By Melinda Burns
Looking out over a gorgeous valley on a sunny day …. hiking through trails in the woods…. swimming in the pool on a hot summer day…. roasting marshmallows for s’mores around the campfire… All these are part of the Camp Wildwood experience in Altamont for many people.
With capital improvements completed, including a new Nursing Administration Building, septic system and additional bathrooms, Camp Wildwood is a jewel for all to appreciate!
Wildwood School students take part in camp activities all summer. Activities include boating, fishing, art, music, physical education and swimming as well as integrated academic, language, physical and occupational therapy and social skill development.
For the last six years, residents from Castleton have descended upon Camp Wildwood for their own adult camping vacation week. Each resident sets up his own tent, folding camp chair, and sleeping bag or air mattress. The week is filled with camp activities such as swimming, volleyball, nature bingo, tie-dye, kickball, water balloons and “drive-in” movies. A grill is brought to camp and all meals are cooked on site. Evenings often finish with a campfire, s’mores and just being outside under the stars. Everyone participates in the planning and stays overnight, including all of the Castleton staff. Participants from the Community Habilitation and Day Services Without Walls programs also stop by and join in the activities. Everyone is already talking about going next year!
This year, Adult Education also featured a new offering at Camp Wildwood. Scheduled during fall foliage season, the full day included a wide variety of activities. Students could sign up for a morning retreat that included: yoga, writing, stress reduction, reading and meditation. In the afternoon, a hike and guided nature talk were offered. Activities took place in both the indoor and outdoor facilities.
Camp Wildwood is a jewel that can offer outdoor experiences and learning opportunities to many individuals.