the car with you (or you could buy a sweet sweatshirt or water bottle in the camp store before supper!).

If you’re shipping your son’s trunk home…

Please send Caitlyn an email if you will be shipping your son’s trunk home, or if you have any special instructions.


Seriously. We love these boys. They’ve been an awesome bunch, and we sure have loved having them with us. There are so many things they’ll want to tell you about: their trip, the food, their counselors, free time, what they made in crafts, what they tried for the first time, funny things that happened, topics we covered in Sunday Assembly….it goes on and on. And if your child is anything like our kid, the stories will trickle out over the next year, popping up at the most random times. This is the gift of camp, in my honest opinion. Thanks for being bold and brave parents! It’s no small feat to send your child off to camp for the better part of a month.

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Tracy Bachmann | February 6, 2018

Dear Camp Highlands Families,

Sharon has been at camp since she was 3 years old. She’s the mastermind behind the delicious homemade food at Highlands.

Once Mike and I turned the pages of our December calendars, camp was almost always on our minds.

We wrote about, made calls about, and constantly thought about every detail of the coming summer. Who will be able to return? Who won’t be able to return? (Oh, shoot!) Possible new campers, and campers referred to us by our camp families were always so appreciated! Andy and Tracy are the ones that have camp on their minds. How lucky all we Bachmanns feel, to have camp be such an important part of our daily lives.

One of my jobs at camp is planning the menu and ordering the food for our meals. A favorite meal for everyone is our Sunday Dinner following our Sunday Morning Assembly. Turkey and all the trimmings are a tradition every Sunday at camp. Yum…!! It makes me hungry just to think about that! Most days, when you walk to the middle of Junior Hill, you can catch a whiff of the mouth-watering smell of turkey and freshly baked yeast rolls. That has everybody ready for the bugle to blow, and Lodge bell to ring for dinner.

People often ask me how many turkeys I order each week for that Sunday meal?

The answer is 8, 21 to 24 pound turkeys. The cooks put the the turkeys in the ovens very late Saturday night. The next morning the Lodge family arrive at 9:00 AM, ready to pull the meat off the bones. Those turkeys are put in a warming oven and then separated into piles of white meat and dark meat and the broth is poured over the meat to keep it moist. Oh my….it is so good! We always make a little extra so that we can use the turkey in one of the other camp favorites…

Tracy, has asked that I share one of our favorite Camp Highlands recipes. This one is great for chicken or turkey that maybe you have leftover in your refrigerator or freezer. This recipe was given to me years ago by my dear Western Springs friend, Ann Shay. Her children and grandchildren came as campers and their family came for more than 13 years for Friends and Family camp. During camp, the campers and staff members when passing me on the path will say, “Sharon, when are we having turkey tetrazzini?” It is so good!

Easy Turkey Tetrazzini
I put this recipe in a 9 x13 pan, but you could also use a 1 1/2 quart casserole dish.
When I make this at home, I purchase a roasted chicken at the grocery store and put all the meat in my casserole. Bake it at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until it is bubbly. It will serve 8 to 10 people.

8 oz. thin spaghetti, broken in half
Chicken broth
1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
1 c. of milk
2/3 c. of mayonnaise
1/2 c. of celery diced small (optional)
2 c. of cooked chopped turkey or chicken
1 can diced mushrooms drained
2 T. of pimento (optional, for color)
2/3 c. of Parmesan or Mozzarella cheese, divided

Cook the spaghetti in chicken broth. ( I add some water)Drain well. Mix the mushroom soup, milk and mayonnaise until well blended. Add celery, turkey or chicken, mushrooms, pimento and half of the cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Put the rest of the cheese over the top toward the end of the baking time.

Valentine’s Day is coming. Mmmm…this would be a great dish to try! I hope you will enjoy this. If you do, we’d love hearing from you on how it turns out.

I hope that your summer calendar includes a visit to Camp Highlands this summer. Maybe you will be driving your son to camp? Maybe you will be able to get away at the end of camp to come for the Family Picnic and the Program that follows. Maybe, you will come and stay at the Highlands Lodge during the camping season, or at the beginning or end of camp? Maybe your family will stay after camp is ending for a few days or a week of Friends and Family camp? Whatever, you and your family can arrange…I hope Camp Highlands will be on your minds for your son, and your extended family and friends. I believe more than ever that a summer, or part of a summer at Camp Highlands is a wonderful place for a boy to be. I hope this day finds you and your family well and enjoying this unusually cold winter. I’m glad that I can be in Gainesville, FL for four months. It has been very cool here too, but no complaints from me, I love hearing the birds chirping away outside my bedroom window in the early morning, and…..oh my, it is SO NICE to feel the warmth of the sun, even on a chilly day!

Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your families!

Sending love from Gainesville,
Sharon Bachmann


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Tracy Bachmann | May 3, 2017

We’re preparing for the best summer ever!

Check out this beauty! (can you see the ice still on Plum!?)

I don’t know what I’m most excited about: a new pier and diving towers in Senior Row, new dugouts on the ball field or two new cabins. There’s a LOT to get psyched for in 2017!

Have you filled out your forms?

