August 3 - 10, 2013


Photo by Denise Smith

We look forward to seeing old, and making new, friends this summer at Family Week at Ogontz in the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. We’ll immerse ourselves in great music, dance, stories and song while creating our friendly, laughter-filled, camp community. We are very excited to offer you an extraordinarily gifted staff full of youthful talent and experienced old-hands - all masters of their crafts.

In the mornings children age 2 and up will learn and play in two periods of age-specific classes while parents and the teens can choose to dance contras, English country dances or Appalachian clogging. For those who love to sing, Shape Note Hymns will drift down the hill each morning and Harmony Singing will fill the air each afternoon. We’ll all come together after morning classes for Morning Gathering - a favorite part of the day where we hope you’ll share your talents and humor.

Our afternoons can be as busy, or relaxing, as we choose. Come to dance, or to listen, at a daily Swing Dance Party, or put those hard-soled shoes on for some English Clogging. Musicians of all levels can join the Family Band and play for our Community Dance each evening. Whether making art, playing music, dancing, mumming, swimming in the crystal-clear lake or napping, the afternoons are yours to do as you please. Don’t forget watching our children’s friendships bloom and grow on the swing-set or soccer field while we visit with each other at the Green Chairs. Ahhh- the Green Chairs - that magical place where we’ll end each afternoon with the incomparable Donald Davis and his stories that knit us all together.

Photo by David Conroy

Each evening we’ll gather at the cozy Recital Hall for the Community Dance and Evening Gathering. As dusk settles around us the Pied Piper will lead the families with children ages 9 and under to their cabins where the parents will put their children to bed. Campers age 10 and up will proceed to Ogontz Hall for our Evening Dance Party. Soon the parents will be able to join the dancing while roving monitors listen attentively for any children stirring in their cabins. If a child needs a parent to return, a monitor will come and get them at the dance. It is always best if you prepare your children for this aspect of camp.

At the halfway point of the dance it will be time for the 10-12’s to head off for bed. We’ll sing their goodnight song and ask them to go quietly to their cabins, being extra careful not to wake any of their younger, sleeping friends. In this way, and so many others, we’ll care for each other during the day and right up to bedtime, knowing that we build this community and revel in its gifts. Life at Ogontz sure is great! Our family looks forward to sharing this special week with your family!

Warmly, Bettie and Steve Zakon-Anderson, Program Directors



Program Directors
Bettie Zakon-Anderson
Steve Zakon-Anderson

Stefan Amidon
Zara Bode
Donald Davis
Steve Hickman
Lily Kruskal Leahy
Owen Morrison
Naomi Morse
Keith Murphy
DeLaura Padovan
Erika Roderick
Brad Sayler
Kari Smith
Natty Smith
Laura Sprung
Paddy Swanson
Kathy Talvitie
Becky Tracy

* Advisors, plus <p=>Karen Axelrod
Steve Howe


7:45-8:30 Breakfast
Adult Classes
Adult Classes
11:15-12:00 Morning Gathering: songs, dances, show & tell
12:00-12:30 Bookstore staffed
12:30-1:00 Buffet Lunch Served
1:00-1:30 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
2:35-4:35 2-Hour Swim Block All ages, 9 & under/parent
Mixed-age Classes
3:35-3:45 Afternoon Snack
3:35-4:45 Bookstore staffed
Mixed-age Classes
Teachers Seminar: Kari Smith
Stories at the Green Chairs - Donald Davis
5:50 Dinner
7:15 Community Dance
7:45-8:30 Evening Gathering
8:15 Pied Piper/Bedtime for children 9 & younger
8:30-10:45 Evening Dance Party
9:30 Bedtime for 10-12 year olds
11:00 After-dance Activities
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