Life at Camp
Our Camp Facilities
We use three different wonderful camp locations for our programs. You can read a little more about each of them, and see a map of each facility, from the pages linked below. See also our Photo Gallery to get a stronger sense of the places.
While at Camp
The noises of modern life are replaced by music and the sounds of dancers, singers and the laughter from the waterfront and other gatherings. Cars are tucked away, and for a week transportation around camp is by foot. There are no newspapers or radios and the "outside" world fades away. You are at camp!
If you've never been to camp before, here's some useful information for making your stay more comfortable. Camp facilities and all activities are in close contact with the outdoors, but we do provide some modern amenities.
Phone & Computers
Though your plate will be full of activities while at camp, for those of you who must keep in contact with work or home, there is first class mail and UPS service, and a touch-tone pay phone for camper use. You will need a calling card to make long distance calls. We do ask that laptops and cell phones be kept out of the awareness of other campers. Even if you can't, others want to enjoy this time away from the reminders of work-a-day living. Cell coverage is spotty at best.
Getting to Camp
Rides to Camp
Please let us know if you can offer a ride to camp. It's very helpful since parking space is limited and those flying to camp sometimes need a ride from the airport.
Arrival time on the afternoon of the first day is specified in acceptance information; the program begins with swimming and an informal tour of camp before dinner. Departure time is by 10:00am the final day of camp.
Special Evening Activities
One evening of each week, in addition to the evening program, we hold an auction to raise money in support of Scholarships and other special projects. You may want to donate an unusual item or service. On one night each week there are no scheduled activities; however, there generally are camper-led dances and music or singing gatherings.
CDSS runs a bookstore at each camp carrying a diverse selection of dance and song recordings and books, morris supplies, postcards and more, along with the books and recordings of our program staff.
You will need to bring a flashlight to find your way around at night. Don't forget to pack your swimsuit, raincoat, sweater, towels, bed linen, and blankets or a sleeping bag (and, at Timber Ridge and Ogontz, pillows). A battery powered or wind up alarm clock and insect repellant may be useful. At Timber Ridge, a fan is often welcome; at Pinewoods and Ogontz, an extra blanket could be needed. If you are on a special diet, you may need to bring your own particular food. An ice chest for drinks and snacks to share at after-dance parties may be handy. A specific packing list is sent with acceptance information.
Clothes & Shoes
Bring plenty of dance clothes, especially socks and t-shirts; there are no washing machines or dryers at the camps. Feel free to bring festive apparel; many people like to dress up in the evenings or for special parties. Shoes must be worn on all the dance floors; flat or low heel shoes are suggested. Some people prefer leather or composition soles for country, athletic shoes for morris, hard soles for sword or some clogging and wooden soled shoes for English clogging. It's a good idea to break in new dance shoes before you arrive, and to bring different, sturdier shoes for wearing on the camp paths. With all these different shoes, think about bringing a bag or backpack to carry around with you during the day as you walk from class to class.
The nearest stores are a 15-30 minute drive away.
Guests & Pets
Guests and pets may not be brought to camp.
In the cooperative spirit of camp life, all campers have a daily job to help camp run smoothly.
Jobs are usually a half hour or less per day, every day, and the same job all week. Jobs are assigned in the month before camp starts; you have the opportunity make specific requests about your job assignment either on the Registration Form or later with your Registration Status Form.
We can't guarantee that all specific job requests will be filled, but please let us know if you have a preference or limitation (e.g., dust allergy, unable to lift heavy objects, can't stay up late, can't get up for breakfast). At family sessions parents are generally assigned a job with their young children. General job categories are:
Dining room: breakfast, lunch or dinner (set/clear tables)
Kitchen (serve food, clear, wash dishes, make coffee/tea)
Sweeping (pavilions, community areas)
Party help (late night party setup/cleanup)
Clerical (office, bookstore, auction)
Greeters (must be able to arrive by 2:00pm)
Gopher (campstore, auction, lifting)
At Ogontz, some of the jobs start before breakfast. Please let us know if you are happy with an early job.
Each facility has different housing types; please see the descriptions for each camp.
All meals from dinner on the first evening to breakfast on the last morning are served in the Dining Hall. Some accommodation can be made for people with food allergies if the camp has advance warning. Specific information on special diets will be sent with acceptance packets. You will have a chance to indicate your choice of a meat or vegetarian menu during the Registration process.