Camp means the world to me. Without it, I would be lost. I thank you so much for everything you provided for me. This is my happy place and everything here is amazing from the staff to the nature, exploring somewhere that is not home is a blessing knowing my grandparents didn’t have to spend their life savings is a blessing. My family always says I’m the happiest after camp. Words cannot explain how amazing Camp Mishawaka is. All of the different activities and trips are well put together. You learn so much from the teamwork, responsibility and perseverance. Life wouldn’t be the same if I never came here. Once again, I am beyond thankful for this opportunity and for everything the Foundation has done for me.
-2015 Foundation Camper

I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to come to camp and to be a CIT. Being a CIT has helped me gain responsibility to be a better person. This year has been the greatest year in my life. I’ve made the best friends I could ever make. I’m so grateful for everything that you’ve done. I couldn’t imagine my life without camp. I’ve always wonder what I would have been like if I never went to camp. Emotionally and physically camp has made me a stronger person. Thank you again.
-2015 Foundation Camper

Being at camp has been a life changing experience that I wish all girls could go through. Camp has somewhat raised me and groomed me to be the outstanding young lady I am today. Mishawaka shapes you and teaches you things life just can’t teach such as love, friendship, loyalty, support, independence and what it means to be a compassionate human being. Camp is my home and the place I feel the most comfortable, free, and supported. Camp has made me trust others and helped me understand the ethics of a team. Camp s a family that never forgets you and is always accepting new and old members. Camp has a special place in my heart that can never be replaced by anything or anyone and I am so glad I’ve had the opportunity to spend my childhood here. I wish that every child could experience Mishawka and gain the benefits I have.
-2015 Foundation Camper

Other Testimonials from 2015 Grant Recipients:

Female Camper, Age 15, St. Louis, MO:
Favorite Part of Camp: My favorite part was making new friends and trying new things.
Favorite Activities: I loved all of the activities at camp especially the nose game. It’s one of my all time favorites.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: I got to meet new people and experience a different side of a lot of people and myself.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? There is lot of activities at camp I wouldn’t be able to do at home! Tubing, GaGa, Archery, Rock Climbing, Kayaking, Star Gazing and many more!

Female Camper – Age 10, Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Part of Camp: That it was fun!
Favorite Activities: Archery and all of the afternoon activities at camp.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: Because I meet new people.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Afternoon activities!

Female Camper – Age 14, Tucson, AZ
Favorite Part of Camp: Being in a cabin with other girls to take to because you are able to make new friends and feel comfortable while you are at camp.
Favorite Activities: Riflery, Arts and Crafts and Tribal Games.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? A lot of the water activities, shooting, archery and being able to water-ski.

Female Camper – Age 13, Minneapolis, MN:
Favorite Part of Camp: My favorite part of camp so far is enjoying time with my new friends – whom I plan to stay in touch with. Although I enjoyed that the most, every part of camp was fun!
Favorite Activities: Every activity was fun in its own way. Sailing was a cool challenge. Archery taught me patience and drama was super fun. I also enjoyed the water activities.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: The difference being at camp this summer made for me is that it allowed me to learn to accept and love new things in new surroundings away from home.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? There are activities at camp I wouldn’t be able to do at home. They include drama, water skiing, sailing and more. I also wouldn’t be able to meet my new friends.

Male Camper – Age 14, Bloomington, IL:
Favorite Part of Camp: Meeting new people.
Favorite Activities: Nature study and floor hockey
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: I was able to do new things!

Male Camper– Age 13, Grand Rapids, MN:
Favorite Part of Camp: Tribal Games
Favorite Activities: Sailing and Archery
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: I got to have fun!

Male Camper –Age 13, Bloomington, IL
Favorite Part of Camp: Getting to have fun and do things that I have not done before and just becoming part of the Mishawaka family.
Favorite Activities: I just liked advancements. They made me feel like I accomplished something in every activity.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: It makes me not be on my phone as much and be out and active and make new friends.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? All the activities! I really like kayaking, archery, horseback riding, canoeing, GaGa, and to be able to waterskiing and sailing. I really love nature and to meet new people.

Male Camper – Age 12, Orlando, FL:
Favorite Part of Camp: Getting up on water skis for the first time.
Favorite Activities: Stealth ops, tubing and fishing.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: Trying something new with friends and making new friends.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Climbing wall, GaGa and horseback riding.

Male Camper– Age 12, Tucson, AZ
Favorite Part of Camp: Mini Sabotage
Favorite Activities: Capture the pineapple, pottery, tubing and stealth opps
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: More teamwork, good sportsmanship
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Tubing and canoeing on the Mississippi River.

Male Camper – Age 12, Portland, OR:
Favorite Part of Camp: My favorite part of camp is the lake, polar bear, archery and the food.
Favorite Activities: Stand-Up Paddle boarding and archery.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: Being independent
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Archery, Stand-Up Paddle boarding and almost everything!

Male Camper – Age 14, Bloomington, IL
Favorite Part of Camp: Experiencing time without electronics. Also being out in the wilderness basically learning new things I’ve never experienced before.
Favorite Activities: Well my top favorite would be basketball. But I just love hanging out and meeting new people. It’s great having a lot of friends.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: It’s actually good. I like being at camp. It is a really good time for me here. I make lots of friends al the time here and it is great.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Some specific things I like are archery, riflery, tubing, etc. But camp here at Mishawaka is really great. I’m glad to be here, I really am!

Female – Age 14, Boulder, CO
Favorite Part of Camp: I really enjoyed sailing this year. There was always perfect sailing weather and I enjoyed the sailing class as well as the instructors.
Favorite Activities: My favorite activity was arts and crafts; I loved making little projects to take home while hanging out with friends.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: I met a lot of new people at camp this year and I felt like I matured this year at camp.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? At home, I can’t do riflery, arts and crafts and sailing!

