Monthly Archives:January 2014

What If Every Day Was A Snow Day?!

IMG_0006Have you ever known a kid (or adult for that matter) who was not excited about the possibility of a snow day?!  To go to bed the night before knowing that you had the whole day ahead to play in the snow and do things that you don’t normally get to do?  I have lived in Georgia for the past 5 years, and it is a rare occasion that we even get teased with the thought of a snow day.  This week was a dream come true for many Southerners as schools and places of work were closed for a day (or more) thanks to Winter Storm Leon.  Even though I lived in the “North” once upon a time, I couldn’t help but get caught up in the excitement of having 2 snow days to break up the hum-drum of the last week in January.

While walking my dogs around the neighborhood over the past few days, I loved seeing fewer cars on the roads (since not many people down here know how to drive with white stuff on the ground!) and hearing the bursts of laughter coming from kids playing outside while making snow angels, throwing snowballs, and sledding down our hilly landscape.  I even saw some “grown-ups” (or maybe just several students?) running around a local college campus with very large water guns and having a ball.  One of my neighbors invited me over for dinner and said that it felt like a “holiday” in the middle of the week.

So, what if every day was a snow day?  In my mind, it absolutely can be at camp!  Having played hard all day with the anticipation of waking up to something fun and exciting puts campers to sleep every night.  The bursts of laughter heard while campers are hanging out in the cabin, walking to and from activities, eating meals together, huddling around the campfire, are just a few of things that make each and every day at camp extraordinary and more like a snow day than a regular day.


Will Summer Ever Get Here?! As the US has experienced a polar vortex twice this season, numerous “clippers”, subzero windchills, and below average temperatures, it seems as though summer will NEVER get here!  It is hard to imagine wearing shorts and a t-shirt, let alone a bathing suit for Rec Swim when many of us are donning layers of long underwear, hats, gloves, scarves, and boots, just to try to stay warm.

But, if you are like me, you may have started to notice that the days are starting to get just a little longer (we are already over a month out from the Winter Solstice!).  As you see from the pictures taken on my recent snow day, spring is actually trying to push its way through despite the frigid temps (at least it is in Augusta, GA!).  I have begun to notice little spikes of green line the paths on walks with my dogs every morning, and I even saw some pink buds peeking out through the snow.  On one of the coldest mornings we’ve had all winter, robins were chirping and fluttering about.


For those of you counting down the days until camp, it won’t be too long before summer days in the Northwoods will become a reality.  We are anxiously awaiting your arrival and have been turning up the heat on plans for the “Dare to Explore Summer of 1-4”!  Until then, have yourself a great snow day!

I Heart Camp Day!

IMG_7532February 1, 2014 is National I Heart Camp Day!  Help us spread the word on the importance of summer camp. Remember all those funny pictures we took of you with the “I heart Camp ” Poster.  Well, on February 1, 2014 Camp Woodland campers, parents, and staff are encouraged to post their ” I heart Camp” photo as their Facebook Profile.  Don’t have Facebook?

Here are a few ideas to show the world (or just your friends) how much camp means to you!

    • Instagram your photo!  #Woodland4Girls #Iheartcamp
    • Print it out and paste on your favorite school tablet
    • Post it on your Pinterest Site
    • Make it a screen saver on your computer

Click the link to retrieve your daughter’s photos: I heart Camp Woodland Photos Link

Need your son’s photo too? Click the link to your son’s (Towering Pines) photos: I heart TP Photos link

All you have to do is:  1– find your picture,  2– download it by clicking the download tab on the bottom right of the photo, 3-Post it this Saturday, Feburary 1!


* We took these photos at the end of the summer.  We apologize if your daughter could not be part of this project and hope to do the photos throughout the entire next summer!

Happy New Year from Aquarius

One Stop Shopping for New Year’s Resolutions!
Among the top resolutions that are made at the start of each New Year, some of the most common goals can be met while spending an AMAZING summer at Camp Woodland/Towering Pines:

Eat Healthy: Instead of serving processed food, we provide meals made from “scratch”.  No powdered eggs here!  We even “cook” in Arts and Crafts!

CW Food

Get Moving:  Video games and TV are put aside for 6 weeks – campers are active and get plenty of exercise in the great outdoors. We use our feet to take us everywhere we need to go!

  CW Soccer

Reduce Stress: Camp is a great way to “unplug” from the constant flow of text messages, emails, and other social media.  It is also a time to put the pressures of school and grades aside and just enjoy living in the moment.  Above all, camp is FUN!!

CW Aquatramp

Try Something New: With a variety of physical, recreational, and creative activities to choose from, campers have the opportunity to explore a wide range of interests.

CW Ropes Course

Spend More Time With Friends:  Imagine spending 24 hours a day for 6 weeks with a group of your closest friends…how AWESOME is that?!

CW Campfire
CW Coed Show
New Year’s Resolution:
Join us at Camp Woodland/Towering Pines and “Dare to Explore” in 2014…
we are VERY EXCITED about the upcoming summer!

My Favorite Things – Aquarius

Regina: The fresh air when I get off the bus and seeing my friends at the end of the Woodland Road.  I love that even when you miss a summer, you get here and you feel like you never left.  I love all the traditions we have, and this is literally my second family.

Cami:  I love that being at camp is a total new world for you where you isolate yourself from everything that happens back at home.  You get to do tons of fun stuff and learn to be independent and do stuff by yourself!  I love that you develop different skills in every activity.  Here at camp you get to meet new people that as the years pass by will became your sisters.

Katelyn: Some of my favorite things at camp are my amazing camp sisters that I have created and bonded with.  These girls are people that I have broken all walls with and I am closer to them than anyone else.  I also love that I can be myself at camp.  Here at camp no one judges and no one cares if you are different or weird because we embrace it! Lastly, I love that of the girls that have become my sisters I wouldn’t  have met any of them had I not gone to camp!

Paige: My favorite things about camp are that I make lifelong friends here that are so amazing!  I won’t ever forget them.  This place is my second home, I can’t ever imagine what my life would be like if I had not come here and met the amazing people I’ve met.  The activities I do here are so fun, my favorite activity is sailing.  It really relaxes me and helps me forget about everything that happens.  My other favorite thing about camp is that we have a brother camp that we can hang out with and be friends with.

Mera: One of my absolute favorite things about camp and being CIT is coed show!! It’s really awesome to be singing and dancing on stage after years of watching it.  Another one of my favorite things about being at camp is seeing all my friends that I don’t see during the year. Some activities like sailing and Riflery are things I may not able to do at home, but at camp I can!

Jess: My favorite thing about camp is being with my friends all of the time.  We make really great bonds and have inside jokes. It’s like a second home.  You have another family away from home.  I also get to do all of my favorite activities, like sailing and crafts. Another thing I love is laundry day! All the clothes I have get clean, and I feel fresh! Feeling clean also goes along with painting our nails.  Everyone always paints their nails, so that it’s kind of like a trend that we do together.  That’s everything I love about camp!


·      I love being a CIT – that is being at camp with more responsibility

·      I love the riding department.  We help girls all different levels or riding

·      My favorite meal is the Thanksgiving meal because I love turkey and mashed potatoes

·      Learning new things – life lessons, maturing, and responsibilities

·      Becoming good friends with all these girls from all over!

Ally: I love to be in the nature and woods because it’s relaxing and more peaceful. I like to be with my cabin because I have the opportunity to be with the same friends.  Being a CIT is amazing because I can really help with the campers and assist counselors.  CO-ED show!  I love the songs!  I love, love singing, and I am very excited for the shows.  Trying something new, like water skiing, because I proved to myself I can do it!  The songs after dinner because we are together!