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Monday, November 19, 2012

Camp Wa Wa Segowea's music

As we get ready to celebrate our 100th year at Camp Segowea in 2013, one of the  fondest memories that campers and staff have through the years is the music at camp.  Whether it's the Opening campfire, music during the day, at chapel, the dance, Banquet night or the Friendship Circle before going to bed, music is a big part of Wa Wa.  

This week, we thought we'd share some of the songs we've sung, played and listened to over the years.  If you have a favorite song from camp, that's not here, share it with us and leave it in the comments section.  These versions may differ from the way it was sung at camp or how you remember it.   If you have a better version, let us know as well! 

Where do the Children Play?


Bring me a Rose.

I love the Mountains.

Cat's in the Cradle.


Where have all the flowers gone?


The Bear Song.

It's Amazing.




If I had a Hammer.




One Tin Soldier.


The Shark Song.

The Buffalo Song.


Stairway to Heaven (ok, not really a camp song, but it was played a lot!)

and finally, Taps.


In less than two weeks on December 1st, get your shopping and gift wrapping done at Barnes & Noble all day!  Camp Wa Wa Segowea's alumni Minna & Kristen (and others) will be there gift wrapping and collecting donations towards camp.  If you can't attend on that day, they're also gift wrapping on Dec 8th.  Stop by, do some shopping and say hello!  It's the Barnes & Noble in Poughkeepsie, NY on Route 9.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

We made it through Hurricane Sandy here at Camp Wa Wa Segowea!

What is normally a quiet time of year for us, is not so quiet this year.  We've been busy, and wanted to give you an update on what's been occurring here at camp and camp related items in general.

Hurricane Sandy
There are plenty of tree limbs down and some window damage, but overall we were really lucky.  There was heavy rain, high speed winds and a power outage for a couple days.   But help is on the way!  Cadets from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, who were already here helping Norm put in insulation in Page Lodge, have volunteered to return to Wa Wa to help clean up the debris around camp.  Thank you very much cadets!    Window damage also occurred in Keller cabin, so we're looking for a volunteer/volunteers with glass window experience to assist in fixing them .  Any volunteers out there?  Please contact us at  
There was no significant disruption that occurred, but that may not be the same for others in the Segowea community.  Our thoughts are with all of you as you deal with the effects of Hurricane Sandy.

Camp Wa Wa Segowea
The latest news is that we've received a good deal of interest in seeing that camp continues next summer.  We've sent out Letters of Interest, received replies, and now the next stage of the process is we've sent out RFP's (Request For Proposal) to those interested parties.  We've very encouraged on the responses we've seen, and rest assured, we're committed to having camp open for the summer of 2013, our 100th Anniversary!  We've already had camp tours for the interested parties and we will continue to do even more.   We've set the deadline of November 30th for receiving these RFP's and we will know more after then.

Gordon Ackerman
We are very sad to pass on the news of Camp Segowea fixture, Gordon Ackerman.  "Gordy" passed away recently in Poughkeepsie, NY.  He will forever be known as one of Camp's biggest supporters.  He spent many weekends at camp as one half of "Frick and Frack", with the other half being Bob Gaddis.  The two of them consistently gave of themselves to insure that Segowea would continue to serve and develop kids.  It is with this dedication to camp, that a scholarship fund is in the works already to honor the two of them.  Smith Park has begun to receive donation pledges to what we're temporarily calling "The Frick and Frack Scholarship Fund".  Gordy's family also had donations to Smith Park requested in lieu of flowers at his service, and we thank them deeply for that. Tax deductible donations and/or pledges can be sent to Smith Park of New York, Inc.  PO Box 4994 Poughkeepsie, NY 12602.

              Camp "Fixtures" (L-R) Bob Gaddis, Al Raymond, Gordy Ackerman and Dick Thomas

Here's some recent camp photos-

The new loft!