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Monday, April 26, 2010

At the Mic - Boys Camp Sectionals

My name is Karl Smithback, I am a senior at St. Olaf College and will be a sectional this summer. I study Norwegian language and Environmental Studies at St. Olaf and plan on attending law school in the Pacific Northwest next year. I was a camper in the voyageur and pioneer programs and last summer worked as a near north counselor. My leadership style reflects my education. I often emphasize the importance of understanding ecology and always try to bring an element of Norwegian culture into my work.
Jeg gleder meg til sommeren!
I can't wait for summer!


My favorite Camp memory was while backpacking on the Superior Hiking Trail as a Voyageur camper. Dan Chehayl as my counselor. One night we camped beside a trout stream, caught lots of fish and swam in waterfalls all afternoon. It was pretty much bliss.



Forrest Lindsay-McGinn- This will be my fifth year on staff at Camp Manito-wish and my tenth summer overall. I continue to work at camp because it is the only place to play dead-fish polo (game played at canoeing and kayaking) at a competitive level. I grew up in northern California and graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Currently, I am completing my second year of a Teach for America placement in Lake Village, Arkansas.

My favorite camp memory is from my canuck when we paddled Dear Rapids in the light morning fog on the Churchill River. Afterwards, we pulled over to the side of the river for a breakfast of wild blueberry pancakes.







My name is Tim Lainhart and I'm a senior at Augustana College in Illinois. This will be my fourth year at Camp Manito-wish and second as a sectional. I was a counselor my first two years and also got to be the Tennis Instructor for Girls Camps. I am about to graduate from Augustana this year with a Bachelor's degree in History and Biology and next year will be getting my Master's in Public History from Northern Illinois University.

With all the great staff members and campers it's truly hard to pick out my favorite camp memory so I'll go with my favorite trail memory. Two years ago, I was on a training trip led by Joe Garvey, which was one of the most beneficial trips in terms of learning along with the most hilarious trip I have ever been on. I will always remember the jokes, great memories and my tripmates. Le Tigre!!!! I am truly excited to return this year as a sectional and create more memories.



My name is Sam Linder, and this will be my seventh year at Camp Manito-wish. I have backpacked my way through Summer Camp and Outpost, canoed my way through Trip Assisting and Counseling, and scrubbed my way through the kitchen. I will be a Junior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities this semester, majoring in both History and the Russian Language.

My favorite Manito-wish memory was born as my Western group hiked out of the Wind River Mountain Range at six o'clock in the morning. Our team had traveled twenty miles that night, and as the sun rose over the first telephone wires we had seen in a month I realized that I never wanted to leave the freedom and beauty of the backwoods behind.



We are excited about this team of Boys Camp Sectionals, their enthusiasiam and proven leadership.

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