2016-2017 Camp Fairs and Open Houses

Wednesday, October 19, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA)
2800 Chartres Street
New Orleans, LA 70117
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 20, 2017
Metairie, Louisiana
Metairie Park Country Day
300 Park Road Metairie, LA 70005
10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Saturday, October 22, 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
Open House at the home of The Oestreicher’s
445 Walnut Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
RSVP: (614) 296-5404 or (800) 634-1703

Sunday, October 23, 2016
NYC Manhattan
Third Street Music School Settlement
235 East 11th Street
New York, NY 10003
10:00 am – 2:30 pm

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Suburban Chicago
Open House at the Home of Drs. Trevonne and Nicole Thompson
12 Gale Avenue
River Forest, IL 60305
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Atlanta, Georgia
Open House at the home of the Wassersugs
4010 Powers Ferry Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30342
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or  (412) 302-9639

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Suburban Chicago
Chicago Suburban North Shore Camp and Summer Adventure Fair
Daniel Wright Junior High School
1370 Riverwoods Road
Lincolnshire, IL 60069
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Scarsdale, New York
Scarsdale High School Camp Fair
1057 Post Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2016
NYC Manhattan Media- Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 11, 2016
Manhattan – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd St.
Between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Sunday, December 18, 2016
South Florida 
Open House at School of Rock – Boca Raton
141 NW 20th Street, Suite F1-F2
Boca Raton, FL 33431
12 noon – 4:00 pm
RSVP (954) 346-7455

Saturday, January 7, 2016
Westchester, New York
Meet and Greet
Westchester Hilton
699 Westchester Avenue
Rye Brook, NY
12 noon – 4:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Boston, Massachusetts
K.I.D.S. Fair
Brookline High School
Tappan Street Gym
66 Tappen Street
Brookline, MA 02445
12 noon – 2:00 pm

Bridgewater, New Jersey
Sensational Summers
Bridgewater Marriott
700 Commons Way
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Saturday, January 14, 2017
Livingston, New Jersey
Open House at the Home of Elaine and Jason Woodlee
80 N. Hillside Avenue
Livingston, NJ 07039
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Sunday, January 15, 2017
Summit, New Jersey
Sensational Summers
The Grand Summit Hotel
570 Springfield Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Winter Park/Orlando, Florida
Meet and Greet
TBD

Acton, Massachusetts
Merriam School
Parker Damon Building
11 Charter Road
Acton, MA
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
ACA Bucks County Camp Exposition
Delaware Valley Cottage
Student  Central Building
700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Boston, Massachusetts
Dedham Health & Athletic Complex
200 Boston Providence Highway
Dedham, MA 02026
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sunday, January 22, 2017
Parsippany, New Jersey
Sensational Summers
Sheraton, Parsippany Hotel
199 Smith Road
Parsippany, NJ 07054
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Andover, Massachusetts
26th Annual Summer Opportunities Fair
Phillips Academy
180 Main Street
Andover, MA 01810
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Saturday, January 28, 2017
Washington, DC
Open House at the Home of Brooke and Stephane Carnot
3259 R Street NW
Washington, DC
10:00 am – 12 noon
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Bethesda, Maryland
Open House at the home of Marisa and Mark Rosenblum
9503 Nowell Drive
Bethesda, MD 20817
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

St. Louis, Missouri
Mary Institute & Saint Louis Country Day School
101 North Warson Road
St. Louis, MO 63124
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 23rd Annual Camp & Summer Program
500 West Willow Grove Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19118
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

NYC Manhattan Media- Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Sunday, January 29, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philly-Metro Kids Super Camp Fair
Plymouth Meeting Mall
500 W. Germantown Pike
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Manhattan – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd St.
Between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Baltimore, Maryland
Open House at the Home of Anne Townsend
6108 Buckingham Manor Drive
Baltimore, MD
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Wilmington, Delaware
Tower Hill School Fieldhouse
2813 West 17th Street
Wilmington, DE 19806
3:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Manhattan Media – Park Slope Brooklyn
Berkeley Carroll School
181 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Monday, February 6, 2017
Newton, Massachusetts
Newton South High School
140 Brandeis Road
Newton Centre, MA 02459
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 11, 2017
NYC Manhattan Media – Borough of Manhattan Community College 
199 Chambers Street
New York, NY 10007
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Alexandria, Virginia
Open House at the Home of Arlene and Nathan Shapiro
6216 Driftwood Drive
Alexandria, VA
1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
RSVP:  (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Manhattan Media – Cobble Hill Brooklyn
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
185 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Monday, February 13, 2017
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Shipley School
814 Yarrow Street
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Wednesday, February 16, 2017
Mexico City
Open House at the home of Fortuna Cohen
Fuente de la Joya 12
Lomas de Las Palmas
Mexico City
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
RSVP: 1 555 14 30 722

