We are launching an exciting new initiative, and we want your expertise. We all know what an extraordinary impact counselors have on campers and their experience at Camp. One of the biggest current challenges for Camp is finding qualified staff for each summer. College students are strongly encouraged to do internships and look for experience in their fields of study.
But we believe, and studies have shown, that the leadership skills counselors develop have an invaluable life-long career impact. We value our staff and their contribution to Camp, and we want to help support their future careers by creating opportunities for meaningful internships and jobs.
Our plan is to build the Newfound-Owatonna Career Network with devoted volunteers from our expansive Camp family who are willing to support our staff as they move through college and into the working world. This support might take the form of informational interviews or help with finding internships and jobs. Only current and recent staff members will access the information via the Camp directors.
All of Camp's current trustees have signed on, and we hope you will too. Use this link to sign up to be part of the network. If you want more information or have questions, contact one of our directors.
We had an incredible weekend celebrating 100 years of Camp Owatonna/Ropioa! Use the link above to see some photos
To learn more about the history of Owatonna, purchase A History of Camp Owatonna, 1922-2021 written by Owatonna alum James Suber. Order with this link.
What our Founders Established by Seth "Chic" Johnson
For more Owatonna History, check out the website below maintained by alum Scott Coolidge
From the periodicals
Here are links to articles that have been published in the periodicals by Newfound and Owatonna campers and alumni.
My Thumb Was Perfect – By Luna
The Power of One Spiritual Idea – By Lily Maggio
Child's Fever Gone – By Jessica Charlston
Lost Something Don't Look. Listen – By Rick Lipsey
Back in the game after ankle injury – By Daniel Abadie
Immediate healing? It's possible! – By Zahra Baldauf
Alumni in the News
Owatonna alum Kipp Keller and the 2022 MLS draft.
A great article in Gripped Magazine about Owatonna alum and 2018 tripper, Ryan Richardson, and his experience climbing Emperor Face. Use the link below to read it.
Check out these fun memories from days past on the shores of Long Lake. Thanks to Scott Coolidge for converting these slideshows into a digital format. Enjoy!
- 1977-1981 Photo Medley: https://vimeo.com/231219454
- 1979 Camp Newfound slideshow: https://vimeo.com/183604667/1436cc29461979
- Camp Owatonna slideshow: https://vimeo.com/183601647/15a48c0379
- 1982 Camp Newfound slideshow: https://vimeo.com/197643851
- 1986 Newfound and Owatonna slideshow: https://vimeo.com/184883810/46594c98f8
- 1980-1982 Family Camp slideshow: https://vimeo.com/185268753
- 1992 Newfound and Owatonna slideshow: https://vimeo.com/187483710
- 2002 Newfound and Owatonna slideshow: https://vimeo.com/186106899
100 YEARS AT CAMP NEWFOUND – 1914-2013 by Tessa Bollinger
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of 100 Years at Camp Newfound book, a Centennial celebration of cabins, cubies, & campfires, swim caps, songs, & s’mores, please email email@example.com and let us know if you'd like the soft cover for $50, or the hard cover for $100.
Centennial Camp Reunion
The Centennial Camp Reunion was a huge success! Alumni traveled from all over the country to reconnect with camp friends and cabin mates... they swam in Long Lake, found their names in their old cabins and cubies, and enjoyed the reunion festivities together. There were a lot of laughs, many old memories shared, and everyone enjoyed a little taste of Camp. Look who Came Home to Camp!
Centennial Reunion Photos
If you'd like to visit the reunion photo gallery please CLICK HERE. If you'd like to share any photos with us for others to see please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and they can be added to the gallery.
We want to send a big shout-out to Meg Reehl and Terry Coolidge, our Reunion Coordinators, for planning, organizing, and executing successful and FUN, four day 100 year Anniversary Reunion celebrations for Newfound in 2013 and Owatonna in 2021!
Keep in touch!
We hope that you as an alumnus/a will stay connected with the Newfound-Owatonna alumni community, which now spreads across the United States and the world.
Please use the form below to provide us with your current contact information and any news about you that you'd like to share with the Newfound-Owatonna community. We will be sure to update you with news about other members of the alumni community, events at Newfound-Owatonna, and upcoming regional alumni happenings.