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CABIN LIFE

BE CLEAN — BOTH YOURSELF AND THE PLACE YOU LIVE IN.

Ogichi’s spacious cabins are divided into two sides with a shared common room between them. Each side houses six to eight campers and two staff members. Younger campers live in cabins with limited electricity and bathrooms; older girls live in cabins with no electricity, and share a washhouse with those in another cabin.

After breakfast, each girl is responsible for tidying up personal and shared spaces. A cabin inspector motivates each cabin group with the coveted Clean Cat honor and good-natured Dirty Dog distinction. Dirty Dogs are given extra opportunities to practice cleanliness, and can sometimes be found singing and dancing as they clean the Dining Hall.

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CLASSES

BE JOYFUL — SEEK THE JOY OF BEING ALIVE.

From crafts and climbing to sailing and songwriting, Ogichi offers a diversity of instructional classes. With four activity periods each day, campers decide how to spend their time: learning new skills, honing their techniques in a favorite class, and even teaching other girls. In the absence of awards, personal gratification comes from finding success, overcoming failure, imparting a useful technique, or mastering a lifelong passion.

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TRIBE DUTIES

BE HELPFUL — DO YOUR SHARE OF THE WORK.

At Ogichi, campers are assigned to one of four tribes, each comprised of girls of all ages. The tribes rotate through various jobs essential to community living: setting tables, serving food, washing dishes, tidying shared spaces, cleaning the washhouses, tending the garden, raking the beach and Council Ring, and grooming the waterfront. The four tribes also function as teams for Little Council and games that teach healthy competition and sportsmanship.

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MEALTIMES

SPEAK TRUE — WORD OF HONOR IS SACRED.

At Ogichi, meals are a family affair. Girls sit wherever they choose, at staff-chaperoned tables of eight that encourage eye-contact and conversation: finish chatting with a friend after waterskiing, check in with a cousin or little sister, cozy up to your favorite counselor, or seek comfort from the elder who always has a smile for you.

All meals are made from scratch and feature fresh produce, lean meats and organic dairy products—with vegetarian and vegan options available. As a meal winds down, the presentations and announcements begin: an inspirational story, a new tune composed in songwriting class, lost-and-found antics (sing for a recovered item), updates on a trip underway, a birthday celebration.

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Balance Time

BE STRONG — UNDERSTAND AND RESPECT YOUR BODY. IT IS THE TEMPLE OF THE SPIRIT.

Jog with the Running Club. Stretch and meditate in yoga. Take a nap. Write a letter. Play a board game. Sit. Swim. Read. For an hour and a half after lunch, Balance Time is an opportunity for each camper to do exactly what she needs to do to feel refreshed. And just before the bell that signals the start of afternoon classes, the staff-run Juice Bar serves crisp apples and creative combinations of fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetables.

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EVENING GAMES

PLAY FAIR — FOUL PLAY IS TREACHERY.

Evenings at Ogichi are all about fun. Whether its Little Council, Rotative Games, the talent show, capture-the-flag, counselor hide-and-seek, or swimming and sauna, evening activities involve some skill, a lot of spunk, and enthusiastic participation by staff and campers alike.

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