Woods Summer Wonders

Welcome to the Woods Summer Wonders 2018 Website!

Dear Friends,

Here are the answers to our most:

Frequently Asked Questions

Drop-Off & Pick-Up: Please drop off your campers 10-15 minutes prior to the start time of your session (8:45 or 8:50 for morning and 12:45 or 12:50 for afternoon), although we would ask that you arrive a few minutes earlier on Monday since check-in on Day One always takes just a little bit longer. Please pick up your morning session campers at noon, and your afternoon campers at 4:00.

Please note: We invite all half-day campers registered for a given week to stay after their morning session, or come early before their afternoon session, and join us in the All Community Lunch Gathering, which is explained below. There is no additional cost for this service.

Sign-In & Out Sheets: There will be two Welcome Tables set up just inside the front doors on which you will find the sign-in/out books. The campers will be listed alphabetically by last name, with last names ending in A-K on the table on the right, and those ending in L-Z on the left. Sign your child(ren) in when you drop them off, and sign them out when you pick them up.

Pre-Camp and Post-Camp Assembly Area: Campers sit at specified tables in the Great Room (located off the main foyer) prior to the start of their session. Each assembly table will be identified by a sign with the camp name on it . The camp instructor will pick up the campers at the table just before the start of their session, and drop them back off there once the session has concluded.

Before & After Camp Care: Families that need to drop their campers off earlier may do so using Before-Camp Care with Loretta Hackney (starts @ 7:45 a.m.). Please first sign in your camper, and then walk him/her to Room #134 just opposite the steps up to the stage) where you will be greeted by Mrs. Hackney. She will bring the campers back into the Great Room at 8:55 to assemble at their Camp Tables. Families who need to pick up late (by 5:00 p.m.) should pick up their child(ren) from Room #134 and then sign them out as they leave. Please note that if your child is not picked up by 4:10 p.m., s/he will be automatically placed in After-Camp Care with Mrs. Hackney, and you will be charged $5 per day for this service.

All-Community Lunch Gathering: At noon, all campers are brought downstairs to the Great Room by their camp instructor, where we all have lunch together. Campers may bring a bag lunch, or they may choose to purchase healthy a la carte lunch items from our concession. We will be offering slices of fresh pizza (cheese or pepperoni) from Papa John's Pizza for $2/each, Easy Mac, water, juice and other items for sale as the main entree, and will also have a wide variety of snack items available. Items range in cost from $0.25 for Ice Pops (our biggest seller!).  Campers will finish eating by about 12:25 and then we'll clean up and head outside to the playground or soccer field for some fun supervised physical activities (weather-permitting), or play basketball or hula hoop in the gym, until 12:55 when we'll return to the Great Room in anticipation of either the start of the afternoon session or parent pick-up.  

Medication Drop-Off and Dispensing: If your child has a medical condition that may require us to administer daily or emergency medicine, please come early on the first Monday of camp to complete the Medication Administration Form, meet with the nurse (as needed), and drop the medication off with us for storage and safekeeping.  Please email our nurse, Lori Phillips, with any questions, concerns or worries at lphillips@woodscharter.org, identifying yourself as a summer camper family and noting which session and camp your child is registered to attend.

Recommended Footwear: We strongly discourage our campers from wearing flip flops and Crocs, as experience has shown us that such unstable footwear oftentimes leads to stumbles and even falls either during camp or when engaged in the after-lunch play session. Tennis shoes or STURDY sandals -- preferably with a closed toe and a strap across the heel -- are a much safer choice, and one we hope you will opt for.

Financials: If you haven't already paid for your camps, please do so at your earliest convenience. We would ask that you be paid-in-full by the time your camps begin, and we would prefer that you not pay in person on the first Monday of camp unless absolutely necessary, given all the other distractions and pressures we are contending with on that day. 

Please enjoy this article entitled

"Why Camp is Great for Children"

[I]f you didn’t go to camp as a child, you may not realize just how good the experience is for children. You may not know why so many parents are committed to sending their kids to camp. So while we have talked about most of these before, here is a list of the most important reasons to send your kids to camp.

At camp, children:

10. Spend their day being physically active – As children spend so much time these days inside and mostly sitting down, camp provides a wonderful opportunity to move. Running, swimming, jumping, hiking, climbing! Camp is action!

9. Experience success and become more confident – Camp helps children build self-confidence and self-esteem by removing the kind of academic, athletic and social competition that shapes their lives at school. With its non-competitive activities and diverse opportunities to succeed, camp life is a real boost for young people. There’s accomplishment every day. Camp teaches kids that they can.

8. Gain resiliency – The kind of encouragement and nurture kids receive at camp makes it a great environment to endure setbacks, try new (and thereby maybe a little frightening) things, and see that improvement comes when you give something another try. Camp helps conquer fears.

