Onaway Gives Back

Philanthropy and service are part of the fabric of the Onaway community. The girls learn at a young age the rewards of giving back.

stewardshipEnvironmental Stewardship

Newfound Lake is one of the most pristine lakes in the country and as caring stewards of the environment, Onaway girls volunteer to help protect it, along with area woods and trails. We seek ways of minimizing our footprint through simple living, recycling and composting, water conservation and minimal energy consumption. 

girls-onawayGirls of Onaway Fund

Throughout the summer, the campers and counselors contribute to their own philanthropic fund called The Girls of Onaway. Proceeds from the Camp Onaway Fair, their chapel collections, and money saved from their weekly rice meals are deposited into this special fund. At the end of the summer, the girls decide how the money is to be donated.

 At the end of the summer of 2015, the girls made donations to the following organizations:

Appalachian Mountain Club
Camp Onaway Scholarship Funds
Paradise Point Audubon Center
SquamLakes Association
Camp Sunshine
Camp Carefree
Watoto Charitable Trust
Alternative for Girls
Foundation for African Medicine and Education
The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Disease
(marathon run by alumna Alex Hulme
The Circle Program
Nayashep Education Trust 
Newfound Lake Region Association
Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests 

To learn more about or add your support to these organizations, please click on the link and visit  their websites.


circle-girlsThe Circle Program

Founded in 1982 by Onaway alumnae and trustees, The Circle Program is now an independent nonprofit organization serving at-risk New Hampshire girls. Through a unique combination of summer camp and year round mentoring, Circle provides girls new opportunities to learn the skills, courage and confidence they need to handle the challenges in their lives. Onaway counselors volunteer at the Circle Program each summer and Onaway and Circle girls meet for fun activities and write to each other at camp. Onaway girls also support the Circle Program through their Girls of Onaway Fund each summer.

Carol Southall, former Onaway Director, Circle Founder and Trustee Emeritus writes:

The Circle Program is the embodiment of all that is good about Onaway. It has given girls of the same age and interests the chance to share the beauty of the outdoors and the lifelong friendships that have made the Onaway community so powerful through the years. For the Onaway girls, it has brought a focus for giving and sharing that is personal and dear to them. It adds a whole new dimension to their summer experience.

To learn more about the Circle Program, visit their website: www.circleprogram.org