|About Varsity Day Camp||
We are no longer accepting applications for 2017. Our staff is complete.
... It all began when 'the lights went out' in Salina, Kansas !?
After the war, Mr. Whiz remained in the Air Corps, knowing he wouldn't be starting school for a while. He had always thought he would go to Notre Dame and when he visited he was told, "We want you, see you in the fall." On his way home he stopped at the University of Michigan to visit Bob Harrison who told him, "school starts next week" They went over to the field house and spoke with Wally Webber. Mr. Whiz was told to bring his high school transcript back... which he did the next day! He met Coach Fritz Crisler and Bennie Oosterbaan, enrolled at Michigan, and started college the next week!
Now --- while still in the Air Corp --- he was sent to Salina, Kansas, where at a small college was Mrs. Whiz. She was also the stage manager for Marymount's production of the 'Rivals'. The airmen routinely went over to college dances and to be stagehands.
So, one night at rehearsal, the lights went out.... and when the power came back on they all decided to go to the A&G Restaurant to hang out! ...Mr. Whiz met Mrs. Whiz that night and when he walked her home the second time, he told her..."I'm going to marry you"...
...and with a lot of in between events ... Mrs. Whiz graduated and came to U of M for her dietetic internship,
... this all brings us to the Tuesday after the 1949 Ohio State Game ... when, according to our dad (*Mr. Whiz ) " football was over ...basketball hadn't started ... we had some free time" "November 22, 1949".
In the summer of 1950, graduated, expecting their first child and waiting to hear about jobs, Mr. Whiz, ...with a few friends, with Mrs. Whiz preparing lunches, with a group of nine boys and a couple of station wagons ... began Varsity Day Camp.
Jobs came...Head Coach at Hillsdale College, Offensive Line Coach, Offensive Coordinator, Head Basketball Coach and Head Golf Coach at the University of Delaware .. lots of wins, a National Football Champonship, record setting Basketball teams and ... every Memorial Day weekend we would make the trip back to Michigan ...back to Varsity Day Camp.
Entering our 67th season, Varsity Day Camp will conrtinue based on their founding principles, values and goals...
67 years, 8 children, 17 grandchildren, and 2 great granddaughters, countless campers and memories later, Mr. and Mrs. Whiz will live in our hearts forever.💙
Mary, third from the top of the Whiz kids, is the director of Varsity. Having spent every summer of her life at camp, she knows camp...every inch of the property, every recipe, every activity... and probably every joke ever told at our after lunch rest time!
In her 'real job', Mary is the Head Athletic Trainer and an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago. She has held that position since August of 1988. In those 29 years and in the preceding 10 since graduating from University of Delaware,where she played 4 years of Volleyball and 3 years of basketball, Mary earned her master's in Physical Education from EMU. She has earned numerous awards and honors including USVBA All American Honorable Mention, team captain and being invited to be on the USA National Olympic Volleyball Training Squad.
Mary has been an Assistant Athletic Trainer, instructor and coach at Eastern Michigan and New Mexico State University. She is a lecturer and a consultant & mentor for the University of Chicago First Responders Corp.
Mary is an American Red Cross Instructor of Emergency Medical Response, Water Safety, Lifeguard and Waterfront LG, CPR/FA/AED. All of our staff are taught and certified by Mary.
Mary loves camp...she thoroughly enjoys the change from urban to lakeside and says it is the best R&R! Her favorite thing is seeing everyone ... staff, parents and the children ... relaxed, participating and having fun. The most rewarding part of camp for Mary is teaching children to be safe ...but still have great fun
Varsity Day Camp Staff
Our carefully selected staff is comprised of former campers, college students, teachers, and professionals who are trained to be outstanding camp role models.
All of our staff are trained and certified in:
Staff is selected on the basis of qualifications that include love of children, ability in camp activities and ability and experience working with children.