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A camp experience is part of a child’s education, and a vital part of a girl’s education. As one Wawenock alumna attested, “An investment in Wawenock makes more financial sense than an investment in college. Wawenock taught me invaluable life skills. I just wish the whole world was like Wawenock.”
So, choosing a camp may feel like a big undertaking, where do you begin?
When considering camps, we suggest you look for professionals who seek to partner with you in the growth and development of your child. As camp directors that’s what Andy and I consider you are doing when you send your daughter to camp – you are entrusting us with one of the most important people in your life. You should feel that the camp you choose is an extension of your values and of who you are.
Think about what you are looking to get out of a camp experience for your child. There are camps that are created to be fun, with a focus on entertaining, and there are specialty camps which focus on building skills in one particular area. There are also camps, like Wawenock, that offer a wide range of activities and place an emphasis on human development and community building, while teaching valuable 21st century life skills, such as communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. At Wawenock, we believe in a camp experience which is focused on developing the whole child, because this affords children opportunities to challenge themselves and to grow as individuals, as well as members of a group. We are dedicated to creating a safe place for a girl to explore and discover her strengths and to take healthy risks that build skills. We strive to create a place that empowers her to be her best self, both at Camp and in the world beyond. Of course, we ALL have FUN in the process!
So, if you’re seeking a camp experience for your child, we encourage you to ask friends and families for recommendations, take a look at some websites and see which ones have messages that resonate with you. Then, call and speak with the Director to hear what their philosophy is and how it plays out in the camp. Ultimately, as camp directors, we want you to find the right fit for your child, so she can have a happy and successful growth experience. If you would like to discuss Wawenock for your daughter please call us at 207-655-4657 and ask to speak with Catriona (pronounced Catrina) or Andy.
Another great way to get to know a camp in the off-season is through Camp Gatherings. Wawenock Gatherings typically last about two hours, and are a relaxed and informal way to learn more about the camp experience. Prospective families have the opportunity to meet a number of people from the camp family – Andy and me as Directors, camp parents, current campers, staff, and alumnae. After a brief presentation about Wawenock, you will have a chance to engage with others and ask any questions which may be on your mind. In addition, your future camper will meet and interact with other girls in a structured and fun way.
Camp Wawenock Gathering Schedule:
January 21st: New York City area at the Cunningham-dePedro Family home
January 28th: MA area at the Cox-Kennedy Family home in Chestnut Hill, MA
February 18th: Winter Gathering and Sledding at Wawenock
March 3rd: DC and VA area at the Carroll Family home in Falls Church, VA
March 4th: NY, CT area at the Berger Family home in Darien, CT
If you don’t see a gathering in your area, and would like to get to know camp in person, let us know so we can try to schedule a home visit. To R.S.V.P. and for more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (207) 655-4657.
We are still feeling the after-glow of what was an extraordinary summer! Girls were happy and comfortable to be themselves and to BE BRAVE and take healthy risks at Camp, and through this, we saw tremendous growth in each and every girl! Equally as important, there was a great deal of love, laughter and friendship at Camp!
Of course, our minds are never far from summer and are already racing to plans for the 2018 season! For details and the Application to Enroll, go to the following link: Camper Forms. Please read the 2018 Season Registration Information which you will find through that link as well. For a short time only, we are offering an early enrollment savings of $400. Tuition for the 2018 season is $9600. If your daughter’s enrollment and deposit are received by October 15th, you will pay $9200! So, don’t delay, send your application for enrollment today!
Please share this information with any friends or family you have, who may be interested in learning more about Wawenock! Thank you!
With love from sunny Sebago, where it still feels like summer!
It’s hard to believe three weeks have passed since camp ended! We have been busy with Family Camp and Special Girls Weekend, and now we’re looking forward to our Women’s Weekend 9/15-9/17. There’s still space; if you’re interested in a get-away in Maine!
We hope your family has enjoyed some reconnection time, and that the start to the school year has been smooth. At Wawenock, we believe in a growth mindset, a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck, meaning the belief that one can improve with hard work, new strategies, feedback, etc. In fact, we talked with staff and campers about a simple way to shift to a growth mindset by adding the word “yet” to a sentence. For example, “I can’t hit a bull’s eye in archery yet,” acknowledges that you can learn to hit the bull’s eye with effort and practice. One thing that makes working with children in a camp setting so rewarding is that we’re always learning and growing too! Part of that growth is enabled through feedback we receive from you and your daughters. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey to help us grow, and to help Wawenock continue to offer positive growth opportunities for girls. Thank you!
