Preparing for Another Great Summer

Winter showed its might one last time this past week, but we are looking forward to the imminent thaw which is sure to bring budding flowers, singing birds, and plenty more sights and sounds of spring. And not a moment too soon, as the Wildwood staff are itching to begin the annual process of bringing the property and facilities out of hibernation, preparing them to host so many excited campers.

Wildwood is Getting Ready…

The work begins as soon as the snow melts and temperatures no longer creep below freezing each night. One of the earliest tasks is turning the water back on across camp and checking for any leaks that may have developed over the winter. Other duties include: checking for and repairing any damage to camp buildings, reconstructing the floating docks at the waterfront, and inspecting all building safety equipment, to name a few.

Meredith Supervises the Waterfront

The short spring before the start of camp leaves us very little time in which accomplish a lot of work. This year, we invite you to make a big difference in helping us prepare for camp at Volunteer Day. We are looking forward to a great day full of rewarding projects and fun camp activities for all ages.

…And You Should, Too!

As summer approaches, it’s important for you and your camper to also begin getting ready for camp.

Group Yoga at Wildwood Overnight Camp

The first thing to do, if you haven’t already, is complete your CampDoc health profile and attach all requested documents including insurance cards, immunization records, and proof of a physical within the last 12 months. If you are signed up for camp and haven’t yet received an email from CampDoc or are having trouble completing your camper’s profile, please contact us.

If it is your first time attending camp, we encourage you to come out to one of our Open House events on May 13 or May 20 to take a tour of the property and ask our staff any last-minute questions you have. If you can’t make it up to Wildwood, you can join us at Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln, MA, on May 21 for New Camper Orientation.

Be sure to also visit the Parent Resources section of our website for all kinds of helpful information, including:

We also encourage you to poke around here on the Word from Wildwood blog to see photos of camp in action and get our advice for a successful camp session. One of my favorite posts is from former Wildwood staff member, Amanda, who shares her incredibly efficient method of packing for camp.

See you soon at camp!

Kayaking Fun at Wildwood Overnight Camp!

Growing Up Wildwood: Interview with 2016 Junior Counselors

We are continually amazed by the dedication of the Wildwood community. Many of our counselors and staff begin as campers in their youth, continue on to the Leaders-in-Training program as teens, graduate to Junior Counselors, and many even go on to become full-fledged counselors and staff.

Last summer, we interviewed the 2016 Junior Counselors to find out what they had to say about the Wildwood experience and what keeps them coming back, year after year. Below, we hear from 17-year-old JC’s Zach (9th year at Wildwood), Julianna (8th year), Izzy (4th year), Isaac (9th year), and Sophia (7th year), as well as counselor Nick (6th year).


Julianna, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor

Julianna, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor, 8th year

What brings you back to Wildwood every year?

JULIANNA: For me, it’s the friends I’ve made here, the activities that they have, the beautiful setting, the staff, it’s an all-around excellent experience. It’s also very sentimental for me, because I’ve been coming here since I was very young, so all of that makes it like a tradition.

IZZY: Yeah, it does feel like a tradition to come back here every year.

SOPHIA:  I went to one camp before this and I didn’t get to choose what I did on a daily basis, and that’s part of the reason why Wildwood is s uch a great camp because you do have all of this choice, where you get to basically build your whole day. And yeah, it’s a structured schedule, but you get to choose everything that you do on a day-to-day basis. If you want to do sailing, you can do sailing, and if you want to do something completely different in the afternoon then you can do that, too.

What do you love about Wildwood?

ALL: It’s FUN!

Izzy, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor

Izzy, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor, 4th year

What are a few of your favorite traditions at Wildwood?

IZZY: I like a lot of the campfire stuff, like songs we sing—those feel like traditions to me.

ISAAC: There are kind of inside jokes that carry over a lot of the time, so that’s fun.

SOPHIA: [A lot of the inside jokes] are kind of created in a specific context, and sometimes when you lose that context of camp, they don’t really translate outside of this environment.

