The Wa-Klo Language – A World of Its Own

Wa-Klo Dictionary

A

Activities – All the fun things that are done during the day at Wa-Klo
All Inn – Director’s House
All Out – A cabin in the Area where Supervisors live
Alumni — All the thousands of people who have worked at or attended Wa-Klo. A girl becomes an alum when she is too old to attend camp as a camper or LTG.
Area Night – A special evening activity where time is spent with other cabins in individual areas.
The Ark – The gym. It also houses the dance, fitness, and the arts n’ crafts room.
Assistant Area Head – The assistant to the head counselor in an area.

B

Beads – What is earned when a level in an activity is “passed off”. Beads are presented in front of the whole camp at council fire.
Bird’s Nest—Supervisor quarters – This building used to be the storage area for food when Cracker Barrel was the dining room.
The Boathouse—The Fortune’s resident – This site was the original boathouse for the large sailboats that Wa-Klo used. The boathouse was converted to a summer cottage for Roy and Kitty Jensen, Marie Jensen’s parents, and was called RoyKit for well over 50 years. Marie Jensen built a state-of-the-art dining hall in 2002 naming it RoyKit. After Roy retired from camp and Kitty passed on, the cottage became the staff lounge and now it’s been recently renovated for Tammy, Dennis, and John Fortune. Tammy is the daughter of Ginger Maurer and is the seasonal staff coordinator.
Bob-In – A cabin in The Area. Named after Bobbie Schamel & Ina Fletcher who served as associate directors for many years.
Bummer’s Breakfast – Campers and staff can come to breakfast in their PJ’s for a late buffet breakfast on Friday morning. A favorite for everybody!
Bunks – The name that is given to all the campers living in the same cabin.
Buddy Box – The big, green box by the swimming area that holds individual swim numbers. Whenever a camper enters the swim area, she turns it over to the “red” side, and when exiting the swim dock it is flipped back to “green.”
Buddy Call – When one whistle is blown by the head lifeguard during free swim, buddies hold hands and call out buddy numbers to make sure everyone is safe.
Buddy Numbers – The number that is given to “partners” when entering the water for free or camp swim.
Bugle – The bugle noise that comes over the speakers in the morning for reveille, to signal start and end times for classes, and to warn for eating times.
Bunk Mates – The girls in the same bunk.
Bunk Swim — A quick swim with bunkmates and counselors in the shallow area.

C

Camp Swim – The entire camp goes swimming together. It usually happens on a Sunday after a full camp activity.
Camper – Someone who attends a summer or day camp and gets to try lots of new activities, meet new people, and have loads of fun!
Camper Advocate – The Camper Advocate’s job is to make sure that campers are enjoying camp. The current Camper Advocate is Diane Miller.
Chanukah/Christmas – Celebrated during August at camp. All campers have a Secret Santa and share gifts for 9 days, light the Menorah, and end the 9 days with a Christmas party along with the counselor’s interpretation of “The Night Before Christmas.”
Chez Chenet — Guest quarters. This cabin used to called the Chef’s Cabin when Cracker Barrel was the dining room. It was renovated and Miss Chenet lived there for many years. The cabin was renamed to Chez Chenet.
Clean Up/Inspection — After breakfast, all bunks perform chores to ready cabin for the inspection done by the area heads.
CocoMansion – Named after Miss Cocoman, a previous Assistant Director, who was The Area Head for years. The cabin sits in the middle of The Area, and The Area Head lives there. Cocomansion was the old rifle shed, a wall was added and it became a cabin. In the early 2000’s, it was torn down and rebuilt, but the name remained the same.
Council Fire – Held on the weekend, usually on Saturday nights. A campfire is lit, a traditional ceremony is held, campers are separated into tribes (green and white), and relay games are played against the opposing tribe.
Cracker Barrel – The LTG headquarters for girls completing grades 10, 11, & 12. Used to serve as the dining room for years and years until RoyKit was built.
Cupid’s Court –A storage shed for all the archery and tennis equipment.

