Family Week at Pinewoods

July 18 - 25, 2015

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Specific details of next summer will be available by January 1.

Here is the basic outline 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.

Our family programs provide many opportunities to share traditional English and Anglo-American dance, music and storytelling as well as the beauty of the outdoors with children. This is a great way to spend time with your children, your grandchildren, your nieces and nephews, or other children dear to you. Each age grouping has a maximum number of spaces available. Adults without children are also welcome. We offer new material and many insights for teachers, librarians, and others working with children who wish to incorporate traditional music and dance material into their curriculum.

Along with contras, English country and community dancing, there will be classes in morris, sword and clog. There will many opportunities for singing, storytelling as well as jam sessions and musical processions. There will also be crafts and many surprises. Family Week never fails to fill us with a level of inspiration that sustains us through the year. We hope you can join us.

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

Daily Schedule

7:45-8:15 Hot Breakfast served cafeteria style
8:15-8:45 Cold Breakfast Coffee/Tea available
9:00-9:55 Kid and Adult classes
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
1:35-2:30 Mixed-age Classes
2:45-3:40 Kid and Adult classes
3:45-5:00 Swimming, Bookstore staffed and socializing
4:00-4:30 Jam Session
4:45-5:15 Porch activities, Relax
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