Every year, new innovations change the way we live, work, and experience the world around us. As our children grow up in a world of constant growth and technological advances, it’s more important than ever that they learn skills that will help them adapt to change. In fact, many colleges and employers are now naming (read more…)
Parent and Camper Surveys: You Spoke and We Listened! Over the summer, we ask both parents and campers for feedback about the Greenwood Trails Summer Camp experience. Campers filled out surveys at the end of each session, and parents filled out online surveys and, in some cases, had phone calls with a member of the (read more…)
Camp friends make even the coldest of winters so much warmer. Over 70 Greenwood Trails campers attended our reunion on February 4th. We are so thankful to have a chance to catch up with our campers during our off season. If you attended our reunion, please complete our survey to help us make it even (read more…)
Our 2016 puppy with a purpose passed his test this past Monday and is officially enrolled at Guiding Eyes for the Blind! We love Neutron and look forward to watching him blossom in his next step as a guide dog. After attending his last class with Kate, he met Glenn, Greenwood Trails’ next Guiding Eyes (read more…)
Welcome back, Stu! Meet Stu. Stu’s from Scotland and this will be his third summer at Greenwood Trails! He can mostly be found amongst the trees on our adventure course but at times dresses as the Loch Ness Monster and hides in our lake. “I love Greenwood Trails because it’s a place where you can (read more…)
Parent and Camper Surveys: You Spoke and We Listened! Over the summer, we ask both parents and campers for feedback about the Greenwood Trails Summer Camp experience. Campers filled out surveys at the end of each session, and parents filled out online surveys and, in some cases, had phone calls with a member of the (read more…)
We’re so excited to begin announcing our 2017 staff! Madi’s back this summer as a ropes instructor and we couldn’t be more excited for her. She loves Greenwood Trails because it’s a place where kids of all ages can grow and have so much fun doing it! Welcome back, Madi!
Why should you choose Greenwood Trails over another camp? We’ve got another answer for you in our blog series “Choosing Greenwood Trails.” We want to make sure that our campers are able to control their lives at camp so we have created an autonomous environment at Greenwood Trails. Our motto is “Choose Your Own Trail,” (read more…)
We miss you so much and we can’t wait for the summer to see all of you again. That’s why you’re invited to our reunion! When? Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 2pm-4pm Where? Dave & Buster’s, 881 Pelham Parkway, Pelham, New York Details: GWT has reserved a private room for catching up, eating snacks, and remembering (read more…)
We are so excited to announce that we’re bringing back our special week-long D Session “Explorer Week” so that your kids can experience MORE FUN, MORE FRIENDS, MORE CAMP! It will take place August 6-12, 2017, immediately following C Session. This year, D Session will showcase GWT’s “Greatest Hits” – all the the things your (read more…)
Searching for summer camps can be so overwhelming for parents. As experienced parents themselves, Owen & Daria (Co-Directors and parents to Evelyn and Thea) and Kate (Assistant Director and parent to Hyatt) understand how overwhelming these options can be. But also as parents, they understand that ultimately, you’re looking for a safe place where your (read more…)
We’re Bringing Back D Session in 2017! Our special one-week D session is happening again this year, and it’s going to be better than ever! Campers who are attending D session in addition to another session in 2017 will be going on two fun trips during changeover weekend (August 5-6). After saying goodbye to their (read more…)
How cool are we? We are SO cool, we were just announced the WINNER of Red Tricycle’s 2016 Totally Awesome Awards in the “Coolest Camp in NYC” category! Red Tricycle first noticed Greenwood Trails this past winter when we began training Neutron, our Guiding Eyes puppy in training. Read their article about us here! We (read more…)
Our Guiding Eyes for the Blind puppy Neutron is coming to New York City on Sunday, October 23rd to celebrate his birthday and he’s hoping you can join him! We’ll be celebrating and singing the Greenwood Trails “Happy Birthday Song” to Neutron from 3-4pm at 16 Handles on 325 Amsterdam Ave between 75th and 76th!. (read more…)
Our high ropes course was just upgraded: Three new awesome elements leading to the zip line! I can’t wait for summer!
And the hits keep on playing! Can’t wait for Haris to come back to Greenwood Trails for another summer!
We had an amazing turn out for our inaugural reunion last weekend! Here are some snapshots of the day. Check out #gwtreunion on facebook and Instagram for more posts!
Pumped for Pagan to return to Greenwood Trails for another summer!
We’re so excited about spending 4 summers together with Suze!
Join our amazing staff this coming summer! We’re now hiring for a few positions- Please apply online: Skateboard Yoga Martial Arts Baseball Basketball Soccer Tennis Coding Woodshop Wacky Science
We’re excited to have Zoe back this summer!
