Though water may be where they feel most comfortable, the campers from Natalie Kate Bolin Memorial Camp spent last Thursday afternoon hauling stones at the Steger Wilderness Center. This is one of many open water swim camps through the Oshkosh YMCA sponsored by Lee Coleman and directed by her son, Jay Coleman, Head Coach for the Oshkosh High School swim team. This particular week long camp occurs every summer in memory of an Oshkosh swimmer, Natalie Bolin, who was killed in an auto accident in 2010. Wisconsin swimmers mainly apply, but they can come from all over the nation and the top 20 applicants are selected. The leaders of the camp are all individuals who have been campers before and have completed a year of college.
When the crew of 28 swimmers, camp leaders arrived at the Steger Wilderness Center they were prepared for any task thrown their direction, which happened to be quarried stone. They spent two hours assembled in a line spanning a quarter mile in the grueling heat passing one stone after another. Though they had hiked 17 miles the day before, they never once failed to impress the Steger Center crew with their musical renditions, laughter, and enthusiastic attitudes. We welcome back the Natalie Kate Bolin Memorial Campers any day!