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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.

 

 

In the Computer Lab at camp this summer

We welcome Ken Schneidman to the computer lab, here’s a few words from him.

“In the weeks preceding the beginning of camp I will be setting up and maintaining the French Woods computer network. Once the campers arrive, I will be available to teach just about anything you can do on a Mac, from website building to podcasting and streaming media, photoshop and graphic design and just about anything else the campers want to learn to do (or do better and faster) on the computer.

Off-season I stay pretty busy as a graphic artist and Mac Tech. I love to create artwork for bands that gets used on various kinds of merchandise such as posters and tshirts as well as for promotional purposes. As a small town Apple specialist I service and teach Mac users in a 50 mile radius. This offers me the opportunity to work in many different environments and with all kinds of people, mostly involved in the creative arts.”