Hi Denny,

Yesterday in pre-game of the Purdue football game I was named as the 2010 Homecoming King of The Ohio State University. I am overwhelmed and honored to represent such a fine University in this manner. The reason for my e-mail is to thank you so much for all your help and support you gave me throughout my ten years at camp. I remember vividly my early days filled with mistakes, immaturity, and growing up. Thanks to your patience and guidance I have developed into the person I am today. I have been talking to people all weekend and I tell them what I learned at camp has turned out to be so true and guiding principles for my life. You taught told us in pre-camp one year about the false sense of masculinity. What I thought was a strange cliche at the time could not be more accurate. For I am not judged by my athletic skills, success with females, or how much money I have. In the end, my ability to love others and be loved is what is important. I have tried as much as possible to be other-centered in the way I conduct myself and live the values I learned over so many years in Eagle River. I have attached the photograph that ran in today's Columbus Dispatch of Colleen Miller and myself. Please extend my thanks, appreciation, and love to Sandy, Joel, Rachael, and everyone in the Ojibwa family. It is my sincerest hope that I am able to make you and Camp Ojibwa proud of my accomplishments. I would not have been able to achieve such things without it. I am looking forward to the weather turning cold once again so I can proudly wear my ten year jacket each and every day as a reminder of all the wonderful people who have touched my life at camp. Thank you once again for all that you have done for me and thousands of campers.

Most Sincerely,
10 year camper and staff man

Dear Denny, Sandy, Rachael and Joel,

Over the past few months I have been applying to colleges and I decided that my camp experiences and the lessons I have learned through you and the ojibwa way would be a good way to show colleges who I am. I just though you would like to read what I have learned and taken away from camp over the amazing past 9 summers. I am looking forward to the 2011 summer and I hope it is just as good as the rest.

When I was seven years old I attended sleep over camp with friends and other kids from the area. It was a safe and comfortable choice. Many of us attended the same schools, participated in the same extra curricular activities and went to the same place of worship. I could have continued attending the same camp but after two years I knew I wanted something different. My parents and I researched this subject and found a camp. However their were two problems, 1st it was not in michigan and no one form the are went to this camp and second it was a very competitive camp. I had a decision to make. Do I take a risk and attend this camp with kids from a different are of the country, better athletes and from different economic backgrounds or do I continue to go to camp with kids from my background.

I chose to leave everything behind and attend the new camp. Now Almost 10 years later I realize this experience and risk has provided me with some invaluable tools and lessons that will help me succeed in life. My experience thought me how to be independent. On the first day of camp my father dropped me off and he left to fly back home. While the other kids at my camp knew each other, I knew nobody. I learned in order to fit into the environment I had to be independent and assertive. If I needed something from my bunk I needed to do it myself because I did not have any friends to rely on. In order to fit in I had to assert my self and adapt to their world because I was the outsider trying to fit in.

Camp also has taught me the importance of team work. I was never one of the top athletes. However I learned that you do not need to be the best athlete on a team in order to have an important role. Through my years at camp I played on many successful teams which were not composed of the best athletes rather a group of diverse people. It was more important to have a team with people who were unique, diverse and willing to work hard rather than the team with simply the best athletes. In the end we beat team who were more athletic and talented.

Camp has also taught me to be a successful leader. I was a camp counselor this past summer. Campers in my cabin looked up to me for leadership and direction. I learned that each camper had his own struggles at home, at camp and otherwise. Many came from homes that were less then perfect. They considered camp a safe place and looked to me for guidance to better understand they problems at home. I learned that not every person has the same background as I do and every person has struggles that need to be dealt with on a individual bases. Camp taught me to appreciate what my family has given me and to always help others with their problems.

