Dear Camp WA WA Families and Friends,
As our last overnight camper session of the summer wraps up, we are looking forward to extending our summer on Harmon Pond at Camp WA WA Segowea as long as possible!
Labor Day Weekend is our final weekend of summer programming and we will be bringing together families and friend groups of all ages for the best end to summer.
Labor Day weekend Family Camp features numerous ways for families to unwind, including:
• Delicious made from scratch meals three times per day.
• Unlimited boating and swimming on our spring fed pond.
• Hikes, ball games, and daily activities perfect for all ages of kids and adults.
• A break from electronic entertainment, wifi, and cell reception (we do have a landline!).
Group cabins are $500 (for up to 8 guests) and include all programming and meals, individual bunks are $125 per person. Registration is found at app.campdoc.com/register/
For questions, email our camp director, Lily, at email@example.com or call 413-229-9110 by August 10.
Lily Mercogliano Easton
Camp WA WA Segowea
Campership scholarships have been a part of the Camp WA WA Segowea tradition since the camp first started in 1913.. Back then, an ad posted in the Poughkeepsie Journal reached out to “Boys in need of assistance to get to camp” (because it was an all boys camp way back then…). Those youth in need could write to the camp director and secure their spot in a cabin for the summer.
Today, I am so proud that camp is continuing to ensure that kids make it to camp each summer regardless of their family’s ability to pay the full fee.
In the past year, Smith Park of New York, the parent non-profit organization that operates Camp WA WA Segowea, increased the campership fund to $40,000. With camp just a month away it is time to raise the last funds needed to get all the kids to camp!
Last year before we launched this final campership scholarship push, I wrote a blog post about why so many of us give to make Camp WA WA camperships possible.
And this year, I wanted to focus on what we receive when we remain committed to camperships.
Including campers from diverse economic backgrounds at Camp WA WA means we get to run a bustling program in the summer that creates a true form of community, one built on support, understanding, perspective-taking, and empathy. It introduces everyone to the ways we all live, play, and learn together on our 450 acres of Berkshire woods.
When I was a camper at Camp WA WA, receiving a campership scholarship meant I got to learn how to swim, and become a strong enough swimmer to swim across the lake and back. It also meant I got to grow friendships that are now going on 27 years old. And, perhaps most importantly, I was given a stake in a program and set of traditions that strengthened my character in more ways than I will ever be able to count.
For this summer, giving to camperships means we ensure that youth who have experienced homelessness, major family changes and losses, big ups and downs in school, and pulled through numerous other challenges during this past year, can count on Camp WA WA to be a timeless and consistent part of their summer experience. Giving is our tradition. It’s the WA WA way.
Starting on Monday, June 10 we will launch our annual Director’s Campership Drive to raise the last funds needed for this summer’s camperships. You can make a donation to the Director’s Campership Drive via our Facebook Fundraiser found HERE or by donating through our website below.
You can also send a check to Smith Park of New York, Inc. at P.O Box 4994, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12602.
I will give generously to the Director’s Campership Fund Drive because knowing that I’m doing my part to keep nature, adventure, friendship, community, and endless summer days a strong part of all WA WA camper’s summers means the world to me. I hope you will join me and make a generous donation too!
Lily Mercogliano Easton
Camp Director, Camp WA WA Segowea
- Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave. Map
- Sunday May 12th, 2019 (Mother’s Day)
- Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
- Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
- Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
- 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
- Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
- T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
- Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids
Register online here
Visit www.wallywaddle.org to learn more.