Session 5, 2017: Part Two

August is such a wonderful time to be at Wildwood! As the end of summer approaches for campers and staff, we are so fortunate to have such great weather and enthusiastic campers. There’s no chance that you all at home are having as much fun as we are here at camp.

As always, today included a big variety of activities for everyone to enjoy. The waterfront was of course a popular destination at OATs with plenty of campers sliding off the iceberg, jumping off the lily pad, and paddling around the pond. You may also notice in some of these photos some campers enjoying a spa, complete with natural facial treatments. They used ingredients found both in the kitchen and in nature to create a soothing concoction.

As this week draws to a close, our one-week Session 5 campers will be departing on Saturday, with families arriving between 9:15 and 10:00am. For the Abbey and Dillard campers here for two weeks, they will be headed to Mt. Monadnock on Friday for their 2-night campout, with their hike up the mountain scheduled for Saturday. Other two-week campers will be headed out for campsites at First and Second Point for one night on Saturday evening.

Stay tuned here next week for an update from Session 6!

Session 5, 2017 – Part One

It’s finally here – Session 5 has begun at Wildwood! Our campers here this week have been waiting all summer for their turn to come to Wildwood and that time has finally arrived. We began our week as we usually do with orientation day which includes swim and health checks, a camp tour, and a visit to the Nature Center with Aisha and David. One of the most fun parts of the swim check is the “tippy test” where two campers practice capsizing and righting a canoe.

Tuesday brought with it the first full day of camp activities. That includes the first day of the week’s Interest Groups (IGs) which included great activities like New England Explorers, Drama, and Leadership. The afternoon Discovery Groups (DGs) included Archery, Sailing, Yoga, and much more. All in all it has been a great start to the week. We look forward to the days ahead with lots more fun and plenty more exciting activities.

The Leaders-In-Action kicked off a big service project this morning. They are planning to repaint the entire floor of the Arts and Crafts building to give it a fresher, cleaner feeling. We’ll be sure to post the results once that project is finished up.

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Session 4, 2017: Part Two

It is the final day of Session 4 and it feels like everyone just arrived! We had a special day at camp on Thursday as we flipped the schedule on its head This meant we started our day after breakfast with what is typically an evening program, and finished our day with nighttime DGs. It was a fun change which allowed us to do some different evening programs than we would normally, taking advantage of the earlier sunset.

The LITs have also continued to be busy learning from other staff on camp like Hannah at the Ropes Course who provided them an in-depth look at experiential learning. They also spent part of their afternoon on Thursday with Welch transplanting a White pine into the Fossey Unit.

The Exploring the Champlain Valley trek spent their Thursday evening rowing on the lake with the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and camped on the waters edge that evening.

We’ll be busy enjoying our final full day at camp today. I hope you are able to enjoy some sunshine wherever you are as well. For those of you picking up campers on Saturday, we will see you between 9:15 and 10:00am. Safe travels!

Session 4, 2017: Part One

What a way to start off Session 4! On Monday we were treated to a wonderfully dry day which allowed everyone to get through all of the requirements for orientation day: health checks, swim checks, a camp tour, and a nature center introduction with David. Once all of that was out of the way, it was on to the Predator / Prey Evening Program. Afterwards everyone settled into bed as it cooled down and a rain storm passed over, making it the perfect conditions for a great night’s sleep.

It was a good thing we had such a great night too as Tuesday brought with it the first full day of camp activities. Our morning’s highlights included Dirt to Dinner, where campers began learning about soils and what helps plants grow successfully before illustrating those concepts. The Ropes Leadership IG spent the morning working on two separate low-ropes challenges and focused on identifying personal leadership qualities which they will be developing throughout the week ahead.

The afternoon brought sunshine and a diverse sampling of Discovery Groups (DGs). One of our favorites included Wetland Kayaking, which was the perfect activity for the great weather this afternoon. Others included Pickle Making with Alena who looked like a mad scientist as she created pickle brine before giving campers the chance to mix up their own blend of spices for pickling.

The Leaders-In-Action also started on one of their first service project of the session, building benches for the Walden’s Woods area by Carson. Thanks to their efforts over the last few years, that area continues to become more inviting for campers and activities! They have a lot more service scheduled during their three-week session.

That’s all for now! I hope wherever you are that you are enjoying the back half of your summer. Stay tuned here for another update later this week!

Special Trek Update: Bike and Beach Edition

Today we bring you a special update from this summer’s Teen Adventure Trip – Bike and Beach at Cape Cod and Nantucket. This year, we partnered with the Linda Loring Nature Foundation on Nantucket for service projects and education. The group learned all about invasive pine trees on the island, and helped remove some that were present on the property. The foundation is also involved in research surveying the snake species present on the property. Our teens had the opportunity to catch snakes alongside one of the foundation’s educators and learn about the important role they play in the Nantucket’s ecosystem.

Each of Wildwood’s Teen Adventure Trips is unique, and many of them feature partnerships like this and service projects. Learn more about our Teen Adventure Trips on our website, and keep your eyes peeled for our 2018 summer trek opportunities later this fall!

