YMCA Camp Kitaki



Recently I was on a video call with some other camp directors discussing the ups and downs of running a facility as complicated as a summer camp.  A friend of mine (Jack from Camp Stomping Ground) asked a question that I really liked.  “What if you moved your camp to a new site, and you had all the same things you currently have (same number of beds, climbing tower, lake etc.), what would you lose?”

It’s a hard question, because it asks us to get to the heart of the intangibles that we know exist for camp, and that we find hard to describe to other people.   For the record I don’t think Camp Kitaki is going to be moving sites anytime ever, but at one point in time in history the Lincoln YMCA did just that.  Camp Strader (near Crete) flooded every year so they called it quits at Camp Strader and found the property for Camp Kitaki in 1953.

It happened on a busy check out morning. Like any other Saturday I was running from place to place...

Jason talks about the recent floods near camp.

Nat shares a saying she learned from her daughter, and what it means to us at Kitaki.

Jason talks about a fellow camp director's perspective on technology at camp.

Dear Alumni, I have failed you... Jason

Nat shares her thoughts on how we treat kids, both at camp and in the world.

I got an email the other day. The day before, I heard someone share a sentence. In and of themselves those are both rather mundane occurrences. The fact that they happened isn’t important but the content of those different messages, and the connection between them, is.

For me, this time of year is about reconnecting to so many people that I don’t get a chance to see over the summer.  In the spirit of that effort, here is a list of the most common questions I get when I run into someone in the “wilds” of Lincoln, NE.  So without further ado, the “What’s Up Before Round Up”:

The phone rings.  I know the question that will be asked before the first ring quiets.  Not from whom, but certainly the what.   It’s not telepathy, just ...