Fridays with Franky: The Leadership Academy Steps Up!
G ood day everyone, Franky the camp dog here. I’m back with more wonderful news about how our summer has been going so far. Every year we are happy to welcome campers who are in high school and willing to take the first steps towards becoming a leader at WeHaKee and out in the world!
These campers are Counselors-In-Training (CIT1 and CIT2) and Junior Counselors (JC). They come for 2, 4, or 6 weeks, live together in cabins and take on a few extra responsibilities as well as role-modeling for the younger campers.
We asked some of the CITs this session to share what their experience at WeHaKee means to them at our Council Fire. We’ll definitely share all their words with you, but for now here’s one of our 2016 CIT-2 participants. Look out for a mention of yours truly!
When I was asked to write this testimony, I thought about what camp means to me. As the daughter of a former camp director… let’s just say we love camp in my house. My dad has instilled in me the values of camp: friends, fun, and education. Camp WeHaKee excels in all these values. The friends I have made in my 3 years at camp are some of the best friends I’ve ever made. These are the girls I can tell my secrets to. These are girls who I know will still be my friends in 20 years. These are girls who I love and they love me. All my activities here teach me skills that I could never learn in school. I always leave my activities with a smile because each activity challenges me in the best ways possible.
Then there are the things that make Camp WeHaKee special: a million mosquitos, great food, clapping games, songs, a ghost, Franky the dog, and one golden dustpan.
Camp is my second home. It’s a place where girls from all over the world gather in one place and share in the special bond of camp. I love Camp WeHaKee and I’m so grateful that I get to come back each year.
–K.W., CIT-2 Summer 2016
Thank you so much for sharing! The young women of the Leadership Academy really embody the values of WeHaKee and do a lot of fun things. In fact, right now they are running a Special Event day they planned themselves. I know the Session 1 campers are having oodles of fun because of their enthusiasm and hard work.
See you at camp!