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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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Tracy Bachmann | May 20, 2016

Countdown to Summer!


We’re 29 days away from the start of our 113th camping season. And we can’t wait!

We have an incredible array of campers and staff coming this season—and we have made some exciting improvements in our camp facilities to ensure that, while we’re still the oldest continuously-operated boys camp in the midwest, we’re still making the necessary improvements to keep camp awesome. Just wait until you see the TWO new cabins we’ve built!

Right now we’re starting to review travel plans, consider cabin assignments and order t-shirts. If you haven’t finished filling out your forms, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible. We especially need to know if your son is going to be riding the bus by May 25. If your son will be taking prescription medication, you are required to register them with CampRx. Those directions can be found in the forms section of the website. We stock most over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Benedryl, etc. at the infirmary to be distributed by our health staff.

If your son’s physical isn’t until closer to the start of camp, that’s OK! While we’d prefer to have them in as soon as possible, we understand the headaches joys of trying to get your kids into the doctor during this busy time. Please make sure to photo copy both front and back of your insurance card and to sign the bottom of that form. That is the medical release form.

Finally, we have two helpful resources that will be like gold to you—especially if you’re a first-time Highlands parent. That is the Highlands Handbook and the Packing List, both of which are located in the Forms and Documents section in the parent log in page. Almost any question you have can be answered in the Handbook. Mail, email, packages, homesickness, medication – you name it – it’s in there.

We are so excited for this upcoming season. We’ve got another incredible lineup on the staff, including a few new faces that I know are going to be awesome fits at Highlands. And we’ve still got a few spaces in our first term—so if you know some great young guy that would benefit from the Highlands experience, send them our way!

We can’t wait for another incredible season at Camp Highlands!

Better. Worthwhile. Highlands.


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  1. Sarah Magner says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 11:23 am

    Hi Tracy,
    Michael is looking forward to camp!
    I am trying to fill out al paper work but I do not see forms on website;(
    I do not remember if we need to log in to get this/
    Do we bring all forms when we get to camp and check in with Nurse?
    Rusty will be driving Michael on Sunday and helping him get settled.
    Look forward to hearing back from you soon.

  2. Sarah Magner says:
    May 30th, 2016 at 11:25 am

    It is not letting me log in with my email….FYI

  3. Kris Milner says:
    June 10th, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    So sad John will not be with you for the first time in 8-9 years! He has a “real” job in Fort Worth, where I’m sure he will notice a big difference in the climate! Have a happy summer and thanks for all the great ones before! Highlands, Rah! Kris

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Tracy Bachmann | July 21, 2015

10 Day forecast – for fun


It’s hard to not have an awesome time at CH!


I just had a parent text me and tell me how sweet our 10-day forecast looked. True story. Our apologies to you folks in Texas, Florida and even Illinois (who are experiencing the weirdest summer weather ever). But the amazing outlook doesn’t just stop at the weather here at Highlands.

How can you have a bad day that starts off with pancakes!? That’s what the boys enjoyed this morning before they set off on their wild adventures.

How can you have a bad day when after your awesome breakfast you then end up at the adventure ropes course with Kent Overby (cabins 21, 17, 9, 13). Or maybe you’re like cabins 1, 24, 17, 25 looking down the barrel at some time skiing on Plum Lake. I’m a big fan of the stand up paddle boarding (SUP) activity – cabins 22, 13, 6 and 7 will be exploring the lake that way today. I can smell the smoke from the fire that the expedition activity built this morning and figure the guys from 14, 13, 22 and 21 are going to have a ball boiling water. The fellows from 24, 25, 10, 15, 16, 18, 9 and 14 will be hooping it up on the basketball court today. I mean honestly. What’s not to love?

There are several trips out on the trail or lakes and waterways right now. Two Isle Royale hiking trips are out, and cabins 12 and 11 are in the Porcupine Mountains on a three-day hiking trip.

I’d say we have a 99% chance for a great time.

Birthday Weekend Approaches

We are 112 years old this Saturday. One-hundred and twelve summers, you guys. Now that’s something to celebrate! Per our tradition, we’ll kick off our Steeplechase event at about 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. If you are in the area, you’re more than welcome to swing on by to watch the fun. It’s my favorite day of the whole summer. Steeplechase is an Army/Navy relay that covers not only all parts of camp but a good part of Plum Lake. Whether it’s casting a line into a hula-hoop or pin bowling, kayaking around Five Pines island, or being a part of the water boil team, each boy has his own special part to contribute to his team’s success.

