Monday, September 21, 2020

For Lawrence We Stand Donor List

Thank you to all our donors! Every dollar helps us reach our goal

Updated October 5, 2020

Nicole Ackerman

Ryan Anastasio

Rachel Anastasio

Chuck Avery

Gail Avery

Patricia Baker

Bruce Barton

Julie Bayle-Cordier

Charlie Beeman

David Behler

Benevity Inc

Nick Berents

Jon Berman

KO Bisson

Vicki Boone

Chris Borgia

Meredith and Roger Boshes

Derek Brain

Paul Briggs

Vivian Brocard

Derek Brown

Leslie Brown

Richard Brown

George Brown

Susan Brown

Anne & Jim Bullitt

Phyllis Burke

Jennifer Calabro

Geoffrey Calver

Alex Camerino

David Cancian

Rob Capone

Jamie Cardiddi

Lawrence Carle

Jeannine and Victor Caruso

Joe Caruso

Peter Case

Dennis Ceru

Steven and Julie Charrette

Christine Cheffers

Dehan Chen

Deborah Clauson

Rebecca Cleary

Esther Cleary

David Cleary

Peter Cleary

Thomas Cleary

Caroline Closuit

Stuart Cobb

George Cooke

David Cooney

Mick Correll

Chris Couch

William Coutts

Nathaniel Crane

Jon and Seana Crellin

Mary Ellen Crowley

Erika Damon

Jessica Dawson

Yann Deguel Serres

Elisabeth Demarco

Tom Diehl

Louis Doig

Karen Dow

Rani Doyle

Kristell Erout

Peter Evans P.G.

Rachel Falconer

Sonia Faucher

Mark Fidler

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Barbara Flaws Ivos

Jim Fontaine

Jonathan Friedman

Peter Froelicher

E. Paul Gallagher

Scott and Stephanie Gilbert

Holly Goldman

Thomas Gorman

Eben Graves

Annie Gray

Paul and Joanne Guzzi

Kevin and Marcia Haigis

Lucy Hancock

Jonathan Handy

Karen Hansen

David Hartwell

David Heckel

Diane Heidelberger

Dave Helgeson

Pamela Helleren

Erik Helleren

Paul Hendrickson

Richard Hersee

George Hill

Jackson Hillner

Susannah Hoch

Jacob Hoffman

Lexi Hoffman

Tucker Holland

David Horton

Prescott Huidekoper

Neil Hulbert

Ryan Hyde

Christopher Hyde

Ken Johnson

David Johst

Rachel Jones

Nancy K Jones

Eelco Kaper

Rebecca Keane

Nathan Kellogg

Douglas Kelly

Sergio Kiehl

Karen Kim

Eric and Cynthia Kirchhoff

Elizabeth Kirk

Thomas Lane

David Lange

Kathleen Larkin

Elizabeth Larson

Jason Ledbetter

Jon Letowt

George Lewis

Jonathan Lilienfeld

Stephanie Littell

Howard Lubinger

Jon Lynch

Laura Macs

Bill & Jen McCabe

Tessa McKenzie Greer

Cameron McLean

Dean MDowell

Kyra Mercer

Brendan Miller

Adam Muhith

Tom Myers

Dan Naparstek

Marilyn Natsch

Meredith Natsch

Michael Natsch

Daniel Neske

Greg and Sarah Noble

Gordon Noble

Donald Obrien

Andrew O'Connor

Krista and Thomas Olson/Middleton

Kevin O'Neill

John Orshak

Chris Ott

Kate Oxtoby

Sharon Paul

Dylan Paul

Edward Perkins

Barbara Perkins

Julie Perlman

Connor Peters

Colter Peterson

Susan Peyton

Geoffrey Peyton

Rhonda Pirvulescu

Bob & Jean Poole

Robert Potterton

Edward and Amy Purdy

Jin Purdy

Kate Renney

Marsha Rich

Faye Rimalovski

Winslow A. "Peter" Robbins

Betsy Roguet

Robert Roog

Carolyn Rose

Arlene Rozzelle

John Rudberg

Glenn Rudberg

Richard and Abigail Russell

Arlene Ruzzelle

Kate Guggenheim and Samir Muhith

Deirdre Scali

Keith Schnaars

Kurt Schnaars

Schwab Charitable

Daniel Seaman

Ruarri Serpa

Pam and Chris Sharpe

Jacob Silverman

Henrik Smedberg

Chris Smith

Ben starr

Nina and Gilbert Stephan

Anne Stevenson

Jeffrey Stump

Zhen Su

Chris Summersgill

Jennifer Supple

Jared Supple

William Supple

Stanislav Svaricek

Rob Swan

John Swanson

David Swanson

George Taffet

Glen and Barbara Taylor

Nancy Teeven

Steve Tingle

Marcel Trik

Vanguard Charitable

Jane Venti

Robert Walker

Caroline and Martin Walsh

Diane Walton

Lee Webster

Ben Weeks

Steve Weeks

Matt White

Sarah White

Rainer Wichman

Ann Wicks

Dan Williams

Laura Winner

Thomas Winner

Willard Yankus

Elizabeth Young

M Kent Zambelli

Paul Zimmerman

Robert Zins

The Biber Foundation

The Blackbaud Giving Fund

The Copper Beech Foundation

Thursday, May 7, 2020

In The Words of 2019 LIT, Griffin Wilson: Moving Through the Years

In my years here at William Lawrence Camp, I have had the joy of experiencing just about everything. When I first arrived as a Junior, I knew a little about camp because of my brother but I was amazed at how close the community was. I was nervous at first but I met somebody just like me. After the first day, I was too excited to go to bed. I tried tons of different activities and all the counselors were fun and encouraging.