We’ll be hosting a camp info session for prospective families at the Langbarts’ apartment in NYC, and it would be great if you can tell your friends or anyone who may be interested. The info session will be on Sunday, January 31st from 3-5pm. It’s an open house so people can come any time, although (read more…)
A large part of our responsibility as Neutron’s raisers is to expose him to all different kinds of experiences and people, which is why camp is an ideal place to raise the little guy! So far, he’s gone to a mall, a coffee shop, a playground (he did not enjoy the slide) and a pet (read more…)
The Tuccis are very excited to begin raising, Neutron, the cutest little black lab you’ll ever meet! Neutron belongs to an elite line of service dogs, bred and trained by Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Kate, Hyatt and Tucci will raise him for about 14 months before he begins his official training to become a (read more…)
Our athletics coordinator is back for another romp on our fields!
We are so thankful that this woman spends her summers at Greenwood Trails!
2015 campers, parents and staff are invited to our first ever Greenwood Trails reunion! Here are the details: WHEN: Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 2pm-4pm WHERE: Dave and Buster’s in Westchester County, New York, located at 881 Pelham Parkway, Pelham Manor, New York. HOW: You can drive or take public transportation. If taking public transportation, there is (read more…)
So happy to have this guy back for the fourth summer!
So happy to have Dylan back this summer!
Over the years, we’ve had many requests to add an extra week of camp following C session. We’re thrilled to say that plans are underway for a “week 7” (or D session) at Greenwood Trails from August 7th-13th! We’re working out the details of what exactly we’ll be offering that week and we’d love to get (read more…)
After a summer hiatus, Turtle will be back at GWT!
Time to see who is coming back for another fun summer!
Here’s the latest Greenwood Trails scoop!
You may have already seen some of the pictures but we are so excited to announce that our upper field looks so shiny and new! This fall, we installed a new Diamond-Tex baseball diamond for all of our softball and baseball fans. We’ve also smoothed out and widened our go-kart track for enhanced driving enjoyment. (read more…)
Get the Bird Machine song here: This summer, we learned an awesome dance called the Bird Machine. Now you can teach it to all of your family members this Thanksgiving! Get your family and friends to dance to the Bird Machine and post it to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #GWTbirdmachine and we’ll (read more…)
We’re so excited to have Stu back this summer!
Greenwood Trails is so excited to have so many of our staff returning this summer! We’ll be devoting Monday to meeting our staff… Meet Sophie (if you don’t already know her)!
After their time at camp next season, campers will be able to say that they spent some quality time in the trees, just like this cute little baby Peruvian Spider Monkey! Greenwood Trails is excited to announce a new Continuous Belay High Ropes Course that will lead campers through the trees to our existing zip (read more…)
Time for pumpkins, cool weather, and colorful trees. What does camp look like this time of year? Answer: Beautiful. If only campers were there to finish off the look.
Greenwood Trails was jam-packed with awesomeness this summer. Computer coding was added to our line up of amazing activity areas, a magician visited us on carnival day, Camplified was back again, our musicals were blow your mind amazing, and our special event days were even bigger and better than last summer! If you weren’t able to join (read more…)
Two summers ago, we began asking our staff to intentionally ask their campers questions about their feelings at the end of each day. At first, it was met with resistance because to some- especially this young generation- it’s not as socially acceptable to talk about feelings face to face. However, these cabin chats have proven (read more…)
I saw this image on Instagram this week: It made me so happy to realize that I don’t have to be normal… ever! It also reminded me that we all need to work hard in the real world to be the people that we were at camp. Here are some other lessons that we learn year after (read more…)
Welcome, welcome, welcome! We’re so excited to begin our 2015 season. Our staff have been working extra hard to make sure that they and the camp are ready for campers. The weather is beautiful today and we can’t wait to see what all of our kids have chosen for their activities today. They’re going to (read more…)
Meet Greenwood Trails’ directors during one of our home show visits in New York next weekend! During the home show, learn about: What happens during our 2, 4, and 6-week programs The benefits of sleepaway camp Whether Greenwood Trails is right for your family When and Where? May 16, 2015 from 2-4:30 with a brief presentation (read more…)
Let’s face it- kids are different than they were ten, twenty or thirty years ago! This generation is being raised in an age where screens are everywhere, standardized tests guide our education system, and free play is no longer a priority in the modern home. Organized sports and video games are a great solution to (read more…)
Every year we evaluate all our programs and listen to what our camp community has to say. Based on feedback from our campers and counselors, we’re so happy to announce that we’re modifying ‘Delaware Time’ and the Lenape Cabin Activity this summer! Here’s what’s happening: Delaware Time Delaware Time will be free choice EVERY DAY (read more…)
Greenwood Trails is rolling out a computer coding activity area this summer! Why teach kids to code? “..Very few people become professional writers. But it’s useful for everybody to learn how to read and write. Again, the same thing with coding. Most people won’t grow up to become professional computer scientists or programmers, but (read more…)
It’s a question on so many parents minds and I can understand why! When our parents know that our campers will be comfortable in their living quarters, it eases a worry or two! All of our campers live in cabins with at least two counselors. Our younger cabins will have more counselors than our older (read more…)
We are so excited for Greenwood Trails 2015- Owen and Kate are knee deep in planning and the counselors are beginning their training. What are YOU excited for?
Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford, passionately studies human motivation. In 2007, she wrote a book entitled Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. We will be intentionally focusing on growth mindset during our 2015 season because we believe that our campers and staff members are all awesome and ready to unleash their talents at Greenwood Trails this summer and beyond. (read more…)
So, we’ve heard from our campers- what do our parents have to say about GWT? “It’s a top shelf run camp.” “We were very happy for our first summer. Coming back next year, longer” “GREAT experience! Thanks!” “Daniel loved everything about his summer” My child’s favorite thing at camp was… “Her feeling of independence and (read more…)
It’s true. I want to shout it from the mountaintops, “I LOVE GREENWOOD TRAILS!” Did you hear that? Hopefully you can feel it when you step foot on to camp- I certainly do: Our staff and our kids love GWT. Why do we love it so much? Well, I thought I’d let our surveys speak for (read more…)
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has a week set aside for all of us to purposely do good for others. How great is that? At Greenwood Trails, one of our values is Caring. Let’s encourage our kids to add some C’s to their RICC collection this week by doing one (or, hopefully more) of (read more…)
Wish your friends a Happy Valentines Day by making them this heart bracelet! Send us pictures #advancedfriendshipbracelets
While we’d much rather it be sunny and warm, we can still find a silver lining to a few days in the cold, stuck with the ones you love! This article comes to you from www.livescience.com Frozen bubbles Kids love bubbles. And while summer is typically the time to crack open a bottle of bubbles, (read more…)
Greenwood Trails is hiring all kinds of awesome and capable people! Thinking about being part of our team? Check out this super great video from our favorite Aussie, Caitlin (dance & video instructor and lifeguard extraordinaire), for the top ten things our staff go home with after camp 🙂 Apply here!
What does a day look like for our campers? With so many activities to choose from, our campers are kept busy! To read more about our program, visit Greenwood Trails’ program page. But, to actually visualize the day, see it right here for yourself:
Here is an awesome article written by ACA’s Peg Smith and Andy Pritikin! http://www.acacamps.org/blog/parents-place/summer-camp-social-supplement-modern-society What an amazing world we live in, with more information and connections at our fingertips than we could ever imagine. This brave new world has come with a price, though, as we’ve gradually replaced human interaction with technological interaction. We have (read more…)
Every year, Greenwood Trails strives to make the camp facility a little more beautiful. This year, we’re excited to announce an upper field makeover! That’s right, no more divots in the infield- we’re on the up and up! We can’t wait for our kids to try out our new and improved baseball field! Other big improvements include: A (read more…)
Here’s a great idea for 2015- Buzzfeed calls them “Rememberlutions” and Elizabeth Gilbert (the author of Eat, Pray, Love) calls them “Happiness Jars”. Thinking positively on a regular basis keeps us healthy and happier. Whatever you’d like to call them, this is a great project for you and your kids as you wait to send (read more…)
Even though you’re not at camp, you can still make awesome bracelets for all of your friends! With Thanksgiving looming, let’s do a holiday bracelet! Who is up for a turkey dinner challenge? Pattern from www.allfreejewelrymaking.com BEFORE YOU BEGIN your friendship bracelet pattern, know how to make the Right Hand Double Knot. You will also (read more…)
Hey everyone- Kate here! November isn’t just about not shaving (although it’s a great cause). It’s also a month where we are encouraged to think of the things that we’re thankful for. I’m pretty thankful for life in general – it’s a great life. But, when I think about it, my life revolves around camp! (read more…)
Our facility managers, Rich and Marie, have it really good- they’re the only ones who make GWT their home 365 days a year! The rest of us move away, reminisce, and count down the days until we’re together again. Turn that frown upside down- only 247 days to go! That’s it! Only a few (or (read more…)
Our campers and their parents understand the importance of summer camp because camp is awesome! But do non-camper families know that? If you were to describe camp and communicate its importance to other non-camp-but-potential-camp-families, how would you do it?
