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FAQ's

A Summer Camp for Girls! 

Where girls ask questions and can get answers...

Why is Wa-Klo an all-girls camp?
Why do girls & counselors wear uniforms?
Can new girls fit into the community?
Is Wa-Klo an ACA Accredited camp?
When was Camp Wa-Klo founded?
Where is the camp?
What is a typical day like?
How is the food?
Is Wa-Klo a competitive camp?
How are counselor applicants hired?
What medical facilities are at camp?
How will I get my daughter to/from camp?
Will my daughter live with girls her age?
What clothing will my daughter need?


 

Why is Wa-Klo an all-girls camp?

Research tells us that in social and learning environments, girls tend to defer to boys, and teachers often favor male students. In our single-gender community, we eliminate those attitudes and the social pressures of dating. The all-girl environment encourages campers to have fun, not be concerned about how they look, take supportive risks and develop at their own pace in a positive way. That being said, we also know that it is important for girls to have social opportunities, so we plan activities (frequency and type based on age) with boys’ camps and often host coed sporting events and socials.

Why do girls & counselors wear uniforms?

At camp, we create a level playing field for all by having our girls sport Wa-Klo green and white for the summer! We have found that campers are more at ease when they don’t have to worry about what they are wearing or what they look like. We concentrate on having fun at camp, not what we have to wear! Once a week we have a “Civie Day,” where girls can wear whatever they want in order to express their personal style. As an extra benefit, uniforms make life easier for campers, and, in the long run, they cost less.

Can new girls fit into the community?

We know that any new environment can be intimidating, so we make every effort to get to know the family before the girl comes to camp. Our Big and Little Sister Program also helps to make girls feel immediately welcomed and included. A Big Sister is assigned to the new camper. They start writing to each other before camp, speak on the telephone, and often meet. When the new camper arrives at camp, she already has a friend and feels more comfortable. Plus, many of our girls come alone to camp in order to meet a new group of friends. So, if your child comes alone, she will be in wonderful company.

Is Wa-Klo an ACA Accredited camp?

Yes! We are proud of the fact that we have achieved the rigorous standards of the American Camp Association. We also comply with the New Hampshire State Board of Safety Rules, insurance requirements, and Marine Patrol Inspections.

When was Camp Wa-Klo founded?

Camp Wa-Klo was founded in 1938 by two educators from New York, Ethel Kloberg and Olive Watkinson, who gave life to a dream, which flourished under the watchful eye of Marie Jensen who came to Wa-Klo in 1959. Camp Wa-Klo continues their legacy with Ginny Maurer and Susan Chenet at the helm as it welcomes girls from all over the United States as well as from all corners of the globe.

Where is the camp?

Wa-Klo is nestled in the heart of southwestern New Hampshire at the base of Mount Monadnock (second most frequently climbed mountain in the world!) between Jaffrey and Dublin on Thorndike Lake. Jaffrey, NH is close to both Massachusetts and Vermont. This special place is only 4 ½ hours from New York and less than two hours from Boston making an easy day trip.

What is a typical day like?

A typical day for a camper starts at about 7:15 each morning when everyone wakes up to the infamous bugle, the flag is raised, and breakfast is served. After an all bunk clean-up, there are three morning activity periods followed by lunch at 12:45. After lunch, the entire camp takes time to write letters, play games, nap, read, or just relax with friends around the bunk during rest hour. There are two more activity periods in the afternoon, and, at 5, everyone enjoys a flexible period of swimming, spending time with the bunk, showers, special activities, and a multitude of other options. After supper, a variety of wacky and fun evening activities take place and can include anything from tribe games, bunk skits, movie night, plays, scavenger hunts, campfires, and more. After the evening activity, bunks head back to their cabins for lights out (time depends on age).

How is the food?

Meals are a time for coming together, conversation, songs, and fun. Girls sit in age groups while counselors change tables each week. Meals are served family style. Our director makes it a priority to ensure we serve quality and healthy food for everyone. As a result, everyone agrees, the food is great! Favorites include pizza, pasta, hamburger cookouts, and lo mein. Of course, we offer alternatives to meet dietary or vegetarian needs. We offer a salad bar at lunch and supper, and we are a nut-free facility. Weekly cookouts and buffets are great moments for bunk bonding as the bunks sit together and picnic on the lawns around the dining hall.

Is Wa-Klo a competitive camp?

Our focus is on individual achievement; however, we do have inter-camp and intra-camp competitions for those girls who elect to participate. Our swim, tennis, and soccer teams compete with nearby camps. We also divide our camp into two tribes, the Green and White. The older girls assume the positions of Chiefs and Tribe Manager. Competition is fun with wacky relays, song and tribe formations, and a variety of field games.

How are counselor applicants hired?

Fortunately, our staff consists of college students and educators, many of whom return year after year. They are certified and/or skilled in their activity areas and have experience working with children. We hire not only American counselors, but also international ones generally from Europe and the Commonwealth nations. New applications are scrutinized, references are checked, and all prospective staff are interviewed. Criminal background checks are performed annually on ALL employees.

What medical facilities are at camp?

Wa-Klo has two medical personnel on site in our clinic “The Pill Box”. Camp is seven miles from the nearest hospital, three pediatricians are on call, and an ambulance is just minutes away. In addition, the majority of our staff is certified in first aid and CPR.

How will I get my daughter to/from camp?

You may drive your daughter to camp or have her join other campers and counselors on Wa-Klo transportation that leaves from Long Island, the Bronx and Connecticut. Counselors also meet campers at the airport in Boston (Logan) and Manchester, New Hampshire to escort them to and from camp each session. At the conclusion of camp, in August, Wa-Klo transportation is available for New York and Connecticut stops.

Will my daughter live with girls her age?

Yes, and the bunks or living areas are comfortable and homelike. A group of 3-10 girls (depending on size of bunk) will live with 1-3 counselors and are grouped as follows:

Juniors (1st - 3rd graders) &
’Sleepy Hollow’ is a two-story lodge complete with several sleeping rooms, a screened porch, fireplaces, a living area that overlooks the lake, a library, a computer room, showers, and five bathrooms.

Mids (4th graders) & Inters (5th & 6th graders) ‘Pop Out’, ‘Way Out’ and ‘Far Out’ and 'Out There' have separate living areas for counselors and campers, toilet and sink, and “cubbies” (shelf unit) for daily articles for each camper. A shower house with individual stalls is available for use.

Seniors & Pioneers (7th-9th graders) The ‘Area’ is a separate living area in the pines for the oldest campers. Cabins have separate living areas for counselors and campers, toilet and sink, and “cubbies” (shelf unit) for daily articles for each camper. A shower house with individual stalls is available for use.

Leadership Training Group (10th–12th grades ) The 1st and 2nd year LTG’s live in the newly renovated two-story Cracker Barrel. Cracker Barrel is equipped with a meeting room, a lounge, showers & bathrooms, three bedrooms, and separate quarters for counselors. The 1st years live in Cracker Barrel all summer, the 2nd years live in Cracker Barrel for the 1st session and in camper bunks the 2nd session, and 3rd years live in bunks for the full summer with campers

What clothing will my daughter need?

t-shirts and sneakers are the basics. We suggest that each camperhave a ten-day supply of clothes since laundry is done weekly.A uniform order from Maine Camp Outfitters will list the specifics.Clothing and equipment can be purchased from them with the camplogo or you can buy items in the correct colors at local stores.Dark green and white uniforms are worn six days a week and oncea week, campers wear.