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Advice to First Time Families

Are you sending your little one to overnight camp for the first time? Great! You and your child are both feeling excited and nervous all at the same time. Here are a few tips that will make this first-time experience a little bit easier for you and your camper.

Practice—Before your camper comes to overnight camp, have them practice staying at a friend’s house overnight. This will give your child the confidence that they can be successful away from the comfort of their own home.

Packing—Pack together and make sure that you have everything on the list. Once you have gathered everything, supervise your child as they pack their bag. This will ensure that when your child has arrived at camp and needs their pajamas or their swimsuit, they know where to find it. It is also incredibly important to label everything. Campers always misplace things and if there is a name on it, we can be sure that it gets back to the right person.

Wildwood Overnight Camp Session 2

Promises—When you drop your camper off on opening day it is normal to want to stay and hang out, but this prolongs the inevitable goodbye.  Instead say, “Have a great week, you are going to be fine, and we will see you on Saturday for pickup!” Homesickness is perfectly normal. Please also do not promise them that they can call home. Instead, give them strategies to help them be successful. Send them to camp with stationary and stamps and tell them to write you a letter and put it in the mail.

Just remember, your camper will have an amazing time at camp. They will meet lifelong friends and have new experiences that only camp can give them.

Theme Days Summer 2019

Camp is a silly place—a place for campers and staff alike to just have fun! Each session we will have crazy meals and dress-up days. Bring your most creative things from home or make something while you are here at camp. Silly Sock day? What does that mean? You can mix and match your socks, wear tye-die socks, have socks with capes, or socks with pictures of your dog on them! This is your time to be creative. What sessions are YOU coming to?

Session 1 – Nature Heroes – Dress up as your favorite Nature Superhero! Are you Captain Planet? Do you want to be Wonder Water Woman? Be a superhero in whatever way you can, and remember, not all superheroes wear capes!

Session 2 – Crazy Hat or Crazy Hair Day – Do you have an umbrella hat? How about a top hat? On this crazy hat or crazy hair day, you can make whatever you want to wear on your head. You could even try and stick your hair straight up! Be creative! The 4th of July also falls during session 2, so wear your red white and blue as we celebrate the entire day with American-themed activities!

Session 3 – The Olympics – This special event will be an all-day extravaganza of excitement. There will be different events that you and your “country” will participate in. You’ll make a flag and even get ribbons for the events. We’ll also have Twin Day. Are you coming to camp with a friend? Meeting someone at camp for the first time? Either way, you and your friend can dress alike or wear the same hairstyle—you pick!

Session 4 – Halloween in July – Bring a costume or make one or just be yourself. Will you be an alligator, a police detective, a clown, or even a ninja turtle? Bring a costume and we will be sure to have a great time! Towards the end of the session we’ll have a Pajama Breakfast; Come to breakfast in your favorite PJ’s!

Session 5 – Tropical Paradise – Wear your favorite Hawaiian shirt or grass skirt and bring those leis! Our fabulous floral Friday will be a delightful evening full of fun! We’ll bring the coconuts and pineapples.

Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Wildwood Family Camp

Family Camp at Wildwood: Fun for All Ages

Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Wildwood Family Camp
Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) at Wildwood Family Camp

The search is over! What’s the best thing for your family to do this summer? A great family vacation where all you have to do is show up!

Wildwood’s Family Camp offers fun for all ages where you can choose your own adventure: swimming, boating, archery, Arts & Crafts, nature hikes, and more are all on the menu.

And speaking of menus, all your meals are provided for you! Breakfast and lunch are served buffet-style so you and your family can come and go at the pace that works for you, while dinner is a fun community gathering each evening, served family-style.

We provide opportunities for adult-only activities, kid-only activities, and those your whole family can do together. Tea Time with our staff from England is a perennial favorite, while the more adventurous folks can take a thrilling ride down the zip line! And what day at camp would be complete without a little swimming in our beautiful Hubbard Pond?

Wildwood's High Ropes Challenge Course at Family Camp
Wildwood’s High Ropes Challenge Course at Family Camp

Your family (up to eight people) can choose from a range of accommodation options. Standard choices include sleeping in your own wooden tent, platform tent, rustic cabin, or yurt, complete with bunk beds and mattresses. This year we are also offering “premium” options
on a first-come-first-served basis in Darwin or Muir staff cabins, which have private bathrooms and bedrooms. Or, at the opposite end of the spectrum, you can now bring your own tent!

We can’t wait to meet you and your family this summer during Family Camp! We have the following sessions lined up for this year:

Session 1: Wednesday, June 19–Saturday, June 22, 2019
Session 2: Sunday, August 18–Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Session 3: Wednesday, August 21–Saturday, August 24, 2019

Check out our website to learn more and register for Family Camp.