By Peter Slack, President & CEO, the Wyanoke Group
With roots reaching back to 1923, the Wyanoke Group has been committed to providing the clinical information and education health care professionals need to stay informed and improve patient health.
The origin of our name stems from the summer camp, Camp Wyanoke, on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Its emblem includes just two words: Courage. Loyalty. Camp Wyanoke was attended and enjoyed by our founder Charles B. Slack (my father) and his brother Neal Slack in the 1940s and later by my brother Sam and I in the 1960s.
Many think the name stems from Native American heritage, but it is a specific spot in New Hampshire where an old oak tree stood near a Y in the road — that is Y and Oak or Wyanoke.
The camp holds many memories for the Slack family and for every camper still alive. Camp Wyanoke started in 1909 and operated until it was sold for residential housing in 1975. There is an abundance of nostalgia personally for what it meant and continues to mean in the lessons taught and morals established day in and day out. The “Wyanoke Standards” and this quote from the camp’s founder Walter Bentley still resonates with me today: “Give these boys the best that you have, and ‘the harvest will be a hundred-fold.’”
We at the Wyanoke Group are proud to carry on the values and traditions instilled by the leaders of the Camp, along with the philosophies that underpin the Camp Wyanoke Standards.