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SAVE THE DATE: Wildwood Alumni Reunion – August 2020!

Wildwood Group Photo, black and white, circa 1984
Wildwood Group Photo circa 1984

Wildwood has welcomed campers to explore nature at four camp locations throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire since 1950. Summer 2020 marks our 70th anniversary as well as 20 years since we purchased our permanent camp location in Rindge, New Hampshire.

To celebrate, we are hosting an alumni reunion weekend from August 22–23, 2020! Folks can choose to sleepover in a cabin or platform tent, just like back in the day, or come for a single day of fun activities and reminiscing on Sunday. Airport shuttles from Manchester or Boston will be available. 

We can’t wait to see you and hear your camp stories!

Canoeing at Wildwood circa 1996 or 1997
Canoeing at Wildwood circa 1996 or 1997

We’ll have more information soon and official registration will begin in March. Until then, here are a few details:

Saturday, August 22
2:00 pmCheck-in begins
2:15–5:15 pmActivities open: Naturalist walks, beach and waterfront activities, and more
5:30 pmWelcome reception
6:15 pmDinner
7:30 pmCampfire and Evening Program (EP)
Sunday, August 23
7:00 amPre-Breakfast Jaunt (PBJ)
8:30 amBreakfast
9:30 amActivities open: Naturalist walks, beach and waterfront activities, etc.
Check-in begins for day visitors
11:30 amWelcome, Wildwood History, and Songs
12:30 pmLunch cookout and social hour
2:00 pmActivities open: Naturalist walks, beach and waterfront activities, etc.
4:00 pmFinal gathering and goodbyes

Tuition:  $25.00 per day per person; $65.00 for the whole weekend, including lodging

Email wildwood@massaudubon.org with any questions you may have.

Fun & Games at Wildwood

New for 2019: Wildwood Day Camp!

Fun & Games at Wildwood
Fun & Games at Wildwood

Wildwood is happy to announce we are launching a new day camp program this summer to support the local residents of Rindge, Jaffrey, and other surrounding areas.

Day campers, ages 6–11, will focus on exploring the nature of Wildwood and learning about what literally lives in their backyards! Throughout the day, campers will connect with each other and the environment in a welcoming, supportive environment. Each will have opportunities to make exciting discoveries and learn about making choices with their daily activities. Cozy camp areas create safe spaces for relaxing, sharing, and learning with friends new and old.

And, of course, no camp day will be complete without taking a swim or a paddle in Hubbard pond. Day campers will also get to try archery, arts & crafts, the high ropes challenge course and more.

Day Camp hours are 8:30 am–4:00 pm with optional extended hours until 6:00 pm.  Lunch and snacks are included in the day. 

Wildwood campers showing off a "gnome home" they build in the forest

How Camp Connects Us—and Disconnects Us—in the Best Ways

Wildwood campers showing off a "gnome home" they build in the forest

“I seriously don’t think I’ve ever been happier than when I’m at camp. I don’t worry about what’s going on at home or at school. I do things I know I wouldn’t normally do like the ropes course, boating, and Scottish dancing! I am not addicted to my phone like I used to be and it is so refreshing to be all around nature with people you love.

—2018 Wildwood Overnight Camper

Last summer, I asked our campers what they liked about camp. Hands down, the number one answer was that they were glad to have no phones or computers—they really appreciated having no choice but to leave the phone at home and step away from the pressures of social media. Without media at camp, kids can relax and be in the moment in a unique and profound way.

What we do at Wildwood is so important because we connect children to nature and, in the process, show campers how to slow down, breathe, and take it all in, as well as giving them opportunities to make friends, discover, wonder, laugh, play, and explore. A key part of the camp experience is the rare chance to unplug from electronics. Disconnecting from our phones allows us to really connect with each other.

Camp is magical: it is forever changing and dynamic, yet the fundamental values and lessons learned at camp stay the same. My greatest wish in life is that every child has a transformative summer camp experience. We can’t wait to see our campers at Wildwood this summer. We can connect with each other—and disconnect, together.

See you outside,

Becky Signature

Becky
Wildwood Director

Summer 2018 Wildwood Staff

Session 1 Update 1

Summer 2018 Wildwood Staff

Summer 2018 Wildwood Staff ready to greet campers for the first session of the season.

Wildwood Camp is off to a great start!  Our first evening was a success with a s’more treasure hunt and campfires at individual units.

New morning programming this summer includes Nature Groups. In these blocks, campers have been exploring the wonders of Wildwood in a whole new way. Our youngest campers in the Forest Group hit the ground running with tree identification and discussions about how trees move food up and down their trunks and branches. Earth Day Group campers have been talking about stewardship of our natural environment.

Unit staff got creative during Tuesday’s Unit Night with fun activities such as Capture the Flag in the sand pits, adjacent birthday and beach parties, and Olympics and soccer on the activity field. Unit nights are a great opportunity for campers to bond with their age groups.

Wednesday evening brought a downpour of rain which resulted in an amazing indoor evening program of “grab bag” improv storytelling.  We’ll admit, campers had so much fun they got to bed a little late last night. 

We are happy to report that while the rain continues, our spirits have not dampened and camp programming carries on with creativity and zest.

Expect camper photos soon—we had technical difficulties with the blog this week and we really appreciate everyone’s patience as new staff learn the ropes and work out the kinks in our processes. Rest assured that everyone is having a blast!