Summer 2018 “Make it Ourselves Camp”

Summer 2018 “Make it Ourselves Camp” will bring out the best in our staff, campers, and facilities! 

Summer 2018 at Camp WA WA Segowea will feature the theme “Make it Ourselves Camp!”  This theme will add additional excitement to our “Classic WA WA” experience and give campers even more of what they love most about “WA WA!”

“Classic WA WA” group activities such as capture the flag, the overnight, game night (known traditionally as “Casino Night”), carnival, and the olympics, along with individual skill choices such as swimming, boating, archery, and arts and crafts will again be offered as the basis for our 2018 programs.

“Make it Ourselves Camp” will add opportunities for campers to deepen their “WA WA” experience and build a tree house, maintain and harvest a camp garden, learn outdoor survival skills, and participate in enhanced classes to make textiles, build and cook in a solar oven and much more!  When we reflected this fall on the success of summer 2017, what stood out as central to the WA WA experience is our ability to do things in the wilderness together.  As “WA WAs” we saw a clear tradition of making and trying new things, and of building community while away from what we consider necessities during the rest of the year.

For Summer 2018:  “Make It Ourselves Camp,” we are going to see how much further we can take our adventures at Camp WA WA Segowea!  We want to consider how much more we can create together, what new challenges we can tackle, and even in what ways we can better care for our community!

The following programs and sessions will be offered for Summer 2018: “Do it Ourselves Camp” at Camp WA WA Segowea:

Session 1:  July 15- July 28, 2018

Session 2:  July 29- August 11, 2018

*1 week “Mini Sessions” are available for Base Camp during both sessions

Family Camp Labor Day Weekend:  August 31- September 3, 2018

Base Camp, 8-14 year olds:

  • Campers thrive in a community environment that encourages self-expression, friendship building, risk taking, and outdoor play. Campers participate in twice daily all-camp activities, daily swim lessons, and choose afternoon skill building classes. Together with five to eight other campers and two experienced counselors, base campers create a cabin home that is an integral part of the larger Camp community. A sleep out under the stars is a highlight of the first week of each session and a camp dance closes the experience at the end of the second week.

Teen Camp, 12-14 year olds:

  • Teen Camp, Session 1:  “Base Challenge:”  Enjoy day outings into all the beauty that surrounds Camp WA WA!  Special programming will include day hikes & a canoe outing, weekly overnights, and skill building experiences customized for our teen campers.
  • Session 2:  “AT Challenge” Embark on a two-night, three day hike on the Appalachian Trail!  Additional special programming will include day hikes and a canoe outing, and select skill building experiences customized for teen campers.

Leadership Camp (LITs & CITs), 9 & 10 Grade Graduates:

  • Leaders in Training (LITs) are 9th and 10th grade graduates who are beginning their journey towards becoming counselors.  LITs can attend for 1 or 2 sessions and live in an independent cabin while assisting Base Camp counselors with the camp program.
  • Counselors in Training (CITs) are 10th grade graduates who join a month long program (Sessions 1 & 2) that prepares them to become Junior Counselors.  CITs also have the option of becoming Certified Lifeguards and will be trained in First Aide and CPR.  Both LITs and CITs engage in a leadership program that teaches the basics of camper development, skill instruction, and leadership potential.

To learn more about Camp WA WA Segowea,  and for more information about our “Campership” scholarship program that provides tuition assistance to campers in need, please visit! Registration will open just as soon as we finalize our 2018 updates.  Register before January 15 to receive $100 off camper sessions!

It’s December, and we CANNOT WAIT for July to arrive!

We hope you join us and bring your friends!

SUMMER 2018:  

A Successful Giving Tuesday!

[Posted by Lisa Perks]

Thank you to the many people who made our first Giving Tuesday fundraiser a success! With your help, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $1685 for camper scholarships. Wow!

That fundraising total can help several kids spend two weeks at camp.  Many of our families need just a bit of financial help to make camp possible. They’re saving through the year. They’re doing payment plans. Our scholarship fund is often used to just close the remaining gap. That little bit of help is what I needed my first summer when I fell in love with WA WA and asked my parents if I could stay an extra two weeks! It’s a common story you’ll hear from many alumni.

