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Wisconsin camp immerses kids in the environment

Posted September 16

— A northern Wisconsin camp has been immersing its campers in the environment in some unconventional ways.

Towering Pines Camp For Boys created an environmental immersion program in the 1970s called acclimatization, Milwaukee Public Radio reports .

Campers interact with the natural world in some unusual ways that allow them to have different sensory experiences.

One exercise involves experiencing the world like a raccoon, where campers have their thumbs taped together and are blindfolded. Another activity has campers don scuba diving gear to get a fish's view of life from underneath a flowering pad in the lake.

Jeff Jordan's father, John Jordan, founded the camp in 1945.

"At age 18 my dad came up here on vacation and decided it would be a good idea to run a fishing resort," Jeff Jordan said. "So my grandfather sold their home in Cicero and used the money for a down payment. But (my grandfather) decided a boys camp, since there was already a girls camp down the road, would be the way to go."

Jeff Jordan has been running the camp for the last 30 years. His sisters and niece run the nearby Camp Woodland for Girls.

Together the family manages about 500 acres, much of which is forest and wetland.

Jonathan Dellinger is second in command at the boys camp. He said the family has their grandfather's notes to help carry on the legacy.

"We know much of what we know about camp because of the things he wrote down — his records and diaries and memoirs," Dellinger said. "He was fascinated by the traditions of the land and the people here and we try to carry on a lot of those — as best we can."

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