JULIANNA: I really like the tradition of the evening programs, because I remember when I was in Carson [9–10-year-old girls], Predator-Prey was like the coolest thing I had ever done. It’s this game kind of like Tag and Manhunt, and I thought that was the best thing. And it’s kind of cool for me now to see the younger kids having as much fun as I did and being able to help them have that experience for the first time, so that’s really cool for me to be older now and see that.

Sophia, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor

Sophia, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor, 7th year

SOPHIA: My favorite EP [Evening Program] was Heffalump Hunt, which is where all the LITs and counselors dress up in wacky costumes and they have a weird activity that you have to do in order to get their signature and you basically try to collect all of their signatures. When you were a camper, when you were in Carson and Fossey and Thoreau and, you know, the younger units, it was fun to just do something weird and wacky and as you get older and become an LIT, you have to take on that tradition of being this weird, wacky, fun character…and taking on that responsibility is really great.

NICK: The beauty of camp traditions here is that they’re always malleable, they’re always changing. Like, Heffalump Hunt is going to be different every single year, every single time the kids play it—it’s going to be different counselors doing different things, having different crazy characters. The skits in the dining hall, advertising the activities for the day every morning, those are going to be totally different every day. I mean, you’re going to have archery every single day, but the skit will be different, the counselors bring a different energy to it.

Zach, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor

Zach, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor, 9th year

ZACH: Speaking of archery, does anyone remember Donny?

IZZY: Yeah, how could you forget?

ZACH: Well, I had him for archery, he was the archery instructor and I always did it for DG [Discovery Groups] when I was in Abbey [13–14-year-old boys], and he always used to do the same series of skits, but there was a different story behind it.

SOPHIA: You don’t really think of the skits in the dining hall so much as a camp tradition, but it really is, and if somebody were just to go up and read off, “Today we’re going to have Archery and Sailing and Tie-Dye”…it really adds a whole level of character, and it sort of forces you to be a little more eccentric than you might be normally, which is really fun.

Nick, 2016 Wildwood Counselor

Nick, 2016 Wildwood Counselor, 6th year

NICK: That’s sort of the great thing—the value—of, I think, camp in general, but I definitely see it a lot here at Wildwood, of the constant air of wackiness and goofiness and kind of improvised stuff. It really encourages kids to be whoever they want to be, because they’re in an environment here that’s distinct from their home environment where they’ve likely been going to the same school with the same people in the same town—I mean, depending on the kid—for many years in a row and it gets to a point when you live life like that, that how you define yourself is somewhat how others define you. And this is what I tell kids, the older kids every time, when they’re coming here and they’re having a hard time getting into things, “This is your chance to be the crazy, wacky person or whatever that you’d like to be but you don’t think you are. Nobody is going to judge you here and nobody’s going to hold you to it, because, worst case scenario, you embarrass yourself and you leave in a week-and-a-half and nobody remembers it.” So, you can really be who you want to be here.

Any other stories you want to share?

SOPHIA: One time, I was doing the zip line, which is the highest part of the ropes course so it can be kind of stressful if you don’t like heights that much. This kid was up there and he was scared, which is understandable, so we were trying to cheer him up and make him laugh. One of the Abbey boys that was with us—I was in Fossey [11–12-year-old girls] at the time—he told this story about when he accidentally dropped something down the composting toilet and it was something important, too, like a book or something, and everyone was laughing and the kid [on the zipline] just jumped off. I remember that story being so funny and it really broke the tension. It was great.

Isaac, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor

Isaac, 2016 Wildwood Junior Counselor, 9th year

What’s the most rewarding thing about being a JC?

IZZY: Getting to joke with the kids and things.

ISAAC: Yeah, it’s fun when everything’s going well and the kids are having fun and the activity’s going well.

JULIANNA: I think when the kids are excited to see you, that’s really rewarding for me. And being able to see my own experience in the younger girls.

