Sunday, June 28, 2009
We realize parents consider many factors when selecting summer activities and summer camps for their children. Given the current state of our economy, cost is at the top of the list for many parents who choose Anokijig. As a result, Anokijig has not only built a reputation as one of the most affordable summer camps in Wisconsin, but in the entire Midwest and beyond! That might be part of the reason why campers from 23 different states and seven foreign countries chose Anokijig last year.
There are many reasons why we have been able to keep our costs down, but the biggest is the tremendous support we receive from our volunteers. Last year, volunteers at Anokijig spent more than 52,000 hours helping us keep things runnning smoothly. That's the equivalent of approximately 25 full-time employees! These volunteers range from teenaged- junior staff members, to service organizations and adult volunteers and alumni.
Anokijig has been around since 1926, but we also draw on the extensive camping experience of our current staff. Our Executive Director, Program Director & Waterfront Director have more than 100 combined years of experience in camping! That vast experience helps us avoid costly mistakes and focus on what's really important in camping. These are not seasonal jobs either. Anokijig has nine full-time employees, whose only jobs are to create the best possible camping experience.
ABC news recently ran a story about summer camps being a recession-proof industry. We're not sure if that's entirely accurate, but we do know many camps that once required minimum stays of four weeks or longer are now offering shorter sessions. We've known for years that the summer months can be a challenging time of year for families to schedule activities. As a result, we've been offering flexible, three-day Mini Camp options for our campers for several years now and at just $320, that price is tough to beat.
One of the best bargains at Anokijig might be our Ranch Program. At just $565, this program is just $55 more than our regular Resident Camp program. The reason we're able to offer this program at such a reasonable price, is because the entire program is on-site. Our herd numbers between 50-60 horses and we farm approximately 80 acres of hay, producing about 7,750 bales per year. We're blessed to have the land and facilties that allow us to keep our ranch costs low, but having an on-site ranch program means more than just a short walk from Western Lodge for our campers. It means campers can spend more time on and around our horses.
Even though Anokijig feels like it is a world away from our everyday life, it is actually a very convenient drive for most of our campers. We're just 2.5 hours from Chicago, 1.5 hours from Madison and one hour from Milwaukee and Green Bay. That means many families taking their children to Anokijig aren't spending a full day's drive and a couple of tanks of gas just to get to Anokijig and back. We also offer a very reasonably-priced bus service to ten different locations around Wisconsin and Illinois.
We've done our best to provide an outstanding camping experience at a very affordable price, but we know many families need additional help and we have several different programs available to help those families. You can read more about them by following this link- http://anokijig.com/scholar.htm#finanacial
While Anokijig is physically larger than many other camps in terms of the size of our facility and our enrollment, we match that size with our full-time and seasonal staff, which keeps our camper to staff ratio at less than 4:1. Anokijig may seem like the perfect combination of a quality camping experience at an affordable price, but this hasn't all happened overnight. We've been working at perfecting the summer camp experience for more than 80 years and we're not done yet!
Saturday, June 27, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Even though we're in the midst of Anokijig's second week of summer camp, it's still not too late to sign your kids up for some fun on Little Elkhart Lake this summer! Thanks to our comprehensive expansion program in 2008, we now have additional capacity, which has helped us significantly reduce the waiting lists so many parents have encountered in previous years.
Although we still have room left in Resident Camp for all of our remaining weeks, some of our specific programs are sold out-
- Our Stamper Program is completely booked for the remainder of the summer
- Our Competitive Swimming Program is at capacity for Week 4
- Our Mini Camp Program is sold out in Week 6 (Resident Camp spaces are still available)
- Our Circle A Riders Program is at capacity in Week 6
- Our Mini Camp Program is at capacity for Week 8 (only 15 spaces left in Week 8 Resident Camp)
The rest of our programs do still have room, but some are very close to reaching capacity, so if you'd like to extend your child's stay at Anokijig or add in some additional activities, please keep in mind the following-
- Mini Camp for Week 4 is nearing capacity
- Ranch Camp for Week 5 is nearing capacity
- Paintball for Week 6 is nearing capacity
- Ranch Camp for Week 8 is nearing capacity
If your child has just returned home from Anokijig and they can't stop talking about the great times they've had, consider bringing them back for another week. We hope to see you soon!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Camper safety is our top priority at Anokijig and that includes protecting our campers and staff from swine flu. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently ran a story about steps being taken to protect the public against the spread of H1N1 influenza. You can read the entire story here- http://www.jsonline.com/features/health/48563372.html
When the JS interviewed Jim Scherer, what they found was that Anokijig had long ago implemented standard practices to help prevent the spread of contagious diseases. We weren't prompted to do so by any specific outbreak, but because we understand that thousands of families put their children in our care every year and it is our responsibility to look after them like they are our own.
Some of our standard practices include mandatory physicals for all campers and staff prior to arriving at camp, encouraging campers to wash their hands before every meal and requiring that they wipe their hands with Germ-X, prior to going through our food lines.
We also make sure campers don't sleep "head to head" in cabins and tents and suggest that when they need to sneeze, that they cover their mouths with the inside of their elbows, instead of their hands. We have other additional measures in place and realize that even with all of those precautions, there's still a chance that someone could pass something to someone else. That's just the world we live in and unless someone locks themselves in a sterile room, there will always be some inherent risk of interacting with our fellow man.
We do our best to implement reasonable practices that may not eliminate all risks, but will significantly reduce them, while allowing kids to have the time of their lives!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
The Corvette GT1 race team recently won the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race in France. While the drivers of these amazing race cars usually receive most of the credit and accolades, we are particularly proud of the Corvette team's Crew Chief, Dan Binks (pictured with hand over heart).
Dan is a former Anokijig camper and his children are third generation Anokijig campers. Dan's father, Phil, is also an Anokijig alumni and the entire Binks clan and Pratt & Miller Racing have been great supporters of Anokijig over the years.
We are very proud of Dan and his entire Compuware Corvette C6.R race team (can't forget to plug the sponsors). If you'd like to read more about the race, please follow this link- http://www.motorsport.com/news/article.asp?ID=332487&FS=ALMS-LEMANS
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Camp Anokijig's summer camping season is offically underway! As this is post is being typed, campers are whooping it up at the first of nine Wednesday night dances of the 2009 camping season.
Although our registration numbers have not kept pace with the record year we enjoyed in 2008, they are still very strong and some programs and weeks are either sold out or close to it.
If you haven't registered your child yet, there is still time to do so. In fact, you can click on this link to do just that- http://anokijig.com/2009%20web%20registration%20form.aspx
We hope to see you at Anokijig this summer!