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  1. 2013 Junior Counselor Interview with Founder Gene Corrigan

    September 25, 2013 by campwahoo

    All the JC’s gathered around to hear the real telling of CAMP WAHOO’s history.

    We started out as regular boys summer camp – we had horseback riding – swimming – baseball – basketball – tennis – and we were working ourselves to death – and not making any money!  So a buddy (Bones McKinney – the basketball coach at Wake Forest) came up for a visit and told us that we were going to wear ourselves out -and not make money – he suggested that we should think about having a basketball camp – since all four of us were coaching roundball at that time. (At that time there was only one other basketball camp that anyone knew of in the USA!)

    SOOOO the next year we started Camp Wahoo over as a basketball camp and we went from 40 kiddos to over 300 a week in a couple of years.  It coast $46 a week – (Sunday after lunch – until after breakfast the following Saturday) – and we made some big time $$$ to split among us.  Our counselors were college players – and we paid them about $50 a week (not bad in 1960) and they slept in the rooms with the campers.  We built three outdoor courts – which gave us five over-all – and we had five different techniques to teach – like shooting – offense – defense – fast break and team play.  The morning session lasted four hours – the afternoon was a rest period after lunch – then a lecture by some coach or pro player (We had the Boston Celtics coach and there two great guards come for a couple of days and showed off their techniques and I I think we paid them less than $100 for their efforts!)

    At one point in time Bones left to coach in the NBA and we had Jerry West become a partner – he was at the peak of his career in the NBA – so we had a true celebrity as a partner.   Anyway – we had some wonderful young people come to camp as campers and counselors – including Pat Conroy – the author – who later in life wrote about his experiences at Camp Wahoo!  So there it is – we had a wonderful experience – and as a result all of our boys became roundball players – some better than others (Big Dave was the best!) – and got to know a lot of good people!  (as an aside – Press Maravich was the coach at Clemson in those days – and he always brought his son Pete with him – who became one of the great players of all time!)


  2. Farm Camp 2013-2014

    September 4, 2013 by campwahoo

    We are excited to offer Farm Camp again in 2014. This section of Camp Wahoo is ideal for rising 9th-12th graders who are interested in taking the supplemental sessions a bit further. We combine carpentry, gardening, cooking, and design to engage campers in the natural world and use their hands. Our hope is through teamwork, problem solving, creative thinking, and inspired leadership from the staff, campers will face new and challenging experiences. Our experience is that farm camp is the best summer day a kid could have. Learn, get dirty, play games, know where your food comes from, create, rest. Although farm campers are DAY campers only, they will participate in group games, take swim breaks and rest time, and share lunch and snack with the overnight Wahoos.

    Last summer we learned about local food, sources ingredients from the Local Food Hub and the Miller School Gardens and had a cook off competition. The winning team made cabbage wraps and peach cobbler. Ali Wawner got best young chef.

    We also took a tour of a nearby grass fed beef, pork, and chicken farm. Highlight of the day was chicken poop roulette. Grand prize was a dozen eggs. It was a tricky (messy) call so we split the dozen, Coach Z and John Carr shared the jackpot.

    We did such a good job last year of building raised beds we are in the process of brainstorming what else we can do to improve Miller School. Thanks to all of the campers who continued to care for the garden AFTER camp was over. Weeding in July is something only Tony Z would think up. (learn more about staff on STAFF & Quotable QUOTES page)

    If your interested in learning more about this specific DAY session of Camp Wahoo. Please call Lena Zentgraf at 434-466-7389. We only have 10 SPOTS so get them while you can. Early bird (before March 1) and sibling discounts available.