If you have enrolled, you’ve got forms to complete. Here’s a quick to-do list for you:

  1. Schedule your child’s physical if necessary.
  2. If your child takes medication, you must fill out the Personal Rx (formerly Camp Rx) forms. You’ll need copies of your child’s prescriptions for that.
  3. Make your travel reservations. If your son is traveling by air, please forward us a copy of his itinerary.

Will you be staying at Camp during drop-off or pick-up?

Did you know you can make a reservation to stay in the CH Lodge? We’d love to have you!

Friends + Family Camp Registration is open!

“Man, I wish I could go to camp,” said every parent ever. YOU CAN! Arrange an alumni reunion with your camp buddies and their families, bring a future camper to CH to catch the vibe or just come by yourself to sit on the dock, paddle a kayak down Star Creek or jump off of Tower Three. Now’s a great time to reserve your favorite cabin!

Feel free to give us a call

We’d love to hear from you. If you have any questions at all, please give us a ring. Do you have a nervous first-timer or you have a question about shipping a trunk? Sometimes a quick call can make all the difference. We’re counting down…Let’s do this thing!

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  1. Kris Milner says:
    May 11th, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    That new dock/diving pier on the row is killer! I know John wants to get up for a visit this summer if his job schedule allows, and hopefully I can too for end of season cheesy potatoes! Yum!!!!

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Andy Bachmann | July 29, 2016


One of my absolute favorite things about camp is the laughter. I think I laugh harder and more often here than I do anywhere else.

We’ve reached that time of the season where the smiles come easy, the nods are affirming and everyone leans on the best of intentions in our interactions with one another. It’s a special time of year.

Today I was walking around and I was caught off guard by what I suddenly noticed. Friendship. All around. Everybody’s got a buddy. There are packs of boys lumbering and strutting around with the calm cool confidence of a boy surrounded by his pals. The little guys sprint as a posse to the next great thing. Whether it’s the last notes of the mess call at flag raising that mark the “GO!” of the sprint to the dining hall, or the bugle call announcing free time (and store time!), there is an urgency to EVERYTHING for pretty much all of them. And it’s awesome.

But what caught me off guard was when I realized that back home, there aren’t packs of pals. There may be a few if you’re lucky. Maybe one “best bud” to yuck around with. But not packs like this. Our guys are surrounded by fellows who will be their best friends their whole life long. And here, in this week, at this time of the season, they are so comfortable, so casual and so cool just hanging out. And when they do, they laugh. And that laughter is a beautiful thing to hear.

How lucky we are.

Better. Worthwhile. Highlands.


1916 or 2016? It's all the same.

1916 or 2016? It’s all the same.


These guys will be pals for a long, long time!

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  1. carol v bachmann says:
    July 31st, 2016 at 12:10 am

    So true Andy..the laughter is what Lukas’s counselor loves when he writes to us about the cabin. Thanks to Camp!! Carol

  2. Jack Jorgensen says:
    April 9th, 2017 at 12:27 pm

    Memories!!! I was a counselor in 1960 and ’61. I still have my camp T-shirt and red neckerchief showing AC’s. I was the archery instructor and waterfront overseer for the midgets. Regards to Mike and Sharon, see if they can recall! Is only been 57 years!

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Tracy Bachmann | July 10, 2016

Adventure is Worthwhile in itself

adventureWho wouldn’t want their child to have a real-life adventure?

Your boys have arrived and the fun, challenges, self-discovery and friendships begin exactly…NOW.

The adventure starts the minute boys get off the bus and counselors and campers alike swoop in, grab trunks and bags and things are delivered to cabins in about 6 minutes flat. Boys who ride the bus will make their beds and head to the infirmary to check in with our two outstanding nursing team members Madi K. and Nathanial B. The bugle will blow (yes, we still use a real, live bugle at Highlands) for supper at 5:50 and then we’ll settle down to the traditional first night’s supper of spaghetti and meatballs. It’s a crowd pleaser!

Tonight the guys will play division games and get to know each other a little bit. Andy has a rule that boys can’t “throw balls at each other” until they know each other’s names. So the games tonight are all about FUN and team building. After games, they’ll get a lay-of-the-land and hear the basic rules of camp. We sweeten the deal with campfires and s’mores. At 9 o’clock, taps will play and the guys will head to bed.

I have to admit, the weather is a little glum (I’m from Florida, so I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to the temp!). But tomorrow we’re expecting 87° weather, so we’ll bundle up tonight and wake up to the best kind of camp weather. Warm and sunny!

You can find all the passwords you’ll need for the gallery and instructions for how to use the email system in the Highlands Handbook (or in one of the many emails you’ve probably gotten from me). You might also want to take a look at our Instagram account to take a peek at the hidden corners of Highlands. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us!

Andy and I are so thrilled to have your boys with us. They are each unique, creative, energetic, brilliant creatures – 130 of them – that will make second term amazing. Thank you for sharing them with the Highlands family!

I ♥ CH!

tracy b.

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  1. carol v bachmann says:
    July 11th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Thanks for the first blog here Tracy! Love to hear the news:)) Wish I were there for some adventure!!

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