Sr. High Camp: July 30 – August 19, 2017 (ages 16-19) Register
The greatest tradition in the 93-year history of Rowe Camp is Senior High Camp.
Each day, campers participate in a wide variety of amazing workshops on topics such as dreams, identity, spirituality, body image, addiction, sexuality, grief and loss, and politics. In the evenings, campers join the whole community for events like talent shows and large-scale games or dances and rituals. At the end of each evening, we all go to Chapel for a time to share readings, songs, and reflections about what touches us most deeply. It is a time when we can choose to express, or simply feel, our greatest joys and most profound hurts in an atmosphere of acceptance and safety.
The Senior High program staff brings a diversity of experience as well as a love of and respect for teenagers. The staff is present to ensure safety, provide emotional support, share talents and skills, listen without judgment, and lead by example. They are committed to coming together and being very intentional about building a community in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.
By making workshops, chapels, and even sleep optional, we’ve found that campers consistently go home from camp with a stronger commitment to taking responsibility for their lives and with increased self-confidence, self-respect, and acceptance of others, including brothers, sisters, and parents. The Rowe Spirit offers a magical and compelling sense of belonging, warmth, growth, intensity, and love.
“Rowe has existed as my home for the past three summers. Not one week has gone by in these three transitional years that Rowe has not influenced me in one way or another. I have learned things from Rowe that my parents, my best friends, and my teachers could not have managed to help me discover about myself and the world that surrounds me. Before Rowe I was blind to the different aspects of being a woman in this society, and after only three summers I have realized the position I take in the world as a young woman. I am confident in my power and strength as a woman in society, and I can attribute that gained strength to all the boys, girls, men, women, and trees that guided me through such mind-expanding summers. Not just the summer camps at Rowe influence me, the people within the world of Rowe have impacted me as much or even more. Rowe in not just a camp, it is the humans that attend it, and the love that they bring along with them. I have countless strong friendships with people I’ve met at Rowe that are consistently my main sources of inspiration and guidance through life. Not only do I see these people once a year, I make sure to see them throughout the year to re-light that flame of love that is ignited while at Rowe. When I see these people, it reminds me that I can bring that love all over with me, to all the places I go in the world and continue the feeling of comfort and confidence of self that Rowe has given to all of us. I am eternally grateful for all the people I’ve met, and experiences I have had while at Rowe. I strive to repay Rowe for all its given me with anything I can provide. With all of myself, I jitter with excitement to continue my journey at Rowe and beyond.” – Sr. High Camper
Zoe Donnellycolt is a performance artist based in Oakland California. Originally from the woods of Connecticut, she received her BA from Bennington College in Vermont. Zoe has been published by Two Plum Press and has presented work at various venues in the Bay Area. She has a daily dance practice and supports the emergence of Bay Area Artists through a home-made performance series. Zoe has worked with youth at Rowe since 2008. She currently supports the youth programming at East Bay Dance Center as an administrative assistant and has previously worked with teenagers in Oakland and San Francisco public schools. She believes in youth empowerment through listening and creative collaboration.
Jenn Bufithis-Hurie started going to Rowe as a camper at Junior High Camp in 2003 and continued coming back for three more summers at Senior High Camp. She learned so much at Rowe as a teen and wanted to help be part of the leadership team in this intentional community. For this reason, Jenn came back to be on staff in 2010 and has worked on full-time program staff or guest staff at both JHC and SHC since. Since graduating from Beloit College in WI with a BA in Psychology, she’s been living in Boston doing youth development work primarily with underserved families and communities. Jenn is excited to be moving into this new role at SHC and feels privileged to be the new Co-Director in the summer of 2017.