WeHaKee Featured Alumna: Karen Vincent
At WeHaKee Camp for Girls, we are so proud of the fact that our campers and staff come from all over the world to create a community together in Winter, WI. We are even prouder and always impressed by what those WeHaKee women do in their own communities, and how their time at camp brings a little bit of WeHaKee wisdom out into the rest of the world!
A couple of times a month, we would like to feature a WeHaKee Alumna so you can share in the pride and joy of your camp community!
Our Featured WeHaKee Woman is Karen Vincent (Gogins).
Karen is an outdoor enthusiast through and through. Her time at camp was filled with teaching moments about how to find joy and be curious in nature. WeHaKee was lucky to have her on staff, and we are sure there are campers out there who remember their first experiences learning outdoor skills and environmentalism with Karen!
In Karen’s own words, more about camp and how it impacts her life today…
I spent my time after camp working for several years at an environmental nonprofit in Washington State and then going to law school at Georgetown. I am now an environmental attorney working in Washington D.C. where I live with my wife. We are expecting our first child in March this year.
Working at WeHaKee was an incredible experience. I was able to build strong relationships with campers and my co-workers—relationships that have lasted over the years and have crossed continents.
As the resident “nature” counselor, my time at camp reaffirmed to me the importance of connecting people with the natural environment around them. I also perfected a lot of nature puns.
But beyond my love for outdoor education, I will never forget watching my campers grow in confidence—whether it was confidence in their ability to lead others, to make new friends, try new activities, or just to pull their windsurf sail up on their own. It was a joy to be a small part of their growth at camp.
Finally, working at WeHaKee has helped me to learn how to bring joy and to build a positive culture in other areas of my life—yes, even law school.
We are lucky to have Karen as a part of our community! Connect with Karen and alumnae like her in our WeHaKee Alumnae Facebook group.