Grif Wilson enjoying a period of tennis!
I spent two year as a Junior and then moved on up to a Middler. It was almost as if the new, exciting things were just refreshed. There were new cool counselors, cabins and trips. I went on the Squam Lake trip and there was a massive thunderstorm. Me, Ethan and Charlie were all stuck in a tent with rain pouring all around us. Suprisingly, it was one of the best times I had on a trip. We stayed up until about 1am just talking and fooling around.

As I became a Senior, I was close with the kids all the way back from Junior year. The counselors were more relaxed and you were independent. We had a dance with the girls of Fleur De Lis. I went on the Androscoggin River trip and ended up tipping the canoe but it was still very fun. Being a Senior also allowed me to try out skeet. Overall, my experience was a great one.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

In the Words of 2019 LIT, Anthony Stigliano: New Activities

Anthony helping WLC celebrate
Camp Kindness Day
I have attended William Lawrence camp for 6 years and have experienced all the activities it has to offer. Going from a suburban neighborhood to camp opened many doors to opportunities I would've never had back home.
            Two of these activities are riflery and archery, some very different sports compared to the norm. They require intense focus and patience in order to get the right shot. They take a lot of practice but are very rewarding and build discipline. On the other hand, ping pong is a fast paced activity which relies on ones reflexes and technique to propel them to victory. Once one picks up a paddle, it is very hard to put down. Almost every camper lines up outside the ping pong tables before meals at the dining hall just to get a chance to play. My personal favorite is challenge course. Everyone attempted to climb a tree as a kid, but usually didn't get very far. At challenge course, you can put these past thoughts to rest with the climbing tower and high ropes courses. At the tower, there are many routes to ascend, all varying in obstacles and difficulty. The high ropes courses also portray may different challenges, and require using ones balance in order to stay high among the trees. Water skiing and sailing are extremely fun, especially if you have never done water sports before. It is exhilarating for the boat to whip you around the lake as you water ski, although it is very challenging at first. However, it is one of the most rewarding activities at camp. Sailing is also hard at first, but is great fun and can be very relaxing or exciting depending on how you approach it.
William Lawrence has many activities that aren't available in our day to day lives, and keeps many. like myself, returning to camp for years.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

What is Free Swim and WHHHHY is it so Important!?

Take a moment and imagine the bugle has just blown and it’s the start of Free Swim. Your son is feeling tired from the morning’s activities but wants to hang with his friends. He meets up with everyone outside the cabin and a couple of his friends suggest going to the climbing tower. Your son knows he doesn’t have the energy to climb the tower. He is flooded with different emotions, about being the one who says no to the activity and not wanting to miss out on the fun but also really not wanting to go.  What does he do? How does he handle it?...

At William Lawrence Camp, Free Swim is the time each day where the boys experience absolute control over how they spend their time. After spending the morning and early afternoon in instructional activities and knowing that their evening already has a plan, Free Swim is their opportunity for two hours of unstructured activities. The boys can go from one area of camp to another at a whim. They can hang with one group of friends then join another or even meet someone new. This unstructured time is vital for their development. 

Katie Hurley, LCSW, writes in her article Summertime Solutions: The Benefits of Unstructured Play, “…unstructured play increases executive function skills such as organizing, staying focused, initiating tasks, self-regulation of emotions, and self-monitoring or the ability to keep track of what you’re doing.” Think back to your son standing with his group of friends debating whether to go to the climbing tower or not. He’s learning to regulate his emotions and check-in with his body. Hurley also says, “Through the context of unstructured play, groups of kids learn to share and verbalize their ideas, work together, and resolve disputes.” Your son is going to voice his thoughts and the boys are going to work together to decide what to do. We can provide evidence of that on the ball field, outside the cabin, down at the waterfront, just about anywhere on camp, campers are gathering in small groups and increasing their executive functions while figuring out what to do during Free Swim.

I know there are some parents out there thinking to themselves, “2 hours of free swim? But what if my son gets bored?” Our response to that is, “excellent!” In the Time Magazine article, How We're Endangering our Kids' Imaginations, Melissa Berstein says “…they desperately need more free time to ignite their imaginations, develop a sense of wonder, and discover their passions and purpose. Inventiveness occurs when kids have time for curiosity and exploration.” By allowing the boys to be bored for a few minutes, we are asking them to use their imaginations and creativity to entertain themselves. The Time Magazine article The Secret Power of Play says, “Children who can entertain themselves, or play with one another, are unconsciously learning how to adapt themselves to challenges they’ll face further down the road.” With no structure for two hours, WLC boys need to decide what they want to do and then make it happen, a concept that will be recurring in their lives.

