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
3:20-3:35 Camp Store Open
3:30-4:20 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
4:00-4:20 Tea
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 18 - 25, 2012

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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 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 construction projects, hypnotism, and every kind of dance you can imagine. No one knows exactly what to expect this year, because each Campers’ Week is exuberantly different.

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, 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 form 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): In the morning, Sally will lead the 4-6s in singing games, movement activities, and seasonal songs, and will work with them on something to present to the rest of us at gathering time. In the afternoon, Deirdre will continue to spark their imaginations with singing, creative movement, hand-clapping games, dramatizations of songs, percussion instruments, and more.

Middles (ages 7-9): In the morning, Deirdre and the 7-9s will enjoy play party, partner, and longways dances; singing and hand-clapping games; call and response songs; and other things. Following Campers’ Week tradition, the Middles will also have the opportunity to do longsword dancing – with Margaret, in the afternoon.

Talls (ages 10-12) will have a multicultural blast with Sarah and Michael in the morning -- learning exciting Filipino tinikling dances, tangling with Native American string figures, and practicing Pinewoods social dance skills. In the afternoon, songs and more with Sally, who may also lead the Talls in the creation of a short musical play to present to the rest of camp.

Teen Class (ages 13-17): With Jeremy at the helm, this group will experiment with all sorts of dance movement and song. Teens will get a chance to try various folk dances from around the world, as well as AcroYoga, tango, partner acrobatics, and shape note singing.

Adults and teens can begin their day with graceful and lively English dances. Scott promises a banquet of favorites, old and new. Dances will be accessible to all, yet feature special delights for experienced dancers to savor. In the afternoon, adults and teens will be treated to a rousing session of contras and squares led by Will. Ritual dance for adults and teens will include morris dance, rapper sword, and longsword. Gillian plans to accommodate all levels of experience in her morris and rapper workshops. Jeremy will lead an unusual longsword class, having spent the past year traveling around Europe collecting sword dances from different countries. He says, “We will be learning sword dancing from England, Italy, Spain, and Germany, possibly others. Come learn about a whole new side of sword dancing!”

All ages are welcome to join the Community Chorus, where Julia will teach a range of songs that are harmonically exciting and fun to sing, with a particular emphasis on making the most of our many voices. Or join the Community Band! Bill will offer a friendly venue to polish your instrumental skills, with easy tunes and a supportive environment for making music together. Ross will coordinate more experienced camper musicians, matching up willing players and classes or workshops that need them. Robin will make sure that our evening pick-up bands run smoothly. Feel like singing during swim time? There’ll be Singing on the Porch, led by a series of camper crooners! Don’t just stand on the chow line waiting for the dinner bell -- Jody will anchor a session of play party games and easy dances for all each evening before dinner. Other dance leaders, old or young, are welcome to teach their favorites. Sarah and Michael will sign up camper MCs for Morning Gathering while Evening Gathering will be hosted by Jonathan, and everyone is encouraged to sign up to share something with the rest of camp!


Each evening at Campers' Week ends with an all-camp gathering, an evening dance, and post-dance activities. As dusk settles over the Camphouse gathering, a Pied Piper leads families with children age 8 and younger to their cabins, where the parents put their children to bed. 9-12 year old children can stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. While adults and teens enjoy the evening dance and later activities, roving monitors listen for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parents at the dance. Families are expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.