Category Archives: Summer Camp

Welcome to Our New Program Coordinator, Cheryl Oliveira!

We are thrilled to welcome the newest member to the Wildwood Team: Cheryl Oliveira, our new Program Coordinator. Get to know her more below or you can call or stop by the office to meet her in person after January 23!

Cheryl is an outdoorswoman with a passion for working with young people and she loves summer camp!  She has a BA in History from Colby Sawyer College and is a former camp director at both day and residential camps. She taught a variety of environmental topics at Nature’s Classroom, including erosion, plant succession, climate change, and invasive species, but her absolute favorite topic to teach was tree identification.

Cheryl is an active volunteer troop leader with the Girl Scouts, specializing in teaching girls how to camp in the winter. In her spare time, Cheryl enjoys snowshoeing, hiking, and running and has completed two marathons. We love her energy, enthusiasm, and positive personality and we are confident that you will, too. Cheryl is super excited to be part of the Wildwood Team and we are thrilled to have her!

Winter in the Whites: February Vacation Teen Adventure Trip

It’s cold out there! You might be tempted to hole up inside, counting down the months until the snow melts and summer camp arrives. But just because its cold doesn’t mean there aren’t adventures to be had and fascinating nature to explore!

We are excited to partner with Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary in Lincoln and Habitat Education Center in Belmont to offer Mass Audubon Camps Teen Adventure Trip: Winter in the Whites. Winter in the Whites is a weeklong outdoor adventure where you’ll learn new skills and get a chance to see nature in a new way.

We’ll start with a couple of days in the Wildwood yurts, learning the basics of winter camping, snowshoeing up Mount Monadnock, and meeting with natural history professionals to learn about the unique nature available to us in winter. Next, we’ll head north to the White Mountains to explore Cardigan Reservation where we’ll put new skills to the test with a summit attempt and a night spent in a cozy, high-alpine cabin.

A Note from Trip Leader Kyle:

I’ve been spending my summers outdoors ever since I can remember. As a child, it was playing with the dogs or riding bikes with friends through the fields and foothills surrounding the little desert town where I grew up. As I grew into my teen years it became Boy Scouts and summer camps, and then working at summer camp and as a guide as a young adult. Winter though? Other than an occasional scout Klondike derby or school ski trip I didn’t really venture out in the winter until my second trip through college, studying outdoor education.

Suddenly winter became mandatory, and WOW had I been missing out! Winter adventures are a whole new world. Familiar places become new again; not only has the scenery changed, but the whole natural world around us can be viewed in new and unique ways.

The entire character of the outdoors changes. Bare winter branches open up sights and treasures hidden by foliage the rest of the year. A fresh coat of snow creates fairy-tale landscapes. There is no better time for finding some usually hard-to-spot wildlife. Otters and Moose are easier to find in the winter. Here at Wildwood, we have the chance to spot at least three species of owl we don’t usually see in the summer. Even the snow itself offers unique chances for learning.

I’m excited to share these unique winter experiences, and can’t wait to see you at Wildwood in a few weeks!


About the Leaders:

Paul Kelley has a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Southern Oregon University and has led backpacking trips on the east coast, west coast, and New Zealand. His passion is to mix adventure education with natural history, creating opportunities that stimulate both body and mind, leading to a wholesome outdoor experience. He is the Onsite Education Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Habitat in Belmont.


Kyle Branin is the Teen Program Coordinator at Mass Audubon’s Wildwood Camp. He has taught and guided backpacking across the country. Kyle believes backcountry travel offers a unique nature immersion and loves facilitating this connection to nature for others while teaching the skills to move through our natural world comfortably and harmoniously. He has a degree in Outdoor Education from Southern Utah University and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.

To encourage folks to get out and experience nature in the winter, this trip is being offered at a special rate of $1,100 for Mass Audubon members, a significant savings compared to similar trips in the summer.

The 2019 Wildwood Brochure is Here!

We are thrilled to announce that the 2019 Wildwood camp brochure is now available online and should be arriving in mailboxes over the next few days. We know many of our regular campers look forward to seeing photos of their friends and counselors and looking to see if a quote of theirs from the annual survey was included and we definitely look forward to sharing it with you!

A Correction to the Open House Date

We goofed and scheduled an Open House at Wildwood on May 12, which happens to be Mother’s Day. Sorry about that! We have changed the date to Sunday, May 19 from 1:00–3:00 pm. We didn’t catch our error in time to change it in the brochure so we will be spreading the word via blog, e-news, and social media as much as possible. Thanks so much for your understanding.

Best wishes for Happy New Year from all of us on the Wildwood team!

Thank You Wildwood Friends & Family!

Our Sincere Appreciation

We have so much to be thankful for at Wildwood this year. It was a year filled with fun and games, new and old faces, new and old traditions, and lots of laughter and smiles. Best of all, it was a year filled with generosity and support from our amazing Wildwood Friends & Family.

