Fridays with Franky: Telling Our Camp Stories!
Happy Friday everyone! It’s Franky the camp dog. I’m having a great February so far! Soon, I’ll be introducing you to our 2019 Summer Staff team, and that is a pretty amazing thing to be able to do!
Each of the amazing women we have hired to be a part of the counselor and program staff has a unique story to tell, and they will all contribute to the story of our summer community.
Alongside our staff, we are excited to welcome a wonderful group of campers, each with their own story! (There’s still a chance to join our 2019 story, click here!)
Because our community creates unique memories each summer, I wanted to highlight some of the ways we tell stories at camp. We know the importance of our history, our future, and the present moment, and strive to tell the WeHaKee story throughout!
From the First Moment…
When someone arrives at WeHaKee, be it camper or staff, their 8th summer or first, we want to provide a chance for them to add their story to the story of camp. Since 1923, thousands of women have contributed their unique talents and gifts to our community.
We start by getting to know each other. From the first night Get Acquainted Games to learning more in reflections with our cabin, there are several intentional bonding moments for our community. We even take the time to have each cabin say hi in front of the whole camp, working together as a team at our Welcome Fire Cabin Callouts.
Our campers all wear name tags their entire time at camp, except when an activity would make it difficult. It’s always our goal to see each other, call each other by name, and really strive to get to know everyone!
To Deep Down in our Roots…
We want our campers to know what exactly they are joining when they become a WeHaKee camper. They are joining an amazing, unique community with a deep history. So at our Council Fire, we acknowledge the story of how we came to be! From the Sinsinawa Dominicans to Mary WeHaKee herself, all the way to the campers sitting around the campfire that very day, we talk about how we all got here.
WeHaKee wants to tell more stories, and hear more stories! To this day, we hear from alumni about their unique experiences at camp, and we could keep hearing stories for the rest of our lives.
So please, no matter your role in our community, share your story with us!
Join our alumnae group, our camp Facebook, and Instagram. Give us a phone call, or even better, write your story in a letter and send it to camp! Who was your cabinmate in 1972? What was your co-counselors favorite food from 1991? Who’s coming in 2019, ready to get their first red council fire bead just like their mom in 1980? Who will start a whole new WeHaKee legacy?
I can’t wait to hear more! See you at camp!