Fridays with Franky: All About WeHaKee Family and Mother Daughter Camps
Hello from the shores of Hunter Lake, it’s Franky the WeHaKee Camp Dog! There are lots more adults on camp this week, for our Mother-Daughter and Family Camps. I wanted to tell you a bit more about why I really like these sessions, even though I miss all the girls. Our girls’ camp sessions are definitely our main thing, but there is something special about the short time with spend with the Family campers and the Mother-Daughter groups.
The names may seem self-explanatory, but I’ll give you a run-down just in case. Families from all over come in their cars to camp for Family Camp. Yes, that means boys too. Brothers, sisters, moms, and dads pack up and join us for 3 full days of activities. For Mother-Daughter camp it’s all women and girls again for 2 more full days of fun. They get to try a lot of the things we offer during girls’ camp, and they even stay in cabins as a family. Our counselors become “Family Friends,” offering guidance and company. They use their skills during the day to teach lessons or just join in the fun.
We already have done SO much by the time we reach August 5th and the end of girls’ camp. What’s so special about these families and women that we keep going on? I believe it’s just one more way to strengthen all kinds of relationships, and that’s what WeHaKee is all about.
It’s one more way to showcase the welcoming community WeHaKee offers, and it brings a lot of joy to both our staff and the group camp participants.
If our values of Community, Truth, Justice, Peace, and Compassion sound like something you and your family strive for, we would love to have you join us next summer for Family or Mother-Daughter camp. We find each group to grow not only in their families, but everyone makes new friends as well. It’s also a GREAT vacation–you don’t really have to do any planning! There’s many reasons our group campers come: they might be trying out camp as a family for a future girls’ camper, it might be a family tradition, or they may be a former camper or connected to the Dominican sisters in some way.
Every year our group camps bring us to a close for the summer. We can’t begin to express how grateful we are to everyone who contributed to the WeHaKee community for summer 2016 and continued to make it the amazing place that it is.
See you at camp!