For the second year in a row, we received a grant from the Edith W. and John A. Dockray Charitable Foundation for the Hubbard Pond Campers Program! We are so grateful for their support, which allows us to continue to provide opportunities for kids and families from under-resourced communities in Lowell and Cambridge to come to Wildwood, tackling all possible barriers to the transformative experience of camp.

Thank you to the 254 families who donated to Wildwood in the past year. Your gifts supported our day-to-day operations, improvements to our facilities, and camperships. Will you join them?D

Thank you especially to the following people and organizations who donated $25 or more between December 1, 2017 and November 30, 2018:

Dan & Melissa Albert
Irina Badayan & Mark Leblanc
Laurie & Raymond Ball
Linnea Bardarson & Joel Wolfe
Blythe D. Berents
Jennifer Bingham & Anne Marie Fabriele
Kristin Boudreau & Kesler Roberts
Kyle Branin
Jay Brewer & Maya Bazar
Bright Funds Foundation
Jennifer Cameron & Robert Walsh
Lisa & Peter Cash
Lucy Chie & Justin Campbell
Maria Isabel Chiu
Jeff Coccoluto & Jenny Braiman
Dwight & Laura Cooper
Lauren & Robb Corduck
Mary Elizabeth Cranton & Scott Cranton
Mary Dockray Miller & Michael Miller
Jennifer & Timothy Dorsey
Ryan H. Dorsey
Edith W. and John A. Dockray Charitable Foundation
Matthew & Jennifer Ender
Anne Engelhart & Doug Durant
Lori Etringer
April Evans & David Douglas
Brant Firestone & Rosemary Barrett
Jeffrey Fruithandler & Lynne Nightingale
Sandra Gaudet
Lorna Gibson & Jean Hess
Kristen & Rick Godin
Timothy Goodger & Monique Ardell Goodger
Gordon Hardy & Alice Dunn
Jennifer Harris & David Condon
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Heather Hill
Amy & Simon Horsburgh
Kate & Michael Hurley
Robert Hutchinson & Elizabeth Callanan
Lou Jordano & Carolyn O’Brien
Janet Lane & David Armstrong
Gordon & Sandy Ledgard
Andrew Levinson
Jennifer Lewis-Forbes & Andrew Forbes
Mary-Margaret & Michael Little
Brenda Mahnken & Robert Greenberg
Kimberly Mastis & Christopher Meola
Brian & Kim McLeod
Katherine McVety & Jonathan Feinberg
Christopher Meissner & Alexis Vasquez Meissner
Kelly & Jeffrey Moriarty
Vanessa Hunnibell Moroney & Ray Moroney
Welch & Natalie Narron
Michelle Oishi & Marc Mamigonian
Jenny Outman
Aimee Pease Fox & Matt Fox
Valerie Perkins & Stephen Ervin
Cris Ratiner
Ann & Gant Redmon
Jonathan Rubel & Naomi Sofer
Melina Salerno & Kathy Sanders
Nicole & Erich Salomon
Tina Scioletti
Edith & Christopher Shipley
Nancy & Stephen Sofen
Robert Speare & Martha Worthy
Meredith Stensaas
Naline & Jim Stewart
Beth Sullivan & James Perrine
Liam Sullivan & Susan Lacefield
Frances Waltman
Christopher & Carrie Wiley
Amanda Zoellner & Bryan Fink
Anonymous

And thank you to 180 additional donors whose combined gifts came to over $1,400!

Here’s to an even more amazing 2019 to come!

Demolishing Carson's Bathroom

News From the Construction Zone

You might think that things quiet down around Wildwood once camp is ended for the season, but you’d be wrong! After the campers and counselors have all gone home (and after the staff gets a bit of much-needed vacation time), it’s time to squeeze in as many projects as we can before the snow flies. We’ve been hard at work making some exciting improvements to Wildwood’s facilities in preparation for another fantastic summer.

Here’s a partial punch list for Wildwood this fall:

  • The health center is getting a facelift, including new flooring, energy-efficient windows, and an additional bedroom for the healthcare staff, all of which will give campers and staff a better experience when they are in need of care.
  • We demolished Carson Unit’s bathroom and are building a new bathroom which will be ready for camp next summer.

Demolishing Carson's Bathroom

Demolishing Carson’s Bathroom to make way for a brand new one!

  • Surprise! Fall storms knocked down quite a few trees, including one that fell on the roof of Emerson. There was a little roof damage, but nothing our property whiz, Astro, can’t fix.

A Tree Fell on Emerson Cabin

It looks bad, but nothing the Amazing Astro can’t fix!

A Tree Fell on Emerson Cabin

  • We are building new tent platforms for the Dillard and Thoreau units, using fresh and sturdy pressure-treated wood.

These and the many other repairs and updates are all part of our larger goal of making summers at Wildwood better and better every single year! If you love Wildwood and want to help us continue to improve our property, please consider making a gift to our Operating Fund. We are grateful for your support!


