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Rima at Camp—part 9, Campers’ Week

A series of summer blogs by CDSS Executive Director Rima Dael:

Hello from Easthampton, MA. I’m back in the office for a few days before I go back to visit Pinewoods for our last camp week this season, English Dance, starting this weekend!

First night's planning---in addition to the basic schedule led by the talented staff, any camper may teach a class or workshop at the week.

I had the pleasure of witnessing what happens at camp during change-over between Early Music Week and Campers’ Week—the hours between 10:01 a.m. to 1:59 p.m. where Pinewoods staff and CDSS staff say goodbye to the previous week’s campers, clean up cabins and all the facilities, have staff meetings, and get ready for greeters to show up at 2 p.m. and new campers to arrive at 3 p.m. It is astounding to consider that in just four hours the entire camp is cleaned and made pristine for the new campers. I also joined the staff for lunch and I got to eat yummy leftovers of one of my favorite meals from Pinewoods—Traditional Catalan Seafood Stew (Zarzuela de Mariscos), a savory stew with mussels, shrimp and fish in a slightly spicy tomato-based broth, and yummy chocolate mousse!

The finalized schedule.

And while light rain fell upon Pinewoods on Saturday, that did not dampen the spirits of the families for the start of Campers’ Week. It was fun to see kids of all ages return to camp. I had heard of the magic and miracle of the planning that goes on the first night at the week to schedule the week’s activities (check out pictures of the charts and schedule)—classes from knitting and macramé, to woodwork and ukulele, calling for beginner dances and much, much more!

As I left, I promised the campers that I’d talk to Mother Nature to see if she could provide good weather. (P.S. Caroline just called Pinewoods, and Maggie said: “Promise kept.”)

Be well, Rima


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