Summer Camp Testimonials

I love it more and more!

I want to thank you so much for letting me come back as a JC. Every year I come to camp, I love it more and more! I miss camp now, more than ever. I wish that people in the “real world” could be more like the people at camp. But, I realize that Wekeela is collection of very special people from the real world, who come together each year and become a family forever. All of the best relationships I have, have been with people from Wekeela. I just wanted to thank you so much for letting me come back and see my “family”!

He branched out in so many ways.

My husband and I are so thrilled that Hunter had such a wonderful experience at Wekeela. He branched out in ways that we hoped he would and did! He 100% wants to go back next season and hope we’re in the financial position to make that happen. Thanks so much and we’ll be in touch.

His fantastic, wacky, brilliant, talented self

Benjamin was able to be his fantastic, wacky, brilliant, talented self all summer. He was loved and appreciated for all his qualities at Camp Wekeela. He enters Senior School tomorrow morning with a confidence my husband and I have never seen in him. He is on top of the world at the moment. I hope this feeling will help him excel in his highly structured and pressurised British school!

Today is a holiday in England. And we were so happy to have 3 guests in our home from Camp Wekeela–Bryant, Peggy and Camilla (who worked in the kitchen last summer). It was wonderful to get to know the staff that the kids had been talking about all summer. All three of them were jumping about in excitement to pick them up at the tube, show them their home and take them to an English pub for traditional Fish n Chips. What a lovely sight to see!

Best of all–I even got myself a babysitter for this Saturday night. Peggy may be a common feature at our house while she is studying in London. So, we have found another benefit of Camp Wekeela–an international family network!

The best experience of her life

I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude and appreciation for having my daughter for the two weeks and then making it possible for her stay the additional week. The first thing she said when we picked her up at the airport was ‘ that was the best experience of my life Mom’. That’s when I knew that sending her to sleep away camp was the right decision. Normally I don’t even allow her to sleep at a friend house!! She is already looking forward to next summer and is trying to convince her younger brother on joining her.

Once again Ephram, thank you so much. It has truly been a wonderful experience for her and for me knowing she is having fun in a safe and fun filled environment.

Above my expectations

Before I came to camp this summer, I made a goal for myself. My goal was that I had to break out of my shell, get to know everyone and just to squeeze every last advantage of my summer experience as possible. On the bus ride back to home, holding Laura’s unicorn pillow, crying and listening to the White Nike Alma-Mater on my iPod, I realized something. I realized that my goal for the summer went above my expectations and that I did take every advantage possible out of my experience. At this moment, I knew that the summer of 2010 at Camp Wekeela changed my life forever. Now in my early stages of pre-season for school, I see that I’m a different person. I’m more social and just ultimately more friendly, and I want to thank you guys for that.

I feel like as I get older at camp, I appreciate it more. After 2007, camp was a place I loved, but I didn’t really know why. In 2008, camp was a place I loved, because of the friends I made, and I realized I wasn’t afraid of bugs anymore! In 2009, I regret it, but I only stayed first session, and I knew I wanted to come back to not the friends I had at camp, it was the family I made with my bunk mates. Now, writing this e-mail, I know that in 2010, Camp Wekeela became my home. There’s no other place I would rather be right now then at camp with my fellow pigeons. This summer, I learned more life lessons I could imagine, and I want to thank my counselors for that.

As so many other counselors pointed out over the summer, so many of us pigeons have the same exact sense of humor as Jake. From then on, I knew that for the rest of my life, my jokes and my sense of humor will mostly all come from the times I spent with Jake. My role models in life are really just my dad and some of my favorite actors and directors, but I gained a new one through these past two summers. Chris has impacted my life so much that he is for sure one of my biggest role models and definitely one of the best friends I have ever made at camp. Over the course of the two summers I have spent with him, I found out that I can tell him everything, he’ll always be there for me, tell me what’s wrong, and what’s right, plus he has taught me some of the minor and big rules that I now base my life on. Owen too has made a big impact on my life. How far he has come in life by living practically on his own since a very young age really showed me that not everything in life is great. There a rough ditches that sometimes we have to strive to make a way out of. Owen has taught me exactly this, without even saying it, you have to be strong in life, cause something good will always come out of something bad. Matt has taught me so many unique aspects of film that I would have never figured out if he hadn’t told me. Styles to write a script, how to portray a character, directing styles. I would’ve not been the actor or director I am today without him teaching me these things. Dave has also taught me to be strong, and that when you want to make a point or you have a problem with someone, you have to talk to them face to face. He has taught me how to get through tough situations, and I could always rely on him to make everything great for us, just like the amazing Bar Harbor trip this summer. He always went out of our way for us to be the happiest we can be. So I guess you can say, I want to thank my counselors, they have always been there for us and always will be. I love them and I’ll always remember the things they have taught me.

With all this said, this was the best summer of my life so far. I was always happy this summer, even when there would be a problem in the bunk, I knew, that something good would come out of it. I’ve learned so much this summer and the place called Camp Wekeela really impacted my life this year. I’ll find my self, out to lunch with my friend during the school year saying jokes from camp, I know it already, and everyone is just going to stare at me blankly, and I’ll have to explain. But all in all, I just wanted to say thank you, I’ve accomplished more than I could ever imagine this summer. More than I would accomplish for at least 10 years, if I hadn’t gone to camp. I just wanted to let you guys know how I feel since I’m already counting down the days to the Pigeon’s senior year. 299 days, LET’S GO PIGEONS! LET’S GO! Thanks again.