Have you ever wanted to spend your summer outdoors, hiking, paddling, swimming or camping? Do you love being around kids and want to work with them now or in the future? Do you want to make a difference in the future of our planet through conservation or education? Wildwood gives you an opportunity to do all that and more when you join our amazing seasonal staff!
Wildwood is still building our team for summer camp 2019 and we’re looking for passionate conservationists, educators, and outdoorspeople to fill a variety of roles.
Working at camp is an incredibly rewarding experience for all the reasons above and more: You get to spend a summer in the lovely Monadnock region of New Hampshire on the shores of our beautiful Hubbard Pond; we provide room, board, salary, fantastic training, and more to our summer staff; and most importantly you can make a genuine and lasting difference in the lives of others. The skills you learn at camp—leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving, behavior management, communication, and more—are skills and traits that will draw a future employer to your résumé.
We’re still looking for people for a variety of positions,
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?
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
DG stands for Discovery Groups. Each day after breakfast, counselors describe the DG activities they are running that day—everything from activities on the water and field games to nature walks and arts and crafts—and campers get to choose two activities for that afternoon. DGs change every day and we often try out new ones; our staff get just as excited to dream up and run them as our campers do to pick them!
Some examples of popular DGs include:
Feed Your Face (creating spa treatments from common kitchen ingredients)
Quidditch on the activity field
Sailing on Hubbard Pond
Zip-lining on our High Ropes Challenge Course
Folding Origami at the Arts & Crafts building
Building “Gnome Homes” in the forest
Herp Hunting (looking for frogs, snakes, and salamanders) in wetland habitats
What DG are you most looking forward to this summer?
This February, Wildwood partnered with Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary and Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary to offer our first-ever vacation week Teen Adventure Trip! We spent an amazing week together exploring winter destinations throughout New Hampshire.
The trip started off Sunday afternoon in Belmont with some
quick get-to-know-you games in the nature center at Habitat. We then moved to
Wildwood in Rindge, New Hampshire, and settled into our home base for the next
three nights: camping out in a Yurt!
Monday morning brought us an almost bird-free bird walk but
Paul and Lucy from Habitat were still able to teach us much about the nature of
Wildwood and Annett State Forest. One highlight of the day was learning about
ice travel and crossing a frozen pond to access normally hard-to-reach sections
of the state forest. One teen trekker described the experience of crossing a
frozen pond as “surreal” and later called it a highlight of the entire trip.
Tuesday was widely considered a top highlight of the trip as we learned the basics of winter mountaineering with EMS Climbing School during a summit of Mount Monadnock. Everyone had a blast learning the basics of self-arrest and the use of ice axes and trekking poles to help move up steep rock and ice. Despite temps below zero and some stiff winds, we enjoyed lots of sunshine and everyone successfully summited.
Wednesday brought us to AMC’s Cardigan Reservation on the
southern edge of the White Mountains. After showers (hallelujah!), a good
night’s sleep, and a hot meal prepared by the amazing staff at the lodge, we
geared up and headed out for two days and nights of putting our new winter
skills to the test with some backpacking.
Thursday afternoon found us traversing the exposed ridge
that makes up Firescrew Mountain and Mount Cardigan—a moment many were still
talking about at the end of the week. We again faced stiff winds with gusts
well above 50 mph and temps below zero, this time without much sunshine to aid
Much of our time on the ridge was spent on snowshoes as we
crossed deep snow or occasionally solid ice. Most of the ridge, including the
sparse trees, was covered in rime ice, which occurs when fog, harsh winds, and
extremely low temperatures combine to coat most surfaces with a layer of solid
ice. Despite the harsh conditions needed for the formation of rime ice, it’s a
fascinating and beautiful natural phenomenon. A cozy night at AMC’s High
Cabin—a shelter just below the tree-line on Mount Cardigan—was a fitting
ending to a challenging day.
High Cabin was a hit! Not only was there a wood-burning
stove to keep the temperature up, there was a Boogie Bass (singing fish) someone
had hung above the door to serenade us with Bobby McFerrin. The cabin also
provided a sheltered spot for everyone to learn some new card games.
Friday morning we were up before the sun for a short hike
out to PJ Ledge to watch the sunrise, for which Mount Cardigan is famous. A
mellow hike through beautiful hemlock groves brought us off the mountain and to
the final test of our winter camping skills, a night spent outdoors with tents,
tarps, and no buildings in sight.
A short hike Saturday morning took us back to our van. On
the way back to Belmont, we stopped for some hot chocolate and reflections, a great
chance for everyone to share their highs, lows, and what they’d learned. The
trip culminated with a walk around Habitat and some final reflections on how building
outdoor skills and adventures like Winter in the Whites connect us to nature
and equip us to explore more of the stunning nature available to us here in New
You may be approaching, or have already passed, the end of
your traditional camp experience, but did you know there are still a ton of
amazing opportunities for exploring nature and adventuring throughout the
Do any of these sound fun to you?
Cycling the beaches of Nantucket, Acadia, or Long Island Sound
Immersing yourself in the remote, self-sufficient world of backpacking or canoe trekking
Challenging yourself to scale soaring mountaintops or vertical cliffs
Exploring high peaks and hidden caves in the Berkshires and Catskills
Wildwood’s Teen Adventure Trips cover a wide range of interests and abilities from beginner to experienced, and each explores nature in its own unique way.
Teen Adventure Trips are open to anyone entering grades 9–12
this fall. This summer, we’re offering 12 one-week trips and 2 two-week trips
to destinations throughout New England and New York.
Our Teen Adventure Trips make great stand-alone camp experiences or can be combined with an overnight camp session at Wildwood. They also make a great place to put into practice the skills you’ve learned in our Leaders-in-Training or Leaders-in-Action programs.
Spots are filling up fast! Please feel free to call or email me with any questions or to register; you can also register online.
“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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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
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
April Evans & David Douglas
Brant Firestone & Rosemary Barrett
Jeffrey Fruithandler & Lynne Nightingale
Lorna Gibson & Jean Hess
Kristen & Rick Godin
Timothy Goodger & Monique Ardell Goodger
Gordon Hardy & Alice Dunn
Jennifer Harris & David Condon
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Amy & Simon Horsburgh
Kate & Michael Hurley
Robert Hutchinson & Elizabeth Callanan
Lou Jordano & Carolyn O’Brien
Janet Lane & David Armstrong
Gordon & Sandy Ledgard
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
Aimee Pease Fox & Matt Fox
Valerie Perkins & Stephen Ervin
Ann & Gant Redmon
Jonathan Rubel & Naomi Sofer
Melina Salerno & Kathy Sanders
Nicole & Erich Salomon
Edith & Christopher Shipley
Nancy & Stephen Sofen
Robert Speare & Martha Worthy
Naline & Jim Stewart
Beth Sullivan & James Perrine
Liam Sullivan & Susan Lacefield
Christopher & Carrie Wiley
Amanda Zoellner & Bryan Fink
And thank you to 180 additional donors whose combined gifts came to over $1,400!