Registration will be opening soon for 2019, including our NEW Wildwood Day Camp, a special 3-day “mini” overnight camp for 7-8-year-olds, and new teen adventure trips to the Berkshires, Pioneer Valley, and Adirondacks. Stay tuned for more updates!

By The Numbers: Farewell to Summer 2018

Just like that, another summer at Wildwood has come to a close. We wanted to take a look back on the 2018 summer, “By the Numbers”-style:

2018 Wildwood Overnight Campers and Staff

440—The number of overnight campers ages 9–14.
57—The number of Leaders-in-Training (LIT’s; entering grade 10) and Leaders-in-Action (LIA’s; entering grade 11).

2018 Teen Trekkers

6 —The number of states we visited with “Teen Trekkers” in our Teen Adventure Trips program.
99—The number of Teen Trekkers (ages 14–17) who took part in a Teen Adventure Trip.

2018 Wildwood Family Camp

199—The number of Family Camp campers of all ages.
78—The age of the oldest 2018 Wildwood Family Camper.
3 months—The age of the youngest 2018 Wildwood Family Camper.

2018 Wildwood Staff in “Business Casual” attire

63—The number of wonderful individuals that were employed at Wildwood this summer to work with the campers.
5—The number of US states the staff came from.
6—The number of countries the staff came from.

Sunset over Hubbard Pond

85—The number of days of fun at camp! Thank you for a fantastic summer; we can’t wait for next year!

A special thanks to the photographers of 2018: Ian Emerson, Amanda Hathaway, and Ryan Dorsey

Session 5 Week 2

Hello Everyone!

We are enjoying a beautiful day here at camp. We’ve finely found ourselves in the sweet spot with weather, dry and not too hot. Camp here is going really well. It is surreal to think that tomorrow will be the last full day of overnight camp for 2018. We’ve had a busy week here at camp between all our NGs and DGs and special event day on Wednesday. Last night after our Special Event day camper were able to do Night NGs. It provided an awesome opportunity to learn more about nature at night.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday Morning! In the meantime, here are some pictures from camp from this session.

Here are some Session 5 Photos!

Rindge’s 250 Birthday Parade

Wow! What a day it has been for Wildwood. This morning the girls in Fossey and Carson woke up at their campsites at First and Second Point, while the Abbey/Dillard campers were waking up at Monadnock as they prepared to hike the mountain. Thoreau and Leopold campers woke up in their own beds this morning and packed for their overnight after the parade.

Wildwood boarded a bus and drove over to Rindge Town Center to be a part of the parade. Huge Props to the Leaders-in-Action who participated in the parade with a float they created all on their own! The float had trees, a beautiful sign and a Wildwood Campfire.

The Leaders-in-Action were joined by Fossey, Carson, Leopold and Thoreau campers all dressed in their awesome Tie Dyed Wildwood T-shirts as they cheered on the parade participants. On the parade route we saw Oxen, Goats, Bag pipers, Farmers, Fire Trucks and much more. They campers loved it and so did the town of Rindge. The parade participants even gave the campers candy and beautiful flowers. While we were at the parade Abbey and Dillard spent today climbing up Mount Mondanock in Jaffrey.

Thanks Rindge for being such gracious hosts. It was a great day to be in New Hampshire!

Check out photos from the Parade!

Session 5

Hello Everyone! We are off and running here at Wildwood – Session 5. In the mornings we are really having a lot of fun in our NGs, followed by some fun DGs and OATs in the afternoon. What do all these acronyms mean? Well, it our way of spelling great camp times!

Our Leaders-in-Action continue to help out all over camp too. Last night they were all helping out with Unit Nights, where each unit chooses something special to do together. They have also been busy all around camp doing fun projects. They are alternating between making a float for Rindge’s 250th Parade and making garden beds all around camp.

Last night was also was bring a letter to dinner night, and letters we got! We’ll be sticking them into the mail tomorrow, so expect to see them sometime soon. Please keep your coming too – we like to keep the local post office busy!

Here are some more pictures from Session 5

So Long Session 4. Hello Session 5

Happy Monday night everyone! We have had an awesome first full day of camp here at Wildwood. We were able to get through swim checks quickly and smoothly which meant we could open the waterfront to free swim and boating. On a hot day like today that was exactly where many of our campers wanted to be. Tomorrow we will jump into our second day of Nature Groups in the morning and Discovery Groups in the afternoon. Campers will choose between Archery, Sailing, Mural painting, Flying Squirrel, Underwater Scavenger hunt, Mushroom hunt and Flower Press. With tomorrow being another hot day here at camp we’ll remember to put on lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water.

While we are gearing up for an awesome 2-week session here at camp, we’re taking a moment to look over a few pictures from last week that have not yet been posted. Though just one week, we had a great time with our Session 4 campers.

Below in the gallery you’ll find pictures from Session 5. But if you click here for some more photos from Session 4

Follow this link for Session 5 Pictures