The moment you arrive at Camp, you can’t help but feel the rich history and tradition of Weequahic. From the songs in the dining hall that our campers sing, to the Olympic plaques from years past in the rec hall, you know that you are part of something long-standing and very special.
Weequahic was founded in 1953 by Art and Mollie Lustig, and was under the directorship of the same family for more than five decades. The ideal with which camp was started – to provide the best in camping – and the traditions which have made Weequahic great continue to flourish under our family’s leadership.
Weequahic is far more than the facilities and scenic beauty of over 100 acres located in Wayne County, although these are certainly part of what has made Weequahic so special. It’s the people and their relationships that make Weequahic what it is. Our campers learn new activities every year, but what draws them back is our warm, caring environment… An environment in which friendships are encouraged and where self-sufficiency and tolerance in learning to live with others is taught.
Our motto which we have maintained for almost 60 years and continues to this day remains:
Every family wants their camper to have an incredible time at camp. Building relationships with campers and staff members from all over the US and world, enjoying activities they only get to try at camp, and being a part of the camp spirit and traditions will certainly allow for fun.
We want more for your child, though, than just having a good time. We want to make a difference in their lives. And that is where our values of Gratitude, Attitude and Courage come in.
Gratitude: 'A gracious heart is a happy heart.' We have heard this from a number of philosophers and teachers through the years and know it to be true. Therefore, we spend a few moments each evening thinking about our day and expressing at least two moments that made us happy. That expression of gratitude encourages us to be more thoughtful about ourselves and others and requires us to take a moment to be thankful each day.
Attitude: The only aspect of our lives over which we have complete control is how we react. Attitude, therefore, is a chosen outlook on life and we remind our campers of this fact often. Choosing the type of attitude you want to present to the world, and yourself, is one of the most important realizations our young people can come to at camp. We develop this habit through the modeling of our counselors, gentle reminders throughout the day, and creating a community of fun for all.
Courage: We don't talk about the courage needed to do something heroic. Rather, we focus on the courage it takes to complete the small, every day actions required to be a good person. Standing up for yourself or another, trying something new, being polite when it's hard to do so - these are the small courageous actions of good people.
Coupled with the independence gained by living away from their parents in an incredibly fun and intentional community, our campers leave Weequahic with a deeper appreciation of Gratitude, Attitude, and Courage. It is our hope this will only aid them in their paths to being people of Good Character, which benefits not only themselves but the society in which they live.