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Two weekends of Wildwood Getaways left!

Fall at Wildwood is absolutely beautiful and we have two more weekends left where you can come and spend some time as a family here at camp.
Friday October 1 – Sunday October 3
Friday October 8 – Monday October 11.

The view across Hubbard Pond in autumn.

You can choose from any of the following lodging options:

  • Bring your own tent: $85/night
  • Yurt / Wooden Tent: $110/night
  • Cabins: $120/night (cabins have electricity)

We will assign one family only to each unit. Each unit has a firepit, wood, sink, toilets, picnic table, trash & recycle cans. Families bring their own bedding, personal items, food, and all cooking/cleaning gear.

The waterfront is open from 10:00 am–noon and 2:00–5:00 pm , starting on Friday at 2:00 and ending on Sunday at 5:00pm and is included in the nightly rate. Waterfront activities include canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding & swimming.

The shower house is a shared space and families can chose to shower at any point over the weekend.

Check in anytime after 1:00 on Friday and leave on Sunday anytime before 6:00pm.

Call the office today and register your spot while you still can. ! 603-899-5589

Learn More and Reserve Your Getaway Today!

Wildwood is uniquely beautiful dressed in fall foliage!

Wildwood Family Fun Days 2021

Wildwood is uniquely beautiful dressed in fall foliage!
Wildwood is uniquely beautiful dressed in fall foliage!

Come and visit Wildwood during the beautiful fall season during Family Fun Days!

The Details

Date: Saturday, October 16 and Sunday, October 17
Time: 11:00 am–4:00 pm—Families can arrive and depart at any time
Sign Up: Registration is required—sign up today!
Cost: $10 per person, children under 5 are free
Stay safe: We will be outside the entire time, however, please bring a face covering for when social distancing cannot occur.

Enjoying lunch on the beach at Hubbard Pond
Enjoying lunch on the beach at Hubbard Pond

Activities

Choose from a variety of activities, or just come and relax on the beach!

  • Re-unite with old friends or make new ones
  • Pack up a picnic lunch and enjoy it on the beach at Hubbard Pond
  • The archery range will be open—try for a bullseye!
  • The Gaga pit was a huge hit this summer and we’re sure your kids are dying to teach you how to play
  • Bring a white t-shirt and make a unique tie-dye shirt for you to take home
  • Paddle Hubbard pond by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard, with a view of nearby Mount Monadnock

We are excited to have you join us and look forward to making more great memories here at Wildwood. Register here for fall family fun in the outdoors!

Family canoeing on Hubbard Pond
Family canoeing on Hubbard Pond
Sunset on Hubbard Pond

Wildwood 2021: Session 1

Sunset on Hubbard Pond

What a fun, exciting session we have had so far here at Wildwood! Our days have started with various optional PBJs (Pre-Breakfast Jaunts), such as an early morning swim and paddle, berry-picking, a bird walk, and even some morning meditation. Those early risers are being kept busy at 7:00 am.

After our delicious breakfasts of scrambled eggs, chocolate chip pancakes, French toast, breakfast potatoes, yogurt, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and cereal, our campers have been growing into amazing scientists. We have spent time learning about different bugs and tiny critters and even went on a dragonfly hunt. Campers have learned how to be good observers of nature. They have discovered new plants and compared them to other things that they might remind them of. Campers have gone out in canoes and studied the ecology of the pond and all of the cool creatures that live in Hubbard Pond.

Basketball DG

Our afternoon Discovery Groups (DGs) have been chock-full of variety. We have been to the archery range, tried stand-up paddleboarding, played board games, played in our brand new GaGa pit, and even tried our hand at some improv games. We’ve been extra crafty as well, made tie-dye shirts, pet rocks, and friendship bracelets.

Gaga game

On Thursday we changed up our afternoon DGs: we split the campers up by age and had an afternoon of adventure! Carson and Leopold campers went to the High Ropes course, made Oobleck, and had a tower-building competition with mini marshmallows and spaghetti.

Fossey and Thoreau campers did archery, an egg drop experiment, and also took part in a Fox Box Regatta. What, might you ask, is that?! We used cardboard boxes and duct tape to make boats and then the campers put on a lifejacket and got in their boat to see how long it would float—it was so cool to watch!

Egg Drop Experiment

Abbey and Dillard campers had an amazing time with two of Mass Audubon’s finest naturalists! Tia Pinney and Alex Dohan came to Wildwood to spend time with our teens. They then took them on a canoe trip across Hubbard Pond and on an amazing hike to First Point.