SOPHIA: Honestly, it’s so much fun just talking with these 11- and 12-year-old girls who had experienced some of the same things that I did but they’re just younger, because I was in Fossey when I was a camper, so just being able to share stuff about your experience. And also seeing campers change from when they come in, from really dependent to more independent and figuring things out on their own, stuff like that.

Wildwood Then & Now: A Reflection in Time

Wildwood campers roast marshmallows over a campfire circa 1953. Photo © Gordon Hicks

Wildwood campers roast marshmallows over a campfire circa 1953. Photograph by Gordon Hicks, courtesy of his daughter, Wildwood alumna Barbara Harting

A lot has changed in Massachusetts and around the globe since 1950, when Wildwood opened as the first youth overnight camp in New England to focus exclusively on natural history education.

Since then, summer camps and schools across the country have been discovering that nature education is a crucial element of youth development. Many studies have shown that time spent outdoors provides children with a number of physical and mental health benefits. Additionally, children who develop a strong connection to the outdoors will value conservation throughout their lives.

Although educational perspectives have evolved, Wildwood’s central focus on connecting kids with nature—and teaching campers about our role in protecting it—is one thing that will never change.

One of the best things about a camp with a history as robust as Wildwood’s is getting to compare what has changed over time along with what has remained consistent. Last summer, camp alumna Barbara Harting gave us the opportunity to do just that when she reached out to share photos taken by her father at Wildwood in the mid-50’s when Barbara and her brothers were campers and their father was the official camp photographer.

Aside from the black-and-white photography and mid-century clothing, it is remarkable to see how similar these scenes are to what we see at camp today.

In this gallery, we’ve paired Barbara’s photos (taken at Wildwood’s original location at Cook’s Canyon in Barre, MA) with photos from our current home in Rindge, NH.

We hope you’ll enjoy, as we have, the common threads that continue to weave our story and withstand the test of time.

Have favorite memories of Wildwood you’d like to share with us? Email your photos to wildwood@massaudubon.org.

Wildwood Then & Now: A Reflection in Time

See how Wildwood has changed (and stayed the same) since the 1950’s.

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International Counselor Interview #3: Matt

This is Part 3 of a 3-part blog series. In August 2016, we sat down with three of our international staff members—Karim, Ness, and Matt—to hear what they had to say about Wildwood: the challenges and rewards of being a staff member, their favorite camp activities (Spoiler Alert: they all love the waterfront!), and what makes Wildwood so special.

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2016 Wildwood Camp Counselor Matt

What is your name?

Hi, I’m Matt.

Where are you from?

I’m from England, from a city near Nottingham which is basically the middle of the country.

What is your job title and how long have you been with Wildwood?

I started out in 2014 as a counselor in Abbey (13-14-year-old boys) but this year I’m the Waterfront Director. This is my third summer here.

What brought you to Wildwood?

Basically, there are companies across Europe, as well as England, which send you out to work in different countries. Most of them do nannying—the au pair thing—but there are quite a few companies which do camps. There’s all different types of agencies within England just for the Camps. They all have similar aims but they all do different things for you.

So basically, you do a 15-20 page application form, just with the company, not with Mass Audubon. You do three references, police check, medical check, a few other things, and they mainly want to sponsor your visa and make sure that you are suitable for camp, there for the correct reasons, that you have the correct life experience.

So, once you do that, you have a couple of interviews—a phone interview and a face-to-face interview—with the agency itself. From there, once you’re [determined to be] up to the UK Standard, they send it off to the American parent company where they double-check it, and if you’re up to their standards, they’ll put you onto the national database.

I got very lucky. I got put on the database around 4:00 or 5:00 am and later that morning I was contacted by Wildwood for an interview, saying “We read your application and we’re really interested in offering you an interview. Would you be interested?” I said yes. That was arranged for a few days later, so we did the interview over Skype and then later that evening I was offered the job. It was a very quick process, and even camp leaders said it was abnormal for it be that quick of a process, so I was very fortunate and very lucky to have that happen.

What keeps you coming back each year?

