Monday, July 21, 2008

Welcome to the Anokijig Insider!

Welcome to the Anokijig Insider, a blog dedicated to Camp Anokijig. The goal for this blog is to keep our many friends and alumni as updated as possible to the happenings at Anokijig. This won't replace our Anokijig Arrowhead newsletter, but will give our readers more access and information on all things Anokijig.

While the initial author of this blog is Jim McIlvaine, it is our hope that several of our friends and alumni will contribute. If you would like to contribute, please drop me a line at

The 2008 summer camping season is off to a great start and we're expecting to host a record number of campers this year. We have had a few bumps along the way, but that seems to happen every year. The rains that have been so damaging to much of the upper midwest have inflicted their share of damage on Anokijig. A huge thunderstorm washed out a portion of the camp entrance road the night before the opening day of camp. After several hours of work on the backhoe and a truckload of fill, the road was again accessible.
Just last week, another major storm rolled through Anokijig. Once again, our staff did an excellent job of moving all of our campers to a safe location before the storm arrived. The storm did leave it's mark on Anokijig, downing dozens of trees and damaging several buildings. Amazingly, no tents were damaged significantly, but Voigt Lodge and the Southernmost Lakeview Cabin did receive significant damage.

While the damage to this Lakeview Cabin looks very severe, Voigt Lodge actually took a bigger brunt of the storm. Our crack crew of volunteers convered on Anokijig shortly after these pictures were taken and began the process of removing the downed trees, while builder Mike Miller assessed the damage to Lakeview. Fortunately, most of the damage to Lakeview involved the porch area and working through the weekend, we were able to resume using Lakeview for Week 6.

Voigt Lodge is a different story and there is no timetable for bringing it back into use again. While Lakeview looks worse, many of the trusses in the roof of Voigt were broken by this tree, which will likely result in the need to replace much, if not all of the roof. Our insurance company has been very good to work with on this issue and our staff did a fantastic job of finding accomodations for all of our displaced campers and staff.
If you haven't visited Anokijig lately, we encourage you to stop by and say hello. If you can't do that, please be sure to check back here often for updates.

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