Campers' Week at Pinewoods
August 22 - 29, 2015
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Specific details of next summer will be available by January 1.
Here is a basic description and the staff list. Check in after January 1 for class descriptions and registration information for next summer. Last summer details are available in the archive section listed to the right.
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!
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.
|7:45-8:15||Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style|
|8:15-8:45||Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available|
Children may be dropped off at 8:55 and picked up at 9:55 or at snack
Rhythm, Song, and Movement (Wee Ones, ages 0-3) – Kathy Reid-Naiman: Every morning, Kathy will engage our youngest campers and their caregivers with songs, rhymes, fingerplays and dances.
Art and Music (Smalls, ages 4-6) – Robin Davis: The best of both worlds! In this class we will learn lots of fun songs and singing games, and make art every day!
Song and Dance (Middles, ages 7-9) – Hannah Naiman: We’re going to start the day off with our best songs, dances, and even some of both at the same time!
Morris (Talls, ages 10-12) – Chris Levey:We’ll learn some Cotswold and Border style English morris dances: stepping, capers, sticking, and group patterns. Then we’ll invent our own morris dance using these traditional elements.
Contras & Squares (13 & up) – Nils Fredland: Adults and teens will enjoy a rousing session of contras and squares.
|10:15-11:00||All Camp Gathering with Jeff Bary|
|11:10-12:00||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Morning Swim Time Classes
Community Band (all ages) – Ross Harriss: Campers of all skill levels are welcome to work on learning new tunes, playing old tunes, playing by ear, harmonizing, and more.
Callers Workshop – Nils Fredland: This workshop offers participants feedback and support, while developing dance calling skills.
Singing on the Porch – TBD Campers: Bring a song to share or just drop by the daily song swap, led by campers and staff, during morning swim time.
Camper Led Classes (all ages) – TBD Campers:
Quiet Time Classes
Teens (13-17) – Hannah Naiman: It's safe to say that the teens are in the hands of a professional this year. A professional teenager, that is. Hannah will come prepared with an array of square dances, Irish set dances, contra dances, clogging steps, games and songs. We're going to have a good time.
Children may be dropped off at 2:25 and picked up at 3:25
Littles (Wee ones, age 0-3) – Campers: Parents and friends of the youngest campers can coordinate activities… or let the nap continue.
Make Music, Dance & Sing (Smalls, ages 4-6) – Betsy Blachly Chapin: Betsy surely likes to join in music making with people who are 4 or 5 or 6! We will make up songs and a story or two, and have time for playing drums and ukuleles. Get ready for some jumping and clapping and singing and strumming.
Longsword (Middles, ages 7-9) – Andy Davis: Andy will teach an English long sword dance, with a "calling-on" song to be presented by week's end. We will create at least one original figure to add to our sword dance. Storytelling and social dance will fill out the class. Children should bring any kind of tie shoes that are comfortable for dancing.
Squares (Talls, ages 10-12) – Nils Fredland: Nils is ridiculously enthusiastic about many things. Singing and square dancing top the list, so why not combine the two? The Talls will learn dances from Nils's vast and varied repertoire of singing squares. The dances range from silly and simple, to challenging; we'll dance them all, learn about what it takes to call them, raise our voices boisterously, and have BIG fun. Bring your favorite songs, and we'll turn a couple of them into square dances.
English for All (13 & up) – Scott Higgs: English dances come in many flavors. This session features a wide range of styles and moods -- each notable for memorable music beautifully paired with movement. Selected dances will be accessible to all, yet feature special delights for experienced dancers to savor.
|3:30-4:20||Swimming, Bookstore staffed|
Afternoon Swim Time Classes
Harmony Singing – Andy Davis: All ages are welcome to Harmony Singing with Andy. Songs will be taught by both ear and by written music. We will explore rich harmonies from a number of folk traditions, including pub song, spiritual, shanty and MORE!
Camper-led Classes, including Morris Dance?
Late Afternoon Classes
Rapper (13 & up) – Emma Gorin: Beginners and experienced dancers are welcome to learn this energetic sword dance from northern England. We'll learn new figures and sharpen up the ones we know. Bring comfy clothes and hard-soled shoes.
Camper Led Classes (all ages) – TBD Campers
|5:30||Play Party Games|
|7:30-8:25||Evening Gathering with Andy Davis|
|8:00||Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 8 & younger|
|8:30-11:00||Evening Dance Party|
|9:20||Bedtime for 9-12 year olds|