Campers' Week at Pinewoods

August 17 - 24, 2013

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see our main Dance & Music Camps page.

Printable information

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

For accepted campers: Links to a few important pages and surveys.

Program Description

Campers’ Week is pure magic. Families, singles, couples. Toddlers, codgers, and everyone in between. People who fell in love with dance and music just recently, 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, or lead a song, play a tune, call a dance, tell a joke or story, host a party, share a skill, . . . We start out 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 camper-led sessions have included crafts, storytelling, instrumental workshops, jam sessions, sing-arounds, joke sessions, games, yoga, theater, movement, collaborative construction projects, hypnosis, bird watching 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 afternoon when younger campers join with others their age to do exciting things, while the rest of us choose from dance, music, song, crafts and whatever else people dream up. Teens are welcome to join in adult activities, but 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. After the evening gathering, there is 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, a “pub sing” and … [YOU fill in the blank!]

Campers’ Week offers a special opportunity to camper musicians, who form the bands for the evening dances and who have many chances to play for the varied daytime classes. And musicians at every level are welcome to join the Community Band! 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. Love to sing? The Community Chorus is the place to be. Why not 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!!!

Wee Ones (ages 0-3): Each morning, Deirdre will lead the youngest campers in a session of age-appropriate rhythm, song, and movement. Each Wee One should bring a mom, dad, or other caregiver with them to class.

Smalls (ages 4-6): In the morning, Robin and the Smalls will begin with a story, and continue with making things – some really fun art, instruments, and their own camp scrapbooks. There’ll also be playtime, and a chance to explore and learn some neat stunts to wow their friends! In the afternoon, Deirdre will spark the Smalls’ imaginations with singing, creative movement, hand-clapping games, dramatizations of songs, percussion instruments, and more.

Middles (ages 7-9): With Andy in the morning, the Middles will learn an English long sword dance, with a “calling-on” song and a mummers’ play. There will also be time for some storytelling, songs, and social dancing. Children should bring any kind of tie shoes that are comfortable for dancing. In the afternoon Emily and the Middles will play games, play instruments, and play-act! And sing songs all the while.

Talls (ages 10-12): In the morning, David will introduce the Talls to the basics of morris dancing, with dances designed to engage and excite new dancers. The group will also learn about trees, wood, and how to use simple hand tools as they make their own morris sticks. In the afternoon, Andy and the Talls will create a dramatic production that will include artwork, song, dance, and acting. The class will also practice some English and American dances that will be part of the evening programs. Children are encouraged to bring musical instruments that they can play.

Teens (ages 13-17): Peter and the teens will explore some basic American clogging steps and rhythms, from shuffles and chugs to walking steps, and see how small augmentations of these steps give lots of flexibility to create sounds. Additionally, the class will work towards developing a simple routine. Flatfooting is not done in clogs, but hard-sole dance shoes that will make a sound are ideal. Peter will also be responsive to the teens’ interests and will likely include a few small explorations of other dance forms.

Adults and teens can start their day with Jenny and English dancing. Jenny promises something old, something new, something altered, nothing blue – dances that have a “special something,” yet which offer enough novelty to please those who dance year-round. Her teaching emphasis will be on ways to make each dance that-much-more enjoyable. In the afternoon, Lisa will call a session of cool contras and hot squares. She’ll also anchor a new “contra callers’ collective,” a workshop for callers with some calling experience to hone their skills in a supportive environment. Topics will include teaching and programming, with lots of at-the-mic opportunity. Peter will lead a class in rapper, the exciting fast-paced sword dance from northern England; appropriate for beginners and rapper veterans. Bring hard-soled shoes if you have them and get ready for some great dancing!

All ages are welcome to join the Community Chorus where Gideon will bring a lively mix of songs both challenging and fun to sing, drawn from his repertoire of early American and European music and the polyphonic folk traditions of Georgia, Corsica, and elsewhere. Or join the Community Band – with Emily at the helm, trumpeters, banjoists, timpanists, et. al. will have loads of fun working on their ensemble playing, learning new tunes, and even improvising. Feel like singing during morning swim time? Singing on the Porch will be led by a series of camper and staff crooners. Eager to play for dancing? Barbara will coordinate daytime musicians, matching up willing players with classes or workshops that need them; and Ross will make sure that our evening pick-up bands run smoothly. And of course everyone at camp is encouraged to sign up to share something with the rest of us at our daily gatherings. Sarah and Michael will sign up talent and camper MCs for Morning Gathering; Evening Gathering will be programmed and hosted by Hannah.


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 enjoy participating in the first half of the evening dance before their bedtime comes. While adults and teens are at the evening dance, 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.

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

Acceptance Information: Details for getting to and being at camp.

Class Questionnaire: Please give us an idea of the classes you will take. Also available online at

Family Bio Sheet: Use this or create your own with information you want to share and that will help others get to know your family better.

General Info: On being at camp with minors.

Parent & Guardian Form: Needed for each minor at camp.

Rides: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Also available online at

Special Diet: Please let us know if you have dietary concerns. Also available online at

If you have not already, please do sign the Waiver.

To pay any camp Balance Due

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
11:10-12:00 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