Halloween is quickly approaching and it can be a scary time for kids who have food allergies! As a camp that is very conscious of allergies (we’re nut free and cater to many other dietary restrictions as well), we feel that it’s important to share this information to all of our camper families. It’s the (read more…)
You don’t really need any reasons to come back to GWT other than the obvious: 1) it’s a whole ton of fun and 2) you have so many friends there. BUT, just in case, here are a few others to remember: 10. Yogi’s champion speeches 9. Goat Shirt Wednesday and Saturday Caturday 8. Olympics/Tribal Games/Color (read more…)
The American Camp Association has organized a great fundraiser to help more kids across America gain the camp experience that so many of you have already enjoyed. Kate, Greenwood Trails’ assistant director, is participating in the fundraiser Camp Moves Me by pledging to run at least 50 miles during the month of October in order (read more…)
On Monday, July 21st it was “Backwards Day”. Backwards Day was a day where everything was reversed! On our normal days the schedule looks something like: Wake up Breakfast Rooster Squads and Kapers Major 1 Major 2 Delaware Time/ Cabin Activity Lunch Siesta Delaware Minor/ Cabin Activity Snack Shack Minor 1 Minor 2 Dinner Evening (read more…)
We were all crying, but don’t worry, it was a good type of cry. We were all sitting in a circle talking about our day and each other. In our cabin we all are really close. We have had like experience and sharing them helps us to understand each other better. This is one of (read more…)
From a counselors perspective, the first few days of a session are both unbearably hard but also the most rewarding. One might ask “how is it so hard?” My answer to that is that it just is. It is really hard to say goodbye to campers that you have gotten the chance to know over (read more…)
Kids in Ohio are paying it forward and Greenwood Trails kids can too! Did you know that we offer discounts for children who serve their community? Click on the links below to watch a truly heartwarming story about a boy paying it forward and to learn more about our discounts! Ohio Boy Pays it Forward (read more…)
Hi Everyone! Even though it’s cold and dreary outside, we are still gearing up for the most amazing summer yet! And this summer, we’ll be celebrating our 5 year anniversary! It’s crazy to think that I’ve known so many amazing people for 5 years already. I am pleased to announce that I will be traveling (read more…)
GWT is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this summer and we couldn’t be happier with the staff who are returning to make this the most memorable summer yet! Unfortunately, not everyone can come back and because of that, we have SOME positions available! If you or someone you know is interested in working for Greenwood (read more…)
Greenwood Trails wishes you a very happy new year! Can’t wait for summer 2014!
As Halloween approaches, please keep in mind that some children suffer from food allergies that could be lethal, if the wrong food is consumed. Here is a link to a list of candy that can satisfy the nut free sweet tooth: http://www.allergysf.com/safety/candy/nuts/ Did you know that Greenwood Trails is nut free? We take campers’ health (read more…)
This excerpt is taken from Suze’s blog post, “Things That Summer Camp Taught Me.” Suze enjoyed her first year at Greenwood Trails this past summer. She is currently a Media Studies Digital Arts major at St. Michael’s College in Vermont. Suze is also a valued member of her school’s rugby team, which is undefeated and (read more…)
As the season continues to grow cooler, let’s take a look at the best summer Greenwood Trails has ever had:
Summer Camp is over for the 2013 season but it was definitely a memorable one. Greenwood Trails had record breaking numbers this summer with the best and the brightest campers and staff. Take a look at session A:
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/06/06/sleepaway-camp-a-remedy-for-overparenting By Rachel Pomerance June 6, 2013 RSS Feed Print Sleepaway Camp: A Remedy for Overparenting? “What was the sweetest moment of your childhood?” is a question psychologist Michael Thompson regularly asks adults. Eighty percent of the time, he says, they’ll recall a memory in which their parents weren’t present. Why? Because the thrill of (read more…)
What are the benefits of a day camp, you ask? http://tweenparenting.about.com/od/activitiesgameshobbies/qt/Day-Camp.htm The summer months can be pretty long if your child has nothing to do while waiting for school to begin again in the fall. Day camp can fill the gap – by helping your child learn a new skill, make friends, exercise, or have (read more…)
http://blog.campeasy.com/ Beneath Amy Chua’s personal struggle in Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother lies a deeper ambivalence about learning: What on earth should we do with our children outside of school, during unstructured free time? Chua is at times conflicted but wryly proud of her intense, authoritarian solution, a luxury reserved for high-achieving, high-functioning parents. (read more…)
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2013/01/22/top-10-skills-children-learn-from-the-arts/ By Lisa Phillips 1. Creativity – Being able to think on your feet, approach tasks from different perspectives and think ‘outside of the box’ will distinguish your child from others. In an arts program, your child will be asked to recite a monologue in 6 different ways, create a painting that represents a memory, (read more…)
