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Traditions at Camp Warwa

Opening and Closing Campfire

The beginning and ending of the camp week are very important to us at Camp Warwa and we have a way that we celebrate each. On the first day when campers arrive, we have our Opening Campfire. It is during this that we kick off the summer camp week, campers get sorted into societies, we sing our camp song ‘Flicker’ and ‘The Water Honouring ‘song. During our opening campfire each cabin also gets a lantern that is lit from the main campfire which they keep with them throughout the week.
Our Closing Campfire is a time to come together and celebrate the amazing week that we have just had at camp. As we opened our camp, we end it by singing the same songs that we did at our Opening Campfire.  During our Closing Campfire we also hear the cabin letters of each cabin with their highlights of the week and tips for future cabins. At the end of the Campfire each cabin blows out their lantern signalling the end of their week at camp. We keep all of the cabin letters over the years and you can come and read past letters during our Alumni Day. 

Societies

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Every camper and staff are a member of a society at camp. Societies are a way for campers to meet new campers and share camp spirit. Campers in each society all have responsibilities within their cabin group. Societies are non-competitive. You remain in the same society for your whole time at camp and when you return.
We have 4 different societies at camp, each with a different colour and mission which they uphold at camp.
The Eagle Society’s colour is yellow and their mission is to make sure that everyone feels welcome at camp
The Coyote Society’s colour is black and their mission is to make sure that everyone is organised at camp.
The Chickadee Society’s colour is red and their mission is to make sure that everyone’s accomplishments are celebrated.
The Willow Society’s colour is white and their mission is to make sure that traditions are continued at camp. 

Rites of Passage at Camp Warwa

Camp Warwa is honored to offer rites of passage to our staff and alumni.  This is a path that features solitary period of fasting in nature, over different lengths of hours and days.  The emphasis of these experiences is on learning who you are, through the context of the natural world.  At Camp Warwa we believe in personal growth, community service and connection to the natural world.  Rites of passage have been a part of the Camp Warwa community for many years and we are thankful to our elders who have passed on these teachings and that we can pass these teachings onto others.

The 24-Hour Solo

Going on solitary experiences in nature is an important part of Camp Warwa culture.  Many of our staff go out on 24-hour solos during their time at camp to learn about themselves and how they can better serve the camp community.
Participants will be guided to prepare to spend 24 hours in solitary contemplation and awareness.  No previous experience is needed to be a Participant.  All current Camp Warwa staff as well as alumni are invited to consider participating in this event.
Supporters are any interested individuals who wish to support the participants and those guiding the experience.  This would involve helping with logistics such as firewood, meal preparation and other tasks.  No previous experience is needed to be a Supporter, although anyone who has completed a 24-hour solo is strongly welcomed to help out.
Please contact Gerrit at gerrit@campwarwa.org for more information on how to get involved in the Solo experience.

 

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