If you missed Giving Tuesday, have no fear! We have several fundraisers and events coming up this winter and spring that could really use your support:

  • Gift Wrapping at Barnes and Noble in Poughkeepsie (12/2 from 3-9pm; 12/16 from 9am-9pm)
  • The Smith Park Board Annual Campaign
  • The CrowdRise Online Fundraiser
  • The Segowea NCAA Online Basketball Pool in Mid-March
  • The Wally Waddle 5K Walk/Run and Free Kids Runs on Mother’s Day at Vassar Farm



Fall WA WA Family Day is just around the corner!  

With Summer quickly fading behind us, Camp WA WA Segowea is looking forward to celebrating the beauty of Fall on Harmon Pond!  

Alumni and new friends will be making the gorgeous drive to Fall WA WA Family Day on Saturday, October, 7th for a day with activities for everyone in the family!  

Fall WA WA Family Day activities are scheduled from 11 AM until 3 PM and will include pressing apples into cider, fire wood collection and fire building, a fall art craft, and canoeing if the weather is sunny!  

The historic camp facility is located on one of the most beautiful ponds in the Berkshires, down a dirt road hidden just outside of the small township of Southfield, MA.  

The Camp’s lodge, lake-side porch, and outer grounds will be open for ballgames and leaf gazing, and a simple hearty lunch will be served at noon 

Fall WA WA Family Day is a free event and is open to the public.  Guests are encouraged to bring apples for pressing!  

Please RSVP via the Facebook event or by emailing our Camp Director, Lily, at  For more information about Camp WA WA Segowea, please visit or like us on Facebook at Camp WA WA Segowea!  

Firefly #5

New Beginning, New Sign! There have been many signs that have welcomed campers to our wonderful camp through the years mostly created by volunteers. With this year, 2017 being a new beginning for Smith Park and camp, we thought, “We need a new sign!” So the ideas began flowing, and most of them were based on our logo, found in most everything Smith Park does and/or creates. Read all abut the sign and other WA WA news in Firefly #5 .

Firefly #4

Back in the early days of camp, a few ambitious young staff members decided to create their own newspaper for Camp Segowea and thus began what they called “The Firefly”. It highlighted what took place at camp; the daily sporting events, the hikes around camp, an occasional announcement and even pictures drawn by the editorial staff! It continued on into the 1930s and beyond. We’ve recently resurrected the name “The Firefly” as the Camp newsletter and present to you:
2017 Firefly Newsletter #4

Let’s Get Our Game On!

 March Madness is back in 2017 and in Smith Park / Camp WA WA Segowea fashion we are adding a twist to the competition. We all want to win big, for us and Camp WA WA, but sometimes our picks don’t go as planned.  We’ve got your back this year!  Instead of a third place prize, we have a last place prize!

 Brackets are $15 dollars each with a maximum of 3 entries per person. 70% of the pot will go to Smith Park of New York in support of Camp WA WA Segowea.
Make your donation now via Paypal and you will be redirected to a page providing registration details.

The Firefly Newsletter #3

Back in the early days of camp, a few ambitious young staff members decided to create their own newspaper for Camp Segowea and thus began what they called “The Firefly”.  It highlighted what took place at camp; the daily sporting events, the hikes around camp, an occasional announcement and even pictures drawn by the editorial staff!   It continued on into the 1930s and beyond.  We’ve recently resurrected  the name “The Firefly” as the Camp newsletter and present to you Newsletter #3!

Smith Park launches its first Crowdrising campaign Saturday 2/4, on CrowdRise

Smith Park is excited to share with its family and friends, that our very first “crowdfunding” campaign launches TODAY! Help us support Smith Park and Camp WA WA Segowea by donating to our organization and SHARING our Campaign on your Social feeds! It super easy to contribute however much you can through CrowdRise and your contribution- no matter how large or small, helps help us continue to care for Camp and ensure the Future of WA WA.

Check out the Campaign and PLEASE, help spread the word. All Shares help! Thanks in Advance and keep in mind: It’s for the Kids!

Also, for the first week of the Campaign (2/4- 2/11), we have a Donor Match. So, our anonymous gifter will match the total amount raised by our team. So, please give Today and Share!






8th Annual WA WA Wally Waddle

It may not feel like it right now, but spring is on the way, and with it the 8th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and kids run. This Mother’s Day tradition will once again take place at Vassar Farms and features 3 races: a 100 yard dash with Wally for kids 6 and younger, a 1 mile race for kids 13 and younger and a 5k for anyone who can run/walk/hop 3.1 miles. If you register for March 1st you can save $5 ($15 instead of $20).

8th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund
    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 14th, 2017 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here