August 18 - 25, 2018
A small, but mighty staff provide classes for children, and a few “staple” activities (such as contra and English dance, harmony singing, and community band). But the most amazing piece of Campers' Week is YOU. When you attend Campers' Week, we want to hear from you! We want to learn from you! We want to celebrate your traditions and talents! That's why, at this week, the campers are by and large the leaders of classes and workshops. The campers lead songs, play tunes, call dances, perform at gatherings, host parties, jams, or share skills.
The basic schedule includes a period each morning and afternoon when younger campers join with others of their age for classes in music and dance, while the rest of us choose from dance, music, song, crafts and whatever else people dream up. Teens are welcome to join in adult activities, and also have a daily class of their own. Twice a day, the whole community gathers together to enjoy performances, dancing, singing, stories and silliness led by the campers and staff. After the evening gathering, there is an evening dance, where those not past their bedtimes can enjoy a lively combination of American and English social dances. After-dance activities often include skit night, an auction, a pub sing, jamming and dancing. We love it when campers offer additional activities -- bring your party games, lead a chestnut, or start a sing-a-long!
Campers’ Week offers a special opportunity to camper musicians, who form the bands for the evening dances and who have many chances to play for the varied daytime classes. Musicians at every level are welcome to join the Community Band. Love to sing? Join the Harmony Singing class or an informal song swap on the porch. And of course, there are always games, swimming, boating, relaxing, and just chatting with new and old friends. Come be part of the joy that is Campers’ Week!
~ Hannah Naiman, Program Director
The Basic Program – to be added to by campers
Wee Ones (ages 0-3):
Morning Music w/Deirdre
The youngest campers will explore rhythms, rhymes, and language activities through fingerplays, simple songs, dances, creative movement, instrument play, and singing stories. From animals to trains, we’ll have fun making music all week with our caregiver and new friends!
Smalls (ages 4-6):
Morning StoryCrafts w/Beth
Come gather for stories, play party, songs, and craft! Each day we'll explore a central theme, anything from clay to castles, and create crafts and handwork pieces in line with our themes. We'll take home crafts by our hands reflecting stories in our hearts.
Afternoon Music & Dance w/Deirdre
Children will sing songs (finger plays, call and response, echo, solo/group), play with rhythm instruments and props, enjoy play parties, circle, partner, and line dances, creative dramatics, singing stories and games, all with a summer and nature theme. They will explore their unique voices, play with rhythm, improvise melodies, and have a great time singing and dancing with friends!
Middles (ages 7-9):
Morning Longsword & Song w/Andy
Andy will weave together an English longsword dance with singing and storytelling. Please bring voices, imaginations and shoes that will stay on your feet during a vigorous sword dance!
Afternoon Resourceful Adventure w/Beth
How many things can we create with limited resources? Let's adventure into what we can do with what is around us. From navigating, building, making supplies and tools, to dancing without music and creating fun. Using little external supplementing we'll expand what we can do on our own.
Talls (ages 10-12):
Morning Squares w/Nils
Fun with squares and Nils! (More info coming soon...)
Afternoon Morris w/Andy
Bring a comfortable pair of shoes with laces for an intro to Northwest Processional Morris. This a rhythmic and very noisy form of clog morris that has intriguing figures and much camaraderie. We will also have some songs and stories. If you play an instrument, please bring it!
Teens (ages 13-17):
Adults are welcome to join the teens in honing contra, English and waltz dance skills with rotating expert dance teachers. Facilitated by teen class veteran and expert teenager, Jon.
Afternoon Chorus w/Emma
This year, afternoon Teen Class will focus on song! The course will be taught by ear and through reading simple musical scores. By learning folk songs from American, Georgian, and other world music traditions we will learn to develop melodies and add harmonies. We will also use rounds as tools for exploring harmonies and counterpoint. Integrating movement and music will help us to embody and have fun with the songs we learn.
Adults and teens can start their day with with a wide palette of English Country Dances... In the afternoon, Contras and Squares ...
Feel like singing during morning swim time? Join in Singing on the Porch, a daily song swap. Eager to play for dancing? We will coordinate daytime musicians, matching up willing players with classes that need them; and make sure that our evening dance bands run smoothly. Everyone at camp is encouraged to share something with the rest of us at our daily gatherings.
Each evening at Campers' Week ends with an all camp gathering, an evening dance, and post-dance activities. As dusk settles over the Camphouse gathering, a Pied Piper leads families with children age 8 and younger to their cabins, where the parents put their children to bed. 9-12 year old children join in the first half of the evening dance, until their bedtime. While adults and teens are at the evening dance, roving monitors listen for wakeful children. If a child is uncomfortable, the monitor will alert the parents at the dance. Families are expected to prepare their children for these scheduled bedtimes.