As we look for new ways to stay in touch with Camp families, staff, alumni, and friends, we look forward to sharing this new digital version of the Warbler three times each year – in January, April, and November. The Warbler, as always, continues to feature the same great stories and news about Camp.
This first edition of the digital Warbler includes an update from our COVID-19 Task Force, a preview of new offerings for the Wenonah Outdoors Spring season, a profile of Senior Director Jennifer “JJ” Jupp, the introduction of our new Wenonah Cares initiative in support of Project: Humanity, and lots more.
The last few months have been difficult for many of the communities around the world that are home to Wenonah families. The challenges for everyone, but especially for kids, have been significant. Still, we are looking forward to brighter days ahead and we are eagerly anticipating and planning for a special season at Camp in 2021.
In preparation for the 2021 season, we have been busy. To highlight some of the things we’ve been working on, we have:
- Renovated and refurbished Barb’s Place into a new Library & Wellness Centre
- Invested in significant landscaping to prevent erosion around Camp, including on the Boys’ cabin line
- Completed an overhaul of the East Point (Main Campfire) including all new benches
- Created new outside mealtime space for cabin groups around the Lodge
- Prepared the space for a new 90 x 30 foot marquee tent for use by the WCITs, POLARIS and ROOTS beginning in 2021
- Purchased 15 new picnic tables
- Purchased ten new canoes and 15 new paddleboards to add to our existing fleet
- Installed new gates and fences along the Camp road and have a new welcome sign at the front of the property
- Continued our cabin painting initiative with all cabins scheduled for a major new coat before Summer 2021
- Installed new stainless steel counters in the kitchen
- Rebuilt many of our original tabins to establish new WCIT and Staff Villages
We are also in the midst of completing staff hiring for the 2021 season. We are so excited that 64 staff who were hired for the 2020 season have expressed interest in returning for 2021, and that we received over 50 new staff applications in the early going (including dozens from former WCITs and POLARIS) for our first round of staff hiring. The Warbler in April will include a full list of our 2021 staff team, and we will introduce key staff members on our Instagram and Facebook pages over the coming weeks and months.
On behalf of the Wenonah Management Team, we extend our best wishes to your family for a happy and healthy 2021. Here’s to brighter days ahead!
Owner / Executive Director