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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

YMCA Camp Wa Wa Segowea Wally Waddle and Work Weekend wrap-up!

On this past Mother's Day, the 6th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle was held at Vassar Farms in Poughkeepsie.  It was a great day weather wise and runners and walkers alike agreed, it was a fun day!

There was the 100 yard dash, the Kids Mile Run and of course, the 5K.  Congratulations to all the participants!  Wally made an appearance as did some balloon animals and face paintings.  

Josh and Lisa Perks continually put together a top notch event and have made the race a Mother's Day tradition which is getting bigger and better every year.  This year's race raised more than $3000 which will go towards scholarships for Hudson Valley children to attend Camp Wa Wa Segowea!   Thank you Josh and Lisa!

Here's some pictures of the event.

At the registration table-

Wally and some fans.

The kids mile run-

The Main Event!

Pies are always a big attraction!

Thanks to all that came out for camp!

On the next weekend, Smith Park held a very successful Work Weekend.  Seniors, kids and volunteers of all ages and experience, came ready for work on Saturday.  A great amount of items were crossed off the To-Do List and it was called the best work weekend we've had in a long time!  Chili and Grilled Cheese were on the menu for lunch and Baked Ziti, sausage and peppers and onions, garlic bread and a tossed salad were enjoyed for dinner.  A good portion of volunteers stayed over in the cabins including members of the Leo Club from Spackenkill High School in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Thanks again Leo Club members!  All in all, it was a really good weekend!  
Here's some pictures of that-

Keller Cabin is now completely stained!

The Leo Club volunteers from Spackenkill High School

Raymond Cabin got a new roof.

Volunteer Don,  doing some sealing of the lodge.

A lot of manual labor was done!

Enjoying some fishing in the down time.

It was a full house!

 Lots and lots of raking!

Some new lodge lighting!

The next work weekend will be held on June 6th with an Open House on the 7th.  There's still work to do, so if you'd like to lend a hand, let us know!  Contact us at

Hope to see you soon at camp!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

We love Spring here at Camp Wa Wa Segowea!

It's May 5th and it seems like summer is already here at camp!  With temperatures in the 80s here this week, the trees have plenty of buds and the wildlife is coming alive after a long winter.  Spring has definitely sprung!  

In Springtime, there's plenty of events happening involving camp.  This past weekend we had our 2nd Annual Wa Wa Fish and Bait Fishing Derby as well as our first Open House of the season.  Both events came on the same day, Sunday and we couldn't have asked for better weather.  Parents and kids alike came out for the fishing derby and took pleasure in some great fishing!  All kinds of fish were being pulled in left and right and a fun time was had by all who attended.  They enjoyed a lunch of hot dogs and hamburgers provided by the American Legion.  
The Open House began at noontime with tours and conversations taking place.   Camp Director Randle Cassady and Camp Executive Director, Jay Cohen showed prospective campers around with help from some volunteers.  At the end of the day, we had kids register for that unique Wa Wa camp experience!  One returning alum (whose daughter will now attend camp) exclaimed that she was ecstatic that "camp was still camp"!  

Next up on the Spring event list is the 6th Annual 5k Race, the Wally Waddle!  Camp Alumni Josh and Lisa Perks have organized and run the race from Day 1 and it just keep getting better and better!  Thanks Josh and Lisa!  It will take place, as usual on Mother's Day, this coming Sunday, with race day registration beginning at 7:30 am at Vassar Farm in Poughkeepsie, NY.  Here's all the info-

6th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund

Time: Sunday, May 10 · 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: Vassar Farm Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Race Day registration 7:30-9:30 am
  • Kids 1 mile 9:30 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
  • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:45 am (free)
  • 5K Run/Walk 10:00 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
  • Awarding of the Pies 11:00 am
  • T-shirts to the 1st 200 Registered 5k runners
  • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids
  • Register online here.  To find out more visit

A huge Wa Wa thank you to all of this years race sponsors, we couldn't do this without you.

Silver Sponsors.
Mid-Hudson Oral Surgeons
Tubby's Bathroom Resurfacing
Morris Associates Engineering Consultants, PLLC
Adams Fairacre Farms
Mid-Hudson Road Runner's Club
Justin Feldman Physical Therapy
The Derby
Caffe Aurora 

Sign Sponsors
Eric's Fuel Service

The weekend after the Wally Waddle, we'll turn our efforts to camp and our Work Weekend.  It will take place on May 16th and 17th and we definitely need some help.  There's at least 8 MAJOR projects and both manpower and materials are needed.  If you can spend any time on either day, please let us know-

So what projects will we be working on?    Here's the list:

Outside Lodge Repairs
Pawnee Cabin leveling
Log replacement on the path to Seneca Cabin
New cable railing at the Overlook.
Replacement of electrical box covers
Setting new flag pole
Parade Field Drainage Improvements
Replacement of lodge and Dining Hall Lights
New Cabin Shutters
Staining and Spray foaming
Electrical work
Raymond roof repair
Repair Hart Lodge Porch

What materials will we need?
6-8 sacks of ready mix concrete
heavy duty house jacks
6-12 solid concrete blocks of various thickness 
LP Coated Cabling 1/4" bolts with eyes and cable hardware
Shovels, wheelbarrows
2-3 gallons of brown stain
2-3 cans of spray foam
2 lbs of roofing nails, 100' drip edging, 2 rolls of base coat and 2 rolls of cap coat
2-3 sheets of 3/8" plywood
5 sheets  of 3/8" marine grade plywood, 2 lbs 1.5" coated deck screws
If you can provide any of these, please let us know!
It will indeed be a very busy weekend!  Won't you come and help?

One bit of sad news.  The tree at the Outpost that held the rope swing was a victim of the bad winter. It was dead on the inside and fell over.  No word on whether it made any sound!

Here's some recent pictures of spring at camp as well as some Fishing Derby and Open House pics.

Hope to see you at camp!