Chase Boswell (1990-1994, 1996, 1997)

Hometown: Denver, Colorado

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Cabins: Beaver, Mohawk, Eagles, Bunkhouse, Pioneer, CIT I and II

Education: B.S. Engineering Science, Vanderbilt University, 2002 M.S. Global Energy Management, University of Colorado at Denver, 2010

Occupation: Business Development, Laramie Energy II

Spouse: Amanda

Children: “Vandy” 10 month old Yellow Labrador Retriever

Chase’s Camp Lincoln Story: Chase Boswell was one of those campers whose summers at Camp Lincoln were a highlight of his youth and young adulthood. Chase, originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma, began his journey at Camp Lincoln in 1990 when he was 10 years old.  At the time, Chase and his family were in the process of moving to Denver, Colorado, and Chase was ecstatic to continue relationships with Tulsa friends at Camp Lincoln.  “I got to keep in touch with my friends from Tulsa because of Camp Lincoln,” Chase said.  “Friends like Paul Warren (camper 1990-1994, 1996), Blake Hastings (camper 1990-1992) and Rob Snow (camper 1991-1994), but also met new guys that became life-long friends, Billy Rosacker (camper 1991-1996), Tyler Meyerdirk (camper 1988-1996), Sean Tario (camper 1993-1997), David Durra (camper 1989-1994, 1996) and Drew Crawford (1990-1993, 1995, 1996).”  During his seven summers at Camp Lincoln, Chase spent the majority of his time at the sailing dock with Sailing Director, Lafe Larson (camper 1979-1983, staff 1984-1988, 1990-2000, 2011).  Little did Chase know that after sailing for the first time at Camp Lincoln that the sport would become a life-long passion.  “Where there is water and wind, I want to sail it,” said Chase.  Chase started out on smaller boats like X Caliber on Lake Hubert, and worked his way up to larger boats as he got older and developed deeper sailing skills.  “Yellow Jacket was my favorite boat,” Chase noted.  “That boat hums really loud when you get it going.  Setting spinnaker on Yellow Jacket gives you a whole new level of excitement.”  For Chase, sailing at Camp Lincoln was a fun, rewarding and an addictive experience. “We were dock rats, and eventually got our own life jacket with our name written on it,” Chase said.  Because of his success on the water, Camp Lincoln had to create a higher sailing award after Skipper for Chase and a few of his friends.  “I sailed so much and kept coming back each summer, so Lincoln eventually ran out of awards,” Chase said.  “Lafe came up with the Admiral Award, and Drew Crawford, David Durra, Tyler Meyerdirk and I received it.”

To celebrate their achievement, the boys were honored with a trip to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. “The island is the largest natural island in Lake Superior,” Chase recalls. “We boated across to the island where we got to go on a huge hiking trip – it was one of the coolest things I have ever experienced in my lifetime.”  The trip to Isle Royale has, to this day, left Chase with many fond memories.  “It was an eye-opening experience,” he recalls. “Looking across the water you could see Canada. The trip was very much a growing experience for me- I started writing a journal on that trip, it was an incredible place to ruff-it in the woods.”  Sailing was at the foreground of Chase’s experience at Camp Lincoln, but there were other activities that were of interest to him.  “I started playing golf at age 12 or 13”, Chase said. “It was such a treat to play at the Pines once a session.”  Chase also spent a considerable amount of time at archery, riflery, horseback riding, the ropes course, playing baseball and looking forward to baseball tournaments with other camps, as well as tennis.  Almost 16 years later, the counselors from Camp Lincoln are still what stand out in Chase’s mind. “Those guys were so good at what they did- it blows my mind,” Chase said. “The counselors made such a difference in my life. These guys are life-long friends and mentors. To this day, when I see Scott Johnson (staff 1991-1997, 1999), I still emulate him and others, regardless of my age.”

Although his camping days at Lincoln are behind him, Chase still keeps in touch with many of his Lincoln and Hubert friends. “What’s so cool about camp is the lasting relationships. I still keep in touch with Paul Warren, Billy Rosacker, Steph Rosacker (camper 1991-1996, staff 1999), Fletch Justice (staff 1992-1996, 1998), Scott Johnson, Erin O’Shaunessey (camper 1989, 1991-1994), Tom Harrington (camper 1994-1997), Leigh Gordon (camper 1991-1996, staff 1998, 2000) and Emily (Joseph) McGee (camper 1990-1994, 1996, staff 1999).” “My only regret is not going back to be on staff at Camp Lincoln,” Chase said. “There is no question about that.”

