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These campers played Rock, Paper, Scissors on the dock—loser jumps in the lake!

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 2 – Part 3

This week has flown by so fast, it’s hard to believe this is our last update of Session 2! We had a visit from a couple of animal ambassadors from Drumlin Farm (a Blue Jay and a Diamondback Terrapin turtle!), played Knockout on the basketball court, folded origami animals, transplanted native wildflowers, hit the slip-and-slide to beat the heat, tried our hands at outdoor cooking, and enjoyed (from a respectful distance) a nest of baby robins and one as-yet unhatched egg on the windowsill of one of our buildings.

Check out these highlights and see the full photo album on SmugMug. And we’ll see you on Saturday, parents!

Happy 4th of July from Camp Wildwood!
Happy 4th of July from Camp Wildwood!
Some of our international counselors (plus Dustin) attempt to sing the US National Anthem on the 4th of July
Some of our international counselors (plus Dustin) attempt to sing the US National Anthem on the 4th of July.
Counselors doing a silly song and dance
Counselors doing a silly song and dance.
A Diamondback Terrapin (turtle) Ambassador from Drumlin Farm paid a visit to camp.
A Diamondback Terrapin (turtle) Ambassador from Drumlin Farm paid a visit to camp.
Slip-n-slide time!
Slip-n-slide time!
Outdoor cooking making campfire cupcakes
Outdoor cooking making campfire cupcakes.
A robin's nest with two tiny babies and one unhatched egg
A robin’s nest with two tiny babies and one unhatched egg.
These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden
These dedicated campers transplanted wildflowers into our new native flower garden
Nice layup! A little Knockout on the basketball court
Nice layup! A little Knockout on the basketball court.
Making animal origami in Arts & Crafts
Making animal origami in Arts & Crafts.
A proud camper shows off her hand-made name "cookie"
A proud camper shows off her hand-made name “cookie”.
Stand-up Paddleboarding is all the rage these days
Stand-up Paddleboarding is all the rage these days.
Taking a flying leap off the dock on a hot summer day
Taking a flying leap off the dock on a hot summer day.
These campers played Rock, Paper, Scissors on the dock—loser jumps in the lake!
These campers played Rock, Paper, Scissors on the dock—loser jumps in the lake!
Two boys standing in the pond with dip nets

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 2 – Part 2

The first half of session two has wrapped up! We experienced 4th of July sparklers, Counselor Hunt, Egg Drops, and our new friend Laquinta Sweets even stopped by to MC our Lip-sync show (Not to mention the many other activities that your campers are enjoying).

Here are some highlights, but check out our album on SmugMug for more pictures! Lots more left to come this week as we finish out the rest of Session 2…

-I’m a Happy Camper

Hammocks were a great addition to the Chill Zone

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 2 – Part 1

Session two is here and we’re kicking things off with lots of swimming, wilderness shelter building, friendship bracelets, Freeze Tag, archery, and more. And in between all the activity, we’re still making time to just chill and relax and reflect in nature.

Enjoy the highlights below and see the full slideshow on Smugmug.

Gathering materials for wilderness shelters
Gathering materials for wilderness shelters
Tending to the camp garden
Tending to the camp garden
Shoes lined up outside Cranberry cabin in the Fossey unit
Shoes lined up outside Cranberry cabin in the Fossey unit
Making friendship bracelets in the Arts & Crafts building
Making friendship bracelets in the Arts & Crafts building
Counselor Jackson chases campers with a super soaker to choose who is "it" first
Counselor Jackson had a creative way of choosing who was “it” first in Freeze Tag…
Freeze Tag - An oldie but a goodie!
Freeze Tag – An oldie but a goodie!
Grace is a terrific archery instructor
Grace is a terrific archery instructor
Practicing on the Archery Range
Practicing on the Archery Range
A camper shows off her Bird Art during DGsac
A camper plays the ukelele in the Arts & Crafts building
A camper plays the ukulele in the Arts & Crafts building
A camper plays the ukulele in the Arts & Crafts building
Hammocks were a great addition to the Chill Zone
Hammocks were a great addition to the Chill Zone
Swimming during OATS
Swimming during OATS
Walking to the dining hall during OATS
Walking to the dining hall during OATS
Canoeing on Hubbard Pond

