6-12 Years Old
Heidi VanWinkle Gorton, Director
Life at Little Wohelo is a fairy tale existence for our campers in which their imagination is fed and developed. Campers participate in activities with girls close to their own age and ability level as they enjoy an outdoor life planned especially for them. The daily activities consist of instructional and free swim hours, along with three other activities, such as canoeing, dance, and nature. These three activities vary daily. During instructional swim, they wade out into shallow water from a long, sandy beach to get comfortable being in the lake. Throughout the summer, as desire and confidence grow, they learn to float and swim, and later to dive and paddle their own canoe. Unstructured time before dinner allows for socializing in the cabin or on the playground with friends. Our goal is to have each camper experience all camp has to offer with 80% of their time being scheduled for them, and 20% left for their discretion. Health, a guided development of personality, and all the quaint pleasures that make childhood the enchanted time that it is, are the offerings of Little Wohelo.
Activities at Little Wohelo
Swimming & Diving
Swimming is probably the most popular activity at camp with instructional swim five mornings a week and free swim every afternoon. Little Wohelo runs the swim program from their large sandy beach and the floating dock.
Sailing is popular at both camps. Little Wohelo uses RS Zest and Sprite sailboats launched off the beach in the protected waters. The boats will fit campers and a counselor or can be sailed by campers alone. Little Wohelo also has an Opti and a 13 foot Hobie wave catamaran for groups of campers to cruise around on. Sailing is incorporated into the awards system for all campers to enjoy.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Wohelo is the perfect place to learn to canoe. A skill you will have for the rest of your life.
The equipment at Little Wohelo is appropriately sized for our younger campers. Our ever growing fleet of Red kayaks is popular at both camps for learning and just cruising around.
Rowing takes place in its own protected cove with shallow water. For our littler little campers, we also have red paddle boats to explore the water close to shore.
Waterskiing & Tubing
Little Woheloites water ski right from the beach down from their swimming area. Girls who are new to it can start out on the aquaplane and advance right through to slalom skiing. Tubing is also offered during sign up activity time.
We encourage campers at both camps to bring their own instruments (we have pianos!) and play for us in the evenings.
Chorus is an optional activity offered for girls who would like to sing at our Sunday morning gatherings.
Puppets is a combination of crafts and performance. The group writes a play, makes the puppets for the play and then performs it for us on our Saturday night gathering.
Dance and Drama
Dance and drama performances are also a Saturday evening staple. Each camper will participate in a week of dance and drama instruction during the summer where they will help write a short play and choreograph a dance to perform for the camp.
Crafts vary every year and you never know what excitement will be happening in our craft house and out on the playground during free time.
Archery is very popular and only offered at Little Wohelo.
Little Wohelo features three clay tennis courts for lessons as well as free time playing.
Nature involves all sorts of different skills: working in the garden, learning to make a fire, helping take care of the camp farm animals, and learning the plants and animals around Wohelo.