My first summer was such a shock for the first week or two, but after that, it was like a magical experience. Last year was really good, but nothing really beats the first year, in a way. It’s like, “Wow, I’m in America! Wow, this is great! Wow, wow, wow!” There’s nothing like this in the UK. There’s such a strong community bond and you feel like one big family. So, that’s why I came back in 2015 for a second year, I just wanted to experience that again. And that was such a great summer, last year. There was such a great dynamic between all the staff members.

And it’s nice to see how the kids progress, as well, when you get to know certain kids that come back every year. We’re only here for 3-4 months, so it’s not really that long, but when you’re sleeping, eating, working, days off together, you build a great connection with other staff members. And probably half the people I’ve talked to throughout the years are foreign which, three years ago, I thought would never happen, but just through the connections I’ve made here, I’ve got a friend in Columbia, Hungary, one who’ll be going to Spain soon, Scotland, Wales, America obviously, England, and Ireland.

So I’ve got these great connections over the three years, and 2014-2015 New Year’s Eve, some of us met up from camp and spent New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day together. They’re really lasting friendships.

What has been the most challenging?

I feel like the hardest part, when it comes to camp, is probably the first 2-3 weeks, which I try to explain to people. But once you’re really into camp, it doesn’t necessarily come easier, but you kind of know where you are and what your job is, so it’s not as mentally draining.

What’s been the most rewarding?

This is my third summer, so I’ve been able to see kids for not just a week but for two weeks and see them develop over the years.

My first year, I was with the 13-14-year-old boys and in that year, they’re either leaving camp or going on to LITs (Leaders-in-Training), so the ones who are here now are potentially going on to JCs (Junior Counselors) next year. To see them go from campers to leaders and potentially going on to be counselors—it’s just great to see that transition and it’s so great to actually see them grow. Especially the oldest units, the ones I’ve had the most contact with, it’s great to see them develop.

You build a lot of special bonds. They almost become…not your friends as such, but like your younger brother or younger sister.

What drew you to want to be a camp counselor?

Mainly I came over here for the experience and to prove that I could do it, and to come and learn leadership skills. I was interested in working in another country and building confidence or the type of skills I may not have had previously. In some ways, three months can be quite a long time, but in other ways, it’s quite short. If I don’t like it, I don’t have to keep doing it; if I do like it, I can consider doing it again. So I was going into it very open-minded.

A lot of people were saying, “Yeah, just go for it. You get to work in America.” I used to work with a girl who had previously done it, after she finished university back in England, and she said, “Oh, you’d be really suited to work in America, to work at camp. You’d really enjoy it.”

I felt like, coming over here, I was coming for a purpose, to make a difference; I was doing something positive. Because usually, back home, in the UK, normal things to do for [people in their] late teens and early twenties are going on a girls’ or lads’ holiday, where they just go somewhere for a week holiday, and you’re not really doing anything, so it’s sort of wasteful in a way, not doing anything positive.

What is your favorite Wildwood activity?

I’d have to say the waterfront but because I’m down here nearly every day [as the Waterfront Director], I probably take it too much for granted. But when I’m away from it, back at home, and I look at the photos of it, I’m like, “Wow, I miss it.”

And it seems to me like my favorite activity is when we’re doing sailing [with the kids] because I can go out on the motorboat and the feeling of being on the motorboat, just going down the middle [of the pond], first thing in the morning around 9:00 or 9:15 when it’s nice and cool, I can’t do that anywhere else.

What are some of the things that make Wildwood special?

In general, this is quite a small camp, which I think some people prefer. And it’s not competitive. We can make it competitive, in some of the activities that we do, but as a camp, it’s very chill, laid-back, you can go at your own pace, you develop in your own time. If you wish to learn a bit more in-depth what that tree is, you can go and do that, but if you’re not too bothered and just want to be outside and admire it, that’s okay as well.

But the main thing that stuck out to me in the first place, in 2014 when I started, was the community spirit. You know, you get counselors that come back for many years, and in many ways, you felt privileged just to accept the interview, the opportunity.

