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Fill your Christmas stockings full of Brigade and Onaway goodies this holiday season.

In need of some affordable and thoughtful holiday decor? Stop at Brigade for wreaths and poinsettias to help support local youth! Each year Brigaders set out to raise funds by selling wreaths for the programs and activities they love so much. If a Brigader hasn’t stopped at your home this year, contact the Brigade office to order your fresh wreath, which are available in a variety of sizes and shapes. More information regarding wreath pricing and availability can be found at Brigade’s website, New this year! In preparation for the upcoming international trip to Australia, Brigade has teamed up with Schroeder’s Flowers to sell vibrant and lush poinsettias. All funds raised will go to the international trip. Cash and carry orders are available at the Brigade office from Nov. 17-Dec. 8.

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It’s undeniable that all the camps at Onaway are special. Each camp is like a family member. They each have a unique personality, a blend of special talents, and a dash of quirkiness that’s different from the rest of the family.

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Beginning Nov. 27 our annual Christmas ornament will be available for purchase at the Brigade office. There’s a limited supply so don’t delay! Onaway camp gear is also available for purchase by stopping by the Brigade office. Choose from a selection of tshirts, long sleeve tees, and sweatshirts in a variety of styles. They’re sure to be a holiday hit!



Just like families do, Onaway’s camp family grew this summer with the addition of Girls’ Camp 4. Nearly 50 girls grabbed a spot at Girls’ Camp 4 and were the first campers to ever attend. While a smaller camp attendance was expected for its first year, Marnie Spielbauer, Program Leader and Girls’ Camp 4 Camp Manager, was initially concerned. “One of my main concerns going into it was if the natural energy level would be high enough to make camp fun with only 48 campers,” says Marnie. “The opposite proved true. By the end of the week everyone knew everyone else on the island. Stronger friendships were built and the smaller camp size meant there was no way anyone could slip through the cracks and go unnoticed.” The days following the end of camp Facebook lit up with praise, heartfelt comments, and excitement for the camp. Here’s what campers had to say: “It was my first year and I only knew 3 girls going into camp. I always heard people talking about how awesome Onaway is, but didn’t believe it until I got there. From the time I walked onto the island I was changed. I met a best friend, I changed myself for the better, I tried Continued pg. 2

MISSION: We Build Leaders. I began my tenure here in late September and have enjoyed a whirl of activity as winter programing started in October and we closed Onaway up for a well-deserved rest. Our winter programing is off to a great start as we’ve experienced an increase in Brigade memberships from last year and our hobby clubs are at capacity!

beautiful facilities here in Neenah. As all of you know, the Brigade has so much to offer the community, but we need to keep spreading the word! We appreciate all the help our Brigaders, Leaders, and Alumni do to share the incredible benefits Brigade has to offer. We look forward to sharing the year ahead with you!

As the holiday season fast approaches, there is so much we have to be grateful for here at Brigade. I am especially grateful for the dedication of our band of volunteers. Not only do they show up every week for program nights, but they maintain the island, organize and lead workshops, serve as board members, donate time and resources to Christmas Giving and even find time to sneak into my office to hang shelves! Leadership is about setting an example and our volunteers do that well – THANK YOU!

Thank you for the warm welcome and the opportunity to serve as your executive director. I look forward to working with all of you. On behalf of the staff and board of directors, happy holidays to you and your family!

We have an exciting year planned for 2013 here at Brigade. Our program staff has some fresh and fun program ideas to share with Brigaders; office staff is hard at work to get the new database up and running – we have received many positive comments already about the availability of information and the on-line enrollment; and improvements are planned for our website to make it more user-friendly, interactive, and integrated for online donations and enrollment. Although we just put Onaway to rest, the 2013 rental and camp dates are filling up. We’re also seeing many new groups taking advantage of our

VISION: The Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade will be recognized as the center of excellence for youth character and leadership development. OBJECT: The Object of the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade shall be the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom and the promotion of habits of Obedience, Reverence, Discipline, Self-Respect and a spirit that reflects a true Christian life. The Brigade is published by: The Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade 109 W. Columbian Ave. PO Box 665 Neenah, WI 54957-0665 Phone: 920.725.3983 Fax: 920.725.3413 Website:

Sincerest regards,

Laura Kemps

Published: November 2012

Enclosed is a donation form and return envelope. We appreciate any donation amount to help support youth in the Brigade Program and at Camp Onaway. Vehicle and boat donations are also accepted. Contact us to learn more!

Girls’ Camp 4 cont’d. things I would have never imagined trying, and I learned priceless things.” - Ksenya “It was so much fun being a cabin leader! It was fun and a new experience that I will never forget. I loved having more leadership and taking care of others. The camp was smaller than the other camps I have gone to in the past, but I loved it. It was so much easier to know everyone and actually spend time with them.” - Carolena As always, our Onaway leaders were "good and faithful" and many of them found themselves leading at G4 for their second Onaway week of the summer just to make sure we put down a strong foundation. Campers also took advantage of a new camp and took on new challenges.

