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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Camp Wa Wa Segowea Leadership Rally!

We are very happy to announce the first Camp Wa Wa Segowea Leadership Rally will take place next month! It will be on November 13th from Noon to 1:30 pm at the Capital District YMCA Administrative office on New Karner Road in Albany, NY.

What will happen?
  1. We'll have lunch!
  2. There'll be a special program!
What's this all about? We've successfully reopened Camp Wa Wa Segowea this past summer, but there's still a lot to accomplish to ensure the future of Camp.
  1. See what's been accomplished!
  2. Find out the next steps.
  3. See how you can help!
What will it cost?
  1. There is no charge for lunch or the program.
  2. If you are so inclined, any donations are always welcomed!
Is there anything else happening that day?
  1. Friends of Segowea Alumni Meeting (last one of 2010) happens at 2pm.
  2. Other events in the Capital District (see flyer above, click on it to make it larger)
Come join us! Contact your family and Friends of Segowea. All are invited!

Please RSVP to or 518-656-9462 ext. O

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Off-Season work continues at Camp Wa Wa Segowea!

The work does continue at Camp Wa Wa Segowea and that includes more work on the Property Directors house. Norm is taking on the task as he similarly did the other buildings in camp, by taking a different look at them, compiling a plan, restructuring them, and then going to work.

The main tasks for the autumn at camp are bringing in the swim docks, the log and everything else to protect it from the winter season. Usually there's a few main projects to work on as well. But due to the severe lack of funds and the tremendous amount of work already done in the spring, there's not been a lot we can do. Thanks again to the Page Lumber donation, Norm can work on his house. They've already "raised the roof" and slowly but surely will continue to work on it. The work weekends are over, but Norm can always use the help, even during the week.

This past weekend was a work weekend as well as the Smith Park Board meeting. It was a little chilly in the dining hall for the meeting, but with a nice fire, we made it through. We got some work done (pictures below) and had the chance to enjoy the foliage. Thanks to Dianne for making dinner!

Look soon for news on a Wa Wa Event coming in November!

Board members Amy and Darlene and Lily discussing which task to complete first!

Tom and Norm bringing the log in.
It hasn't been that far on shore in awhile!

Gathering the wood cut down by the logger.

Tom positively enjoying his work!

Jeff and John on cleanup duty.

Burning the small stuff in the dining hall fireplace.

This rock's got to go!

Norm says we can pull it out!

And with a little help...

.. we can! and do.

We leave no stone unturned!

A little passed peak foliage, but still a nice looking cabin row.

The outpost looking pretty.

From the corner of the lodge porch.

Taken before we brought in the docks, of course!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Offseason work at Camp Wa Wa Segowea getting done!

The revitalization of Camp Wa Wa Segowea continues! It's a busy time at camp this fall as big projects and little projects are being worked on. There's still time to help as next weekend is another work weekend! The leaves are changing and it's a beautiful time to be up at Wa Wa. Won't you join us?

One of the biggest projects this fall is getting the Property Director's home rebuilt. The house was built back in the seventies, was the first cabin for the female campers and now it needs some work! (It's the first building you see when entering camp) Thanks to a very beneficial credit/donation from the Page family (of "Page Lumber" in Poughkeepsie, NY), we can get a lot accomplished with this project. We couldn't do it without our friends!

Another friend helping out is Richard Thomas, whose family has long been associated with Camp Wa Wa Segowea. Through his donation, we were able to get a professional (Cliff White) come in and take down a few trees that were precariously close to falling on the new Beacon/Bathroom/Shower House. Thank you very much Richard and Cliff! (see pictures below)

October 16th and 17th (next weekend) is a work weekend and we can really use your help! Come see what's been done already and lend a hand on the new projects. Seeing the fall foliage is a bonus! Let Property Director, Norm Button know you're coming- 413-229-9110 or

Volunteer Dave working on the roof.

Tom and Connor also working on the roof.

Mission accomplished.

Even I make it to the roof!

The tree cutter getting ready to climb.

Wasting no time in getting up there.

No it's not the bear, it's Cliff!

Can you spot him?

He reaches the top!

Pulling up the chainsaw...

...and lowering down the branch.

Nice spot for a seat.

As he climbs down, he cuts.

Branches are done, now for the trunk.

As the tree sways, Cliff maintains his balance.

Richard sweeping the debris off the Beacon roof.

And the wood gets piled up! Thanks again Richard and Cliff!