We believe that Free Swim may just be the one of the most important times of growth for your son. Walking around camp during Free Swim you will observe a small group of boys sitting together at the green chairs sharing books, you will see the shy boy challenging himself on the climbing tower, two friends figuring out how to play tetherball, a parade of boys walking down to the waterfront, an exuberant game of gaga, boys lounging on sail boats and paddle boards in the middle of the lake just chatting and enjoying each other and the weather. Wherever you look you will see boys growing, developing and experiencing life. Your don’t have to take our word on how important this is; Alison Hail writes in her article What The Power Of Play Truly Means For Your Child, “Free play has the potential to significantly reshape and strengthen neural circuits of the brain, leading to increased perception and intuition, as well as to greater recall.” And who doesn’t want that for their child!?

Articles Referenced in this blog post:

Written by Jessica Dawson, WLC Camper Development Coordinator

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

In The Words of 2019 LIT, Reece Stevenson: Staff Diversity

A large part of my experience at WLC is the staff from different parts of the world. It adds an entirely different prospective on life and completely changes the way camp is oriented. They are able to help make new activities as well as helps campers from different places fit in.
Reece assisting Noah Weiner in woodworking
            I have been at camp for 8 years and I am now a part of the LIT program and now work with staff from all over the world. And as aforecited they have made my experience as a camper and counselor amazing. Our staff come from all over the place including Spain,  New Zealand, Australia, Argentina, etc. this  has helped me take home a new prospective on life because of the experiences that they bring to camp. An example of this is this year we have a lot of staff from South Africa who taught me about the culture there and the major differences in language and ways of life which made me think a lot about how I live at home. This is an overall helpful experience because I normally dont critically think about my way of life but now I feel as if I am better off after having this introduced to me.
            These staff haven't only affected me but also the entirety of camp. They create new games for the camp and bring old ones from their countries. They create new games for the camp and bring old ones from their countries such as Aussie rules. As well as helping with games they also help kids from outside of America feel safer because they have a counselor who is just as far from home as them. This is also helpful for when they don't speak E  and enriches the William Lawrence Camp experience.
nglish very well and a staff speaking the same language can help with this a lot. Overall these staff add a new experience to camp that couldn't happen without them

Thursday, November 21, 2019

In the Words of 2019 LIT, Ethan Stump: Camp Community

Ethan Stump and camper, Luke Ferrero-Porschetto

Ever since I started coming to WLC, I've always loved archery. With a top notch range, many like to go there to try out something that they have never done before. But I don't just go to the range because I want to shoot some targets, sometimes I would go just to hang out with some of the friends that I had made because of camp.

Back in 2014, when I was eleven, I got to go to my first big archery competition: The Flight of the Champions. Some of the people that I am still closest with today, such as a fellow counselor Nick, and my brother Ryan. In fact, one of the main reasons I was able to get so close to my brother was because of Archery. Before I started going to camp, neither of us really liked each other. But through such a positive Archery community, we were able to become closer. Anyway, in terms of the competition, long story short; acquaintances became friends, and lots of inside jokes formed. And not to mention that we won, because WLC has a great Archery program. After the competition, we had formed a tight community, inside of a tight community, all because of camp.

Although the Archery community has it own little quirks at camp, other activities have these types of communities as well. The challenge course, for example, has a tightly knit group of guys, and so does riflery. And altogether, it creates a diverse sense of community that echoes throughout the entire camp.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

In the Words of 2019 LIT, Dylan Goldman: Lasting Impressions

Dylan helping a camper at the Challenge Course
The community of camp is one that can stay closely knit together year through year. Everyone here has the same goal in mind which is to have fun. Through the diversity of the campers and staff a strong community is built where everyone works to achieve that same goal. During my experience at camp I have  seen how both the staff and campers connect to create bonds that go past the summers at camp.

During my sixth summer at camp I was able to connect with a staff member from South Africa. He and I had a common love for climbing that brought us together. I spent most of my free swims at the climbing tower so I could just hang out with him. The counselor's name is Kyle and he was the one who taught me everything I know about climbing now. At the end of that summer I was in tears because I knew that some of my good friends I had made that summer would not be coming back. Kyle came to reassure me that he would try his hardest to come back the next year. Unfortunately he wasn't able to come back that next summer. After a two year break Kyle decided to come back once again. When I walked into camp this year I was excite to hear that Kyle had come back. I immediately went around trying to find my once favorite counselor and now co-counselor. When I finally saw him the first thing he said to me was, “sorry”. He apologized for something that he said to me three years ago. It just goes to show how much he actually cared about some kid that he met at a summer camp that stuck to him like glue.

The bonds made at camp are ones that stick though the years. My experience with Kyle is something that I will remember for the rest of my life. Camp is able to connect people from all over the world that would never have met any other way. The people that camp has to offer are the ones that have the ability to make a lasting impression on each camper that comes through.

Dylan Goldman