Our Philosophy

Songadeewin combines the values of wilderness tripping with a strong in-camp program. The program draws on the rich traditions of the earlier Songadeewin camp and Keewaydin but is designed to meet the specific needs of girls today. We offer a safe, nurturing, fun-filled environment in which each camper is allowed to develop at her own pace. The program helps girls to build self-confidence, set personal goals, and learn new skills. At the same time, it stresses the merits of living and working cooperatively as a member of a diverse group.

An achievement system helps foster each girl’s desire to develop talents in a variety of activities. The achievement system, called the Coup System, allows each camper to grow at her own pace and have a well-rounded summer. It encourages campers both to try new activities and develop specialized expertise in select areas of the girl’s choice. There are four levels, or coups, in each activity and girls are encouraged to work their way through the different levels. There are progressive goals so that each summer a girl returns she has new challenges and is encouraged to master new skills and activities.