“Girls who would normally be extremely young to serve as Cabin Leaders stepped up into the role and really made it a great week for the girls in their cabin,” adds Marnie.

“It's amazing to see leadership skills come out of young campers when they are given the opportunity to step up and shine.” We are grateful to the campers, adult leaders, and staff for embracing a new camp at Onaway. New memories were created and the Onaway magic captured a whole new group of campers.

New class of directors Brigade is now accepting nominations for the board of directors. Share your talents or nominate someone you know to join our accomplished board of directors. Nomination forms can be found in the Leader Room at Brigade or by visiting us online at Completed nomination forms are due at 5 p.m. Monday, December 3 at the Brigade office for consideration. Any questions, please contact the Brigade office at 920-7253983.

What a summer we had at Onaway!

ville, earned the Best All-Around Camper Award. Blackfeet Tribe took 1st place in tribal competition led by Chief Maureen Cummings and Assistant Chief Rileigh Hawk.

August 4. Camp Director was Paul Linzmeyer and Camp Manager was We are excited to share that Onaway Jason Pheifer. Kyle Armstrong, son of camp attendance was up nine percent Glenn and Kristi Armstrong of Neenah, this summer with more than 1,100 and Gabe LaBarre, son of Ron and campers spent time at Onaway this Kathy LaBarre of Grafton, earned the year. Thank you to the 396 adult vol- BOYS’ CAMP 3 was held from July 14- Best All-Around Camper Award. The unteers that shared their time, talents, 21. Camp Director was Keith Krueger Menominee Tribe took 1st place in and passion for Onaway with youth and Camp Manager was Kevin Willis. tribal competition with Kyle Armstrong this summer. It is with your enthusiJeff Maasch, son of John Maasch of Mid- as Chief and Justin Wieseler as Assisasm and dedication to this organization dleton and Lori Anderson of Verona, tant Chief. that youth continue to attend Camp earned the Best All-Around Camper Onaway. Here’s a wrap-up of achieve- Award. The Menominee Tribe took 1st GIRLS’ CAMP 3 was held August 4-11. ments made this year at each camp: place in tribal competition led by Chief Camp Director was Jessica Crane and Jeff Maasch and Assis- Camp Manager was Katie Lardinois. BOYS’ CAMP 2 was held tand Chiefs Matt OsKatie Hoppe, daughter of Jon and Julie from June 16-23. Camp wald and Jake Weber. Hoppe of Greenville, earned the Best Director was EJ Jelinski All-Around Camper Award. The Oneida and Camp Manager was GIRLS’ CAMP 2 was Tribe took 1st place in tribal competiKevin Willis. Nick Kehler, held July 21-28. Camp tion led by Samantha Jones as Chief and son of Bruce and Kim Director was Rachel Anna Schmitt as Assistant Chief. Kehler, of Neenah, earned Best and Camp Managthe Best All-Around er was Marnie SpielGIRLS’ CAMP 4 was held August 11-18. Camper Award. The bauer. Michaela Camp Director was Carrie Walk-up and Oneida Tribe took 1st Glassel, daughter of Camp Manager was Marnie Spielbauer. place in tribal competiCheryl Vukelich-Glassel Paige Hayward, daughter of Tim and tion with Chief Will of Cedarburg, earned Dori Hayward of Neenah, earned the Weyenberg and Assistant the Best All-Around Best All-Around Camper Award. BlackChiefs Ben Caplinger and Camper Award. Oneida feet Tribe took 1st place in tribal comNick Kehler, All Around Camper with Camp Director EJ Jelinski Wilson Wood. Tribe took 1st place in petition led by Chief Paige Hayward. tribal competition led GIRLS’ CAMP 1 was held by Chief Lexie Hennen Read the complete award recap online at: July 7-14. Camp Director was Jill Ahles and Assistant Chief Kiana Platte. and Camp Manager was Marnie Spielbauer. Maureen Cummings, daughter of Daniel and Regina Cummings of Naper- BOYS’ CAMP 4 was held July 28-

Winter Wonderland

at Onaway

Beat the winter blues with a trip to Onaway in 2013! Winter camps run from January to February and include a variety of camps for youth and families to choose from. Register now to reserve your spot. Forms are available at the Brigade office or online at Winter weekend camp dates:  Girls’ Winter Camp | January 25-27 (Open to all Brigaders and optional female mentor-mother, sister, aunt, etc.) 

9th—10th grade Winter Camp | February 1-3 

Family Winter Camp | February 8-10

Co-Leader Winter Camp (11th &12th grade only) | February 15-17

 Boys’ Winter Camp | February 22-24 (Open to all Brigaders and optional male mentor-father, brother, uncle, etc.)

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A biannual newsletter updating alumni, volunteers, Brigaders, and campers about the great things happening at Brigade and Onaway Island.