Session 3, 2017: Part Four

Hello again from Wildwood! I hope wherever you have been this week, you are having half as much fun as we are at camp. The second half of this week has continued in much the same way as the first – with great weather and activities for everyone. This batch of photos features a range of activities, mainly from some of our IG groups.

“Dirt to Dinner” is one such IG featured below which has been a big hit this session. David, Wildwood’s Lead Naturalist, has filled the minds of those campers with knowledge about where the food we eat comes from, starting with the soil in which it grows. The sailing group this week lucked out with sunny skies and breezes each day giving the campers plenty of opportunity to learn the fundamentals of that great activity. An afternoon activity featured here called “Get Lost” was all about learning how to how to read a map and compass.

It’s hard to believe that we only have one more full day of this session. I know after our closing campfire on Friday night that there will be more than a few campers who are sad to leave camp. The great news is that everyone should have lots of great stories to tell. For folks at home who will be picking up campers on Saturday, please remember to arrive between 9:15am and 10:00am with the closing ceremony beginning at close to 10:00am as we can. See you there!

Session 3 2017, Week Two

We have had such an amazing weekend and start to our second week of this session! Our Abbey and Dillard campers were treated to absolutely spectacular weather, perfect for hiking Monadnock. Thankfully they returned with a few photos from the hike to share with us. On camp, our younger and middle-aged camper units enjoyed one day each on overnights at First and Second Points, and a “Day In” with fun and unique activities planned by their unit staff.

Once everyone returned to camp on Sunday, we had a full afternoon of OATs free time to rest and recharge after a busy weekend before returning to regularly scheduled camp programming on Monday. Some of our favorite programs on Monday were “Glacial Quest” which involved campers at the low-ropes challenge course tackling a series of themed challenges, and “Feed Your Face” which involved learning about edible wild plants found at camp.

All of that is just the tip of this week’s iceberg of fun. We look forward to a whole lot more excitement in the week ahead as we savor the final week of this session. Check back later this week for another peek into camp, and we hope wherever you are you are enjoying some quality time outside!

A Special Intersession Update

We have a special bonus update today featuring the Sessions 2 – 3 Intersession group! For those who don’t know, Intersession is a program for campers who are staying over between two consecutive sessions. The group featured in this update are campers who participated in the one-week Session 2 and are staying on for the two-week Session 3, making for at least 3 weeks at camp! During intersession, the group can do a lot of different things, including going off camp for some very non-typical camp activities!

This group began their afternoon at the ropes course zipping down the Zip Line, and looked very in tune with themselves and nature while they were doing it. Their evening then featured a trip to Keene, NH for bowling and pizza. After returning to camp, everyone gathered for a campfire in one of the units, before settling in to a good night’s rest before helping welcome new campers to Wildwood on Sunday.

I hope you enjoyed this look into the intersession program. Maybe we’ll see your camper for one of these evenings next year!

Session 3, 2017: Part Two

Happy Friday! Today marks the end of the first week of regular programming for Session 3 and this afternoon we head into our overnight weekend. Some of our highlights this week included the always popular Heffalump Hunt evening program which much to everyone’s delight featured a particularly interesting cast of Heffalump creatures. We also took advantage of the great weather on Thursday by jumping in the pond, and exploring the forest which was very active thanks to the rain which was a big benefit to the forest and creates who live there.

Starting tomorrow, Abbey and Dillard campers will load up on a bus and head off for two nights at Monadnock, leaving everyone else to make camp their own for a couple of days. The ladies of Fossey and Carson will also head out on their one-night overnights to First and Second Point, respectively. The boys of Thoreau and Leopold will then have camp to themselves for “Boys Day In” planned by their staff. The girls will do the same on Saturday once the boys leave for their overnight.

The LITs are wrapping up their two weeks at camp this weekend and we are sad to see them go! They had an exciting week working on service projects including a significant cleanup of Route 119 in Rindge. They are setting a great example to all who saw us taking care of our surrounding!. They will have a closing along with the other teen programs, Junior Counselors and Hiking The Long Trail (who returned back to camp on Thursday and headed straight for the showers), tonight before departure at 10:00am on Saturday.

We’ll have some more photos and an update after the overnight. Have a great weekend everyone!

Session Three: Part One

We so happy to be back into the swing of camp after saying good-bye to Session 2 and welcoming Session 3 to a fun-filled two weeks at Wildwood!

We got off to a great start with opening campfire on Sunday evening, before orientation day on Monday with swim checks, health checks, and some free time at OATs in the afternoon. Tuesday marked the first full day of activities with programs like Life of a Dragonfly, a new game called Noodle Hockey, and Archery. You can also catch a glimpse of some of our campers attempting to reach the top of the Dangle Duo high-ropes element.

The LIT group made it back from an awesome weekend at Mt. Greylock in Massachusetts on Sunday and have been telling us all of the stories about their adventures.

The Wildwood Trek Coordinator met up with the two-week Long Trail hiking trek at Woodford campground in Vermont for a mid-trip break and resupply. They are in the home stretch now and will be reaching the Massachusetts border after an amazing trip later this week.

Stay tuned here for another update later this week just before this weekend’s overnights. Take care!