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May 16

Welcome to the West Side

They cleaned the house from top to bottom, refinished floors and painted. “I have never felt God’s love that much,” Maricruz says.

South Bend Camp

One hundred and ten campers and 107 staff members returned to Michigan’s Camp Tannadoonah in June for a week of events reflecting the theme, “Love Conquers all.” Activities included dodgeball, inner tubing, rock-climbing, an obstacle course and a giant newspaper ball fight known as “the ball wars.” (Photo credits: Joe Cramer, Phil DeLee, Beth Kelleher, Gina Massa, Beth Pingel)

James, Bill and Peter get ready for a game of dodgeball.

An intense tug-of-war.

With a spoon in her mouth, Emma works to move Skittles candies from one bowl to the next.

Sixth-grade boys William, Luke and Daniel at a flag ceremony.

Larry Day (center, in purple) challenges third-graders to blow the shofar. Left to right, Ben, Owen, Randy Raciti, Larry, Teresa, Margaret.

Campers gather at the waterfront to watch camp staffers competing in the most creative dive contest.

Left to right, third-grade girls Juliet, Teresa and Lucia.

Gloria Murphy, one of the dining room directors.

Susan races against Thomas on the camp’s obstacle course, called “The Hood.”

Liam and Will enjoy their inner tube.

Third grader Mairin whispers to Ana.

Camp directors Amy Zwerneman and Randy Raciti greet parents and campers on opening day.

A newspaper ball fight known as “The Ball Wars.”

Mark Havard wrestles with the third-grade boys.

Fourth grade girls run The Hood obstacle course.

The steps leading up from the waterfront. There are about 100 steps—the precise number of steps is debated to this day.

Eddie lifts weights, spotted by Aaron King and Randy Raciti, during a skit illustrating the importance of bearing one another’s burdens.

Fourth-grade girls Grace, Claire and Lauren prepare to eat a doughnut hanging from a string without the aid of their hands. In the background are junior counselors Molly and Addison.

Responses

  1. Jim Sgroi says:

    I really appreciate all the fun, love and friendship that is had and fostered at Camp. Our children, (grandchildren) love their camp experience. That may be a huge "drawing card" as to why we get so many good camp counselors to serve year after year.

    A HUGE thank you to all our brothers and sisters who help make this a wonderful experience for our children.

  2. BUD ROSE says:

    Great work=thanks
    Bud

  3. Linda Lee Finke says:

    Oh the days of summer camp! How I miss them, but I can see that Amy and Randy and the gang of great counselors are continuing and I am sure improving on the camp experience. The kids look like they are having a blast! And that is wonderful!

    Keep up the good work!!

  4. Terry Bomkamp says:

    sure miss the days at camp, nice work everyone! the tradition lives on

  5. Marge Connolly says:

    Let's try the ball wars at our community Olympics, John! Looks like so much fun.

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