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W*K Glossary

What is everyone talking about? If you’re here long enough, you’ll figure it out… but this glossary will give you a head start learning your W*K from A to Z.



(noun) “ast-ee”: Our camp mascot, the anthropomorphized asterisk.


(noun) “bahl-ans-ing”: A weekly, one-on-one conversation between campers and counselors during Sunday cleanup.

(noun) “bang-kwet”: An end of summer celebration on the 2nd to last night of Camp.

(noun) “bel”: The bell rings to mark the beginning of a new period or Planning Session. It does not ring for meals.

(noun) “bawg”: Gross, wet and awesome! Best known for bringing up baby cranberries on Cape Cod. Ours is located behind the lower soccer field and archery field.

(noun) “bæk-of-the-lee-ohj”: Back of the Leoj, where we have Evening Forum.

Buddy Board
(noun) “bədiː ˈbɔrd”: The board everyone must check in on before entering the Waterfront.

Bunk Hike
(noun) “bəŋk ˈhaɪk”: A Sunday bunk trip to a nearby, fun place.


(noun) “kæmpˌfaɪr”: Our Saturday night evening activity. Various staff lead songs, and campers and counselors can sing or just sit and think. A great time for reflection after a long week.

(noun) “karn-ee-vahl”: An end of year fun-fest. Counselors and campers set up, run and enjoy booths.

CCSC/Good News
(noun) “CCSC”, “guhd nooz”: Our “rival” camps in sports, but of course, we’re friendly.

Covered Bridge
(noun) “kəvərd ˈbrɪdʒ: The hut at the entrance to Camp. A popular meeting place
for nights off.

(noun) “kæbən”: A word we don’t use. Groups of kids are “bunks;” they live in “bunks;” their bunks are often named “Lodge __.”

Challenge I/II/III
(noun) “chahl-ehng 1-2-3”: A program for older campers. Every Tuesday, Challenge campers hike, bike, canoe, go on overnights, do community service, and build a terrific group. Challenge I is for 7th graders, Challenge II for 8th graders, and Challenge III for 9th graders.

Chicken Coop
(noun) “chikən kewp”: Just past the Dining Hall. Fun!

(noun) “Cee-eye-tee”: Counselor-in-training. A longtime camper, who just finished 10th grade and is training to become a Counselor.

(noun) “krəb”: The waterfront is divided into three cribs. Each camper is assigned to a crib based on swimming ability. Only campers in third crib are allowed to take boating periods.


David Silverman
(noun) “deɪvəd silver-mahn”: An expert on Camp and nature. Good man.

(noun) “dep-you-teez”: During staff meeting, oldest campers act as “deputies” in bunks.

Dining Hall Duty
(noun) “daɪnɪŋ holl ˈdu-tee”: Each bunk takes a turn serving food and cleaning the Dining Hall. When your bunk has Dining Hall duty, counselors are responsible for supervising and participating in cleanup, and for serving hot food (oldest campers).


Evening Activity
(noun) “iːvnɪŋ ack-tiv-eh-tee”: A nighttime activity that typically includes all of camp. Examples include MTV Night, Plaque Night, Human Stratego, The Godfather, and Newspaper Fashion Show.

Evening Forum
(noun) “iːvnɪŋ forem”: Our nightly all-camp meeting at the BOTL Lounge. Led by Sandy and Will, this is a great way to learn what happened at Camp that day.


Frog Pond Field
(noun) “frɔg ˈpɑnd ˈfiːld”: Grassy field by the Mail Shed and Frog Pond. Great place for games, sports & yoga. It’s also where Sermingo, the painted serpent lives.

Fun Director
(noun) “fən dəˈrektər”: The person in charge of evening activities and Tuesday afternoon activities. This past summer it was Brent Freed, long time W*K camper himself!


-(noun)_"gahh-gah": The most dodgeball fun you can have in an Octagon. Don’t worry, it has nothing to do with Ultimate Fighting!

General (Swim)
(noun) “jenrəl”: We have two Generals every day, one after second period and one after fourth period. Campers can choose to swim, participate in a league, work at the Art Barn or Woodshop, or participate in a General Activity. Campers do not need to sign up for any of these, but all campers should be engaged during generals.

Giant Chess
(noun) “jaye-ənt ches”: Located next to the Heath Center. Also has pieces for Giant Checker matches.


Hill Bunk
(noun) “hɪl bəŋk”: Hilltop, Motel, Joel’s Place and Cottage are up on the Hill. Counselors in Hill Bunks live up in the loft.

(noun) “hɔrn”: The horn signals for all of Camp to assemble at the basketball court. Lifeguards go to the waterfront and perform Search and Rescue.


(noun) “leegz”: Semi-competitive sports played during generals. Wacky team names and fun guaranteed.

(noun) “lee-ohg”: The big barn by the Basketball Court. Its name is “Joel” spelled backwards. A great place for drama, wrestling, and gymnastics periods, and also for evening activities.

Linnell Lane
(noun) “lin-el layn”: Sandy, Will, Mia, Sarah, Dexy, Eddie and Z’s house; just beyond the Dumpster at The Dining Hall.

