2011 Campers' Week at Pinewoods

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
10:00-10:15 Refreshments
10:15-11:00 All Camp Gathering
11:00-12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
1:30-2:20 Quiet Time Classes
3:20-3:35 Camp Store Open
3:30-4:20 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
4:00-4:20 Tea
4:30-5:20 Class Period
6:00 Dinner
7:30-8:25 Evening Gathering
8:00 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 8 & younger
8:30-11:00 Evening Dance Party
9:20 Bedtime for 9-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

August 20 - 27, 2011

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Program Description

Campers’ Week is pure magic. Families, singles, couples. Young, old, and somewhere in between. Oldtimers, newcomers -- people who fell in love with dance and music just recently, and others who have been doing this since the cradle. Together we make the woods ring with song, dance, music, stories and laughter from sun up often ‘til the wee hours.

Most of all, Campers’ Week is about YOU! Anyone can teach a class or workshop at Campers’ Week, lead a song, play a tune, call a dance, tell a joke or story, host a party, share a skill... We start the week with only a basic schedule of classes offered by the small but talented staff, and then together we add to it, embellish it, improvise and surprise each other. Past offerings have included crafts, storytelling, instrumental workshops, jam sessions, sing-arounds, joke sessions, games, theater, movement, collaborative projects and every kind of dance you can imagine. No one knows exactly what to expect this year, because each Campers’ Week is wonderfully, blissfully, exuberantly itself.

The basic schedule includes one period each morning and each afternoon when the younger campers join with others in their age groups and learn exciting things together, while the rest of us choose from dance, music, and singing sessions, crafts, and whatever else people dream up. Teens are welcome to join in all adult activities, but they also have a daily class all of their own Twice a day, the whole community gathers together to enjoy performances, dancing, singing, stories and silliness led by the campers and staff. The day ends with an evening dance, where those not past their bedtimes can enjoy a lively combination of American and English social dances. After-dance activities include skit night, an auction, pub night, and … [YOU fill in the blank!]

Campers’ Week offers a special opportunity to camper musicians, who are invited to help form the band for the evening dances and who have many chances to play for one or more of the varied classes during the day. If you’re just learning your instrument, the Community Band wants you! And if you don’t play yet, maybe you’ll learn the basics from one of the many talented people who are happy to share their skills. Try a new dance or craft as well! .And of course, you can make time for games, swimming, boating, relaxing, and just talking with new and old friends.

Come be part of the joy that is Campers’ Week!

-- Sarah Henry and Michael Gorin, Program Co-directors

Class Descriptions

The Basic Program – to be added to by campers!!!

Smalls (ages 4-6): will sing, dance and play with Andy in the morning and in the afternoon will join Kathy for songs, play party games, rhythm band and more!

Middles (ages 7-9): will have an action-packed morning with Olivia, full of silly songs, singing games and wacky dances. In the afternoon, Andy will lead them in a fantastic theater and music adventure.

Talls (ages 10-12): will have a blast with Chris in the morning learning traditional Bledington-style morris stepping, capers, sticking, and figures, and some novel figures developed by his teenage team in Vermont -- and maybe make up some variations of their own! In the afternoon, they’ll learn lots of cool dance moves and songs with Hannah.

Teen Class: Teens will gather in the afternoon with Josh and Olivia for a rollicking dance workshop, where they’ll hone their contra dance skills, as well as getting an introduction to swing, tango and much more!

Adults and teens can begin their day with a joyous mixture of graceful and lively English dancing with Robin, with an emphasis on dance style and technique. In the afternoon, they will be treated to a rousing session of contra and squares led by Kathy Anderson. Ritual dance classes for teens and adults include the two Michaels – with Michael Friedman teaching exciting rapper figures suitable for all levels, and Michael Gorin leading a spirited morris dance workshop

For all ages: Join the Community Band! Jody will offer a friendly place to try out your instrument with easy tunes and a supportive environment for making music together. Kathy will help more-experienced musicians find happiness in the evening band. Everyone is welcome to join the Community Chorus, where Julia will teach a range of songs that are beautiful, fun and invigorating, with a particular focus on making the most of our many voices, including vocalization exercises and tips about vocal production. And Ross will coordinate a talented group of campers and staff who will call fun dances for campers of all ages at the daily Community Dance. Evening Gathering will be hosted by Jonathan, and Sarah and Michael will round up camper guest hosts for Morning Gathering.

And that’s just the beginning!