Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Elliott House, the Director's House decorated for Halloween. It looks REALLY spooky at night!

Elliott House was acquired for the House In the Wood Director to use last November. This is the first part of a master plan to get House In the Wood ready to serve future generations. The Director's House makes us able to compete in the future for a top-notch Director to oversee House In the Wood. Elliott House is just down Bay Road from House In The Wood--about a five minute walk. Watch this blog for news about our upcoming building plans.

Elliott House was made possible by a generous donation from Mike and Kathy  Elliott.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

2013 Summer Camp Dates Set!

Session 1-Tuesday, June 25 to Saturday, June 2 (one week)
  • Teen Camp (ages 13-15) and Performing Arts Camp (ages 10-13)

Session 2-Monday, July 1 to Friday, July 12 (two week)
  • Children Camp (ages 7-12) and LIT-Challenge Leader (ages 13-14) & Senior Leader

Session 3-Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 26 (two weeks)
  • Children Camp (ages 7-12) and LIT-Junior Leader (age 15)

Session 4-Monday, July 29 to Friday, August 9 (two weeks)
  • Children Camp (ages 7-12) and LIT-Senior Leader (ages 16-17)

Session 5-Monday, August 12 to Friday, August 16 (one week)
  • Northwestern Settlement Summer Adventure Camp

Session 6-Friday, August 16 to Monday, August 19 (extended weekend)
  • Family Camp

Session 7-Monday, August 19 to Thursday, August 22 (four days)
  • Mini Camp--Specialized Camp (we are still planning this one..stay tuned!)

Returning Camper ONLY Registration-January 5-January 19
ALL Camper Registration Starts-January 21 

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

New Slide Shows Coming to the Website

New Summer Camp Slide Shows Coming to the House In The Wood website...

First one up is "Learn to Boat".

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Family Camp Weekend with Head Start

During the first weekend in October, camp was full of families from Northwestern Settlement's Head Start Program. They arrived on Friday evening and then spent all day Saturday playing at camp, Sunday was pack-up, clean-up and leave day.

Saturday morning, we went on a tour of camp with the families. But,  of course, since Alex and I were leading the tours; they quickly became nature walks. Families gathered natural items such as leaves and nuts for their family picture frame. I regret not having photos of their finished frames because they were fantastic.

In the afternoon, the families made rock collections. Some family members looked up the rocks they found to identify them. Others followed my example and made up names for their rocks such as "sparkle rock" and "red rock.". Regardless of their I.D.s, the rocks looked professional glued to a piece of cardboard and labelled.

Later, the adults had the option of "Baking with Val". We made Teddy Bear bread. The bread turned out very nicely AND tasted good too. This is a good project to do with your children. "Kneading" the bread lets them get their hands into it.

Teddy Bear Bread Recipe
Mix together in a bowl 2/3 cup warm water and 1 package of yeast.
Add 1 tsp of sugar and 1/2 tsp of salt
Stir Well
Add 1 cup of flour and 1/4 cup of softened salted butter
Mix well 
Put about 1 cup of flour on the counter and spread it out.
Scoop the mixture onto the counter.
Put flour on your hands and knead  Work in the flour on the table. You will know that you have worked in enough flour when the bread no longer sticks to the counter (or your hands) and is smooth and elastic.
Divide the bread into balls and design your own animal on a baking sheet.
We made Teddy Bear's but you can make any shape such as a turtles or fish.
Decorate with raisins.

Let rise for 30 minutes in a warm place until bigger.
Bake in oven at 350 for 15 minutes.

And then eat it warm from the oven. Yum! Yum!

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Camp Wide Water Treatment Coming Soon

We are installing a new water treatment system AT THE SOURCE! This means that ALL water at camp will be soften (and taste better) including the water that you use to brush your teeth. Watch this blog for pictures of the process.

We have a few other facility changes in the works too. Stay tuned...

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Year Around Position Opening

We have a year around position open for a Summer Camp Coordinator. Please visit our website for more information at

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Help Us Design the New Teen Program

We are designing our NEW summer only leadership program for camp teens.

HELP US by leaving a comment about what YOU think it should look like... many weeks?
...what age?
...what should we do at camp?
...what are the goals? many teens are in the program?
...any other thoughts that you have...

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Adam Perez, Summer Camp Director Resigns

The letter that went out to our parents in the mail October 4, 2012... 

Dear Summer Camp Parent,
I am writing to inform you that Adam Perez has resigned as House In The Wood’s Summer Camp Director. He is leaving to pursue opportunities more in line with his career goals.

Adam has been associated with House In The Wood since he was a camper. He served the camp in a variety of roles before becoming Summer Camp Director. During that time, he initiated several valuable improvements in the camp program.

I am temporarily assuming responsibility for our Summer Camp program. I was House In The Wood’s Summer Camp Director for more than 25 years and was responsible for shaping camp’s philosophy and programming.

I am currently working to fill Adam’s position. Please visit our website at and our blog at for the latest summer camp information.  

After taking this summer off, Terry Fowler will once again manage summer camp’s food service. Terry has more than 20 years experience as a cook and was our Summer Camp Food Service Director for five years.

We will also be announcing a new camp teen program in the near future.

I know you will join me in wishing Adam well in his future endeavors.

Valerie Wright
House in the Wood Camp

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Welcome to our NEW Blog

Dear Campers, Parents, Staff and Friends of House In The Wood,

Watch this blog site for the latest information about our Summer Camp Program and Rowe Elementary School Outdoor Education Program.

We will keep you updated with information on our staff, program and facility here at House In the Wood.

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