Pitchers & Catchers – Notes from Camp – February, 2019

Hi Folks,


Spring does not officially arrive for several more weeks, but that’s okay.  We’ve done the Super Bowl, some of us have done the polar vortex, and now we have to turn our gaze to the horizon where we will find Spring out there…just waiting to come in.  And where does this enthusiastic optimism come from?  Well, ladies and gentlemen, in just over a week, pitchers and catchers will report for SPRING TRAINING!  And it can’t be “spring training” without the “spring,” right?  RIGHT?

The Super Bowl is over, it is SO time to focus on the upcoming baseball season, and do you know what they call baseball players?  They call ’em the “boys of summer.”  It’s true…lots of girls and women play baseball, but let’s not get sidetracked here.  Because the key portion of that joyous title is the word “SUMMER!”   You can see where this is headed, right?  Follow along….the Super Bowl comes and goes.  Pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training.  That kicks off the baseball season which is played mostly during the summer.  So, by the transitive properties of shaky-logic, the end of the Super Bowl portends the near arrival of summer!  And that means camp is getting much, much closer!!!!!  Phew!  Hard to type when you’re this fired up!!


We’ve been waiting to share this with you, and the time is here.  We are starting a BRAND NEW PROGRAM at camp this summer.  Welcome to WOOD CRAFTS!  In this awesome new activity you can sign up for, you will learn to make projects from wood using hand and power tools and your own creativity.  The class will be based out of the Arts & Crafts shop, and we’re currently in the process of purchasing all the equipment.  We’ve been fortunate to work with a former Timberlane counselor and camp dad, DOUG BARLOW in getting this all designed and prepared.  Doug teaches high school level Industrial Arts in Red Wing, MN., and he’s been instrumental in getting this program off the ground.

Want more?  Sure, we have more.  At the end of last summer we retired our water trampoline.  For this summer, it will be replaced by a very large and rectangular water tramp that we have been promised will be a lot bouncier!  And the really cool thing is, along with the rope swing attachment, in future summers we’ll be able to add other cool splashy features to it.  The swim area will be a great place to cool off and have a great time again this summer!


We have just a few reminders for you this month:

  • Your Winter Deposit was due on January 15th.  Most of you have taken care of this, but if you overlooked it, that’s okay.  Please take care of it as soon as you can.  You can send a check to our Tucson address, or you can pay online with your credit card.  We know you won’t love hearing this, but the Spring deposit will be due on March 15th, so this is just an early heads up.  If you ever want to check your account status, you can always find that info on your Keylog page.  Thanks.
  • FLYING CAMPERS: If your son is flying en route to camp, we hope you’ve already registered with Sojourn Travel, our selected travel agency.  Fares tend to go up as the summer approaches, so it is best to get this done soon.  St Louis area campers: We have set up your group travel, and already been in touch with you about that.
  • CIT TRAVEL: CITs begin training on Sunday, June 9th, so they will travel to camp on Saturday, June 8th.  We will have a van in Chicago to pick up CITs there, and we’ll have room for their duffels too.  CITs from all other cities will fly to camp, into the Rhinelander Airport, where we’ll meet them and drive them and their bags to camp.  If you have any questions about your CITs travel or anything else, please contact us.


If you are a returning camper in 8th or 9th grade this year, then we want you to be a Big Brother for a new camper this summer.  This is a great opportunity for you to connect with someone new, share your knowledge and experience of camp, help your little bro feel welcome and at home, and gain some leadership experience.

We will connect as many of our returning guys with little brothers as possible.  We ask big brothers to call (not text or Facebook message) their little brothers, spend a few minutes on the phone, and if it works out, maybe even get together with them before camp.

There is definitely no obligation for you to be a big brother if you’re not crazy about the idea.  If you prefer NOT to be a big brother, please email or call us as soon as possible.  We will send out Big/Little Brother assignments in April.


WE HAVE SOME FANTASTIC NEWS!  Our 2019 Trips Calendar is published and you can check it out by clicking here.  As always, it is subject to some changes, as we continue to acquire our permits.  Anyway you look at it, though, it is going to be a banner year for trips!  There are a few trips for which we accept advanced registration.  They include:

  • Isle Royale Backpacking – 10 Day Trip (1st Session. For eligible kids who have finished 8th grade or higher)
  • Isle Royale Backpacking – 6 Day Trip (2nd Session.  For eligible kids who have finished 6th grade or higher)
  • Quetico Provincial Park Canoeing – 12 Day Trip (2nd Session.  For eligible kids who have finished 8th grade or higher)
  • Apostle Islands Sea Kayaking – 4 Day Trip (Both Sessions.  For eligible kids who have finished 7th grade or higher)

Some important notes about the trips:

  • If your son is a first-year camper, or if he will not have completed at least the 6th grade this summer, then the above trips will be waiting for him in a future summer.  There are still many, many fantastic trips available to ALL campers for which we do not do pre-registration.
  • Some of the trips listed above include an additional charge either for things such as ferries or guide services.
  • If your son is interested in one of the pre-registration trips, please notify us by email or phone.  We’ll confirm his eligibility and if there are any questions, we’ll talk it over with you.
  • Pre-registration is NOT required to get on a trip.  If your son is interested, but not sure, then we ask you do not pre-register him for a trip.  As long as space on the trip remains, he can sign up at camp.

Some trips go into Canada, and require campers to have a passport.  Those include the Quetico Canoe Trip , as well as the Coastal Canadian Backpack Trip and the Sand River Canoe Trip.


Zavion Steele – 02/01, Brady Adelman – 02/02, Gus Mervis – 02/03, Harry Smith – 02/07, Tyler Deutsch – 02/10, Caleb Gerstein – 02/10, Jack Sargent – 02/11, Marty Askenazi – 02/12, Pierson Lipschultz – 02/14, Morgan Decker – 02/16, Daniel Feldman – 02/17, Michael Diskin – 02/18, Martin Grazer – 02/21, Eli Wacksman – 02/22, Sam Kahn – 02/23, Elliott Korentager – 02/23, Casey Mutchnik – 02/25, David Friedland – 02/26, Carlos Dorantes Banuelos – 02/27, Owen Yoffe – 02/27.



You seriously will NOT BELIEVE the list of returning (and new) staff we’re gonna drop in our next posting.  Stay tuned!

Benches up,

Mike, Leslie & Dustin