Campers' Week at Pinewoods

August 22 - 29, 2015

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Program Staff                 Pinewoods Camp
Tentative Schedule        Camp costs

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.

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 with Jeff Bary
11:10-12:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
12:15 Lunch
3:30-4:20 Swimming, Bookstore staffed
4:00-4:20 Tea
5:30 Play Party Games
6:00 Dinner
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
11:00 After-dance Activities