http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-moment-youth/201301/acts-kindness-key-happiness-children-teens Most parents and teachers want children to be happy. To that end, parents find themselves doing things for kids to make them happy, like buying gifts, taking them for ice cream, playing games together, or helping with homework. Teachers are constantly doing for children too. In addition to understanding the link between knowledge and (read more…)
What summer camp can teach us. by Steve Baskin http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/smores-and-more/201112/creating-advantage-in-college Creating Advantage in College Summer camp gives children meaningful advantages in college. Published on December 2, 2011 by Steve Baskin in S’mores and More When I started my career as a camp director in 1993, my mother (the “Silver Fox”) shared the following thought with (read more…)
Greenwood Trails loves it when kids do things for other kids out of the kindness of their hearts. Research now proves that kids who are kind can make them more popular! Read about it here: NPR blog: Random Acts of Kindness Can Make a Kid More Popular After the terrible Newtown tragedy, NBC’s Ann Curry (read more…)
It’s officially hiring season here at GWT! If you have an interest in working at our amazing camp, we’d love to talk to you! Please apply at: https://greenwood.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App Here’s an article from ACA Camps on why you should work at camp! http://www.acacamps.org/jobs/why-work-at-camp Does this describe you or someone you know? You love the outdoors. You (read more…)
Give the gift that keeps on giving! A fun summer in the foothills of the Berkshires! Greenwood Trails
Looking for something to do this weekend in our beautiful state? www.ctvisit.com has some great ideas! Thanksgiving Comes Early to Connecticut History, a bounty of food and huge parades…it must be Thanksgiving! This weekend, Connecticut offers an array of fun and educational activities to enjoy before your holiday feast next Thursday. Head to Stamford on (read more…)
Our hearts go out to all of those devastated by the affects of Hurricane Sandy. Many of our families were in its path and we hope that they are all safe.
Summer 2013 is just around the corner (and a few seasons away)! BUT, the GWT team is making plans now to make sure that summer is just as awesome, if not more awesome for our campers, than last summer! Our early bird rates are only good until Monday, October 1! Eek! That’s right around the (read more…)
But it doesn’t mean that you can’t have fun in Connecticut! Here’s what’s happening around the state this week to usher in Autumn 2012, according to visitCT.com! September 28-30, 2012 Relax and Enjoy the Scenery With the last weekend of September upon us, the cool fall weather has made its way into Connecticut. Warm days (read more…)
The campers and staff have said their teary goodbyes… it must be time to start school! 2012 was amazing- there’s no doubt about it…. but I am really excited for 2013 because it’s going to be amazing-er! Please log on to myGWT to enroll for next summer! Take advantage of those early bird rates!
The counselors had a treat last night- they ate some Mango Pie… or was it as good as they thought?? The mangoes were bad, the counselors went crazy and the only way that counselors were cured was if the campers chased them around camp and got them in to the magic swimming pool. Staff reacted (read more…)
We are excited to welcome our newest campers to Greenwood Trails! Rookie camp is a great time where new campers get to experience a week at the greatest camp around!
B session 2012 Color War, Miss Greenwood Trails, Camplified, Campouts and fun fun fun! Feast your eyes and relive B session with us!
Our campfire circle is nestled in the woods, a perfect place to have an awesome campfire on Friday nights. Every first Friday of the session, our campers sit around the fire, and our CITs lead songs and skits. This Friday was no exception! The cabins had amazing skits based on Disney movies and we all (read more…)
Well, the boys had their camp out and the girls had their night of pampering last night… while the older boys slept under the stars, the older girls pranked the boys by taking their tables from the dining hall. Guess who had to eat outside in the pavilion this morning? Don’t worry- order was restored (read more…)
How do you spend your Wednesday night? In a lake, washing paint, dirt, and flour off your body? That’s how we do it here! Photos will be posted soon on myGWT of Goldrush! Speaking of photos on myGWT, have you seen pictures of your campers in strange poses? Well, have no fear- the kids were (read more…)
Today, our campers get to choose their majors for the rest of this week! All of our campers have had some awesome choices already, however with minors such as: roonzball, Hunger Games, Professional Enthusiasm, Ghost Stories, and Aqua shine! The campers have played a lot of team building games as cabin activities and last night, (read more…)
Press play and be dazzled! Aren’t our campers amazing?
A little rain can’t get the camp down! We’ve had some awesome activities for the rain, including our mud challenge and creek stomping! Last night, camp had Camplified visit! 3 bands rocked out in our Delaware building singing original works and covers. Afterwards, all of the campers were able to talk to the artists and (read more…)
Here’s our fearless leader, Owen, dressed to the nines for the third annual Ms. Greenwood Trails Pageant. Unfortunately, Owen didn’t win but he sure tried his hardest!