Camp Memories:

  • Lawrence Sampson (camper 1980-1983, staff 1984, 1985, 1987-1998) greeting the bus on arrival day.
  • Leland Kriegh (staff 1986, 1988-1995) heading up the Waterfront when Aqua Socks were popular (Chase didn’t like water socks, but wore them because everyone else thought the socks were cool).
  • Andre’ Brewer (staff 1990-2012) heading up check-in after arriving at camp.
  • Charlie Calhoun (camper 1982-1986, staff 1988-1992) singing Boom Chicka and John Heineman (staff 1980-1999, 2001) leading campfires.
  • Peanut Butter Game. Chase still plays the game today with various objects at his desk. He is bummed he has no one to slide it to.
  • Gull Lake Regattas
  • The 1992 United States men’s Olympic Basketball team , the “Dream Team”, winning the gold medal in Barcelona, Spain.
  • Brazil winning the World Cup in 1994, when Hugh Seyfarth (staff 1992-1996) was the Soccer Activity Director.

Favorite meal: Bill Jones Pizza Night. Chase recalls everyone letting loose.  “Campers were delirious”, Chase recalled.  “We had a song to go with Bill Jones Pizza Night. Build your own pizza night, build, build, build Build your own pizza tonight- Bill Jones Pizza Night!

Favorite camp quote: Not one specific quote stayed with Chase.  “Just go down to the sailing dock and check out all the life jackets,” Chase said. “You can find some great ones there. Lafe would also sing, Love is All Around by The Troggs. The song reinforced wind and sailing for me.”

Funniest Story: As a CIT, Chase had an unfortunate accident with his cabin-mate, Billy Rosacker.  “Billy accidentally fell on my arm and it snapped.  I had to get it reset and had a full cast to my elbow,” said Chase.  “That night I was loopy on pain medication, and after falling asleep, the guys drew all over me, and put me in a clown wig.”

Favorite Camp Memory: As an older camper, Chase was given the opportunity to sail over rest hour with some of the advanced sailors.  He and his friends had recently returned from the annual trek to Dairy Queen in Nisswa, and had not yet returned his wallet to his valuables envelope in the office for safekeeping.  “We were on Yellow Jacket, and I was at the helm.  We just came about, the wind hit us hard, and I heard a thud at the stern,” Chase recalled. “My wallet slid off the back of the boat, and was not floating.”  Ten years later, Chase received a package in the mail from Camp Lincoln.  “Someone had caught my wallet fishing,” Chase said. “My ID, ATM card and Travelers Checks had been at the bottom of Lake Hubert – I was 25 years old when I got my wallet back.”

Chase’s story since Camp Lincoln: After saying goodbye to Camp Lincoln in 1997, Chase went on to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and earned a degree in Engineering Science.  “When I came out of school, I didn’t want to be an engineer,” Chase said.  Chase went to work in financial services for Murray Hill in Operations managing analysts for the company, and later in a Business Development capacity.  During this time he started dating Amanda Manatt who also worked at Murray Hill.  After dating for several years, including two years long-distance, Chase proposed.  “Amanda moved back to Iowa to work in the family business,” Chase said. “I convinced her with a ring to move back to Denver and we were married in 2010.”  2010 was a big year for Chase. Not only was he married, but he also earned a master’s degree in Global Energy Management from the University of Colorado at Denver.  He has worked with his father for the last four years in the energy business working on special projects for Laramie Energy II, a Denver-based oil and gas company.  Chase and Amanda enjoy golfing, riding their cruiser bikes, cheering on the Denver Broncos and supporting the Broncos Bus and traveling.  The couple is currently looking forward to an upcoming trip with Amanda’s family.  “We are counting down the days until we head to Alaska with Amanda’s parents for their 40th wedding anniversary,” Chase said. “We’ve never been, so we cannot wait.”  The two also look forward to children someday, but for now, are in love with Vandy, their 10-month-old Yellow Labrador Retriever.  “Vandy is our training wheels for kiddos,” Chase said. Chase and Amanda support Colorado UpLift, a mentor program for at risk youth in Denver through their beloved Broncos Bus that they own with friends.  The youth service organization teaches character, leadership and life skills to urban youth in Denver. “The impact is real,” Chase said.  “90 percent of these students graduate.”  This year, Chase and his friends hosted a graduation dinner – Broncos-Bus-style – for Denver’s graduating high school seniors that were active in Colorado UpLift. “The Broncos Bus has really evolved,” Chase said.  “It has become more of a charitable experience now that we are older and wiser.”  Chase and Amanda are also planning a future anniversary trip to the northwoods of Minnesota, where he looks forward to showing Amanda Camp Lincoln one day.