Aside from the skills and lessons I have learned I now know how to approach the challenges and risks that I will face in the future . Rather than avoiding a risk or challenge I learned it is more important to accept the challenge and figure out a way to overcome it instead of avoiding the risk all together. Looking back on the decision I made 9 years ago was both a tremendous risk and great experience that has thought me invaluable lessons of independence, teamwork, leadership and respect for other people that will help me overcome new challenges.
Thanks for everything, see you soon.
camper and staff

Below is an essay one of our first time younger campers wrote as a school assignment. His Mom was so touched she faxed it to me. The text is original including the misspelled words but the essence is awesome. It is a creative piece of writing and not necessarily factually accurate (we do not serve steaks for all our lunches, etc.) Hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. Denny Rosen
Camp Ojibwa

Hello Camp Ojibwa, my new best friend. I’m here with the three of me.

I taste Camp Ojibwa. I taste creamy, crunchy, cookies at night before bed. In the morning the pancakes with syrup taste unbelievable!!!!!!! For lunch we usually have steak, which is the best steak I’ve ever had. At dinnertime we grill hamburgers and hotdogs that taste like juicy BBQ. I love the way Camp Ojibwa tastes.

I smell Camp Ojibwa. I smell the campfire, which smells like roasted marshmallows at night and the cabins in the morning smell like lemons. The smell of the lake is so fresh!! It smells like nature. For example the enormous trees, the green grass, and the smelly pinecones. I love the way Camp Ojibwa smells.

I see Camp Ojibwa. There were green and white cabins. When I walk around I see sporting fields like baseball fields, soccer fields, football fields, basketball courts, and hockey rinks. I’m looking at the lake whitch is as spectacular as Niagara Falls. I see the mess hall whitch is as wide as an airplane’s wingspan. I love the way Camp Ojibwa looks. At camp I had so much fun I’m glad I came now the fun is done.

Hi Denny,
Attached is the camper evaluation sheet. With that I wanted to thank you for giving our son the greatest four weeks of his life.

Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think B would go to camp. and never look camp. He loved every single minute of it and his only disappointment was that we didn't let him stay for 8 weeks. I also need to tell you how wonderful his counselors were.

Again, thank you for taking such good care of B this summer. He truly had an unbelievable experience, and we look forward to many, many more summers at Ojibwa.

M & A K
2010 parents

Some responses from Prep Camp:

“Sam had a great time... he has no voice from having a blast screaming and laughing.”

“Camden is all smiles and so happy..it is a great program... you do an amzing job.”

“Ben said there is only one bad thing about his prep camp experience, that was coming home. He had the most phenomenal time.”

“Michael had an amazing time.”

“I want to thank you and your staff so much for making Zach's first experience away from home such a positive and enriching one. I must admit I was quite emotional letting him go, but felt so relieved when he said he wasn't home sick, which I attribute to the way your camp is run.”

“Ben came home and everything was great. ”

“Ben said everything about camp was awesome, the food, the people and Denny.”

“Zach had a great time and is still raving about it - including his new friends, which couldn't make me happier.”

“Josh had a wonderful time. Tubing, jumping into the lake, eating hot dogs by a campfire and hot chocolate with marshmellows. Thanks for everything. We really APPRECIATE IT.” “Max has declared this is the best weekend of his life.”

“William got off the bus, chanting, "second four." He could not stop raving about it. and he really adored Joel.”

“Daniel had a great time and really loved his four days at Ojibwa. My friends who where having their first ojibwa experience were very impressed by the communication from you and the pictures of camp. Most importantly, their boys came home saying they had a blast.”

“Matthew had a terrifc time. Our anxieties were relieved when Matthew walked off the bus with a big smile and promptly introduced us to his new friend.”

Another big characteristic that I developed at Camp Ojibwa is leadership. I was able to be a leader on the fields and courts and used my leadership skills back at home in many situations. I used this skill to help my two younger brothers grow up to be hard workers, I used it in school through programs where I helped guide freshmen when I was an upperclassmen, I used it when I eventually became a counselor at Camp Ojibwa and spent every second for 8 weeks with younger kids, I used to help coach the different sports at Camp Ojibwa, and I plan on continuing to use it as I grow and face new challenges. I hope that it’s clear how seriously I take this Camp and how I can truly call it my home because of all that its done for me.