Why We Do What We Do
Anderson Woods Camp was founded with the intention of fostering
individual personal growth among our special people whom we serve. Toward that end the first several summers of camp were multi-week sessions that emphasized life skills such as cooking and washing laundry. While we are fortunate to now have a full-time cook that prepares our meals, and we no longer teach campers how to wash their clothes, every activity in which campers participate is intended to provide opportunity for growth.
Some activities teach more directly, such as when we make our beds each morning, when we learn to properly set the table for a meal, or when we work together to wash the dishes following that meal. Other activities that are more recreational in nature provide a wealth of incidental learning, such as the teamwork that is learned through a game of kickball, the patience learned from trying to catch a fish, or, perhaps most importantly, the social skills learned from sharing a cabin with new friends for four days.
It is rewarding, yet not surprising, when we hear from the caregivers of our campers how a camper has become more sociable and more independent following a session at camp.
A Typical Day at Camp
7:30 am Wake up and get dressed. Those assigned to "dishes"
set the tables, while the rest gather on the porch of the
dining hall for our daily flag-raising ceremony.
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am Dishes, teeth brushing, making our beds, cleaning our
cabin and tidying our personal belongings.
9:00 am Morning activities, which often include, but are not
limited to fishing, hiking, kickball, a visit to the barn,
tie-dying t-shirts, painting rocks, making bracelets,
gathering vegetables from the garden, Wiffle ball, a
scavenger hunt, baking bread, hand-churning ice cream,
picking berries and preparing jam.
11:30 am Everyone gathers back at the dining hall to clean up for
lunch and set the table.
Noon Lunch, often a picnic lunch
12:30 pm Dishes for some, rest time for others. Campers and
staff alike return to the cabins to rest for a while. Some
campers will sleep, while others may read a book, or join
some friends on the deck of the cabin for a quiet game
2:00 pm Swimming or other water activity for relief from the heat
of the afternoon sun.
4:30 pm Showers, after which campers gather on the dining hall
porch to sing songs and socialize while waiting for dinner.
6:00 pm Dinner, a cookout at least once a week,
followed by more dishes.
7:00 pm Evening activity, often a hike to the Unique Tree or to
high pasture to watch the sunset and sing songs, a
dance, or a hayride.
8:30 pm "Prayer circle," during which everyone has an opportunity
to share about his or her day or any other special
9-10 pm Prepare for bedtime, and lights out.