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Columbus, Ohio
Meet and Greet
Panera Bread
2924 East Broad Street
Bexley, Ohio
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Friday, February 24, 2017
Cleveland, Ohio
Meet and Greet
Aloft
1010 Eaton Blvd.
Beachwood, OH
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
RSVP: (800) 634-1703 or (614) 296-5404

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Chicago – North Shore
Camp Expo
Sunset Ridge School
525 Sunset Ridge Road
Northfield, IL
10 am – 2 pm

Cleveland, Ohio
Summer Camp Convention
Solon Community Center
35000 Portz Parkway
Solon, OH 44139
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 26, 2017
Chicago, Illinois
Open House
TBD
12 Noon – 3 pm

Saturday, March 4, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
Meadows School Summer Camp & Activities Expo
The Meadows School
8601 Scholar Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89128
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday March 5, 2017
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Bloomfield Hills High School
4200 Andover Road
Bloomfield Township, MI 48302
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Manhattan Media – Park Slope Brooklyn
Berkeley Carroll School
181 Lincoln Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Sunday, March 12, 2017
Manhattan Media – Cobble Hill Brooklyn
Brooklyn Heights Montessori School
185 Court Street
Brooklyn, NY
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Saturday, April 1, 2017
NYC Manhattan Media- Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste High School
173 East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021
12 noon – 3:00 pm

Sunday, April 2, 2017
Manhattan – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd St.
Between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
12 noon – 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2015-2016 Camp Fairs and Open Houses

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Manhattan – Midtown
Open House
Come meet the Director
At Jennifer Muller/The Works
(Dance Studio)
131 West 24th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10011
12:00 noon – 3:30 pm

Sunday, April 10, 2016
Manhattan – Upper West Side
Congregation Rodeph Sholom
7 West 83rd St.
Between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
12 noon – 3 pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

French Woods is excited to announce that we will be a Maker Education Initiative Maker Corps Host Site for 2015

aerial photo of French Woods Festival

French Woods Festival

French Woods is one of the largest training centers for the performing and visual arts for children and teenagers in the world. Our fifteen hundred campers and five hundred staff come from across the country and around the world. During our thirteen-week season both campers and staff experience a program that is totally unique in the world of camping. Each person attending French Woods has a personalized schedule of activities tailored to their interests and abilities affording each individual the opportunity to receive the most from the camp’s programs. We’ve partnered with the Maker Education Initiative to become a Maker Corps Host Site for 2015

Maker Education Initiative

The Maker Education Initiative (MakerEd.org) was established to create more opportunities for all youth to develop confidence, creativity, and interest in science, technology, engineering, math, art, and learning as a whole through making. We want young people to join—and eventually lead—the growing Maker Movement. Our Maker Corps program brings together a great diversity of people and organizations into a cohesive community of learners and makers, while allowing for and ensuring that all programming is relevant to its audiences.

This will extend our existing offerings at French Woods Festival in game design, trains, model cars, and rocketry, jewelry, programming, electronics, laser cutting C-n-C milling and more and interface with our existing woodworking, leather, ceramics, tech theater, magic, and performing arts programs. In addition, our Maker Corps members will work with teens at our new program at the French Woods Enrichment Center as we start up our programs in robotics and 3-d printing and more technology and maker activities.

French Woods is deeply committed to the idea that children and teens grow and learn from the summer camp experience. We believe that making things with their hands teaches life-long skills that cannot be gained any other way. The Maker Corps program also values the physical and mental challenges of building things. We look forward to working with them.

French Woods is hiring maker types who want to share what they do with children, we offer a salary, room and board, and a chance to work with some of the most gifted and creative individuals you will ever meet. Families may also be accomodated. to find out more, call us or fill out our online application at https://frenchwoods.campintouch.com/ui/forms/application/staff/App

As a summer camp, we offer a wildly diverse and artistically rich environment where prospective makers will be surrounded by magicians and artists, musicians and aerialists, jugglers and craftspeople, performers of every sort, dancers, singers, actors and athletes. In addition to living and working with kids, you will watch them perform in the literally hundreds of shows we do every summer: theater, rock, magic, dance, classical and jazz music, waterski shows, film festivals, the list goes on. Every summer we look at each other and say, “this could not happen anywhere else”. If you need more info, call or email us, we look forward to talking with you.

