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 we come across additional resources that could be helpful to you or your camper, we will post them here. As always, please contact us if you have questions.
Click on the image below to watch
Camp Walden's promotional video
and other camp videos on our YouTube channel
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 cultural exchange 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.
All Walden staff 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 >>
Why Should I Choose Walden?
Frequently Asked Questions
BASIC PACKING LIST
Cell Phones and Screens Policy
Water Safety Overview
www.campparents.org: American Camp Association resource page for parents.
www.childrenandnature.org: Find out more about Nature Deficit Disorder--what it is and how to defeat it!
www.acacamps.org: Website for the American Camp Association
Michael Thompson Ph. D.: Award-winning author of Raising Cain and other books about boy's development. Thompson publishes extensively about the camper experience. He latest book Happy and Homesick is due out in February.
Kaiser Study: Kaiser Family Foundation study the amount of time kids spend using technology.
Mini-Mini Session 2014
Wednesday, July 30, to Saturday, Aug. 2, $425
Walden’s Mini-Mini Session is available to campers who will be entering 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades in the fall of 2014. 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 $125 credit toward the 2014 season.
SPACE IS VERY LIMITED so REGISTER early!
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.