The main thing is just getting kids outside, away from all the video games, and just making it so simple that you can just be outside, enjoying nature, without even realizing it. A simple example is playing soccer: we play it on the field, surrounded by trees, you’re outside, socializing and getting that confidence and self-esteem just by talking to other people.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering coming from overseas to work at Wildwood, what would it be?

I’d say just be open-minded. It’s not easy. You’ve got to realize that you have to be “on” 24-hours a day, 6 days a week, but it’s also a lot of fun. The first two weeks are the hardest and then you really start to enjoy yourself.

The staff members have a special bond, like the last couple of years, I met up with a group of people for New Year’s Eve. I wouldn’t do that in my “real” job back at home. And when you meet up, the only thing you really talk about is camp, because you just get so many stories from camp each day; you don’t realize how many stories you get until you finish camp.

And nobody understands, apart from the people here. You can try to explain it back at home, but they don’t get the full realization.

International Counselor Interview #2: Ness

This is Part 2 of a 3-part blog series. In August 2016, we sat down with three of our international staff members—Karim, Ness, and Matt—to hear what they had to say about Wildwood: the challenges and rewards of being a staff member, their favorite camp activities (Spoiler Alert: they all love the waterfront!), and what makes Wildwood so special.

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2016 Wildwood Camp Counselor Ness


What is your name?

I’m Ness.

Where are you from?

London, England.

What is your job title and how long have you been at Wildwood?

I’m a counselor in Carson Unit, with the 9-10-year-old girls. This is my first year.

What’s been challenging for you?

The confusion of what I was coming out to do. I did speak to Matt [a third-year international counselor] before coming out here, so he kind of helped me. Also, just getting used to the activities—how the activities run, how you do it and how the kids react, and all of that.

What’s been the most rewarding?

Seeing the children come out of their shells from the first day when they arrive, then seeing them at the end and they don’t want to go home and they’re looking forward to coming back next year. It feels nice to know that they feel so settled and they’ve enjoyed their time.

What made you want to become a camp counselor?

I’ve got experience back home working with children, so I just wanted to experiment with different ages. I was looking at camps for preschoolers, because that’s the age I worked with back home, but then I got the idea, “Let’s give a different age group a go, let’s see how this works.” And also I wanted a different kind of summer experience, because every summertime I’m child-minding for parents that work during the summer holidays and I take charge of the house and the children and I just wanted to change it up. I wanted to have a group of them, not just a few kids, and have the activities there, on-hand. At camp, they have that all there for you.

What is your favorite Wildwood activity?

For me, it’s the waterfront. I never had the chance back home to do kayaking or canoeing, and coming out here and being able to do all this has been the highlight of my summer.

What do you think makes Wildwood special?

It’s all of the nature here, all of the stuff that’s here for the kids, all around us.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering coming from overseas to work at Wildwood, what would it be?

I’d say just do it. Go for it, because if you’re even thinking about it, it’s something you should do. It’s going to be something to look back on and smile at.

International Counselor Interview #1: Karim

This is Part 1 of a 3-part blog series. In August 2016, we sat down with three of our international staff members—Karim, Ness, and Matt—to hear what they had to say about Wildwood: the challenges and rewards of being a staff member, their favorite camp activities (Spoiler Alert: they all love the waterfront!), and what makes Wildwood so special.

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2016 Wildwood Camp Counselor Karim

What is your name?

My name’s Karim.

Where are you from?

I’m from Liverpool, England.

What is your job title and how long have you been at Wildwood?

I am the Thoreau Unit Leader, which is the 11-12-year-old boys. This is my first year at Wildwood. My first year in America, as well.

What made you want to become a camp counselor?

