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WeHaKee Camp for Girls – Rich in History and Legend

The current location of WeHaKee Camp for Girls was originally a logging camp. As a result, it is home to a large concentration of beautifully tall, virgin white pine.

Beginning in the early 1920’s, legendary Notre Dame football coach, Knute Rockne operated a football camp here for a number of decades. It later became a Jewish girl’s camp named Camp Chicagami.

In the late 1950’s, the St. Louis Hawks (now the NBA Atlanta Hawks) ran a basketball camp at this location. And in 1963, then WeHaKee Director, Sister Marie Karen Hawkinson moved the camp from its location in Marinette, Wisconsin (on the waters of Green Bay) to this current site on the shores of Hunter Lake at the base of the pristine Chequamagon National Forest.

WeHaKee Camp for Girls Continues Today

WeHaKee Camp for Girls continues today at its site near Winter, Wisconsin. Girls and young women from around the country and the world attend camp each summer where they begin lifelong friendships, develop new skills, increase their confidence and self-esteem, grow in their faith, and have great fun!

The History of WeHaKee Camp for Girls

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  •  WeHaKee Camp for Girls on the shores of Green Bay in Marinette, Wisconsin

    With the help of two nieces and their friends, Sister David O’Leary opens WeHaKee Camp for Girls on the shores of Green Bay in Marinette, Wisconsin, and welcomes its first group of campers. Sister David O’Leary was the Camp Director.

Did You Know?

WeHaKee Camp for Girls is named after Mary WeHaKee La Batte, a young girl raised by the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa in Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Mary’s mother was a Sioux Indian and her father was of French descent. After her father was killed, her mother confided her child to Sister Alberta Duffy, who brought her to the Sinsinawa Mound.

If you have stories, pictures, or anything else to share about your experiences at WeHaKee Camp for Girls, we’d love to hear from you. Perhaps we can even include what you share here on our website.

Thank You!

WeHaKee Camp for Girls was a sponsored institution of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa since its inception in 1923.

The life work of the sister’s was to ensure the nurturing, and advancement of girls and young women, helping them become strong, confident, independent, and caring leaders.


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