Fridays with Franky: An Extra Adventure
Franky the camp dog here yet again with another Fridays with Franky, this time with a little campfire scent! Lots going on here at WeHaKee with Session 2C well underway and there is much more fun ahead of us before it ends. We’ve had lots of girls standing up on water skis for the first time, getting bull’s-eyes in archery, eating their own creations in cooking class, hooking their first worm in fishing, and countless other successes all over camp! Each and every program area has seen challenges overcome, fun had, and given the campers something to be proud of—from nature to knitting to tennis.
But did you know that these adventuresome accomplishments extend beyond the borders of camp? Of course girls will go home with a renewed sense of confidence, but before they even leave our care, they have the chance to leave camp and their comfort zones behind once again to take part in a fun challenge with great reward.
Just this morning, our overnight camping group will return to camp after having packed the bare essentials (and some delicious cookout food) and headed out to Black Lake campground. They slept in tents they assembled themselves, cooked their own food over a fire they helped build, and even washed their own dishes! Nothing like the wilderness and little work… and they all come back raving about how much fun they had!
Maybe it’s because campfire food is so delicious, but without fail we have campers out on the overnight campout and overnight canoe campout every summer. It may just be one night of challenge, but the campers embrace it and make it WeHaKee style—a little loud and a whole lot of fun! The overnight canoe trip sees 6 miles of paddling down the Flambeau river, and even tackles some mild rapids.
So while it’s no big deal for me to sleep on the ground, being a dog and all… if you had a camper who went on an overnight, congratulate them! They worked hard! Then ask them how much fun they had… be careful, it might be a long story!
See you at camp!