We’re your partner!
At Walden, we view parents as 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 a camp experience. In order to educate you about what to expect, Walden offers a variety of resources, including the resources below on this page, an online Parent Orientation Guide for enrolled families, a Facebook group, and access to the Prep4Camp homesickness prevention program for families. In “non-pandemic” times, Liz and Scott travel to the Midwest regularly to meet in person with prospective camp families. These days, we hold regular Zoom presentations for campers and their parents (see our SignUp Genius links on the homepage). If you live outside of the Detroit-Chicago-Cleveland areas and (post-pandemic) would be interested in hosting a small group of families at your home to learn about Walden, please contact us.
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 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.
Walden’s counseling staff begin their child-development training online, prior to their arrival at camp.Training continues on camp grounds for eight days 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.
Read our Staff Recruitment Brochure
Resources & Links
COVID RESOURCES for CAMP PARENTS
- In September, the CDC released a study of four Maine camps that ran in 2020 and how their mitigating strategies worked. READ HERE
- The American Camp Association (ACA) created a webpage for parents, regarding covid and summer camp. READ HERE
Meals at Camp Walden _ Walden’s menu is nut-free and can accommodate vegetarians as well as those on gluten-free diets. Does your camper have other allergies or sensitivities? Contact us!
Packing List _ Not the official 2021 Packing List, which we will finalize in the spring, but a very close facsimile 😉
Electronics Policy _ Walden is a SCREEN-FREE camp! Hurrah!
Our Parent Orientation Guide is available to 2021 Registered Families in their CampInTouch accounts. If you have a specific question or would like to view a copy, please let us know.
Sexual Abuse at Summer Camp: Walden’s pro-active response
ACA Family Resources
Information and advice from camp professionals, from the nation’s leading summer-camp accreditation organization.
Another article from the ACA about how parents can prepare children for their first experience at camp.
Website of Dr. Tina Bryson, psychotherapist and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of THE WHOLE-BRAIN CHILD. Dr. Bryson is also the Child Development Director for Lantern Camps and blogs about kids and summer camp.
Camp and Resilience
A 2012 Psychology Today article that remains oh-so-relevant. “Summer camps… are perfect places to help children optimize their psycho-social development.”
Michael Thompson Ph.D. @MGThompsonPHD
Award-winning author of Raising Cain and other books about boy’s development. We strongly recommend Thompson’s book, Homesick and Happy, which explores the impact of overnight camp on the social-emotional development of children.
5 Ways Summer Camp Helps Your Child Prepare for Adulthood
An article from the Children and Nature Network.