The Woodbrooke program is based on the Quaker belief in the unique worth of each individual, the value of cooperation in our diverse community, and the creative exploration of our natural environment.
Campers and counselors develop program activities using their talents and experience. There are opportunities to learn physical skills such as archery, woodworking, cooking, swimming, pottery, and canoeing; and life skills such as being responsible for one’s actions, and making decisions alone or in a group. Each person in our small community contributes to the smooth running of camp. Daily crews include setting tables, caring for goats and chickens, cleaning, tending and harvesting the garden.
We are involved in helping children develop values and awareness which encourage them to interact with the natural world.
A TYPICAL DAY AT CAMP WOODBROOKE
7:30 Rising Bell – Rise and Shine! It’s a new day with lots of activities planned. Do you want to help fix breakfast?
7:50 Ten Minute Breakfast Bell – Be sure you look at the activity board to choose your morning activity.
8:00 Breakfast – Announcements and Planning board follow breakfast. The entire camp makes the final decisions for the morning projects and activities. It is important to be fair to everyone.
- Crews – Everyone helps with the on-goings of camp life! Feed the goats, clean and sweep, hang up laundry, check to see what is ready to harvest in the garden, help wash dishes. We all help keep the camp clean and neat.
9:30 Morning Meeting – Everyone at camp gathers at the clearing in the woods to sing songs, share thoughts about an idea or issue and take time to listen to the natural world that surrounds us.
10:00 Morning Projects and Activities – Each camper has chosen what he/she will be doing. Possible activities include birding, a search for animal tracks or special rocks, hiking or exploring. Projects might be digging clay, making the afternoon snack, building trails or constructing a new shed.
11:50 Ten Minute Lunch Bell – Wash your hands. Look at what activities are scheduled for the afternoon.
Cabin Time – A chance to be creative with your cabin mates, playing games or doing a project.
2:00 Quiet Time – Each person is on his/her own bunk – to read, write letters, write in a journal, draw, sleep or day dream.
3:00 First Activity – The afternoons often include archery, canoeing, soccer, woodworking, arts and crafts or drama.
3:50 Snack – We all gather to enjoy the treat that two or three campers helped to prepare this morning. What did you do today? Do you have any Nature News?
Second Activity – More favorite activities include swimming lessons, ultimate Frisbee, using the potter’s wheel, camp craft (learning to build a fire, set up a tent or shelter, use a pocket knife safely), and help cook supper are possibilities. Campers often suggest activities they would like to see scheduled.
5:00 Free Swim – A choice: swim in the pond and play on the beach or relax at the apple tree near the pond chatting, playing or reading. It’s up to you!
6:00 Ten Minute Supper Bell
7:20 Evening Program – Games, campfires and special events!
Every day ends with a songfest. The youngest campers go to the shower house first. Be sure you remember to brush your teeth.
Cabin Time – Snuggle into your bunk, listen to a story … and go to sleep listening to the frogs and owls and ……