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The highest honor that one can achieve at William Lawrence Camp is to become a member of our Honor Society. Campers must demonstrate an understanding of many camp activities, from those available at the waterfront to the rifle range and everything in between. At all times, they must exhibit unquestioned character and good citizenship while demonstrating the four corner stones of camp: Willingness, Loyalty, Comradeship, and Sportsmanship.

Skills to be mastered are demonstrated by the completion of a series of eighteen tests. Many of these tests have varying degrees of difficulty to allow campers to have intermediate milestones of their progress along the path to becoming a member of The Honor Society. Passing the first level of the first thirteen tests earns one Pathfinder status. Once the first 13 tests are completed in their entirety, you become a Trailblazer. Once all 18 tests have been passed, one becomes a Woodsman. Achieving this honor is a multi-year endeavor which requires a real commitment.

honor society group wlc
honor society fire wlc
The Honor Society is one of the longest-standing-traditions at William Lawrence. The entire camp gathers for Evening Program every Monday around the Great Central Fire, grouped by their various Houses, which correspond to their BROG (Blue, Red, Orange and Green) team in the ongoing color war (House of Lakes, House of Mountains, House of Rivers, and House of Forests). Following the traditional ceremony as campfires are lit, the Woodsmen lead community members through various intra-house games. Cheered on by fellow house-mates, participants strive to win not only pride of accomplishment but also points for their House Team. At the conclusion of the evening, the Head Woodsman asks if anyone would like to take the traditional first test, The Test of Resolution, in which the camper must look into the Head Woodsman’s eyes and vow not to speak again until reveille the next morning.

We make sure that campers have access to the list of tests during the summer, but we also make the list of tests available here on our website. With the exception of the final five, tests may be taken and passed in any order. Each camper’s test progress will be recorded in the office to ensure that test results are not lost.

The WLC Centennial Celebration went off without a hitch on Labor Day Weekend, 2013. Over 350 guests and staff gathered on the Knoll for the three-day reunion that showcased the Centennial Lodge, the refurbished Barn, and a chance for guests to participate in their favorite activities and reminisce about their time at camp.
centennial stage at wlc

 

centennial deck at wlc

Festivities

The goal of the Centennial Weekend was not only to celebrate the completion of the improvements around camp, but to give alumni a chance to reunite, share stories across generations, enjoy their favorite activities, and revel in the camp spirit.

 

New Centennial Lodge

Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends of the camp, the Centennial Lodge was built in time for the Celebration. The main hall has already become an important activity area. We are still raising funds to finish the basement to provide new areas for weight lifting, fly tying, and arts and crafts.

centennial lodge at wlc

 

the barn at william lawrence camp

Refurbished Barn

Because of the generous response to our fund raising, the Board of Trustees decided to expand their initial goal to fund a much needed rehabilitation project for the beloved Barn. No longer are seniors able to break the barn during their bi-annual dance.

Our mission statement is the driving force behind our philosophy and everything we do at camp. We think about it as we prepare for camp and try to incorporate it's ideals into every activity we teach throughout the summer. It is as follows:

Through a fun, balanced program, in a camp family atmosphere with positive role models, William Lawrence Camp encourages the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical development of the whole boy in a caring, nurturing, spirited, challenging, yet safe environment. While allowing a kid to be a kid, the camp seeks to enhance positive values and skill development leading to a productive and responsible adulthood.

 

The camp experience builds character and fellowship, provides new and different experiences, improves group living skills, provides an opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds and countries, and fosters an appreciation of nature and the environment. Each camper is encouraged to increase self esteem, realize his potential, share and develop his personality, develop lasting friendships, and become a part of the camp family, which many consider a second home.

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The Board of Trustees is a concerned, active group of individuals close to the camp who meet at least four times a year to set policy, review operations, and, with the help of the Director, steer the course of the Camp.

The Board of Trustees and Members of the Corporation have all had a close association with William Lawrence for many years: many were campers themselves, and still more are the parents of current and former campers and staff members.

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(back row L-R) Mark Hyde, John Fortini, Keith Schnaars, Jeffery Stump, Executive Director Nat Crane, Charlie Cleary, Neil Hulbert, Steve Tingle, Chris Summersgill. (Front row L-R) Betsy Roguet, Board President Gail Avery, Lucy Hancock, Richard Brown (not pictured Bob Gallagher)

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