D

Dance Inn – A cabin in The Area for girls completing the 7th or 8th grades.
Directors – Dr. Virginia Maurer and Tammy Fortune
Down & Out — The Watercraft cabin near the kayak and canoe put in.
Driftwood – A cabin next to the Stanley Brook Dam. This cabin was built with wood that fell during the 1938 Hurricane and was used as the camp craft area until the 90’s. Now the cabin is used for guests.
Drop /Adds – A slip that is given in order to change an activity schedule weekly.
Dublin—Wa-Klo is located in the towns of Dublin and Jaffrey, NH. Dublin is also Tammy’s dog.
Duffel – A large bag that will often hold bedding, towels, shoes etc.

F

Far-Out 1&2 – Cabins in the Inter Area for 5th or 6th graders.
Feathers – All campers receive a green or white feather worn during council fire to indicate tribe color.
Field Day – The big finale for tribe competitions. The afternoon is spent playing relay games on the front field and ends with the game changing tug-of-war.
Fishbowl – A cabin next to Driftwood. Fishbowl used to be the arts n’ crafts room. Now it is a cabin used for guests or campers.
Flag – Time to raise and lower the flag each day before breakfast and after dinner.
Flex Time — Time during 6th period used for tribe practices, shower time, bunk swim, bunk bonding, or other things.
Front Field — An open field right by the main gate. All the team sports are played on the Front Field.

G

The Gazebo — This structure was built in 2009 by the Upper Pioneers for their project. The gazebo stands by Turtle Rock.
Gold Feather – A yellow feather presented to a camper after earning 10 activity beads.

H

Halloween – A special event at camp organized by the LTG’s which includes all the spooky traditions.
Hilltop – A cabin in The Area for girls completing grades 8 or 9.
Hop Away – The building in pet care that houses the animal’s food, leads, and brushes.
How How – Wa-Klo speech for “very good, very good”, so instead of clapping the camp shouts, “How, How!” at council fire.

I

In & Out — The Shower House in The Area. All shower houses contain separate shower stalls.
Inter Area – The area where 5th & 6th graders live.
Inters — Girls who have completed grades 5 & 6.

J

Jaffrey – Dr. Maurer’s dog. Also, the town in which Wa-Klo is located.
Jen-Klo – The building for all theatrical events. The building is named after Miss JENsen and Miss KLOberg, previous owners of Wa-Klo.
Juniors – Campers who have completed 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grades.

L

Land Activities Supervisor – The Land Activities Supervisor makes sure that all the activities held on land, such as lacrosse, tennis, pet care, etc., are running smoothly. The current Land Activities Supervisor is Jane Colgrove.
Laundry – Goes out on Wednesday/ comes back on Thursday.
Letters – Letters are needed every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday to get into dinner!!!
Little Chief – A younger camper chosen by the tribe chiefs to join in the opening ceremony of council fire. She carries the tribe staff into council fire.
Lower Camp — All campers competing grades 1-6.
Lower Inter – A camper who has just completed 5th grade.
Lower Pioneer – A camper who has just completed 8th grade.
LTG’s – Stands for “Leadership Training Group.” These girls are in grades 10th – 12th and help in classes and bunks.
LTG Area Head – The counselor in charge of the LTG program and works with the LTG’s

M

Mid – A camper who has just completed 4th grade.
Mini-Pop — a room in Pop Out for the Inter Area Head to live.
Mission Statement — “Camp Wa-Klo develops a girl’s connection with community, the environment, and within herself.”
Mousetrap – A cabin in the Area for girls completing grades 7 or 8.

O

Olympics – A fun but intense competition held for 2 days between 3 teams during the 1st session.
Out There — The newest cabin at camp sitting between The Area and The Inter Area. The cabin can house either a lower camp or upper camp group.

