Time and again, we hear anecdotes from the Wawenock family that Camp is the place they go, whether physically or metaphorically, to center themselves and find strength for the challenges they take on in life. This is because Camp is the place they were given the opportunity to plant roots, find connection and try new things – independently from their own family and with the support of their Camp family. Wawenock gives girls both roots and wings!
Wawenock gives girls roots. Solid roots create strong, steady trees that are able to weather any storm. Roots are also the key to nourishment, providing a tree what it needs not only to survive but to thrive. Wawenock provides a firm foundation in a set of core values for girls to aspire to – the Ten Component Parts of Wawenock Spirit. Camp provides girls with time, space and opportunities to reflect on the kind of person they want to be and, in so doing, build a strong sense of self. At Wawenock, girls dig deep and get in touch with their true self, away from the pressures and influences of the outside world. Wawenock also provides the stability of wonderful role models and mentors in the form of older campers and staff members. The roots of a healthy tree run deep, and the roots at Wawenock certainly do – 106 years and counting! Generations of women continue to feel this deep connection to Wawenock, to the ‘growing up’ they did at Camp and the friendships they formed – relationships which continue to support and nourish them throughout their lives.
Wawenock gives girls wings. What is it that emboldens girls with the confidence to fly? At Wawenock, it begins with the intentional creation of a strong and supportive community. As girls are enveloped in a caring, positive camp family, and they connect with one another, face to face, they learn to trust themselves and others. In time, girls feel grounded at Camp and this security allows them to be open to try new things and to take healthy risks. With the safety net of attentive staff and the reassurance and comfort of friends, girls are willing to step out of their comfort zones. At times, a girl will succeed on her first attempt, and other times she will stumble and fall. When she feels the embrace of a camper or staff member swooping in to encourage her, she learns to try again and develops resilience and tenacity. By stepping out of the familiar, and finding success, girls learn that they are truly capable, competent individuals. Wawenock girls stand confidently on their strong foundation and use it as a branch from which to fly! In what ways has Wawenock grounded you and given you the confidence to fly?