 

 

Casting Call

My name is Richard Hicks.  I’m the Casting Director of the movies ‘Gravity’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and others.  We are currently casting an independent feature film called WEIGHTLESS, starring Nick Nolte (’48 Hours’) and Jason Clarke (‘Zero Dark Thirty’), and we’re searching for a young boy to play the leading role of ‘Will’, age 8-12, who weighs approximately 150 lbs. or more.

This search is quite special, because we have the opportunity to find a “diamond in the rough” to play the leading role. He doesn’t need to be a professional actor at all. And because of his size he’s the kind of kid you don’t see a lot of in movies, and we want to change that. Our lead, ‘Will’, is just a sweet, quiet, shy kid. But, he’s also coping with childhood obesity, bullying and divorce — issues that affect so many kids today.

Attached is a flyer with some more information on the movie and link to our website, www.weightlessaudition.com.  On the website is a link where they can audition.  They can also ‘like’ our Facebook page and get updates there (www.facebook.com/WeightlessCasting).

We would so appreciate it if you could share the flyer with anyone you think might be right or might possibly know someone who would be right. Kids, adults, teachers, counselors, etc., etc.

Any kid who might be in the ballpark, you can certainly encourage them to ‘audition’ by filming a short interview (doing it on a smartphone is fine – it doesn’t need to be fancy) and uploading it to our audition site. There are helpful instructions and tech support available through the website.

PDF.Weightless-Camp.flyer

International Staff Hiring starts soon!

French Woods will be hiring at staff camp fairs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico the dates and fairs we’ll be attending are listed below:

CCUSA Leeds Camp Fair
Ron Schaefer will attend
Saturday 18th January
The Queen’s Hotel
Address: City Square, Leeds, LS1 1PJ

Camp Leaders London Fair  – NEW LOCATION!
Beth Schaefer will attend
Saturday 18th January
10AM to 4PM

The Grand Connaught Rooms, 
61-65 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5DA

CCUSA London Fair
Ron Schaefer will attend
Sunday 19th January
Hotel: NH Harrington Hall
Address: 5-25 Harrington Gardens, South Kensington
London, SW7 4JW

Camp Leaders Manchester Fair
Beth Schaefer will attend
Sunday 19th January
10AM to 4PM
Manchester Central Conference Center
Windmill Street
Manchester M2 3GX

Camp America Edinburgh Fair
Beth Schaefer will attend
Tuesday 21st January
12PM to 4PM
Our Dynamic Earth
Holyrood Rd
Edinburgh Eh8 8AS

Camp America Manchester Fair
Beth Schaefer will attend
Thursday 23rd January
12PM to 5PM
Manchester Town Hall
Albert Square
Manchester M60 2LA

CCUSA Mexico Fair
Darryn Lawson will attend
Friday 24th January
12PM to 6PM
Centro De Convenciones Puebla
Boulevard Heroes Del 5 de Mayo No 402
Paseo de San Francisco, Colonia Centro Historico
CP 72000 Puebla

CCUSA Mexico Fair
Darryn Lawson will attend
Saturday 25th January
1PM to 5PM
Centro De Convenciones Puebla
Boulevard Heroes Del 5 de Mayo No 402
Paseo de San Francisco, Colonia Centro Historico
CP 72000 Puebla

Camp America London Fair
Beth Schaefer will attend
Saturday 25th January
12PM to 5PM
The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Center
Broad Sanctuary, Westminster
London SWIP 3EE

CCUSA Brisbane Fair
Larry Seigal will attend
Wednesday 29th January
5PM to 8PM
190 Elizabeth Street,
Brisbane, QLD, 4000

CCUSA Melbourne Fair
Larry Seigal will attend
Saturday 1st February
11AM to 3PM
The Grand Hyatt on Collins
123 Collins Street,
Melbourne, VIC, 3000

CCUSA Sydney Fair
Larry Seigal will attend
Sunday 2nd February
1PM to 5pm
The Hilton Hotel
488 George Street,
Sydney, NSW, 2000

CCUSA Auckland Fair
Larry Seigal will attend
Tuesday 4th Feb
5PM to 8PM
Heritage Hotel Auckland
35 Hobson Street, Auckland

2013 – 2014 Camp Fairs

 

Wednesday, April 4 – Saturday, April 12, 2014

Memphis, Tennessee
There will be a French Woods Representative in the area.
(800) 634-1703  Call for details.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Manhattan Media – Upper East Side
St. Jean Baptiste School
173 East 75th Street
New York, NY
12 noon – 3 pm

