Wenonah Grows – Part 1

2017 is a milestone season as “Wenonah Grows” with not only a dramatic increase in property size but significant evolutions in program structure and content.

This is the first of several communiques as we share the story of Wenonah’s latest chapter. Today, we’d like to highlight the work of five Task Forces that have been recently struck.

Since September 2016, Wenonah has undergone a visioning process that has focused on the future of Wenonah (2017 and beyond). Well over 200 current and former campers, families, staff, FOW members (Friends of Wenonah alumni), supporters, friends, and colleagues have come together to help set priorities for our amazing new land with its massive shoreline, beautiful forest, and open space.

A total of 54 leaders in our community are working with our Task Forces in the areas listed below.

A PERMANENT REFLECTION SPACE (REPURPOSING SUNSET ROCK)

Chair: Associate Director Nancy Vandenbergh

Members: Dr. Phyllis McCord, Lorraine Sugar, Caron Brick, Janette Downie, Jeff Bradshaw

Mandate:
Sunset Rock becomes a permanent reflection area rather than an active program space beginning in 2017 with new pathways established and programs introduced for quiet and thoughtful moments.

THE FUTURE OF 25 ACRES OF UNTOUCHED LAND

Chair: Camp Doctor Phyllis McCord

Members: Renata Bradshaw, Jamie Kennedy, Shannon Wilson, Neil Fortin, Jeff Bradshaw

Mandate:
The newly purchased 25 acres on the far side of Saw Lake is currently unspoiled and untouched. What does the future hold? What opportunities does this space offer for our environmental and outdoor living skills programs?

SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS: PHILOSOPHY, CONTENT, STRUCTURE

Chair: Summer Camp Director Geoff “Rudy” Williamson

Members: Jason Monteith, Miriam Heavenrich, Dan Harrison, Pam Sidey, Jared Perlmutter, Maia Bradshaw, Brittany Shelly, Jeff Bradshaw

Mandate:
A larger Camp property invites us to consider all aspects of Camp programming including instructional vs. recreational offerings; Girls Camp vs. Boys Camp activities and focus; new program opportunities over the short term and long term; broader definitions of one month, two week, one week, and evolved day-to-day schedules.

GENDER ISSUES

Chair: Former Assistant Director and FOW Member Brittany Shelly

Members: Daniel Sadler, Celia Saunders, Erin Roach, Jacqueline Simone, Jaclyn Clark, Lizzie Sarjeant, Barb Janicek, Dan Harrison, Joanna Chapman-Smith, Gemma Killick, Maggie Nenniger, Bella Larsen, Stuart Halkett, Andy Mager, Jeff Bradshaw

Mandate:
A broad overview with an equally deliberate focus on a wide range of issues that impact our community on a daily basis including camper sensitivity and further staff training and orientation opportunities.

THE CULTURE OF CAMP

Chair: Wenonah Honorary Director and Management Consultant Jane McCutcheon

Members: Liz Mossington, Celia Saunders, Stuart Alexander, Peter Cuthbert, Phyllis McCord, Brandon McClounie, Mike Stewart, Jaclyn Clark, Vicky Fenwick-Sehl, Lizzie Sarjeant, Jonathan Woolley, Neil Fortin, Graham Clark, Denis Giles, Barb Janicek, Monika Low, Emma Pickard, Catherine Ross, Jeff Bradshaw

Mandate:
Camp is a powerful community. Can our actions, deeds, and words at Camp help our campers create a better world when they return home? By paying attention to, by connecting with, by learning more, by showing respect – can we make the universe a better place?

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