Camp Woodbrooke is a small summer camp for children 7 - 15 years. The camp offers simple outdoor living in a non-competitive, ecology oriented camp located near Richland Center, Wisconsin.
At Camp Woodbrooke, campers make cooperative decisions about activities, participate in daily work crews and learn life skills such as independence, accountability, negotiation, and decision making. A small program for teenagers 13-15 expands on the experiences and opportunities of the younger campers. The 2015 teen sessions will include a multi-day canoe outing, a service project and learning some wilderness camping skills. It is important that each teen camper know how to swim.
It is clear that Camp Woodbrooke is different from the very first moment. The bold simplicity of the cabins and other buildings becomes a source of great comfort, nurturing a safe and sacred place for children. A planning board where everyone makes cooperative decisions for the day’s activities and gathering each morning at the circle in the woods to sing, reflect and listen to the surrounding natural sounds, of silence, allows the community to focus before beginning the rush of activities. Work crews, swimming, non-competitive games, sports, art, projects, and sundry physical activities take place, along with community meetings, and time for reflection. The garden is an integral part of camp and meals.
Because people are accepted for who they are; differences are seen as doorways rather than walls. Daily crews build a sense of self-worth and responsibility for others. At Woodbrooke, we all encourage each other to be the most complete human possible. From helping raise animals, to working in the garden, to making cookies, to hiking and camping, everyone has the opportunity to try something new and succeed. Woodbrooke seeks to co-create a nurturing place where children take appropriate risks and gain confidence.