August 17 - 24, 2019
A small, but mighty staff provide classes for children, and a few “staple” activities (such as contra and English dance, harmony singing, and community band). But the most amazing piece of Campers' Week is YOU. When you attend Campers' Week, we want to hear from you! We want to learn from you! We want to celebrate your traditions and talents! That's why, at this week, the campers are by and large the leaders of classes and workshops. The campers lead songs, play tunes, call dances, perform at gatherings, host parties, jams, or share skills.
The basic schedule includes a period each morning and afternoon when younger campers join with others of their age for classes in music and dance, while the rest of us choose from dance, music, song, crafts and whatever else people dream up. Teens are welcome to join in adult activities, and also have a daily class 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. After the evening gathering, there is an evening dance, where those not past their bedtimes can enjoy a lively combination of American and English social dances. After-dance activities often include skit night, an auction, a pub sing, jamming and dancing. We love it when campers offer additional activities -- bring your party games, lead a chestnut, or start a sing-a-long!
Campers’ Week offers a special opportunity to camper musicians, who form the bands for the evening dances and who have many chances to play for the varied daytime classes. Musicians at every level are welcome to join the Community Band. Love to sing? Join the Harmony Singing class or an informal song swap on the porch. And of course, there are always games, swimming, boating, relaxing, and just chatting with new and old friends. Come be part of the joy that is Campers’ Week!
~ Hannah Naiman, Program Director
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 join in the first half of the evening dance, until their bedtime. 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.