Camp Robindel Blog

Advent of CR

Christian cultures around the world are celebrating the season of Advent. Depending on your background you may have had an Advent calendar or traditions when you were young; a way of counting down to Christmas/Hanukkah, or school break if you did not participate in religious holidays. Looking at the definition of “advent” it means “the arrival of a notable person, thing or event.” As we approach the season of Advent we are also in the Advent of CR 2018. (I also like that ‘advent’ is part of the word adventure!) It is during this time of year that returning families are registering for camp, looking at the yearbook from last year and making play dates with camp friends; new families are meeting with Ann and Nat and getting excited for their first Robindel experience; returning staff are committing to another CR summer; new staff are filling out applications, interviewing with Jolly, and making their summer plans.

I have fallen into this pattern of practicing three Rs of retreat, reflection and reconnection each fall. In September, I retreat into my family and home here in MN. I spend time getting back into a routine where I am a mom, wife, friend and volunteer. I set up my MN office and retreat from the intensity of camp life. I let the thoughts about summer germinate without a lot of pushing…just being. Then, in October and November I spend time reflecting on camp, life and purpose. I do this through reading; meeting with mentors/people both in camping and other areas that I find inspiring; conferences; workshops; volunteering; yoga; and a lot of internal conversations and questions. Now I begin reconnecting. I will spend the next five months connecting with staff and campers…planning for the arrival of this notable event – CR 2018!

Let’s Go!

Buses are on their way filled with cheering campers, planes are in the air (maybe also filled with cheering campers?!) and we are at camp trying to contain our excitement as we wait for the campers to arrive. Jolly has once again lead an inspiring, informative and fun orientation and we feel confident that our staff are READY!

Our Staff Bios are online HERE and we also have a VIDEO with a sneak-peak into some of the fun that our counselors have been having.

Let the Summer Begin!!

December – CR Winter News

We hope you enjoy our newsletter filled with photos of CR reunions, celebrations and camp spirit. We wish all of you a happy and healthy holiday season ahead.


Can’t Stop CR

Just in case you missed it, click HERE to see Robindel’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling” Justin Timberlake Lip Dub.

We think that it shows off our camp spirit pretty well!

Thanks to our spirited and creative staff and campers for putting this together!


The Roots of CR

Having just come off of an incredible 65th reunion we are reminded of our roots. Pictured in the photo below are Paddy Feldman (one of the founders of Camp Robindel) seated with Doc Sobel (from Camp Winaukee). Both of these brilliant and talented men had a wonderful vision of enhancing the lives of young children. How successful they both were in making their dreams a reality. George Bernard Shaw…roughly quoted …”there are those who look at the world and say why, and then there those who look at the world as it is and say why not.” CAMP ROBINDEL & CAMP WINAUKEE are the personifications of Doc and Paddy’s philosophies of why not! How fortunate we are that they did!!!!!