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An answer for ‘I’m bored’
Tyler County Booster - May 2009
As a child, the best job I could think of was being a camp counselor. I loved camp and being in the outdoors, and found at Camp Niwana, Woodville, Texas, a dream come true. Established in 1951 and in continuous operation since, Niwana,(the name means misty lakes among the hills and trees) provides unique summer camping experiences for boys and girls in grades 1 through 12. Opportunities at Camp Niwana are unique to the setting of hills, trees and water as well as to the philosophy of the Camp Fire organization. Campers are encouraged to make new friends in cabin groups supervised by a counselor. (I remember all my counselors clearly; they were role models of exceptional character and skill and I wanted to be just like them.) Days include organized activities including swimming, archery, fishing, marksmanship, learning outdoor living skills, singing, hiking, drama, crafts, sports and games and much more. Evenings bring skits, stargazing, cooking over camp fires and the special awards ceremony on the last night of camp, the ceremonial fire. There is also purposeful time built into the day just for listening, learning and enjoying the woods and environment that nature provides. Many first year campers have never been in the woods nor away from home and even those who live in rural environments find Camp Niwana a unique place and return year after year. At Niwana, emphasis is placed on individual skill development, not competition; learning about one’s self and respect for the outdoor environment and learning to get along well with others. Campers are encouraged to challenge themselves, to try activities new to them and to build confidence and self esteem through working with others to achieve their goals. Camp Niwana operates three summer programs: Two, one week long sessions starting Sunday afternoon through Saturday morning; a day camp operating from 8-5, Monday through Friday; and mini camps, which are four day sessions for campers who want a shorter stay. Dates for the 2009 season are June 21 through July 4. For information on specific sessions, dates and fees, please contact the Camp Fire Organization, Port Arthur, Texas, at 409 983-3386. Locally, you may contact Darby Kethan, 409 200 0331 for more information or to arrange a visit to the facility.