To be honest, when I left high school I wanted to do it, but I wasn’t old enough to because I was 16 (we leave high school at 16). My teachers always advised me to do it, because they said I’d enjoy it, and then a guy I’d only known a few weeks suggested it, too. I’d never really had the guts to do it but I always wanted to try it, so I ended up thinking, “You know what? Now is the time to do it. Time to try something different.” Because I was at a boring job I thought, “I want to have more fun with my summers and with my experience,” so I tried it, and now I’m here. Pretty crazy, right?

What has been the most challenging?

The most challenging thing has just been adapting to camp life. When I first got here, I just wanted to go home because it was just so frightening at first, and I struggle with anxiety and self-confidence, so the biggest challenge for me was to force myself to stick it out.

We write letters at the beginning of the summer to our future self to open at the end of camp, and at the time I was feeling really down, but I wrote in the letter, “I’m so happy you didn’t give up.” And I was sticking to that word, so I wasn’t going to give up. That was honestly the most challenging thing.

What has been the most rewarding?

There are so many things. One of the things that really made me happy was just connecting with children like you didn’t think you could, because they’re a lot older than you think. They know so much more than you think. The kids in my unit know so much more than I did when I was 11 or 12, so the most rewarding thing is getting on their level and realizing they’re on your level, in the same terms. They start to really trust you and put their faith in you and then you become really good friends. And when you’re here, they shout your name and run up and give you hugs and that just feels good.

What’s your favorite Wildwood activity?

I feel like I’m having the most fun at the waterfront, especially because we don’t get to see these kinds of views all the time. I’ve only been kayaking once before in my life and now I’ve done it multiple times, so definitely, for me, it’s doing anything on the waterfront—that’s the most fun. It’s something that we can’t get back home.

What are some of the things that make Wildwood special?

The people, 100%. The people you meet here, 110%. And that includes everyone—Meredith, Welch, the program staff, JC’s, even the returning campers who come here as well, to me that’s what makes Wildwood Wildwood.

But besides that, hmm, it’s tough to whittle it down to one point. The place is amazing, too. I love how they focus a lot on nature. And I feel like it’s the approach to nature.

I only just realized this now as I’m picking at the dirt under my nails and I’m not bothered; back at home I’d be like, “Oh my god, my fingernails are so dirty!” But here you don’t care because you’re digging in the dirt and you’re looking for things in the dirt and teaching kids to do that and there’s so many bugs and it teaches kids not to be afraid of bugs anymore. That’s what makes Wildwood Wildwood as well, is how “in nature” it is, or how much it teaches kids to respect nature, but learn how to live in nature and with nature.

I had this realization yesterday that I’m going to go home and talk about camp all the time, until everyone’s sick of it.

If you could give one piece of advice to someone considering coming from overseas to be a counselor at Wildwood, what would it be?

Just do it. In life, you always hear people say, “You won’t regret it,” but it’s like, “How do you know I won’t? How can you guarantee me?” There’s no guarantee…but I just know you won’t. I’m so happy I came to this place. You learn so much, and you learn so much about yourself—that’s the most important thing.

Reflections on 2016

As the Winter Solstice approaches, Wildwood’s bare trees reveal wider views of Hubbard Pond. The grays and browns of mid-December create their own stark beauty. During this quiet time, we reflect on the year that has gone by and prepare for the one to come.

Thank You for Your Support

We are grateful to the 104 families who donated to Wildwood in 2016. Because of their generosity, we were able to offer over $50,000 in financial aid to campers who might not otherwise have been able to come to camp and we were able to fund the construction of two Wooden Tents in the Fossey Unit. Truly, the generosity of our camp families reflects the spirit of Wildwood—together, connecting with nature and each other, we can make a difference.

Wildwood Camp Director Welch Narron with campers

Wildwood Camp Director Welch Narron with some happy campers.

Making Camp Possible for All

We have more big plans for Wildwood in 2017. One important initiative is our effort to provide new ways of offering camp scholarships by partnering with elementary and middle schools in urban areas of Massachusetts. Our hope is to widen our camp family by finding and inviting to Wildwood children who might never have considered overnight camp on their own.

