This was the 78th summer of Iron County Youth Camp, Camp Batawagama. It was great to see all of our campers returning in 2022 after having to cancel due to the COVID outbreak in 2020 and 2021. It’s been a very successful summer and according to several of our staff, “one of the best ever!”
We were able to provide the youth of Iron County and surrounding areas six full weeks of youth camp, while maintaining the same traditional programs that have made Batawagama so popular over the years. Our five water safety instructors were busy teaching swimming levels from beginners to advanced swimming and included an introduction to scuba diving. When campers weren’t taking Red Cross-certified swimming lessons, they were taught watercraft safety and received instruction in the use of rowboats, paddle boards, canoes, kayaks and catamarans.
In addition to learning to swim, our campers, boys and girls, ages 10-16 were able to experience a wide range of activities in an outdoor setting, free from the modern distractions of cell phones and electronics. . Additional programs such as camp crafts, nature study, arts and crafts, music instruction, folk dancing, bass strings to name a few, all added to the camper experience.
Our 14 college-aged counselors were up to the task of planning and executing the out-of-camp adventures, including hikes and canoe trips on the river and lake to remote sites for barbecues and nights.
This summer we made special accommodations to comply with the COVID protocols recommended by the CDC and the American Camping Association.
The camp administration was able to streamline our camper registration process, which helped make arrivals and departures for campers and parents much more efficient. We will improve many of these registration procedures in the future.
We would like to thank the residents of Iron County for their support and understanding over the past few years. Our primary concern during these two years of COVID cancellation has always been to protect the health and well-being of our campers, our campers’ parents, our staff and our community.
We are so happy that we were able to accomplish this and get back to camping and all that Batawagama has to offer.
We are already making plans for the 2023 camping season and look forward to welcoming back our senior campers and our many old and new youth camp campers. Visit our camp website at campbatawagama.com to view videos from past summers and recent upgrades to our facilities.
Director of ICYC