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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 gclub24hr online casino to ensure we have everything we need to take advantage of this opportunity. They will be providing input and helpful perspective as well. With all this mind we have full confidence this project will be highly successful.

Maker Education Initiative

The Maker Education Initiative ( 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 crafting with the providers from the top 10 best leather work gloves, 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

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.



Disney and French Woods are teaming up to develop three new Disney titles this summer!

These shows have never been performed before and French Woods has been asked to help develop the shows before they are released to the public.

Our staff will be working on these shows with the help of the Disney Theatrical Productions development team. Disney staff will be attending the performances of the shows as well as working directly with French Woods campers and staff.

Disney’s Winnie the Pooh is being developed in session 3 for 7-11 year olds:
Deep in the Hundred-Acre Wood… Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger, Kanga, Roo and Eeyore are on a mission to rescue Christopher Robin from the dreaded Backson! This new musical for young performers includes classic songs like “Winnie the Pooh” and “The Wonderful Thing About Tiggers” as well as three new songs from the upcoming animated feature film, Winnie the Pooh (2011).

Disney’s Little Mermaid JR, being developed for 11-14 year olds in session 4:
More than anything, the young mermaid Ariel wants to be part of the human world above, but her father, King Triton, will allow nothing of the sort. When Ariel trades her voice for a pair of legs, she has only three days to get Prince Eric to kiss her or she becomes the Sea Witch’s slave forever! This thrilling and touching ocean adventure for young performers features all of the songs from the 1989 animated feature (including “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl”) as well as two new songs from the 2008 Broadway musical.

Disney’s Camp Rock: The Musical is being developed for 11 – 17 year olds in session 2 based on the Disney Channel movie as well as the new movie that will be released in the fall.
This summer was supposed to be about relaxing, enjoying their music, and getting to know each other better. But with Camp Star across the lake threatening Camp Rock’s very existence, Mitchie and Shane must spend every waking moment getting the young campers into top shape for the final jam! This new musical based on the Disney Channel hit movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2 celebrates making music, overcoming obstacles, and fostering friendships.

For more information, contact french woods or check out our website at

A note from a parent at the end of first Session:

we just returned home lastnight from picking our daughter, katie, up from camp. words alone can not convey what fantastic time she had. i’m SURE you hear this all the time but…..she made lifelong friendships, learned soooooooooooooooo much and was treated to something she just doesn’t get in our small pennsylvania town. we have a couple of small community theaters in our area that pack ’em in every time they do a production but, NOTHING as professional and with the caliber of talent you managed to coordinate in just a few short weeks. we were so impressed. when your kid emails you that “you’re the greatest parents in the world….thanks for letting come to frenchwoods….I’M HAVING THE BEST TIME I EVER HAD IN MY WHOLE LIFE….well, that just says it all. from the day we arrived everything was so amazingly organized and the people…..WERE SO FRIENDLY AND ENTHUSIASTIC. she will be returning next year.. our only regret….that we didn’t find out about you sooner. a special thank you to Carolyn and all the counselors in her bunk. the gentleman who directed the sound of music…stuart….was really hands on in directing her like she had never been directed before (that’s a good thing). in 3 years she will be attending college…theater major and business minor. theater is her life. thank you for making her so comfortable and us “the greatest parents in the world”. i will spread the word about your camp. enjoy! you have a great thing going!!! many thanks, the laputka family hazleton, pennsylvania

Theater Department news from French Woods summer camp

The French Woods Theater Department will be better than ever in 2007.
The 2007 Show Calendar will make it’s official debut in the May Newsletter, but it is packed full of performance opportunities.

For 2007 we are currently in talks for a premier production of “The New Kid on the Block”, by John Forster (who also wrote “How to Eat Like a Child”). The playwright would be at camp intermittently through out rehearsals and would be involved in the production process. The show will be published and available through Samuel French early next year. We will keep you updated as we progress, but the show would be open to seven to eleven year olds.