Last night was an awesome counselor hunt! Campers ran across camp, searching for counselors who were hiding everywhere! Here’s a picture of our master of Adventure, Mike, as he was found hiding in the rafters of the snack shack! Today is very hot at GWT but we were able to cool down with a quick (read more…)
B session has started off without a hitch! All campers are tasting our activities over the next two days so that majors can be chosen on Wednesday! Tonight, after we ate a delicious meal of ham, mashed potatoes, broccoli, and corn, we played an all camp version of pictionary! Tomorrow is going to be HOT (read more…)
Today is Sunday Funday! We slept in and ate delicious pastries for breakfast and now our cabins are hard at work on their Halloween costumes! Today’s schedule includes trick or treating, counselor relays, a pool party and a movie night. We love relaxing schedules and man do we need it- we had a great social (read more…)
Tonight at Greenwood Trails, the CITs will be hosting their first social of the season with the theme Mardis Gras! Our counselors-in-training are in charge of decorations, snacks and music at our all-camp event and we’re excited to see what they have in store for us! There was a flashmob at lunch today (lunch was (read more…)
GWT wishes you all a very happy independence day!
It’s the third summer for Greenwood Trails! Over 100 kids are taking part in an awesome summer program this session and they couldn’t be happier! So far, they’ve participated in all of our activities, a reverse scavenger hunt, and Number Games. Tomorrow, majors begin! Check out our mygwt page for hundreds of pictures!
Today is the first day of summer 2012!! Campers will be all sorts of emotions today and our Greenwood Trails staff have been trained to handle all of them. Here’s an article about handling camp homesickness: By: Jess Michaels, American Camp Association NY & NJ School is out and your child is off to camp (read more…)
How to Set Aside Summer Learning Loss by Darrell Hammond, Huffington Post Our kids are falling behind in their reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic and the solution, of course, is more school. Whether that takes the form of summer school or year-round school, we have come to believe that more indoor desk time is what our (read more…)
Still haven’t found the right camp for your child? That’s okay! Below is an article with some tips for parents who are having a tough time choosing. Please know that Rookie Camp is a great way to get your child’s feet wet in the camp world! Our rookie camp is from August 19-24 and it’s (read more…)
Last year, our program director, Emily was proposed to on GWT’s very own stage by her boyfriend, Joe, who secretly came to camp and put on a sneaky disguise to trick her in to thinking that he was Owen. Today, Emily and Joe get married and, although we’ll miss her greatly this summer, we’re very (read more…)
Camp is quickly approaching and our assistant director and boys’ head counselor, Kate and Chris Tucci just moved in to their Greenwood Trails cabin this past weekend! Their son, Hyatt who is now 4, is having a blast but wonders on a daily basis where all the campers are! Hyatt can’t wait for them and (read more…)
Summer Camp Safety: Essential Questions Parents Should Ask by: Mary L. Pulido, PhD Kids love summer camp: Day camp, overnight camp, camps for swimming, sailing, hiking, biking, tennis, theatre, outdoor cooking, bird watching and more. Summer camp brings a boost of independence for children. As a child protection expert, it also brings to mind thoughts (read more…)
Mosquitoes and summer go hand in hand at Greenwood Trails (and any other camp on the East coast). Deet is an efficient way of preventing insect bites but some people prefer to repel them naturally. Here’s a great recipe to make your own natural bug spray! Pour 1/2 cup of witch hazel into an 8 (read more…)
We had a splendid time celebrating 50 days until Greenwood Trails and now, it’s time to start mentally preparing your camper for their time at camp. Chris Thurber wrote this great article for first time camper parents. Preventable Suffering Turner, the Junior Division Head, had been sitting with eleven-year-old Robin at the foot of the (read more…)
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, as we celebrate the coolest summer camp around: Session A 2011 Session B 2011 Session C 2011
Lil Riccy has been busy pinning his favorite things to his new Pinterest boards! His boards are filled with everything summer camp from things to pack, arts and crafts ideas, gnome pictures, camp food, tents, and everything in between! Follow Little Riccy on Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/greenwoodtrails/#
Let’s face it- Greenwood Trails is an awesome place to be! 2012 is going to be an amazing summer and we’re really excited to announce our newest activity to camp- Go Karts! Yes, Lil Riccy has tested the Go Karts and he has given his gnome approval to the activity! So, get your courage on (read more…)
Greenwood Trails is different than other camps- the facility is huge and beautiful, the sense of community is amazing, our counselors are top notch, our activities are awesome… but one thing that is really different about our camp is our Pay It Forward program! At Greenwood Trails, we encourage our campers to get out in (read more…)
There are lots of things to remember when packing for camp. Greenwood Trails campers pack flashlights, green and white clothing, a walking stick, a rain coat, toiletries and so many other things. But, one thing that we ask that you don’t bring to Greenwood Trails is a phone! There are many benefits for leaving technology (read more…)
Greenwood Trails is excited to announce a new addition to our lake this summer: a rope swing! At camp, we’re always looking for new ways for kids to have fun and we’re so excited that this is one way we’ll be doing it this summer!
