Family 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 Refreshments
10:15-11:00 Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)
11:00-12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
3:45-4:00 Campstore
3:50-5:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
6:00 Dinner
7:15-7:45 Community Dance
7:50-8:45 Evening Gathering
8:30 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:45-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities

July 14 - 21, 2012

Is there still room?
For up-to-date info about availability and wait lists,
see our main Dance & Music Camps page.

Program Description

Having been on staff at Pinewoods and at other camps for both family and adult programs around the country for many, many years, we are delighted to be programing our third family week! This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather some of our favorite musicians, dance teachers and story tellers for a truly idyllic week.

So often we worry about our child getting a good teacher in school and here we have an entire staff of simply the best mentors you could hope for for your child. We are particularly excited by the fact that we have a staff with so many amazing and versatile musicians that this week promises fantastic dancing for everyone. It's an exciting experience to see our children absorbing these incredibly rich and fulfilling traditions and such fun to be able to share that with them at a week that offers so much for everyone.

Along with contras, English country and community dancing, there will again be classes in morris, rapper and Appalachian clog. There will many opportunities for singing, storytelling as well as jam sessions every afternoon and a daily musical procession. We'll be working on a mummer's play while musicians in the band class prepare to play for a dance every day. There will also be crafts and we will create a surprise giant puppet (shhh!) How is all this possible? Family Week never fails to fill us with a level of inspiration that sustains us through the year and we are lucky to have great programs of this sort developing around the country. But for anyone who has been to Pinewoods, you know that there is something simply magical about being there. We hope you can join us.

-- Becky Tracy & Keith Murphy, Program Co-directors

A Typical Day

At each of our Family programs, a typical day includes two classes tailored to age groups. Morning starts with age specific classes for children age 2 and up, while parents and the teens pursue their own music and dance classes. Also, the whole camp gathers to sing and dance together before lunch. Children not napping after lunch may join their parents in a wide variety of classes designed for mixed age groups. After dinner the whole community comes together for a family dance followed by singing and stories.

As dusk settles, a Pied Piper leads the families with children age 9 and younger (8 and younger at Campers' Week) to their cabins where the parents put their children to bed. Preteens stay halfway through the evening dance before their bedtime comes. Adults and teenagers can enjoy the evening dance and later activities, while roving monitors listens for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parent at the dance. Each family is expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.

Last day start of parade.

2010 Group picture
Photo by Andy Kane