Teachers Training Course at Pinewoods

July 18- 25, 2009

The week is over -- see you next year!

Daily Schedule

Teachers Training Course Schedule
click for tentative Detailed Combined Daily Schedule 

July 18 - 25, 2009
Program Director: Betsy Blachly Chapin
7:45 - 8:15 Breakfast
9:00 - 9:55
Observe and participate in morning by-age classes
10:00 Refreshments
10:15 - 11:00 Morning Gathering
11:00 - 12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
1:35 - 2:30 Early afternoon classes / Rest time
2:45 - 3:40 Observe and participate in afternoon by-age classes
3:50 - 4:40 Teachers Seminar with Betsy Blachly Chapin
4:40 - 5:00 Swimming, Bookstore Staffed
4:45 - 5:15 Stories at the Camphouse
6:00 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:50 - 8:45 Evening Gathering
8:30 Pied Piper / Bedtime for children 9 and younger
8:45 - 10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10 - 12 year olds
11:00 - 12:00 Optional after-dance activities

Program Description

Look at Special Programs for general information; here are details about this particular program and staff.

The course, held concurrently with Family Week at Pinewoods, is led by Betsy Blachly Chapin, a music specialist at Bank Street School for Children and Family Center and a teacher of teachers in the Bank Street College Graduate School in New York City.

This is a chance for teachers to attend a week long folk camp for people of all ages. You will observe and participate while master folklorists teach groups of children traditional dances, songs, crafts, stories and rituals. You will participate in these folk traditions at an adult level yourself and "collect" by audio-recording, interviewing, note taking and experiencing traditional activities. There is also time to try your hand with some of the material, and you will meet daily in a Teachers Seminar, led by Betsy, to reflect on your observations and experiences and to share newly-collected activities.

Please check the description of Family Week for details on the rich and varied program and staff.

Class Descriptions

Morning and Afternoon by Age Classes (9:00 and 2:45)

The children are divided into classes by age (2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12). Course participants will join the teachers and students to work with traditional material.

Teachers Seminar -- Betsy Blachley Chapin (3:50)

This will be your daily chance to discuss what you have observed.

At other times, the classes and activities of Family Week are available to you.


This course is limited to eight to ensure ample opportunity for active participation. If it is oversubscribed on March 16, there will be a lottery. All who participate fully will be awarded a certificate at the end of the course. Please clearly indicate if you would like to attend Family Week if you do not get into this course. Scholarships are available.