Our shop is one of the busiest activities in camp with at least two Industrial Arts teachers and two assistants working full time with campers. Between fifty and seventy-five project choices are on display from which campers may make a selection. Some of the more popular projects include: 15 and 27 inch sailboats, small replica paddles, airplanes, boats, cars, trucks, inlaid and slab tables, wood carvings, bird houses and feeders; also choices in metal working and plaster. This summer we resurrected an old tradition at Kawanhee and began building a kayak. Next summer we hope to introduce a new choice for older campers: an opportunity to build a full size wooden canoe paddle.
There's never a dull moment in the shop where our philosophy is "learn by doing" and "finish what you start," which encourages RESPONSIBILITY, known in the shop as "THE BIG R".
The independent Visual Arts Center was established in 2002 to offer the best possible creative opportunities for our campers. This past summer the Art instructors were able to offer a wide range of projects in a variety of mediums, and the outcome was nothing short of wonderful.
There are both informal and formal opportunities for Music at Kawanhee. Many campers bring along musical instruments from home for the many opportunities to perform, or just play for personal enjoyment. Campers may participate in the choir at our Sunday service or put on a performance either individually or with a group at our Talent Show. At our Saturday evening campfire, many songs are sung, sometimes new ones and sometimes familiar “camp”ones which we sing on occasion every summer. It’s not unusual for campers to “break-out” in song at mealtime or when walking around camp, with arms around each other. We try at least once during the summer, to bring a musical performance from outside our camp community to perform for the campers. Music at Kawanhee bonds us together and is an expression of the fun and camaraderie we feel towards one another here. In ’07, the campers and counselors produced a CD of the summer’s music, called UNPLUGGED. Every camper was given a CD to take home and help retain the memories of the summer.