Lodge 20
(noun) “lawge twehn-tee”: The four and five-year olds who will be enjoying Camp during the day.

Lodge 21
(noun) “lawge twehn-tee-won”: The six-year olds who will be enjoying Camp during the day.

Lodge 22
(noun) “lawge twehn-tee-too”: The seven and eight-year olds who will be enjoying Camp during the day. They will attend Planning Session and choose 1st-3rd Period with the rest of Camp.

Lodge 23
(noun) “lawge twehn-tee-thuh-ree”: The nine and ten-year olds who will be enjoying Camp during the day. They will attend Planning Session and choose 4 Periods with the rest of Camp.

Lodge 24
(noun) “lawge twehn-tee-fo-wer”: The eleven and twelve-year olds who will be enjoying Camp during the day. They will attend Planning Session and choose 4 Periods with the rest of Camp.

Lodge Leader
(noun) “lawge lee-der: Leader of a group of bunks.

Lower vs. Upper
(noun) “hɔrn”: Some bunks have Upper and Lower parts. For example, last summer Challenge II Boys lived in “Upper 3.” Lodge 20 lived in “Lower 3.”


Message Board
(noun) “mes-ɪdʒ bɔrd”: The wooden structure near the Dining Hall. It’s where we pick up our Planning Sheets at Breakfast. Also a place where Fedex and UPS packages are dropped off and messages and fliers are posted.

Mini Bus
(noun) “mɪni bəs”: Holds 14 campers and 1 Driver. Great for out-of-Camp trips. Most staff over 21 can drive the Mini-Bus.


Nature Shed
(noun) “nay-chure shehd”: The third building by the Art Barn. Stained glass and other miscellany are taught here.


Open v. Closed Bunk Trunk
(noun) “oʊpən versəs kloʊzd buŋk trəŋk”: All food in bunks must be stored in the Bunk Trunk, which is in a counselor’s area. Younger bunks have a closed bunk trunk, which means campers can only take food during bunk parties. Some older bunks have an open bunk trunk, which means campers may take food during Rest Period or after Evening Activity (at their counselor’s discretion).


Pearl B.
(noun) “pərl-bee”: The amphitheater behind the office. We hold Planning Session here.

(noun) “peer-ee-əd”: One-hour activities. Campers take (and counselors offer) four periods daily.

Potty Shed
(noun) “pɑw-tee shehd”: Pottery and ceramics are taught here.

Program Director
(noun) “prow-græm də-rektər”: Leads Planning Session, designs the Planning Sheet, and leads programming. Go to this person for help with programming or for special supplies.


Raid/Bunk Party
(noun) “rayd / bəŋk pɑrt-ee”: Fun! During bunk parties, counselors open up the bunk trunk and sometimes bring in outside food. A raid is a multi-bunk bunk party. Please let your Lodge Leader know if you want to have a bunk party or raid. He/She must approve it before it happens!

Rest Period
(noun) “rest pɪriəd”: An hour and fifteen minutes for Camp to rest. Campers must be in their bunks and typically hang out quietly on their beds. Take advantage of this time to rest and digest your delicious lunch!

Red Benches
(noun) “red ben-chez”: The nice wooden benches outside the office. A great place to take a breather or hold a conversation.

(noun) “red-wʊd”: The bunk next to the Waterfront where some Leaders live.

Ropes Course
(noun) “roʊps-kɔrs”: Located behind the Tennis Courts, this is a great place where Bunks or Challenge groups do team-building activities.


(noun) “saɪn”: A personalized sign that hangs in the Pearl B. Counselors sit near their signs during Planning Session so that campers can find them.

Staff Hut
(noun) “stæf hət”: Behind Lodge 6 and the Nature Shed. A popular hang-out for CITs and raccoons.

Swim Group
(noun) “swɪm gruːp”: Instructional swimming periods. Campers are assigned to a Swim Group at the beginning of the summer. All campers need to take four periods of Swim Group weekly.

Super Clean-Up
(noun) “suːpər kliːn-əp”: Every Sunday, campers spend their morning thoroughly cleaning their areas, bunks, and some part of Camp.


(noun) “tree howz”: Next to Lodge 3. Have fun up there, with a counselor supervising please!

Trip Day
(noun) “trɪp deɪ”: A day on which all of Camp takes a trip to either Water Wizz, Provincetown, Deep Sea Fishing, Nantucket or other fun Cape Cod locations.


Upper and Lower 4-Square Court
(noun) “əpər ənd læʊr fɔr-skwer-kɔrt”: The lower court is by the Leoj. The upper court is by the Dining Hall. Popular locations, especially after meals and during Generals.


(noun) “jʊrt”: A nice spot by the lake between the Office and Dining Hall. Great for a private conversation.


Z The Tiny Pig
(noun)“zee”: The smallest member of Sandy and Will’s family, he is a mini pig from Waco, Texas. Spends most of his time lying in the sun in front of the office and snacking on whatever comes his way. Please do not feed him or pick him up! He does love a good belly rub, though.