Our two traditional Waldemar terms are referred to as First Term and Second Term. Each of these 30-day terms is offered to girls going into 4th-11th grades. Most of our campers start at a young age and continue to build upon their camping experience until they reach their final year when they are known as "Hilltoppers."
On the first night a girl attends long term, she draws for her camp tribe. Whether she draws Aztec, Comanche, or Tejas, she will continue to be a member of this tribe throughout her camping years. In everything she does- from her table manners and cleanliness in her cabin to how well she participates in her classes- she will earn points for her tribe.
At the end of the camp term, there is a final program during which awards are given in many of the classes to the most skilled and most improved participants. At this time, the much anticipated winner of the tribal plaque is announced. Points from kampong inspection, table grades, class participation, medals awarded field day victories, and many others all contribute to this ultimate prize
The camp term also concludes with the naming of the Ideal Waldemar Girl. This is usually a Hilltopper who has been voted on anonymously by the counselor staff because she best lives up to the ideals of Waldemar. Being named Ideal Waldemar Girl is the highest honor a girl can receive during her camping years.
Each camper lives in a "kampong" (a South Sea Island word meaning house on stilts) with five to seven other girls her same age and one counselor. The cabins feature private baths and are air-conditioned.
The girls all choose their own activity schedule from our more than 30 activities available. Much like a college course schedule, they participate in up to 12 activities total with six on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and another six on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. We encourage the girls to take a variety of classes in land sports and water sports, as well as the arts so they have a balanced schedule.
At night, the girls participate in a variety of scheduled activities that include everything from movie nights and an all camp dance, to a camp carnival, climbing of the sacred tribal hills for tribal ceremonies, and kampong skits. In addition, there are two field days during the term. During each field day, each camper will participate in at least one and as many as three activities to earn points for her tribe. In Arts they earn points by being awarded medals.
In 1991 Waldemar decided to expand upon its fine tradition of camping excellence by inviting younger girls to attend an abbreviated session. With the Short Term session, Waldemar hosts around 200 young girls, ages 7-10 (entering 2nd - 5th grade), for a one-week camp term.
During the 6 day/ 5 night term, girls participate in many of the same activities and programs that are offered during the long-term. There are 20 classes offered in land sports, water sports, arts & crafts, as well as the unique Waldemar classes like Trick roping, Jr Chorus and Adventure Hour.
Just as long-term girls are members of "tribes" while at camp, so, too, are the younger girls who attend Short Term. The 2nd and 3rd graders are part of the Jackrabbit division and the 4th and 5th graders are part of the Coyote division. And like the big term girls compete for a tribal plaque, the Short Term divisions compete for 'the Best Kampong' by perfecting their personal record cards and by winning points in various