Monday, October 3, 2022

2021-2022 Annual Fund Donors

 Thank you to all our donors! Each dollar helps keep camp running.

Consider making a reoccurring donation today!

A. Chapman Bailey

Alan Harding

Alex Camerino

Amy Brown

Andrew Gorman

Andrew O'Conor

Anne Bullitt

Arlene Rozzelle

Barbara Flaws Ivos

Beezie Handy

Betsy Roguet

Bevan Verryt

Bill Laskin

Bill Russell

Bob Poole

Bob Swan

Bradford Greason

Brian & Jenna MacPhee

Bruce Barton

Cara Beston

Carl Erickson

Charles Cleary

Charles King

Cheryl Fever

Chris Peters

Chris Summersgill

Christopher Barton

Christopher Hyde

Christopher Lynch

Christopher Wentzell

Clark Patteson

Clark Rutherford

Copper Beech Foundation

Dan Obrien

Dave Arnold

Dave Helgeson

David Horton

David Kress

David MacPherson

Dennis Ceru

Douglas Kelly

Eben Graves

Edmund Merriam

Edward D'Alelio

Elizabeth Dustin

Elizabeth Eldredge

Elizabeth Larson

Elizabeth Young

Eric Kirchhoff

Evan Silberquit

Frank King

Frank Smiddy

Fred Lubinger

Geoffrey Peyton

George Lewis

Holly Goldman

Howard Lubinger

Hugh and Diane Fredrick

J.D. Blythin

James Graham

James Kean

James Wren

Jane Venti

Janet Proctor

Jason Miner

Jean Konopacz

Jeff Melinn

Jeffrey Higgs

Jim Noble

Joe Thompson

John Orshak

John Paul Chuck

John Rudberg, Jr

John Swanson

Jon "Porky" Friedman

Jon Haycock

Jonathan Engram

Jonathan Page

Jonathan White

Joseph Caruso

Joshua Dunne

Julie Perlman

Karen Hansen

Kate Oxtoby

Kathleen Larkins

Keith Schnaars

Krista and Thomas Olson/Middleton

Laura Geary

Laura Macs

Laura Stuss

Lee Webster

Leslie Brown

Lester McDowell

Lucy Hancock

Marcel Trik

Margaret Anne Heuss

Mark Cancian

Mark Evitts

Mark Fidler

Mark Hyde

Marlene Lubinger

Meredith and Roger Boshes

Michael & Madge Kellick

Michael Natsch

Mikhail Samonov

Nat Crane

Neil Hulbert

Nick Berents

Nick Mildwoff

Nikki Schulz

Pam Sharpe

Pamela Madden

Pasquale Luongo

Patricia Baker

Patricia Wesolowski

Patrick Hogan

Paul Helleren

Paul Hendrickson

Paul King

Peter Froelicher

Peter Michalowski

Peter Smith

Peter Warren

Phyllis Burke

Richard and Abigail Russell

Richard Brown

Richard Hersee

Rick Clark

Robert Anthony Mackie

Robert Gallagher

Robert Golledge Jr.

Robert Roog

Scott Gilbert

Seana and Jon Crellin

Sharon Paul

Stacy Braatz

Stephen Gordon

Steve Weeks

Stuart Cobb

Susan Brown

Susan Huppertz

Susan Peyton

Susan Wood

Susannah Hoch

The Biber Foundation

Therese Hurley

Thomas Lane

Thomas Winner

Tom Diehl

Tom Myers

Willard Yankus

William Gaver

William Kellett

William Kirby Jr

William Supple

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Nate Fever: Companionship

I am typically someone who will spend most of my time by myself rather than with other people, not because I'm anti-social but more because I don't feel like I relate to others in many ways. This camp has always been the one place where I’ve felt like I can be a part of a community that I care about. I remember way back during my 2nd or 3rd year of coming to this camp after I finally got used to the idea of being away from home for periods at a time, that I finally started to indulge in actually getting to know those that I was spending a lot of my time around. Up until that point I had gotten comfortable just being by myself but when I began using my time with people I liked instead of being alone, it changed my experience entirely. My perspective on camp quickly went from one where I spent a few weeks during the summer essentially being a lone wolf to one where I had a lot of fun in the company of others.

Making new friends gave me a desire to come back to camp just to see and spend time with the people I met and have a good time. I started by using all of my hours doing activities that I tried to make all about myself but having companions helped me indulge more in the activities that I enjoyed. Now instead of just spending my time alone in the riflery or archery range, I brought my friends down to host small competitions with them, going down to bounce on the water trampoline at the waterfront, climbing at the challenge course, and more activities that were made so much better with other people. The good memories I make with the people I meet at this camp became the main reason that I come back year after year, always anticipating the moment when I get to see them again and spend another amazing summer here. To me, companionship is the most important thing to have here at camp and makes the experience worth it. It's now my 9th year being here and my view is still strong as ever.