We know that the connections made at camp are important ones, and therefore, many girls will want to stay in touch with friends and counselors throughout the year. Let us know if you have not yet received the 2017 camp family address/birthday list and we’ll end it your way. Please be aware that each child will seek her own level in regards to connection with camp friends outside of camp. Some girls may want to connect frequently while others, particularly younger campers who live life in the moment, will be happy to wait until next summer to reconnect with camp friends. It’s a good idea to allow your daughter to take the lead on this.
It is important to us that the connections outside of Camp continue to perpetuate the philosophy of our camp family and our Components of Wawenock Spirit such as tolerance, honesty, thoughtfulness and respect for others. Wawenock gives girls both roots and wings. In order to have fun, succeed and soar, girls need to feel safe in the Wawenock family – during the summer season and virtually throughout the year. If your daughter is 13 and engaging in Social Media, please help her do so responsibly with members of our camp family. If for example, she creates an Instagram profile and blocks one individual, or if she creates a group text which excludes one cabin mate, this will have negative ripple effects in our camp family.
If your daughter is younger than 13 and pressuring you about social media access, we encourage you to wait to allow her to access social media. Here’s an article outlining three reasons why age restrictions matter. Though the article is 3 years old, the reasons all still apply. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/diana-graber/3-reasons-why-social-media-age-restrictions-matter_b_5935924.html . If you haven’t already seen the documentary Screenagers or read the book Glow Kids, these will also give you pause for introducing your daughter to the online world of social media, smart phones etc.
If your daughter wants to stay in touch with camp friends and snail mail won’t suffice, you may want to suggest your daughter starts with an email account to which you both have access. In addition, if she wants to follow camp online, she could do so with you through your Facebook or Instagram account.
We are already making plans for Summer 2018, and you will be receiving information about enrollment very soon! In addition, you will receive a personal letter sometime in the next month reflecting on your daughter’s individual growth and development at Camp this summer. As always, we thank you for you partnership with us in making the camp experience a positive one for your daughter and for all girls throughout the year.
Catriona, Andy and Kristy
After a rainy night, the sun came back at 9AM to kick off our first full day of activities! Everyone is settling in well, getting to know each other, and every area of camp is bustling from the waterfront to the riding ring to the archery range!
This summer’s theme is ‘Be Brave’- a message that began for our staff in pre-season and will continue to be passed on to campers throughout the summer in activities, cabin living, and beyond. This message feels especially important to us at Wawenock- now more than ever we need to encourage our girls to push themselves out of their comfort zone and take healthy risks while feeling supported when things don’t go as planned.
We have already begun to encourage girls to find their voice and make connections through Thursday night’s Friendship Pin Campfire. One of the first traditions of each season, girls perform a song with their living units before exchanging hand-decorated name pins to help everyone become acquainted. It is a unique and special way for both first-timers and returners to get to know one another every year.
Beginning Wednesday July 5th, we will upload photos weekly to the camp website. Families will receive an email in the next few days with instructions for accessing them. For now, here’s a sneak peak of everything we’ve been up to so far!
As you can tell, between mealtimes, activities, and some fun in between, we have had a busy few days! We are SO excited that this year has started off so positively and can’t wait for all the fun, growth, and empowerment to come 🙂
Did you know that Maine Summer Camps celebrates Earth Day in the summer? To do so in 2016, Wawenock planned a menu created with as many local ingredients as possible, and for fun, we invited campers and staff to dress up as tree-huggers! (Because, after-all, everything is more fun when we get to dress up!)
Here’s the delicious menu we enjoyed back in July, with links to the businesses! We’re grateful to have these awesome businesses in our local area and try to purchase as much as we can from them throughout the summer, because we know we’re getting fresh, quality products all the while supporting our local economy.
Grandy Oats Granola from a 100% solar powered bakery in Hiram Maine!
Swift River Coffee locally roasted at the Good Life Market in Raymond!
Cauliflower Soup made with Cauliflower from Mulberry Farms, an organic farm in Raymond!
Lettuce and tomatoes on the salad bar from Mulberry Farms.
The menu included zucchini from Mulberry Farms.