Family Week at Pinewoods

July 20 - 27, 2013

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

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

Family Week is a wonderful combination of learning and doing. We offer opportunities for experienced campers to deepen their connections and welcome new participants of all ages to share the music and dance that we love, and the community it supports. Our classes strive to improve skills while the evening program stresses inclusion of the entire community, keeping the dancing, singing and other activities accessible and fun, as our skills improve through the course of the week.

Dance classes include contras, squares and English country, including a class to teach the basics of both English and American dance styles, as well as, garland dance and Appalachian clog. There will be many opportunities for singing, a jam session every afternoon, and a daily musical procession or two. Musicians in the band class will prepare to play for a dance each evening; the song class will give us a nightly song. There will also be crafts, swimming, and hanging out with friends, old and new.

Family Week fills us with inspiration that sustains us through the year and we are lucky to have great programs of this sort developing around the country. This year's Family Week at Pinewoods brings together organizers of Family programs from across the country. While preserving cherished Pinewoods traditions, we learn from the experiences of CDSS programs at Timber Ridge, where Kappy Laning is long time Camp Director as well as the programs of other, affiliated, organizations. Katy German is Assistant Program Director and has run the children's program for many years at Berea's Christmas Country Dance School. Kalia Kliban recently directed Bay Area CDS Family Week. We also expect a visit during the week from our Family Week at Ogontz Camp Director, Robin Rogers-Browne. Each of these programs is, and should be, distinct, but we will take this opportunity to share our approaches and, together, bring you and your family a great program. We hope you can join us.

Steve Howe, Program Director

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

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

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.

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 Refreshments
10:15-11:00 Morning Gathering (songs, dances, show & tell for all)
11:00-12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
3:45-5:00 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