Tuesday, February 15, 2022

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Matt Geraghty: Becoming Outgoing


You should always be open to trying new things and meeting new people when faced with an unfamiliar situation. When I first came to William Lawrence, I was shy and kept to myself. Because of this, I hated my first year of camp. I thought I wasn’t making friends because no one liked me, but it was really because no one had really met me yet. I did not want to come back to camp for a second year, but I ended up coming back because of my older brother, whom enticed me to. This time when I came to camp, I decided to force myself out of my shell. I was loud and forced myself to meet people that I never would have otherwise met. During my second year at William Lawrence, I tried new things, met new people, and had a lot of fun. Because I forced myself to become outgoing, I had a lot more fun in an unfamiliar situation and I got to try many new and exciting activities. The lesson here is that no one is going to force you to have fun in life, you have to actively get out of your own way to search for it. 

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Drew Hohenstein: Enhancing Family Bonds


Having my brother at camp is an interesting and enjoyable activity to say the least. At home I am the oldest sibling and he is constantly annoying me with people and subjects I know nothing about. At camp there are more things to do and people to talk to then just me. This means when he talks to me about camp I actually know the people and activities he is talking about. Having my little brother at camp is also fun because I get to see what I was like when I was a camper and especially what I was like as a Middler.

The only difference is my brother is much more outgoing than me and he is able to make friends much easier than me. Unfortunately, he also gets homesick so having me here and even being in the same unit as him (I was an LIT of the Middler unit) was very helpful to him. 

This was my brother’s second year as a camper and he was very excited to come to camp due to the risk of COVID in 2020. My brother really enjoyed his first and second year and I know there will be nothing to dampen his spirit in the future. 

I love my brother and how camp enhances our bond!

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Connor Mercer: Take Advantage of New Opportunities


During my time at William Lawrence Camp, I’ve always made a point to do something at camp that I can’t do at home. In my case, this thing was pretty much anything except for archery. When not at camp, I spend any time I can get practicing for my next competition whether it be after a long day at school or on the weekends after I finish my homework. You, like most people, are probably thinking to yourself that camp would be the golden opportunity to spend as much time as possible doing what I so deeply enjoy. However, I see camp as a chance to take a break from the normal routine. Starting with my first summer here at WLC, my activities consistently excluded archery. Instead, I signed up for things such as Challenge Course, Wilderness Skills, Woodworking, and many more. These activities inspired new interests in me and carried over into the outside world. Now, I spend time taking short walks in the woods enjoying nature and building things with my grandfather in our workshop. These new activities also taught me important lessons such as problem solving, patience, and resilience. The skills I learned and the interests I discovered have enabled me to be a better person both socially and academically. None of this would have been possible if I had just stuck to the same old routine. Yeah, sure, I would be better at archery, but I would have just been practicing the same old thing and probably wouldn’t have learned anything new. Instead, I learned skills that I will utilize throughout my life no matter where I am or what I am doing. I hope that by reading this I have inspired you to take a break from your normal routine and take advantage of new opportunities.

Monday, October 18, 2021

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Noah Beston: We Need to Appreciate What We Have

My LIT year at William Lawrence Camp has really shown me that we have to appreciate what we have. Throughout my years between camp, I have taken for granted all of the good times I’ve had here. All of the dining hall chants, the really fun evening programs, like Nitro (a camp favorite), Goldrush, and all the daily activities that I would never get to experience at any other camp. These are all things I’m now realizing how much I’ll miss, now that I’m moving to another country. Through my year as an LIT, I’ve gotten to see all of the happy times we provide for campers. I was assigned to riflery, and I saw kids grow to love the sport and really improve upon it, but most importantly the smiles on their faces when they hit a good target, or when they entered the riflery range. And with the campers in my cabin, I loved to hear them talk about the activities they had done that I wasn’t there for and how they were all great friends with each other. They all talked about what they did with their friends and cabin mates. William Lawrence Camp has always been a great place for me to explore new interests, make new friends, and get to experience things that you couldn’t experience anywhere else in the whole world! And through all these things that I’ve had the pleasure of doing, William Lawrence has taught me to really appreciate everything I have in life, and has encouraged me to look for more.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

In The Words of 2021 LIT, Jake Burgess: Stay in Contact

Camp has brought many new friends into my life. Whether it was meeting new people or greeting old friends that I haven’t seen in nearly a year, camp has shown me the importance of keeping in contact with friends. Some of my favorite memories of camp are trading contact and social media information with friends on the last day of the session. I remember my first year, writing my phone number on little slips of paper and passing them around to my cabin mates in hopes that we could all stay in contact throughout the year and be able to see each other next summer. Getting a random text from someone during the year and instantly remembering all of the fun moments from camp always made me eager and excited for the next chance to see them. Being able to talk to friends that I see only during camp is one of the many reasons that I return each year.