P

Paddock — The jumping field by the horse stables.
Parents’ Weekend—The weekend ending the first session. Parents are treated to Council Fire, fireworks, activities, and a barbecue.
Pass Off – In each activity class there is a novice, intermediate, advanced, and pro level. Passing off means progressing from one level to the next.
Pet Care — a class that teaches care for goats, cows, horses, bunnies, and sheep.
Pill Box – The Nurse’s cabin and the infirmary.
Pine Drive – The main driveway leading into camp.
Pop Out 1 & 2 – Two cabins contained in one building for girls completing grades 5 or 6.

R

Razzle Dazzle – All campers working together to help make Wa-Klo shine. Razzle Dazzle happens on Friday morning.
Reflections – A traditional ceremony held on Sunday evening. During Reflections one age group chooses a theme and selects songs to sing. The entire camp comes together to sing songs and listen to “reflections” on the chosen theme.
Rest Hour — The time right after lunch in order to catch a few winks, write letters, talk to bunkmates, write a letter, read a book, or just hang out.
Reveille — The morning bugle call to wake everyone up.
Ribbit – A cabin in The Area for campers completing grades 7 or 8.
Round Off – The green slab where gymnastics is held.
RoyKit – The dining hall. Meals are served family style with a counselor at the head and foot at each table. Age groups sit at the same table. RoyKit is named after Roy and Kitty Jensen, Marie Jensen’s parents, who worked at camp in many capacities for 40 or more years.

S

Side Out – The cabin where the Assistant Director lives. SideOut sits in the heart of the Inter Area.
Seniors – Campers who have just completed the 7th grade.
Side Line – The name of the equipment shed by the front field.
the Slab — also called Round Off. Gymnastics is held on the slab.
Sleepy Hollow – The oldest building on camp that houses the youngest campers.
Smorgasboard — An evening program where lots of activity choices are presented to the campers. The camper can choose where to go.
Somewhere – A cabin in the Area for campers completing grades 8 or 9.
Song and Tribe Formations — A time treasured tradition held by the tribes on Parents’ Weekend. The tribes compete with original songs and different formations around the fire.
Spin Shack — The structure that houses all the bicycles and bike equipment.
Staff Coordinator – The staff coordinator hires all the fantastic counselors for the summer.
Stow Away — A shelter that houses all the swimming and lifeguarding gear.
Sugar Shack – The camp store with delicious treats and wonderful Wa-Klo items to buy.
Swimming Levels — American Red Cross swimming classes:
Turtle – 1st swimming level
Minnow – 2nd swimming level
Fish – 3rd swimming level
Flying Fish – 4th swimming level
Dolphin – 5th swimming level
Shark – 6th swimming level

T

Taps — A bugle call to end the day.
Tasadel – A cabin in the Area. The cabin was named by the first girls who lived in the cabin in the 70’s by using the first letters from their first names.
The Area — The area where 7th, 8th, and 9th graders live.
Tip-It – A cabin in the area for girls completing grades 7 or 8.
Tribes – The green and white teams who play games and compete against each other during the summer.
Tribe Chiefs – Upper Pioneers elected by the camp to lead the two tribes.
Trunk – The container that holds all the clothing and stuff brought to camp.
Turtle Rock — A treasured landmark along the shore line. From a distance, the huge rock looks as if a big turtle is sitting atop it.

U

Upper Camp — All campers completing grades 7-11.
Upper Inter – A camper who has just completed 6th grade
Upper Pioneer – A camper who has just completed 9th grade. These girls are the oldest campers at camp.

W

Wa-Klo – Camp is named after its two founders Miss Olive Wakinson and Miss Ethel Kloberg.
Wa-Klonian – A special e-newsletter that goes out once a month to all new Wa-Klo girls. A WaKlonian also is the name given to all who have entered the Wa-Klo world.
Wa-Klumni — An e-newsletter sent to all alums of Wa-Klo.
Water Activities Supervisor – The counselor who supervises all water activties making sure all girls have safe fun!!!
Way-Out 1&2 – Two Cabins in the Inter Area
WaySide – The showerhouse in the Inter Area. All showerhouses contain separate shower stalls.
Woodwind – The horse stables.
Wutz New – A monthly e-newsletter that is sent out to current campers about news and events at Wa-Klo with special comments by the Administrative Team.