7. Unplug from technology – When kids take a break from TV, cell phones, and the Internet, they rediscover their creative powers and engage the real world— real people, real activities, and real emotions. They realize, there’s always plenty to do. Camp is real!

6. Develop life-long skills – Camps provide the right instruction, equipment and facilities for kids to enhance their sports abilities, their artistic talents, and their adventure skills. The sheer variety of activities offered at camp makes it easy for kids to discover and develop what they like to do. Camp expands every child’s abilities.

5. Grow more independent – Camp is the perfect place for kids to practice making decisions for themselves without parents and teachers guiding every move. Managing their daily choices in the safe, caring environment of camp, children welcome this as a freedom to blossom in new directions. Camp helps kids develop who they are.

4. Have free time for unstructured play – Free from the overly-structured, overly-scheduled routines of home and school, life at camp gives children much needed free time to just play. Camp is a slice of carefree living where kids can relax, laugh, and be silly all day long. At camp we play!

3. Learn social skills – Coming to camp means joining a close-knit community where everyone must agree to cooperate and respect each other. When they live in a cabin with others, kids share chores, resolve disagreements, and see firsthand the importance of sincere communication. Camp builds teamwork.

2. Reconnect with nature – Camp is a wonderful antidote to “nature deficit disorder,” to the narrow experience of modern indoor life. Outdoor experience enriches kid’s perception of the world and supports healthy child development. Camp gets kids back outside.

1. Make true friends – Camp is the place where kids make their very best friends. Free from the social expectations pressuring them at school, camp encourages kids to relax and make friends easily. All the fun at camp draws everyone together— singing, laughing, talking, playing, doing almost everything together. Everyday, camp creates friendships.

See? Camp is great.

Excerpted from article by the same name printed in Rockbrook Camp

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What's New
May 16, 2018
Kona Ice Truck Coming To Camp!!!

We are so excited to announce that the

Kona Ice Kabana Truck will be at

Woods Summer Wonders All

Four Fridays of our Camping

Season, as follows~

June 29th

July 13th

July 20th

July 27th

Time:  3:30-4:30 p.m.

Kona Ice is SMART SNACK APPROVED 

with 40% less sugar AND

it is fortified with Vitamins C and D!

Cost:  $3/small cup

May 15, 2018
Summer's Coming: Are you Ready?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to

this "beholder" I say that this climbing boulder

at Triangle Rock Club is simply beautiful!

After working intensively on formulating the camp groupings, etc., I can attest to the fact that this is the strongest and most interesting camp lineup that we have had in the history of our camping program.  Every camp is extremely compelling, and if I and Miss Shirley and Miss Loretta (the camp Secretary and Assistant Director) had our druthers we'd take a few of them ourselves...which I think is the true "test" of the strength of our camp proposals and instructors.

In the meantime, I can confirm now that the following new and returning camps will be offered during our 2018 camping season, the dates of which are~

Session I:  June 25-29

Session II:  July 9-13

Session III:  July 16-20

Session IV:  July 23-27

Most of our camps are 1/2 day, either 9-12 or 1-4, which offers your child the opportunity to "mix and match" their camp experience (an example would be Wilderness Survival in the morning and I Wanna Sing Disney! in the afternoon). 

A no-cost All Community Lunch Gathering occurs between 12:00 and 1:00, which is supervised by camp personnel, during which campers will have time to meet each other, visit, eat and participate in a fun unstructured physically active "recess" time.

Returning Favorites:

Kindergarten Readiness

Wilderness Survival

Soccer Minis

Act it Out!

Indoor Rock Climbing (full-day camp conducted at Triangle Rock Club in Morrisville, transportation provided)

Star Wards Jedi 

Fashion Funway Creation

I Wanna Sing Disney

Metal Jewelry Making

Volleyball

LegoRobotics

Several Legos Camps

Hip Hop Dance

Little Veternarian Camp

Muscal Madness (full-day camp)

Several Sewing Camps, including American Girl Doll

New Camps:

Learn to Build:  Intro to Shop

Kidpower Youth Empowerment and Leadership

One-of-a-kind Doll Dream Closet

Felt So Happy

Puzzle Room

Pollinator Power

Chess

Wild Flora Fun! (flower arranging)

Koding for Kids

Little Medical School--The Human Body, Wilderness Medicine & Disaster Preparation and Little Nursing and Little Pharmacy School

Yoga + Art + Exploration!

Inside Out! Drama Camp

Jungle Sfari Adventure

Christmas in July!

Survivor!

Handsewn Kitchen Cutness

Fairies, Wizards & Dragons -- OH MY!

Books, Bookings, Books (Loving the reading life!)

Color, Paint, Mess &Fun

STEM Jedi Lego Camp (full-day camp)

 

Woods Summer Wonders

Ann Kaiyala, Director

160 Woodland Grove Lane

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 960-8353, Ext. 100 Office

Ext. 402 Director