Mark your calendars! May 11 is right around the corner! And you know what that means?! Yes- you guessed it! 50 days til camp!! Here are some great ideas to celebrating the best holiday ever: Dress as a gnome Show extra respect, integrity, care, and courage Make scones for breakfast Sing the O Lay Lay (read more…)
A camp professional from the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey, posted a great article about why summer camp fosters such meaningful friendships. Here is an excerpt: Summer camp has always been a place where strong friendships have been made and sustained for years to come. In fact, The American Camp Association (read more…)
http://www.campparents.org/newsletter/0905/article1 Because of Camp. . .® The possibilities are endless By Marcia Ellett For almost 150 years the camp community has had a secret. Not a well-kept secret, mind you, because you can see it in your neighborhoods, in your office buildings, on your favorite TV shows — you can see it at sporting (read more…)
Ninety days left until camp! That’s only 3 short months before the dining hall is filled with laughter and scones and the cup game. Lil Riccy and the gang can’t be more excited to have everyone back for another fun filled summer! In the meantime, there are still some awesomely fun things to do with (read more…)
Spring begins tomorrow and we are delighted about it! Although we buckled down in October for a long and blustery winter, I have to say- it was easier than we thought it’d be! The gang (Owen, Andrea, Kate, Tucci, Marie, and Rich) headed to Atlantic City to the American Camp Association’s Tri State Conference this (read more…)
With Valentines Day a week away, make this fun and easy craft with your favorite camper! http://cfabbridesigns.com/most-popular-projects/wire-embroidery/
This PSA Campaign is made possible, in part, by generous funding from the Legacy Fund sponsored by the Association of Independent Camps and the Lilly Endowment Inc.
Here’s a great project to do with your kids and to help the birds: A bird nest helper!
Watch our winning video here: There was lots of fierce competition and we’re excited to have such cool, creative kids at camp!
It’s 2012 and we’re excited! Summer is almost here! Well- maybe only two seasons away… but it’s still a lot closer than yesterday, right? Winter seems long. It gets darker earlier and it’s cold and thus, it’s very easy to watch movies or read by a fire. These are all great ways to pass the (read more…)
Greenwood Trails wishes you and your families a very happy holiday season!
By Russell Roeder I think every parent should figure out a way to get their kid to a sleepaway summer camp. They should go for at least a week (two would be better), and certainly before the child turns 12. Summer camp is about more than fun, argues Russell Roeder. Kids need to get out (read more…)
Did you know that the idea of snow making came from a man whose ski area is in a neighboring town near camp? Walt Schoenknecht’s stroke of genius has been keeping people active in wintersports for ages! If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a day with your family (or two or three) (read more…)
Don’t forget about our awesome contest!! Campers have started to submit their videos already! To view contest rules, see last week’s blog post: http://www.greenwoodtrails.com/blog/summercamp2011/win-an-ipad-because-you-love-camp/
We wish all of our GWT campers and families a wonderful Thanksgiving!
***SPECIAL SUPER-DUPER AMAZING AWESOME CAMPER CONTEST*** Even though the snow is starting to fall and the holidays are just around the corner, we’re always thinking about summer! We know that lots of our campers are too! So for all of our campers who, like us, love camp, we’re having an exciting contest. Greenwood Trails is (read more…)
Looking for an easy and sophisticated way to get your family to reflect on the good stuff in their life? This is a perfect craft! Just find a branch and plant it in a jar with some colorful pebbles, sand, or other stable foundation and hang paper leaves from the branches. Then, whenever you have (read more…)
It’s November- which means that besides some good eating and fun family get togethers, it’s a time to become aware of men’s health issues! In October, we raised awareness of breast cancer by wearing pink. In November, we raise awareness of important issues like prostate cancer by not shaving. In fact, this month has become (read more…)
Haven’t figured out a Halloween costume? Want to be a superhero but don’t know which one? How about our very own Lil’ Riccy? Lil’ Riccy – the trail gnome who is able to show respect, integrity, caring, and courage in a single bound! Happy Halloween from your Greenwood Trails family!