Saturday after noon we’ll have a Senior Carnival down in The Row with all kinds of wacky homemade games including a dunk tank, pillow fighting and bug juice pong. This is good clean fun.

We’ll have our picnic supper on the hill at 6 p.m. followed by Games on the Hill. The day literally does not stop.

And on that note…

I <3 CH,

Tracy B.


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  1. Carol Bachmann says:
    July 21st, 2015 at 3:42 pm

    Wow!! I am trying to imagine the steeplechase, carinival, picnic and games on the hill in one day! That will be a day of great fun to remember. I happen to know that it is Lukas’ favorite day…maybe of the year:)))
    Tracy B thank you for the excellent blog!

  2. Dick Cochran says:
    July 21st, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    This was great camper 1953-1954 consuleor 1960-1961 please put me on your mail list
    Dick Cochran

  3. Augusto Cubillos says:
    July 22nd, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Our son has spent just 10 days at Camp and we can feel the Change. He has sent a couple of amazing letters. Thank you CH!

  4. Jessica Rench says:
    July 23rd, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    I’m with the previous folks who commented! WE LOVE CAMP HIGHLANDS!!!

  5. Alex Besser says:
    July 24th, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Your description captures why Quinn starts talking about camp in January, why he misses the community, the lake, the activities, the friends, the warm days and cool nights and why, when he is away, he counts the days to return. Thank you.

  6. Kris Milner says:
    July 24th, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Happy Steeplechase! Go Army!

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Tracy Bachmann | March 24, 2015

Run, don’t walk to Camp Highlands!

run to campSpring is here, and by our count we have 88 days until the first day of camp! That means it’s time to fill out all those forms online. If you get stuck on anything, just let us know and we can help. To access your forms you’ll need to log in through the “log-in” tab at the top of the homepage.

The travel form to and from Camp is of special importance. If you are traveling internationally, please call us to make arrangements. We would like to know if you are traveling by bus by May 31. Thank you for your help with this!

The Highlands Handbook is a very useful tool. You will want to download it here (or on the homepage) to have most of your questions answered. Additionally, the packing list is also on the home page.

Have you not filled out your enrollment form yet? That’s OK, but spots are filling quickly. Sign up today! We can’t wait to see you!

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Tracy Bachmann | July 13, 2014

It’s here! Second term kicks off today


Beyond these gates lies a magical place called Camp Highlands for Boys. If you’ve been here, you know.

A flight from somewhere far away, an epic bus ride, a never-ending car trip – by whatever means, your boys will all be in camp this evening and we can’t wait to have them with us. Can you imagine how these boys feel? So excited – the promise of new friends, fields to run, boats to sail, balls to throw, songs to sing. There is an unmistakable buzz in the air on this day. We. Are. Excited.

The buses will pull into camp around 5:15 this afternoon, through those magical white gates that say “Camp Highlands,” and the boys will instantly be transformed. The sweet sound of the bugle calls and the entire staff and all boys that arrived by car will spill out onto the ball field to cheer for the guys arriving. It’s one of my favorite moments at camp, when boys that haven’t seen each other all year are reunited with bear hugs and high-fives. And the new kids? As a mom, I always worry about these guys! But they are intercepted quickly and their gear is enthusiastically hauled off, and the adventure begins.

There will be jitters at supper, but it’s spaghetti, something that almost everyone likes. Afterwards, the evening is filled with tours of camp, some baseline rules and a campfire, the first of many they’ll have at Highlands.

We know you moms, dads and caregivers will miss these guys. Our priority is your child. Our staff is ready to give them the guidance and support they need to try new things, to step out of their comfort zone and to experience a feeling of self-reliance and confidence that is difficult to duplicate anywhere else. Our motto this summer is, “Camp Changes Lives.” It is so true.

And on that note…

I ❤ CH // tracy b.

Nuts and Bolts

Remember that most questions you’ll have can be answered with the new and improved Highlands Handbook. The Bunk Notes code is FYXKNRWU. Everyone needs to set up a new account this year. And remember that if you’d like your son to write you back using a Bunk Reply, you must attach one when you send him one. The Highlands gallery password was provided in an email, but if you still need it, please email or call us (it’s also in the Handbook).

The best time to reach us is between 9:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. If we don’t answer the phone, leave a message and we will get back with you!

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