Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our Remodeled Cabins! They are so NICE now!

We have finished THREE cabins and we are working on the other two cabins now. When we are done, we will have SEVEN year around cabins with heat and toilets. Until this remodel, during the Winter months we had only two year around cabins--Raccoon and Squirrel. Our other five cabins lost their heat and water during the cold weather from November to April. This brings our year around capacity to over 70 plus staff. This is what we have done...

New Curtains, Cupboards and Mattresses
Central Heat and Air Conditioning

New Doors, Add Charging Station, New Bulletin Boards
New Electric--it can carry the load!
New Sinks, Mirrors and Bathroom Wall and Floor Tile

New Toilets, Enclosures and Curtains

Better Lighting and New Floors

Watch us as we continue with our MASTER PLAN!

House In The Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, Illinois. 

Friday, January 23, 2015

House In the Wood at Conferences!

We have been exhibiting about our outdoor education center for two years at education conferences in Wisconsin and Illinois. We have been to:
  • Illinois Network of Charter Schools (INCS)
  • Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA)
  • Illinois Principals Conference (IPA)
  • Wisconsin Science Society of Teachers (WSST)
  • Wisconsin Middle/High School Principals (AWSA-Association of WI School Administrators)
  • Wisconsin Elementary School Principals (AWSA)
  • Wisconsin Education Convention (Wisconsin School Board Association-WSBA)
JUST ATTENDED: Wisconsin Education Convention on January 21 and 22 2015
NEXT CONFERENCE: WSST on March 5 and 6 2015
ALSO ATTENDING: National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) but NOT as an exhibitor. We will have a prize drawing for anyone who spots my tee shirt during the conference and ask for a prize ticket.
Terry Exhibits at the Wisconsin Education Convention in Milwaukee
In our booth, we have a drawing for a classroom size outdoor education bag, stuffed animals of camp, a magnifier with kool stuff to view and FREE dragon fly or tree frog magnets IF your give us your contact information. We also offer a FREE seasonal newsletter of outdoor lesson ideas for the schoolyard. And, of course, a hands-on activity--make your own tree cookie name tag,

House In The Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement, Chicago Illinois

Job Openings-2015 Summer Camp

We have summer job openings for counselors. We need eight AM counselors and eight PM counselors. We are looking for counselors who have the following activity skills: swimming, boating, nature, camping, cooking/baking, arts and crafts, performing arts and sports. We are also looking for staff who may have other activity skills they can share with children.

We are also looking for "LEAD COUNSELORS" for PM counselors and WATERFRONT.

We have a Health Support Position as well.

We start June 8 with staff training (waterfront starts June 1) and end August 17. Roughly every other weekend is off.

Apply online at

House In The Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, Illinois.

Job Openings--Spring OEC

Spring Outdoor Education Center
We have job openings for THREE weeks in April for trail leaders and cabin counselors. These staff work with third graders who are having their FIRST experience with outdoor lessons at House In The Wood.

The dates are:
Staff Training-April 6-11
Week 1-April 13-17
Weekend OFF
Week 2-April 20-24
OFF April 24 when finished with paperwork and cleanup

Apply online at

House In the Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, Illinois.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NEW Outdoor Education Center

Our new Hall Outdoor Education Center--looks like it will start happening soon! We hope to break ground in February and complete construction in Summer. Here are the concept pictures...

The entry view from the driveway in front of the office.

The view looking up from the boating area.
We will have TWO floors. The top floor has the animal room--snakes, turtles, frogs, toads, lizards. It will also have a classroom and program office. The bottom floor has the exhibits and storage. Each floor has restrooms and water fountains.

House In The Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement, Chicago, Illinois

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Trail Blazers & LIT's Perform at Camp Benefit

Watch our very own teens perform LIVE at our House In The Wood fund raising event. This is an original production written by the talented people from Adventure Stage Chicago from material gathered from our House In The Wood campers.

House In the Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement

Summer Sessions 2015

These are the summer sessions for 2015:

Session 1--June 22-26  
Teens; Horseback Riding 1; Horseback Riding 2; Performing Arts Camp.
Session 2--June 29-July 10
Children 7-12; LIT* Orientation (ages 13-17)
Session 3--July 13-24
Children 7-12; LIT* Continued (ages 15-17)
Session 4--July 27-31
Summer Adventure Camp
Session 5--August 3-14
Children 7-12; LIT* Junior Counselor (age 17)
Session 6--August 14-17
Family Camp

*Leader In Training

House In the Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement

Monday, January 5, 2015

Camper Registration Starts January 5

Camper Registration start JANUARY 5 for House In The Wood at Northwestern Settlement, 1012 N Noble, Chicago, Illinois.

To register, follow these easy steps:
  1. Contact Lilliane Webb at 1-773-969-5579 or for an appointment. Lilliane has taken Nathan Puckett's place as Recruitment Manager. 
  2. Go to Northwestern Settlement at 1012 N Noble, Chicago, Illinois to choose your session, fill out your paperwork and get your parent manual.
  3. And that's it! 
Fees are the same as last year. Scholarships are on a first come basis.

House In the Wood is operated by Northwestern Settlement