New Wooden Tents for Fossey Unit

As for progress we can see and feel, this winter and spring our construction crew will finish the second and third Wooden Tents in the Fossey Unit. In 2017, all Fossey campers will be sleeping in Wooden Tents! After that, we will look ahead to funding and building three Wooden Tents in the Thoreau Unit.

New Wooden Tents in the Fossey Unit at Wildwood Overnight Camp

Cranberry (right) and our newest Wooden Tent (left) in the Fossey Unit

Registration is Open for 2017!

Finally, registration is underway for Summer 2017! You may register now via our website. Be sure to check out the 2017 camp brochure also on our website. Watch for the paper version in mailboxes and at your local sanctuary soon. Register for camp by January 15 to take advantage of the Early Bird discount.

Will You Join Us?

In closing, we want to thank again all of our generous donors. Will you join them? Please consider an end-of-year gift to Wildwood. Donations toward our general operations, scholarship program, and our Wooden Tent Campaign are truly appreciated. Thank you, and best wishes for the holiday season.

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Session 6, 2016: Part Two (end of overnight camp!)

Session 6 is sliding into home with an incredibly strong finish! The past couple of days’ highlights have included Zip Line at the high ropes challenge course, raft building at the waterfront, and Tie Dye. Lots of campers have had the opportunity to try new things throughout the week.

The Leaders-In-Action (second year LITs) have been a big part of camp this session. They’ve taken a lot of ownership over this week’s evening programs and continuing their success from last week’s campfire. They even planned and helped facilitate the Unit Night activities this week. Everyone seemed to be having a great time!

The Caves and Waterfalls trek group have visited close to half a dozen waterfalls at this point and two separate cave formations. They’ll be visiting the Ward-Gregory cave system in eastern New York on Friday which should be their most in-depth cave experience of the week. We are looking forward to great photos and stories once they return.

If you have any pictures you or your camper took this summer, please send them to us! We’d love to have those photos for future blog posts, brochures, and the website.

Thank you all for a great summer of camp! We’ll see you all next summer. Be sure to subscribe here to stay in the loop of the year-round happenings at camp.

Session 6 (and 5 week two), 2016: Part One

It’s hard to believe that the final week of overnight camp is here already! We are so lucky to have such an amazing group of campers here this week enjoying the last little bit of summer. The days and nights have gotten much cooler and some birds have been sighted beginning their southward migrations. We’re keeping an eye out for raptors and nightjars flying across the skies above the pond.

We closed out Session 5 last week with an amazing campfire hosted by our Leaders-In-Action (second year LITs). They did an excellent job of creating a fun theme along with skits to carry us through the history of Wildwood throughout the campfire.

We also received some pictures back from the Caves and Waterfalls trekkers who spent their day along with guides from Adventure In Adventure Out exploring cave formations in western Massachusetts. That was after a day exploring the Quechee Gorge area of Vermont which included a visit to the amazing VINS Nature Center.

The forecast looks great for the week ahead so we expect lots more fun over the coming days. Enjoy this peek in to camp and see you back later this week!

Session 5, 2016: Part Two

We’re back with another peek into Session 5! The second half of the week has included many more great activities. One of the favorites was “Super Seine” where campers used seine nets to catch fish and other organisms in the shallow area of the pond. Archery is of course always a popular activity and plenty of campers have had the opportunity to practice their skills at the range. Many are becoming quite talented! Tonight’s evening program was a camp favorite, Capture the Flag! Both sides played their hearts out and at the end, no one was really clear who was the victor.

Our backpacking trekkers will be back at camp tomorrow after a full week of hiking some high peaks in the White Mountains. They stayed in an AMC cabin on Tuesday night, and spent the rest of the week in other huts and shelters. Soon they’ll be back hopefully with some great pictures and stories to share.

For those campers who are staying for one week, we will have a great send-off for them on Saturday at 10:00am. We’ll certainly miss them, but our two-week campers will be great ambassadors for another batch of one-weekers arriving on Sunday.

We’ll be back again with another update next week. Have a great weekend!