Female Camper – Age 13, Omaha, NE
Favorite Part of Camp: My favorite part of camp was being able to meet new people and try new things.
Favorite Activities: My favorite activities were water polo, horse back riding, archery and dance.
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: Being at camp this summer made a big difference for me. If I were at home I would probably just be sitting at home watching TV or something to keep out of the heat and trouble.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Yes, there are many things at camp that I wouldn’t be able to do at home like water skiing, horseback riding and riflery.

Female Camper – Age 14, Omaha, NE
Favorite Part of Camp: My favorite part of camp was getting to know the people in my cabin.
Favorite Activities: My favorite activities were archery and arts and crafts
What difference did being at camp this summer make for you: I was busy and active instead of being bored and lazy.
Are there activities at camp that you wouldn’t be able to do at home? What are they? Yes, Gaga, ping pong, Gould mat and sand castle building.

Words can’t express my gratitude to you and the staff at Camp Mushawaka and also to the Foundation. My child speaks of camp frequently, and the other day she saw a counselor crossing the street down by Univeristy campus! What a small world. The experiences there have shaped her life. College goals are to go where she can sail or row and where there are seasons and trees, and when things get too “wonky,” she turns the iPad off!
-2014 Foundation Parent

The Foundation has been so generous, and my daughter has enjoyed every single day she has spent at Camp Mishawaka. It has empowered her in many ways. Camp gives girls confidence — I can do it — and it also gives them the ability to turn off that iPhone when they need peace and quiet.
-2014 Foundation Parent

The opportunities you provide have been life-changing and instrumental in my children’s development. They have had experiences I never dreamed they would have which have helped them grow in so many ways.
-2014 Foundation Parent

Thank you for giving me the opportunity of a lifetime. I’ve very happy I got the chance to experience Camp Mishawaka. I had the chance to explore new things and face many of my fears and learn a lot about nature.
-2014 Foundation Applicant

The opportunity you and the Foundation provided to my children is not only appreciated – but it has been life changing to our entire family. My children were revitalized as their time at camp replenished their inner spirit. The beauty of the location, the small group environment and the loving community at Mishawaka allowed for relationships to develop and children to grow and spread their wings.
- 2012 Foundation Parent

At home I never would have learned to be a leader. I wouldn’t have spoken up normally but after camp I have learned to be a better leader.
- 2012 Foundation Camper

I always learn so much about myself at camp, because I am removed from the usual routine and I become much more appreciative of the little things. Camp lets me reflect on myself and self improvement while having fun and singing the whole time!
- 2012 Foundation Camper

I want to thank you so much for what you have provide for me, camp really is the greatest teacher, and there are plenty of kids my age that could really use the lessons I learned at camp. I hope you know how great of an impact camp has made on my life.
- 2012 Foundation Camper

Thank you so much for everything and letting me go to camp. I really liked camp and everyone there. My favorite activities were arts and crafts, catch the pineapple, archery and camping.
- 2012 Foundation Camper

The best part of being at camp was making new friends and learning how to swim.
– 2012 Foundation Camper

I would not have learned how to make friends with just saying hi or hello.
-2012 Foundation Camper

Dear Foundation Members;
Camp is amazing! I have so many good things to say about it, but I will just have to say my 2 favorite things. First of all, I love that there is so much variety between what you can do for classes and activities! I always have had a hard time choosing between all of the options. Second, everyone at camp acts like one big, happy family! You can talk to anyone about anything and it’s awesome! Those are just two of the many reasons why Mishawaka rocks!
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Camp Mishawaka Foundation,
I don’t know how I can thank you because these five years at camp have been the greatest years of my life. The people here are really fantastic and care about all of the campers. The activities are fun but it’s also hard work.
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Mishawaka Foundation,
Thank you so much to allow me the opportunity to come to camp this summer for eight weeks as a CIT. This has been such an amazing summer. I have enjoyed being an Expert in canoeing, going on CIT trips and singing fun songs. Coming to camp has been such a great experience. Thanks again!
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Mishawaka Foundation,
I love coming to camp Mishawaka because of all of the fun activities and amazing counselors. I also like coming to camp because I have made amazing friends and new adventures and opportunities come my way every day I’m here.
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Mishawaka Foundation,
I have had a great time at camp. I have been very homesick and everyone has helped me become stronger. I have been taking horseback riding and gymnastics and the teachers are great! I will definitely be coming back next year!
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Foundation Members!
Thank you so much for allowing me to have the opportunity to come to camp! I appreciate it very much! I absolutely LOVE camp! I’m meeting new people every year and I come back to see my old friends. Camp is going great for me and I enjoy my classes. Camp has been a great experience! Thank you!
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Foundation Members,
Camp is going great for me. I’m enjoying the classes I take. I especially love anything that has to do with the water. Coming to camp is a way I can be more independent, be myself without anyone having to judge me. I make new and meet old friends every year I am here. Camp is something I look forward to every summer. Thank you.
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Mishawaka Foundation,
I love camp. It is going good for me. Thank you so very very much for this opportunity.
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Camp Mishawaka Foundation,
I would like to thank you for all of the times you have allowed me to come to camp. Without your support none of my memories at Camp Mishawaka would be possible if you had not given me scholarships. Thank you again. If possible I would give each and every one of you that helped me a BIG HUG.
-2011 Foundation Camper

Dear Foundation Members,
Thanks for your support of helping me come to this camp. It is very enjoyable and the people are very warm and welcoming. I have a lot of good friends here. Also I’m hoping I can keep coming back.
-2011 Foundation Camper