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The W*K Difference

Every day is an adventure, and the constant thread throughout each of these days at camp is a feeling of belonging.

This feeling instills confidence in campers; they learn to make good choices and discover how those choices affect their own experiences and those around them.

Camp W*K is not your average camp. It’s a place to:

  • Explore who you are
  • Learn what it’s like to make a friend
  • Be encouraged to try something new… to take some risks
  • Feel okay about not being perfect
  • Know that it is okay to fail and okay to try!

We select our staff very carefully in preparation for sharing our values each summer.We select our staff very carefully in preparation for sharing our values each summer.

Part of the reason why campers feel so comfortable trying new things is because our counselors are a living example. Guitar counselors also teach swimming; soccer instructors also tie dye t-shirts and build sandcastles. The daily mix of activity choices is always unique, because so are we.

Cape Cod, Community & Choice

Why not have it all? Many of our families enjoy a vacation on Cape Cod, while their kids go to a one-of-kind camp that will make a positive and lasting imprint on their lives. The “three C’s” are what make W*K so special!

Cape Cod

Located on Elisha’s Pond in Yarmouth Port, campers are exposed to all that Cape Cod has to offer, where trips to the National Seashore, whale watches and deep sea fishing excursions enhance traditional camp activities. And being a camp on Cape Cod means living the Cape Cod Life!

Community

Everyone feels supported and empowered at W*K, part of a community that fosters respect for everybody, regardless of their differences.

The Camp Wingate*Kirkland program is designed to teach campers:

  • To recognize that they have responsibility for themselves and those around them.
  • To accept that they are accountable for their actions and the consequences for inappropriate behaviors.
  • To learn to make choices, which are good for themselves and others, and to take responsibility for the choices they make.
  • To respect oneself and others in spite of differences.
  • To develop new skills and be exposed to new opportunities.
  • To have fun!
Camp friends...one of many reasons it’s good to be at W*K.Camp friends...one of many reasons it’s good to be at W*K.

While enjoying camp activities, campers also develop great social skills. It’s one of the many reasons why people come back year after year…it just feels good to be here.

Choice

It doesn’t matter if you’re the kid who excels at athletics but really wants to be in a play…or maybe the bookworm who would love to try sports if only he or she felt comfortable. Camp W*K gives children the choice to try new things every day, in an environment that makes it easy to step out of your comfort zone a bit.

Every morning, campers choose four instructional activities for that day. At the Daily Planning Session, our counselors prepare the campers to make their choices by explaining what activities they’re offering that day. With 25 things to choose from each activity period, there are plenty of traditional camp activities, such as swimming, athletics, arts & crafts, and horseback riding, as well as new things to try like sign language, karate, and even root beer making.