Thomas C. Adler cried on his first day of summer camp-and got a face full of pudding! Forty-five years later, he's still at it, serving as co-director of Chippewa Ranch Camp, a girls camp in Eagle River, Wisconsin that he owned and operated for 27 years.
Thomas was raised in St. Joseph, Missouri, a town of 75,000 located fifty miles north of Kansas City. His summer camp adventures began in the early 1960s, when, at ten years old, he attended North Star Camp for Boys in Hayward, Wisconsin, with his older brother, Jim, a.k.a. "Flash."
Despite the sticky start, Thomas returned to North Star for fifteen years, both as a camper and as a counselor. There, "Kid Flash" lived an idyllic summer camp legacy that later followed him to Chippewa Ranch.
Thomas graduated from Missouri University with a degree in secondary education and taught and coached high school in Denver, Colorado for one year.
In 1979, Thomas took a leap of faith and, thanks in part to years of boyhood birthday savings bonds, purchased Chippewa Ranch Camp. Each summer since, he has supervised 220 counselors and campers around the clock, spearheading countless adventures.
Thomas's summer camp experiences have allowed him to equally befriend people from all walks of life--young and old, big and small, the very wealthy to those struggling to make ends meet. He often finds himself playing interesting roles throughout the course of each summer camp session--therapist, child advocate, crises manager, EMT and mediator.
Having sold Chippewa Ranch to a former employee, Thomas C. Adler and his wife, Pamela, will remain onsite temporarily as co-directors to facilitate a smooth transition. He will sign off thereafter as always-
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