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 1 – Part 2

It’s hard to believe the first week of camp is almost over already! We swam, paddled, made nature puppets, played soccer and volleyball, learned about pond ecology by canoe, and so much more! We could try to tell you all about it, but you’d be much better off hearing about it from one of these happy campers. In the meantime, enjoy these photos from the second half of session one! See a few highlights below and view the full album on SmugMug.

LITs cutting up watermelon for a potluck dinner
LITs cutting up watermelon for a potluck dinner
Afternoon sailing adventure during DGs
Afternoon sailing adventure during DGs
That's one epic gnome home, ladies!
That’s one epic gnome home, ladies!
Discovering a red-backed salamander
Discovering a red-backed salamander
Afternoon soccer game on the activity field
Afternoon soccer game on the activity field
Nature Superheroes Theme Day!
Nature Superheroes Theme Day!
A lovely Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
A lovely Tiger Swallowtail butterfly
Lots of Volleyball on Thursday
Lots of Volleyball on Thursday
Ponding on the shoreline
Ponding on the shoreline
Ponding by canoe
Ponding by canoe
Canoeing on Hubbard Pond
Canoeing on Hubbard Pond
A nice stroll along the beach with friends
A nice stroll along the beach with friends
Heading to Dinner

2019 Overnight Camp: Session 1 – Part 1

Summer is finally, fully underway at Wildwood! Sunday was opening day for the first session of overnight camp and we are already having a blast! Here are a few highlights from opening day and Monday/Tuesday. Check out the full album for more!

Camp staff welcome families in the amphitheater
Wildwood camp staff welcome all the overnight camp families with a fun sing-as-I-sing song!
Photo Op at Hubbard Pond
You sure can’t beat the backdrop of Hubbard Pond for a family photo op!
Getting settled in Carson Unit
Getting settled in Carson Unit
A family poses for a selfie in Leopold Unit
It’s always tough to say goodbye to our families, but we’ll see you before you know it!
Waterfront Director Livy administering Swim Checks
Waterfront Director Livy administering Swim Checks
Heading to Dinner
Heading to Dinner
Kids waiting outside the dining hall to be allowed in for dinner
Everybody has to wait their turn—and impress Maxx—to get into the dining hall for dinner
First Meal: Sloppy Joes!
First Meal: Sloppy Joes!
KP Duty - Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean
KP Duty – Everybody helps keep our dining hall clean
Junior Counselors rocking it out during dinner cleanup
Junior Counselors rocking it out during dinner cleanup
Evening Program Campfire
A little silly song-and-dance at the evening campfire program
Roasting marshmallows during unit time
Roasting marshmallows during unit time is a great way to end a great day!
Family-style Dinner at Family Camp

2019 Family Camp Session 1

These families know how to kick off the summer right! Wildwood welcomed the first session of the season on Wednesday with a terrific group of families arriving to spend four days with us, enjoying the beautiful property and celebrating the advent of summer.

Here are few highlights from the first day of Family Camp Session 1.

