We're your partner!
At Walden, we view parents as our partners in creating the best possible summer-camp experience for your child. In many ways, parents need to be as equipped as their camper for the child’s time away! In order to educate you about what to expect, for your child and yourself, and how to best prepare for camp, we have created this page. Here you will find information and resources on the camp experience in general and the Walden experience in particular. As always, please contact us if you have questions.
Who are our counselors?
Camp is only as good as its "front-line" staff: the cabin counselors. They are the individuals whose personal relationships with campers will make a child's experience worthwhile and memorable--or not.
That is why we are committed to bringing only the most dedicated, conscientious young adults to work at Walden. Our counseling staff consists of college students from across the United States and abroad. Many are pursuing degrees in K-12 education or plan to work with children in some professional capacity. And some who had never considered a career in education decide, based on their camp experience, to pursue one!
Our international staff come to us through the culturalexchange programs Camp America and Camp Leaders. These organizations recruit college students throughout Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. These counselors, office and kitchen workers bring a wonderful cultural diversity to the Walden family.
Walden's counseling staff begin their child-development training online, prior to their arrival at camp. Training continues on camp grounds for one week before campers arrive, with seminars and activities led by Walden's directors and senior administrative staff.
All Walden employees undergo rigorous application and background-checking processes. As an ACA-accredited camp, Walden adheres to the highest national and state standards for employee screening.
Learn more about our Senior Staff >>
WALDEN Parent Orientation Guide
2016 Packing List--
BRODY'S, Our Official Camp Outfitter
Meals at Camp Walden
The Walden MOM Squad--New!
Cell Phones and Screens Policy
Water Safety Overview
Why Should I Choose Walden?
Mini-Mini Session 2016
Wednesday, August 3
to Saturday, August 6 -- $500
Walden’s Mini-Mini Session is available to first-time campers who will be entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in the fall of 2016. This two-day, three-night introduction to camp life will allow your child to try-out the Walden Way—from eating in the Mess Hall and sleeping in a cabin, to sampling fun new activities and getting a “lay of the land.” Mini-Mini Session campers will follow a special program guided by experienced counselors. They’ll also participate in programs together with our 2nd Session campers.
The Mini-Mini Session is the perfect opportunity for your child (and you!) to test the waters of a summer-camp experience. Participating families will receive a $100 credit toward the 2017 season.
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED
so REGISTER early!
(Please note that the Mini-Mini Session is a one-time experience, and campers cannot repeat the session)
Other Parent Resources
BRAIN-CHANGER! How camp experiences actually develop kids' brains. By Tina Payne Bryson, PhD.
SLEEP-AWAY Jitters: Warming your child to the idea of overnight camp.
Psychology Today: Why send your child to summer camp? For one thing, it makes them more resilient.
www.campparents.org: American Camp Association resource page for parents.
Michael Thompson Ph. D.: Award-winning author of Raising Cain and other books about boy's development. We strongly recommend Thompson's latest publication, Homesick and Happy, which explores the tremendous benefits of overnight camp on the social and emotional development of children.
www.childrenandnature.org: Find out more about Nature Deficit Disorder--what it is and how to defeat it!
Kaiser Study: Kaiser Family Foundation study the amount of time kids spend using technology.
Did you know?
Walden is the title of a famous book by 19th-century New England naturalist and writer Henry David Thoreau. Here's a quote from the book that we especially like:
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.