Our evenings have been filled with even more fun. We played Predator-Prey, had a Heffalump Hunt, and an amazing campfire as well.

Throughout the week we have been having a lot of fun. There has been learning, laughter, and a lot of smiles. It has been wonderful to see campers being able to enjoy nature, try new things and make new friends, and in some cases rekindle friendships from the past. Wildwood is happy to be open for the summer of 2021 and we are off to a great start!

Wildwood staff and campers digging in the garden

Wildwood Volunteer Day 2021

The Wildwood team is getting ready for campers to arrive and we need your help!

Join us on Sunday, May 23 from 9:30 am–3:30 pm to help clean and prep camp. Volunteers of all ages are welcome as we have all kinds of projects that need to get done. Lunch will be provided for our wonderful volunteers and at the end of the day, we will open the waterfront for anyone that wants to boat or swim.

These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden
These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden

Volunteer projects include:

  • Trail maintenance
  • Getting both the vegetable and flower gardens cleaned and planted
  • Sweeping out all of our cabins/yurts/tents
  • Washing tables, chairs, and floors in the dining hall
  • Raking the beach
  • Painting
KP Duty - Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean
KP Duty – Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean

To join us, please register on our website so we have a headcount. We look forward to seeing you on Volunteer Day!

Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein

Join Wildwood’s 2021 Bird-a-thon Team!

This year, celebrate Mass Audubon’s 125th anniversary by joining the Wildwood Bird-a-thon team! There are so many ways that YOU can participate to support Wildwood—and you don’t have to be an experienced birder to join in the fun.

During Bird-a-thon weekend, Friday, May 14–Saturday, May 15, all teams will compete head-to-head in two ways—by earning points from birding and nature activities, AND by birding in strategic sub-groups in an effort to identify the greatest number of bird species in 24 hours. You can take as much or as little time as you like and go outside anywhere in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to look for birds—each unique species you identify is worth one point!

Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein
Hermit Thrush © Mark Rosenstein

But you don’t have to be an expert birder to participate! Check back the week of May 10 on the Bird-a-thon page on our website to see the official list of all the different activities you can do to earn points, like completing a nature scavenger hunt, creating bird art, or even picking up litter! You can also download the 2021 Official Species Checklist and read the updated rules and guidelines to learn more.

In addition to participating in birding and other nature activities, you can also donate to and raise funds for the Wildwood Kids-to-Camp Fund, which helps remove barriers for more campers to come and experience the joys of Wildwood. 2020 has been a difficult year for many families, and kids need camp. Please consider donating to or fundraising for the Wildwood team. In 2020, Wildwood raised over $2,000 to send kids to camp—will you help us to exceed that number this year?

Wildwood Winter Getaways

Need a getaway? Want to play in the snow? Join us this winter for a fun family getaway at Wildwood!  We are turning our health center into a winterized lodge for camp families. Wildwood will be all yours to use as your winter playground. During your visit we hope you will enjoy the natural world, relax, and play in beautiful New Hampshire. There will only be one family at Wildwood at a time.

Snowshoe, cross country ski, sled, build a snowman, have a snowball fight—all are fabulous options for your family getaway at Wildwood!

The Health Center has the following amenities available for your family:

  • Sleeps 7
    • Fitted and flat sheets are available
    • Bring your own blankets and pillows
    • One bedroom with a queen bed
    • One bedroom with a single twin bed
    • Two bedrooms with twin bunk beds and adjoining ½ baths
  • 3 Bathrooms, one with a shower
    • Bath towels are provided
  • Full Kitchen
    • Includes a gas stove, full-size refrigerator, coffee pot, coffee grinder, stand mixer, microwave, food processor, tea kettle, tables, and chairs
    • Fully furnished with pots & pans
  • WiFi
  • 32” TV
    • You can plug a laptop in, but bring cords and adapters for Apple products
  • Washer & Dryer

Dates:  Weekends, December 11, 2020 through April 4, 2021

Fees:

  • $325/family for Friday through Sunday night
    • Families must book both nights
    • Thursday or Sunday night costs an additional $100 (please call to add either or both nights on to your stay)
  • Wildwood is gear available for purchase
    • Please call and we can have purchases available in the health center upon your arrival 
    • Tie-Dye Blanket – $25 (twin size)
    • Blue Blanket – $20 (small lap blanket)
    • Warm Wildwood Socks – $10 (small, medium & large available)

Check-in: Any time after 9:00 am on Friday

Check-out: By 5:00 pm on Sunday

Get Your 2020 Wildwood T-Shirts!

