WeHaKee in the Words of a Camper: Change & Growth
WeHaKee campers are safe and sound after a powerful storm rolled through the area Tuesday. This morning, sunshine welcomed campers as they set out to participate in their last day of activities. Just as girls experienced this change in weather, they too experience change within. Below, a CIT reflects on the changes she has experienced throughout her camp years.
As you are receiving your beads, I am reminded of the time when I got my first little, red bead when I first came to camp six years ago as a shy, quiet ten year old who was unsure if she’d even like camp enough to last the two week session. Thankfully, I did and I have since fell in love with this camp and look forward to my time here each summer. I’ve gone through some of the biggest changes of my life during those six years, but through all the ups and downs of growing up, I could always return to WeHaKee each summer, knowing that everything would be exactly the same. Of course, I am not the same. I am no longer that awkward fifth-grader, but a more confident and outgoing leader and counselor-in-training. WeHaKee has been such a huge part of my growing up.
It’s hard to imagine my life without WeHaKee. I’ve met some of my closest friends here and have acquired a deeper respect for God, nature, and others. I wouldn’t trade those six years for anything. Camp WeHaKee means so much to me, as it does to so many other girls. WeHaKee is a place to try new things, to make new friends, and to step outside your comfort zone because someone will always be there to support you. It is a place to learn, to share, to grow, and to have fun. But, Camp WeHaKee is not just a place; it is not just summer camp. Camp WeHaKee is the people and experiences that you will keep with you forever. It is the feeling when you sing a campfire song or get a letter from a camp friend. Thank you, Camp WeHaKee, for six unforgettable summers and the memories and friendships that I will cherish forever.
–6th year camper, CIT
The sense of community and welcoming nature so close to WeHaKee’s heart provides an environment that encourages girls to be their best self and grow in ways they didn’t think possible. It has been amazing witnessing this throughout the session and the entire summer!