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Manhattan Media – Upper West Side
Rodeph Shalom
7 West 83rd Street
New York, NY
12 noon – 3 pm
 
Fort Lauderdale, Florida Open House
At the home of the Camp Owner
Beth Schaefer/ Michael Knauf
5419 NE 31st Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL
12 noon – 4 pm
RSVP (800) 634-1703
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

HOMESICKNESS – EXPERT ADVISE FOR PARENTS

Many first year campers have never been away from home for an extended period of time. It is natural, therefore, that their reluctance about leaving friends and family could be carried to camp. It is with this in mind that I offer these suggestions. Homesickness is a natural result of the changes in a child’s environment. Parents can take courage from the fact that many campers do not experience this, and those that do recover swiftly. All of the camp staff, from the director down, are prepared to help the youngster with the adjustment, expedited with the cooperation of the parent. These suggestions are designed to help you prepare your child for the enriching experience that French Woods provides.

AT HOME
If your youngster exhibits concern about going to camp, encourage him/her to talk to you about it. The child is worried about the unknown and is looking for understanding. It is helpful to tell your child that such concerns are normal and that many other campers feel the same way. If there are specific worries about bunkmates, clothes, or anything else, let your child call the camp office and speak with Isaac. Often specific answers are not necessary after the child has had the opportunity to express himself/herself to a receptive ear.

Begin by involving your child in the process of choosing a camp. The more that the child owns the decision, the more comfortable the child will feel being at camp. Don’t be ambivalent about the length of your child’s stay at camp. There should be no trial periods. He/she is there for a full session or a full summer and should understand this. A “try-out” approach is a sure loser, certain to create a serious homesickness problem at camp. On the other hand, don’t make your child feel he/she must go to camp, no matter how enthusiastic you may feel about the benefits of the experience. Send a note or care package (REMEMBER-NO FOOD) ahead of time to arrive the first day of camp. Acknowledge, in a positive way, that you will miss your child. For example, you can say “I am going to miss you, but I know that you will have a good time at camp.”

Reassure your child that everything at home will be the same as when he left; that pets will be cared for, possessions protected, etc. If, for some reason, this is not possible let Isaac know so that he and his staff can effectively be supportive. Don’t bribe. Linking a successful stay at camp to a material object sends the wrong message. The reward should be your child’s new found confidence and independence. Please notify Isaac of any upsetting event which may have occurred prior to camp, or is to occur during the summer. This might include illness or death in the family, poor school grades, divorce, or moving to a new house or city. The camp staff is there to help. When seeing your child off at the bus, make your parting brief and pleasant. Long goodbyes and floods of tears are upsetting. The same applies for visiting days, too. Remember, our staff will always be there to help make you and your child feel comfortable.

Every camp asks for parents to fill out medical and profile information. Ensure that you complete the medical and activity profiles as completely as possible. While the camp is designed to provide instruction and recreation in many areas, certain youngsters may ave a more rewarding time if encouraged in specific activities. The camp staff’s knowledge of your child’s interests (and Phobias!) can be helpful in arranging the most appropriate program from the wide variety of activities offered.

AT CAMP
Your cooperation is needed to ensure a successful summer for your child. Most children are resilient and adapt successfully to new situations. Parents, however, sometimes find it difficult to adjust to the youngsters being away from home. To prevent any negative effects on your children: Write or email frequently with good news and a cheerful tone – chatty and pleasant. Try not to telephone except in an emergency. Contact Isaac if you have a special concern. Be assured we will contact you if your child is experiencing difficulties. Remember children have access to payphones should they need to call you after the first week of each session.

When a “rescue call” comes from the child, offer calm reassurance and put the time frame into perspective. Avoid the temptation to take the child home early. Should you receive an upsetting call or e-mail, telephone Isaac immediately. Isaac and his staff will help. MAKE NO PROMISES. This is a sure route to failure. Talk candidly with the Isaac or your child’s head counselor to obtain his/her perspective on your child’s adjustment. Don’t feel guilty about encouraging your child to stay at camp. For many children, camp is a first step toward independence and plays an important role in their growth and development.

CONCLUSION
Camp is an experience that cannot be duplicated in any other environment, offering the opportunity for your child to achieve the poise and confidence that comes with the mastery of skills and the sociability developed as a vital participant in a structured and democratic society of his/her peers. French Woods works diligently to assemble the best staff possible. Countless hours throughout the year go into preparation and evaluation of the camp program. With your help, we are well prepared to serve the needs of your child.