America’s leading performing arts facility where every child chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists.
French Woods is a place where your dreams are important. Counselors and adult staff utilize our facilities to make those dreams possible. Our non-competitive programs give you a choice over which activities you take part in and the opportunity to excel. We pride ourselves on offering you a unique individualized camping experience. Campers completely determine which activities they will participate in from a wide range of performing and visual arts in addition to programs in sports, waterfront, horseback riding and much more.
Our staff will encourage campers to try new things and be challenged in an environment that supports success. There are six activities per day; three of these periods are called majors and three are called minors. Majors are chosen at the beginning of each session and are maintained for the three weeks. Minors are chosen daily at breakfast. This lets you concentrate on the things that interest you, while giving you the chance to try something new.
Your counselors, head counselors and the program office staff will work with you to help you choose a program that's right for you. In this way we are able to offer instruction in performance areas that is unequalled anywhere in camping
French Woods offers summer camp programs in dance
, visual arts
, film and video
, skate board
, rock and roll
and horseback riding
. We cater to children from 7-17 years old. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.
For fifteen, sixteen and seventeen year olds French Woods offers a three level counselor in training program that allows teenagers to take on more responsibility and participate in programs they love at higher levels.
Q & A with French Woods Festival
Q: What makes your camp or program unique?
A: The variety and depth of the program: last summer we performed 83 theater shows in 5 theaters, many of them musicals which also feature full pit orchestras with kids performing on stage, in the orchestras, and running the sound, lighting, working on the costuming and backstage. No where else gives children the opportunities French Woods does. Our Magic, Rock and Roll, Circus, Dance, and classical and Jazz music programs likewise give kids who love these activities more opportunities than they can get anywhere else. Our art program, our skateboard program, our horseback program our fitness program, our cooking program and more all offer the best instruction and opportunities of any summer camp, and at the same time you can participate in any of the programs we offer.
Q: Describe a typical day in your camp or program.
A: There are six, one-hour periods each day, each camper chooses their own activities from a list of more than 80 options. There are three full meals, 2 rest periods, and then an evening activity, which is often a performance put on by campers, magic shows, rock concerts, theater performance, etc. Then there's canteen at night with free handmade (not frozen) pizza, cookies, ice cream or drinks, and some social time or a dance party every night.
Q: What type of teenager participates in your camp or program?
A: All types, it's impossible to say French Woods kids are one thing or another, what unites us is a love for one of the visual or performing arts, and the excitement and freedom of making your own choices.
Q: Where do your participants come from?
A: Last summer we had kids from 14 countries and 47 of the united states.
Q: Please describe what teens have to say about your program.
A: Teens say that French Woods is the only place they can truly be themselves and no one judges them for what they are. They love their time at French Woods and form lasting friendships with other teens and staff members that continue long after they leave camp.
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