Matt Poese

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Name: Matt Poese
Date registered: January 5, 2009

Latest posts

  1. One Week Until Polar Bear 2014! — March 8, 2014
  2. Piers, Groins, Jetties, Oh My! — July 21, 2013
  3. Fitch hears the Mountain Sound — July 7, 2013
  4. Haven’t forgotten how — June 30, 2013
  5. A pilgrimage through time — June 9, 2013

Most commented posts

  1. Take a dunk and fill a bunk! Who’s a Polar Bear? — 6 comments
  2. Reunions Past — 5 comments
  3. When life gives lemons . . . — 4 comments
  4. Piers, Groins, Jetties, Oh My! — 3 comments
  5. Camp Fitch songbook — Digital Edition — 3 comments

Author's posts listings

Mar 08

One Week Until Polar Bear 2014!

Polar Bear is upon us . . . and it looks to be one for the record books.  The Lake is still frozen solid with a 14″ cover of ice and it doesn’t look like it’s going away anytime soon.  We’ve sharpened our ice saw and are making preparations to build the sauna out on …

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Jul 21

Piers, Groins, Jetties, Oh My!

Halbe Brown lifeguarding from the "underwater pier" which at that time had another layer of blocks.

Bill Hettler was in Camp earlier this summer and we got talking about how he stayed late in to the Fall after the summer of 1961 to help build what we call our piers, but what the rest of the world calls groins (although they spell it “groynes”). Bill tells the story in his own …

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Jul 07

Fitch hears the Mountain Sound

Stephen and Josh are two of Ot-Yo-Kwa’s finest, and great musicians to boot. Check out their rendition of this Of Monsters and Men tune, now certain to become a Summer 2013 standard: They were the highlight of last Friday’s closing campfire, and we’re all looking forward to hearing more. Who would have guessed that banjo …

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Jun 30

Haven’t forgotten how

The tent crew -- with only one tent, it was the fastest Construction Weekend there ever was.

Although it’s somewhat of a prop for this week’s All-Camp program, we’re still setting up tents.  Steve and Greg didn’t miss a trick — you would think they still set up 40 of them every spring. The tent will get a lot of use this week during the “Legends of Camp Fitch” program that helps …

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Jun 09

A pilgrimage through time

This weekend, the 2013 Camp Fitch staff will begin summer camp for the 100th time.  Of course, it wasn’t always called Camp Fitch, and it wasn’t always on the sunny shores of Lake Erie, but it has always been about helping kids grow in spirit, mind and body by nurturing positive relationships and providing engaging …

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Apr 08

Polar Bear Roundup

For the third year in a row, the Polar Bear Plunge kicked off springtime at Camp Fitch!  With blue skies and still air, the Lake looked inviting, but 38 brave members of the Camp Fitch Bunch found out what full-body immersion in water just a few degrees above freezing (35 F was the official National …

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Mar 07


The Smithsonian hosts an annual photo contest and they just announced the finalists for 2012 — you can check them all out here and vote for your favorite.  However, I think that they missed an opportunity for some great photos of Camp Fitch that you can find in this gallery, beautifully remastered by Tim Sheetz …

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Mar 04

When life gives lemons . . .

The Camp Fitch bunch made some great lemonade in the form of an elegant rehabilitation of the Nature Center.  The work, which is 99% complete now, was an opportunity created by the destructive force of a tall tree blown onto the Nature Center during an especially strong thunderstorm.  The tree did enough damage to the …

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Mar 03

Four weeks until Polar Bear Plunge 2013!

National Wildlife Service has announced that a Polar Bear migration is again expected by the end of March!  So far 22 brave souls have committed to Take a Dunk to Fill a Bunk.  Here’s a picture of the Lake shore off of Camp Fitch’s beach last weekend — looks like Mother Nature is serving it …

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Dec 30

Reunions Past

If you were a camper or on staff in 1964, on this very day 48 years ago you were really looking forward to going to the Y for the Camp Fitch Reunion. Here’s the invitation you would have gotten from Halbe Brown and Peg Baldwin: Halbe Brown was the Executive Camp Director and I think …

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