Wildwood Staff posing in the parking lot
Our parking lot crew are ready to greet the Family Camp families!
Staff member Gilbert welcomes an arriving family to Wildwood Family Camp
Welcome to Wildwood! We’re so glad you’re here!
A family walking the road into Wildwood's property
We’ll take care of your luggage while you get your vacation started!
Kids checking out various nature artifacts with Lead Naturalist Jonathan
Our lead naturalist, Jonathan, was on hand with a ton of cool nature artifacts—antlers, pelts, fossils, live tadpoles, and more—as families arrived at the dining hall.
Wildwood staff helping a family move into Darwin, their lakefront cabin for the week
Wildwood staff helped this family move into Darwin, their lakefront cabin for the week
Playing a little beach volleyball on Hubbard Pond
The summer fun started right away! Arriving families are welcome to start swimming, boating, and enjoying the property as soon as they arrive.
Father and son launch a two-person kayak on Hubbard Pond
Time for a paddling adventure before dinner!
Camp staff lift a girl in a chair to sing and celebrate her birthday
At Wildwood, we celebrate birthdays in style!
Family-style Dinner at Family Camp
Dinner is served family-style at Family Camp, of course!
Karaoke in the Arts & Crafts building
Karaoke Night was a big hit with these little rockstars!
Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum leads a Plant ID class

Fun at Field School 2019

That’s a wrap! Today was the third and final day of Field School—an annual gathering of all the Mass Audubon Camps staff from across the state where we learn, connect, and enjoy the beauty of Wildwood. The week was filled with silly songs, sunshine, campfires, s’mores, skits, laughter, and learning. It seemed like everyone had a blast!

Here are a few highlights from Field School this year. You can check out the full slideshow here. Now it’s on to final preparations for Opening Day of summer camp! FINALLY!

Looking back at Wildwood's waterfront and dining hall from First Point Trail
Looking back at Wildwood’s waterfront and dining hall from First Point Trail
A perfect day for a paddle on Hubbard Pond!
A perfect day for a paddle on Hubbard Pond!
Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum leads a Plant ID class
Regional Scientist Robert Buchsbaum leads a Plant ID class
Outdoor Camp Cooking Class
Outdoor Camp Cooking Class
Rice Krispies Treats, outdoor camp cooking-style!
Rice Krispies Treats, outdoor camp cooking-style!
Camp Director and Staff Training Expert Doug Sutherland led an excellent keynote on diversity and what he calls "Cultural Mindfulness"
Camp Director and Staff Training Expert Doug Sutherland led an excellent keynote on diversity and what he calls “Cultural Mindfulness”
Wildwood Director Becky Gilles taught us how to teach Birding to kids if you don't know many birds
Wildwood Director Becky Gilles taught us how to teach Birding to kids if you don’t know many birds
A Mass Audubon staff member holds up a plant for a student to smell
Michael’s Wild Edibles Safety class is always a big hit!
Max led a fantastic class in Basket-weaving with Found Materials
Max led a fantastic class in Basket-weaving with Found Materials
Campfire Sing-a-long Time!
Campfire Sing-a-long Time!
Okay, it was a little windy for evening campfire so we had to improvise...
Okay, it was a little windy for evening campfire so we had to improvise…

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.

Camp Silly Songs!

While camp is a great place to learn and grow, it is also a great place to just be silly! One of the many silly things we do at camp is singing silly songs. Here at Wildwood, it is a tradition to begin each mealtime with a song. We also sing at campfires, while we hike, while we work, and really whenever we get the chance! We’ve reached out to some of the Wildwood community about what their favorite silly camp songs are, and here is what they said:

“Topnotcher all the way! It just keeps going and going…the build-up is so great.”
Livy P – Camp alumna & Current staffer

“Der Orchestra! It gets everyone involved without being a typical repeat-after-me song.”
Kyle Branin – Teen Program Coordinator

“Pizza Man or Ratlan Bog because they’re the best.”
Jenn H – Staff alumna

“There can be only one song!!” (Pizza Man)
Matt R – Staff alumnus

“It’s a beach party, because of yelling!”
Sarah M – Staff alumna

“Little Red Wagon”
Bethany W – Staff alumna

“Ratlan Bog, Sharp Toothed Buzzards was always a favorite, and Baby Shark is clearly going to be massive this year. All three are energetic and inclusive.”
Sam B – Staff alumnus

“Oh I have way too many songs, I think the Princess Pat or the Elephant Song are some of my favorites.”
Becky Gilles – Camp Director