Kawanhee is a place where trying out new things and pushing beyond the familiar are celebrated, and where life-changing interests are born.
Where boys check their cell phones at the door and instead lift their eyes to infinite possibilities around them. Where they come to know, or are reminded, that star-gazing from a sleeping bag in the casual company of one’s friends is more satisfying than any text message or YouTube video. Where there is nothing virtual about the exhilaration of a sweaty hike to a mountain summit.
And most importantly, where boys make enduring and honest friendships, daring to embrace their new-found brothers and their quirky summer community. It’s no wonder that camp friendships often last long after a camp career has given way to college, a livelihood and a family of one’s own.
Kawanhee gives boys some distance from their identities back home and at school, allowing them to catch their breath and create a vision for the bigger picture of their lives. It’s why we do camp, and why we so fervently believe that boys of the 21st century need such a place more than ever. Our shared goal is to return campers to their lives back home more confident and resourceful, eager to pitch-in, having made fast friends with people from all over, and having developed a broader and deeper sense of what is possible.