Family Camp Information
Housing | Meals & Snacks | Policies | Schedule & Activities
Please read the general camp information as well as the Family Camp information below. Find a Family Camp Packing List here.
Family Camp housing is assigned based on order of registration. Only one family group is assigned to each living space, even if the group is smaller than eight people, unless two families specifically request to share space with one another. Wildwood does not provide cribs or playpens for infants, but you may bring one if needed. Read housing descriptions >
Meals & Snacks
During family camp, most meals are served family-style. Several high chairs are available. Families should arrive on time for meals. Healthy snacks are available in the dining hall mid-afternoon.
Special Diets & Food Allergies
Families who need to bring extra food for special diets are asked to leave all food in the dining hall, where they can have access to it anytime.
Please do not bring any foods that contain nuts or peanuts, or traces of these. Each family’s food must be in a sealable container labeled with the family name.
Special Policies for Families
Wildwood feels a responsibility to provide a healthy, smoke-free environment for its staff and campers. Adult family campers may use tobacco products only in designated smoking areas away from children, and must ensure that smoking materials are extinguished and any trash collected before leaving the area.
Adult family campers may also bring cell phones or pagers to keep in touch with family or work, but please turn them off or to silent mode during programs, and be aware that cellular reception is generally spotty or unavailable at Wildwood.
To protect native wildlife and habitats, as well as the health and safety of all participants, family pets and other animals may not be brought to Wildwood.
Vehicles must be parked in the main parking lot and may not be driven around the property during Family Camp. A participant with a physical disability should call the Wildwood office to discuss special arrangements.
Medications needed during family camp may be kept and administered by adults in each family group.
Schedule & Activities
A couple of weeks before your Family Camp session, watch for a reminder e-mail.
On arrival day, family campers may arrive in the afternoon between 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. and settle into living spaces and enjoy informal activities until the opening ceremony at 3:30 p.m.
Activities offered may include sailing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, archery, bird/nature walks, arts and crafts, and high and low ropes challenge course activities. To ensure that every family is able to sample the variety of programs offered, we will ask families to sign up for many activities. Young children may not participate in high ropes activities until they are large enough to fit properly in our available safety equipment. For everyone’s safety, all participants must respect waterfront, ropes course, archery, and other program area signs and the directions of Wildwood staff supervising these areas.
Activities on a particular day may be limited by weather or staff availability. Children under age 9 must be supervised by parents/guardians at all times during Family Camp, with the exception of kids-only programs for those ages 5 and older. All activities are optional, and families are welcome to spend time exploring or relaxing on their own, or to use Wildwood as a base for day trips, but please let us know if you plan to miss a meal or leave camp.
On the final day of Family Camp, we’ll have closing activities and goodbyes after breakfast, and then families can return to their units to pack and prepare for departure. Families will depart by 11:00 a.m.