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Ages: 7-17

Gender: Co-Ed

Type: Overnight/Residential

Physical Address:
350 Bouchoux Brook Road
Hancock, NY USA 13783

Mailing Address:
PO Box 770100
Coral Springs, FL USA 33077-0100

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America\'s leading performing arts summer camp where every child or teen chooses their own individual schedule, from more than 80 activities run by certified teachers and counselor specialists. Read More!

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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 summer 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 theater, circus, visual arts, sports, fitness, skate board, 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.

Q:  Any other information you think teens should know about your program?

A:  Check out our website for more

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FWrocks said...
Mar. 20, 2013 at 9:52 pm
I have two children that have attended FW and I cannot say enough positive things about the camp.  My daughter went first, thinking she was going to act, and ended up developing a passion for guitar.  My son followed (only attending because his sister went there and there was NO WAY he was going to be in musicals!) Ironically, my "sports only son" ended up being dragged to an audition and has never stopped.  I saw him in his 15th musical last month and he still manages t... (more »)
anna123 said...
Dec. 31, 2012 at 1:39 am
i love this camp! i went this summer for my first time and can't wait to go back again!! the staff is really friendly and the food is great!! but besides that, the activities are even better!!! you get to do things you thought you couldnt do at all. it has a very positive atmosphere and makes your stay fun!!!!
quimmba said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 1:33 pm
French Woods has been a blessing in my life, when I attended the first time in 06 I immediatly felt I had found a home away from home. I hate that I have grown up and can no longer spend my summers there, but I cannot wait untill my children will able to. If you are wanting to find a camp where everything is perfect FWF is the place.
nataliemaguire said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm
french woods is all i look foward to the entire year. ive made amazing friends! the theatre is amazing! so much talent! even if youre not into theatre, french woods has like 1000 other things to do! if youre thinking about sending your child to camp, pick french woods. 
awesomesauce312 said...
Dec. 14, 2012 at 11:47 am
FW is the best camp EVER, they become your family,you learn and get attached, its as if you have lived there your whole life and i am happy to say i will be joining session 1 of 2013
AMaid said...
Nov. 16, 2012 at 11:18 pm
French Woods is my home, the kids and staff my family. There is something for everyone there, and I think that if you are into the arts especially, you should look no further. <3 Hope to see you there!
ArtemisAppalled said...
Nov. 16, 2012 at 7:53 pm
French Woods is literally everything and anything life-changing for any artist, crafts-person, outdoor enthusiast, or just plain kid-at-heart alike. I began attending this summer camp in 2007 at the age of 13, and have returned for the full summer (12 weeks, sometimes more!) every summer, for the past 6 years. This last summer was the first I spent actually as a staff member, so from both sides, I can say that it is a truely huge growing experience, and there hasn't been a summer yet that wa... (more »)

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