Camp Newaygo Girls Creativity Explosion 2018!

We all have special places in our lives…  Places that have shaped us, molded us, enhanced us.  Camp Newaygo is my place.  And giving back as a volunteer teacher is one of my loves.

Camp Newaygo is a Girl’s Resident Camp sitting on 101 acres along Pickerel Lake, which is snuggled in the Manistee National Forest region, near the town of Newaygo, Michigan. For over 90 years, campers from around the country and throughout the world have enjoyed fun filled experiences here.  As a child and young woman, I was one of those lucky campers who spent 10 summers at this magical place. I grew from an awkward, inexperienced young girl, into a confident, independent outdoor enthusiast.  Living at camp allowed me to reflect, project and grow.

As an alumni, I return every summer to spend a week volunteer teaching jewelry and metals. Nothing gives me more joy than helping a camper try something new, improve an old skill or follow a passion.  I like to encourage my students with positive optimism through the learning process so that she can see her full potential in a creative challenge.


This is an annual event held at the home of Bobbi Polk of Bloomfield Hills, MI.  With a dozen artists and vendors represented, the guests can shop leisurely while enjoying a beautiful setting, complete with appetizers and wine.  A sizable donation is made to the MS Foundation annually as a result of this show.

Always new stuff...

Always new stuff...


I love Camp Newaygo! It's awesome to give back to the place that helped create you. The girls in Pioneers, Wakonda and Tinuwen created amazing jewelry and we had a great time doing so. I went back to camp to give but got so much more than I ever imagined. Camp Newaygo is s magical place to reflect, project and grow. Thank you for your presence in my life. You girls and this place are special.

And because of our time together, we have created a new line of CAMP NEWAYGO Jewelry sold by Oz and Toad Designs!  The camp is raising money to winterize and renovate the old craft shop at camp.  10% of every Camp Newaygo piece sold on our website will be donated to this great cause.