Each year, I look forward to getting my summer camp t-shirt, no matter how old I am. Like you, I miss camp, and I’m happy to put on a camp shirt and feel a little closer to my summer home.  

Creative costumes and face paint from the counselors for the Wrath of Nature evening program
Creative costumes and face paint from the counselors for the Wrath of Nature evening program

Last week I woke up and knew it was a camp shirt kind of day, so I pulled out my favorite one, a sage green shirt with a beautiful loon on the front. The nostalgia I feel every time I open my drawer of camp shirts makes me close my eyes for a moment to remember some of my favorite camp memories: My morning walk to the dining hall and the excitement I feel when I smell the pancakes and bacon, an afternoon spent laying in a hammock in the Chill Zone, sitting in the amphitheater full of campers singing at the top of their lungs, or jumping into the pond during OATs. I actually laugh out loud when I remember Heffalump Hunts.

Wildwood’s 70th summer didn’t go at all how we’d planned, of course, but until we can celebrate together again in 2021, we want you to have that nostalgic camp t-shirt feeling, so we’re offering a special Wildwood t-shirt that you can order now!

Not only can you help support Wildwood by purchasing a 2020 Wildwood T-shirt, but you can also wear it and think of all the amazing camp memories you have made in the past and all the memories we will make next summer.

Order Your 2020 Wildwood T-Shirt by December 2!

“Winter Explorers” Learn Cold-Weather Survival Skills

Do you know how to dress for different winter conditions? What to do if frostbite sets in? How to build a fire on top of the snow? Or maybe how to build a shelter outside?

Learn these and even more winter outdoor skills with staff from Wildwood Camp and the Jaffrey Parks & Recreation Department during our Winter Explorers program series.

This winter, on the third Saturday of each month, we’ll discover a different skill to help us brave the winter weather. Each session takes place from 9:00 to 11:00 am.

Register online on the Jaffrey Parks & Rec website for one session or for all four at a discounted rate.

Photo © Phil Doyle

November: Winter Attire

Saturday, November 21, 2020
At Jaffrey Parks and Recreation
31 Howard Hill Road, Jaffrey, NH 03452

What are your jeans made of, and can they really keep you warm in cold weather? Through a variety of experiments, learn the “do’s and don’t’s” of what to wear during the winter months, including the differences between various fabrics.

Note: Participants should bring clothes in a backpack or bag that you believe could help keep you warm if you were outside in the cold for ten hours.

Winter Hiking with Wildwood at Mount Monadnock
Winter Hiking with Wildwood at Mount Monadnock

December: Winter First Aid

Saturday, December 19, 2020
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Be prepared for any accident that may occur during the winter months. Learn the warning signs for hypothermia, frost bite, and dehydration and what to do if you or someone else is showing signs.

Note: Instructor Cheryl is a certified Red Cross First Aid instructor; participants will not be certified at the end of the program.

January: Fires & Cooking

Saturday, January 16, 2021
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Have you ever tried to build a fire on snow? What happens to wood when it is wet? Learn the answers to these questions and more as we build a fire and cook over an open flame. Together we will learn the science of how to start a fire without matches.

Note: Participants should bring a travel mug, thermos, or cup with a lid for hot beverages.

Camp cooking in winter
Camp cooking in winter

February: Shelters & Knots

Saturday, February 20, 2021
At Wildwood Camp
462 Old New Ipswich Road, Rindge, NH 03461

Protecting yourself from harsh winter weather with a DIY shelter is a great skill to have! Use materials you can find in the woods to help make your shelter safe and warm, and learn different knots and lashings to create a camp chair or even a table!


To register for these programs, please visit the Jaffrey Parks & Rec website. Join for one session or for all four at a discounted rate! Should you have any questions, reach out to Wildwood’s Education Program Manager, Cheryl Oliveira at [email protected].

Campers showing off their creations in the dining hall

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 3 – Part 3

Here at Wildwood the rain has been holding up, but so has the camp spirit! There have been some exciting activities: we created items for a Dutch Auction, played games like Crab Soccer, did some Food Drawing, and used our imaginations at Monster Making. Check out a few highlights from this week below and see the full slideshow on Smugmug!

Come back on Thursday for a post and pictures from a new and exciting tradition at Wildwood!

Friendship bracelets and tie-dye in Arts & Crafts
Campers showing off their creative costumes in the dining hall
Campers showing off their creations in the dining hall
Counselors in the dining hall
Campers showing off their creative costumes in the dining hall
Arts & Crafts in the dining hall
Drawing under the White Tent by the lakefront
Tie-dye items waiting to dry
A rousing game of Crab Soccer