Learning to Live Together
The Final Banquet takes place the last evening of camp when all the campers and staff along with some alumni and Camp Nicolet Foundation Board members gather to celebrate a safe and successful camp season. This summer was especially exceptional with some special awards to honor a few staff members who have been with us for over a decade, as well as acknowledging 5-year campers (a record number of 17!), and also honoring outstanding campers in various activity areas. Every summer the banquet usually has a theme and this year it was centered around Camp Nicolet’s motto “Learning to Live Together”.
Seventy-one years ago when Ann and Wendall Schrader purchased land along the shores of Franklin Lake, they wanted to make it the perfect place for girls of all ages to come each summer for an experience that would influence them the rest of their lives. They wanted these girls to learn activities they could use as they grew older such as swimming, boating, and sports of all kinds. They also wanted the girls to learn leadership skills and to gain independence away from life at home. Appreciating nature and being in the forest on a beautiful lake away from the stress and hustle of the city and school was also important. But there was much more…
In 1944 our world was at war (World War II) and in a state of global unrest. This greatly influenced everyone’s lives in so many ways and finding peace was a priority. Mr. and Mrs. Schrader believed that finding peace within ourselves comes first, and then sharing that with those around us would help to spread a sense of peace and understanding throughout the world. Thus, Camp Nicolet’s motto was created – and stands for all time.