Family Week at Ogontz

August 3 - 10, 2013

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Printable information

Description of Classes: a 2 page description of the classes

Daily Schedule: a 1 page daily timetable

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

Program Description

Photo by Denise Smith

We look forward to seeing old, and making new, friends this summer at Family Week at Ogontz in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We’ll immerse ourselves in great music, dance, stories and song while creating our friendly, laughter-filled, camp community. We are very excited to offer you an extraordinarily gifted staff full of youthful talent and experienced old-hands - all masters of their crafts.

In the mornings children age 2 and up will learn and play in two periods of age-specific classes while parents and the teens can choose to dance contras, English country dances or Appalachian clogging. For those who love to sing, Shape Note Hymns will drift down the hill each morning and Harmony Singing will fill the air each afternoon. We’ll all come together after morning classes for Morning Gathering - a favorite part of the day where we hope you’ll share your talents and humor.

Photo by David Conroy

Our afternoons can be as busy, or relaxing, as we choose. Come to dance, or to listen, at a daily Swing Dance Party, or put those hard-soled shoes on for some English Clogging. Musicians of all levels can join the Family Band and play for our Community Dance each evening. Whether making art, playing music, dancing, mumming, swimming in the crystal-clear lake or napping, the afternoons are yours to do as you please. Don’t forget watching our children’s friendships bloom and grow on the swing-set or soccer field while we visit with each other at the Green Chairs. Ahhh- the Green Chairs - that magical place where we’ll end each afternoon with the incomparable Donald Davis and his stories that knit us all together.

Each evening we’ll gather at the cozy Recital Hall for the Community Dance and Evening Gathering. As dusk settles around us the Pied Piper will lead the families with children ages 9 and under to their cabins where the parents will put their children to bed. Campers age 10 and up will proceed to Ogontz Hall for our Evening Dance Party. Soon the parents will be able to join the dancing while roving monitors listen attentively for any children stirring in their cabins. If a child needs a parent to return, a monitor will come and get them at the dance. It is always best if you prepare your children for this aspect of camp.

At the halfway point of the dance it will be time for the 10-12’s to head off for bed. We’ll sing their goodnight song and ask them to go quietly to their cabins, being extra careful not to wake any of their younger, sleeping friends. In this way, and so many others, we’ll care for each other during the day and right up to bedtime, knowing that we build this community and revel in its gifts. Life at Ogontz sure is great! Our family looks forward to sharing this special week with your family!

Warmly, Bettie and Steve Zakon-Anderson, Program Directors

Recent articles in Making Music Magazine and South Shore Living have highlighted our Family camps.

Special Courses

Photo by Denise Smith

We are excited to announce a new program in conjunction with Ogontz Family Week - an American Dance Musicians Course which will be led by Keith Murphy and Becky Tracy this year. We also welcome Kari Smith’s Teachers Training Course. We look forward to having participants in these special courses join in our gatherings, afternoon classes and evening program and become part of the wonderful community at camp.

Printable Information for Accepted Campers

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

Welcome letter with more information about the program.

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.

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

Rides: Do you need or can you offer a ride? Also included with class questionnaire Survey

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

To pay any camp Balance Due

Tentative Schedule

7:45-8:30 Breakfast
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities