As we gear up for the 60th summer at Waldsee, get to know some long-time members of the Waldsee community! This week, meet Peter! Peter has spent 12 summer and 6 fall sessions at Waldsee as a villager and a counselor since 2001. He has worn a variety of hats over the last almost two decades, including serving as a member of our core leadership staff and an enthusiastic counselor for the Grüne Welle (nature program).
At Waldsee, we love to introduce villagers to important cultural figures in the German-speaking world—both real and legendary, from Johann Sebastian Bach to Wilhelm Tell. One of our favorite ways to do this is through Abendprogramme (evening programs) like Moomba, where villagers have to find and collect various characters scattered around the campground. One of these figures is the eleventh-century religious figure, Hildegard von Bingen!
At Waldsee, we sing about die vier Jahreszeiten (the four seasons), but as all of our villagers know, the city of Köln (Cologne) celebrates five. Was ist die fünfte Jahreszeit? (What’s the 5th season?) For Kölner (the people of Cologne) and those of us at Waldsee, there is a clear answer: Karneval, also known as Fasching!
As we gear up for the 60th summer at Waldsee, get to know some long-time members of the Waldsee community! This week, meet Vera! Vera has spent 16 summers at Waldsee as a villager and a counselor since 2003. She has played a number of roles at Waldsee, especially when it comes to medieval storytelling with the Märchenwald (middle ages) program.
Every summer, Waldsee partners with the international exchange program Xperitas to offer the LK-Übersee (high school credit overseas) program. This year, we are excited to offer a four-week program that begins with two weeks at Waldsee in Bemidji and two weeks travelling through southern Germany and Switzerland with two Waldsee teachers, Johanna and Matze. What will we experience during our time in Switzerland? Read on!