While it’s not GWT’s favorite season, it’s still a great time of year! Your campers might be itching for a fun time outdoors and though it might not be the warmest weather, you can still bundle them up and send them outside with these great ideas that can still keep camp fresh in their memory: (read more…)
Did you know that camp has zillions of benefits to a child’s life? Here’s a video message from Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, to parents about taking some of those camp skills to school. A video message to parents from a camp professional
“C” Session Video 2011
Yesterday was our Olympics- it was Narnia vs. Candyland vs. Atlantis vs. Neverland and Candyland came out victorious! At the end, an ice cream truck surprised all of the campers and ice cream was consumed by all. The Delaware campout was amazing as well- lots of tired but happy campers camped out and explored the (read more…)
Click here to see how awesome B session was! Session C is going just as well- we just had an awesome carnival yesterday, complete with a bearded lady, fortune tellers, cotton candy, a magician, and a pool party. Today, it’s pajama day! Later this week, we’ll be competing in Olympics, enjoying a great show in (read more…)
Birds are chirping, a cool breeze is blowing, and our campers are playing! Tonight, the boys are camping out in tents on upper field and the girls will be ruling the camp! Tucci is exploring the rivers and woods around camp today to find a great place to take the Delaware campers on their last (read more…)
The weather is BEAUTIFUL today- clear skies, cool temps- PERFECT for a great day of fun at Greenwood Trails! Kids have been choosing minors since they got here but today was the first day that they were able to choose the rest of their day. Evening activities have been AWESOME, thanks to our enthusiastic and (read more…)
All is well, despite the rain! This morning, campers ‘tasted’ a bit of our activities. And now, our water trampoline is up and running and I was just greeted by our campers who have chosen a minor entitled ‘Professional Enthusiasm,’ where everyone is enthusiastic, professionally. Session C is all about crazy! Counselors dressed as pirate/dragon/princess/clowns (read more…)
Session A at Greenwood Trails Session B is just as awesome. Don’t miss a chance for Session C! Spaces are open.
Camplified was on camp last night! The campers saw Bera, Eva Ricci, The Varsity Girls, and Awesome Express. The boys and girls also enjoyed their camp-outs. We ate chicken fajitas and smores under the stars. Today is the beginning of Color War. The Green and White teams are battling in bucket brigade, watermelon rumble, apache (read more…)
We’ve already enjoyed two weeks of camp, but these next two look to be even more amazing. We have many amazing experiences planned for the campers. We’ll definitely be spending extra time at the lake and pool as the heat continues to rise. We’ve already enjoyed an amazing night of Improv Theatre. Counselors played many (read more…)
We spent all Wednesday painted blue, black, or orange. Each camper was a part of of a tribe for the day. Activities included sink the canoe, a canoe race, water relays, tipi building, and a final all tribe dance. We had a fantastic day of friendly competition and team building. Today looks to be another (read more…)
We had a great day on Sunday Funday. Not every egg made it successfully down the hill, but they all worked together and enjoyed the challenge. The Disney themed social featured characters dancing and grooving through the night. Tonight is Gold Rush. Get ready for pictures of campers covered in paint, water, and more. It’s (read more…)
You may have heard that it is raining at camp. It never rains at Greenwood Trails! We have plenty of soft liquid sunshine, but it’s not stopping us from a great day. Each cabin has spent the day on an all camp scavenger hunt. Using the materials they’ve gathered, they will construct a device to (read more…)
The girls of Greenwood Trails will be camping tonight. The boys will be playing Capture the Flag. Each girl will be set up with a group and their own tent. There will be a warm fire for campfire songs too! Last night we had our first CIT led sing-a-long in the woods. Counselors dressed up (read more…)
We have been very fortunate to have perfect weather. Last night the boys all spent the evening camping out. The fire provided warmth and was the stove for our evening meal. The girls enjoyed some quiet time on the lower field and enjoyed a Greenwood Trails tradition, Spa Night. As we approach the end of (read more…)
We played an all camp game of “Minute to Win It” on the lit basketball courts last night. Abenaki was the final victor, but everyone participated and had a blast with the challenges. Today is our last “taster” day. The campers will be picking their Majors later today. The forecast calls for another full day (read more…)
You may be hard at work in the real world, but we’ve got a full day of playing scheduled. This is the first of two “taster” days. Each cabin is traveling around camp together trying out all of the activities we have to offer. The sun it out, sunscreen is on, and kids are ready (read more…)
The summer camp season is almost upon us. We are welcoming staff into clean cabins for intense training to prepare for the campers arrival. The guitars are being tuned for our new music program. We have plenty to share, but feel free to bring along your own. The newest building is nearly complete. If you (read more…)
Article from Resident Magazine, March 2011, pg. 149 At Greenwood Trails, a co-ed sleepaway camp nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Berkshire Mountains, on over 100 wooded acres, campers are encouraged, among other things, to follow their own path. Situated on the site of one of the country’s earliest and most beautiful summer camps, (read more…)