Camp Applewood is a fun-filled summer day camp for girls entering grades 1-6, with the specific aim of encouraging and developing the virtues necessary to become a positive influence with family, friends, and society. Through group activities and counselors talks, our program teaches the virtues of cheerfulness, generosity, personal responsibility, and diligence, promoting genuine femininity while helping each girl to become an authentic leader who serves others. We offer a unique five-day program of character building, arts and crafts, sporting events, games, and skits. The well-rounded, well-organized, fast-paced curriculum is run by a dedicated staff of professional women and students.
Scenes from Applewood 2017
The Beginnings: Planting Seeds
From July 11-15, 2016, twenty young girls became the first-ever participants in Camp Applewood. A week for girls in grades one through six, Camp Applewood was held on a farm in Far Hills with a barn, a large field, and (don't forget!) sheep.
Throughout the week, the young campers made new friends, created original crafts, and played field games. The campers arrived at one o’clock in the afternoon and were entertained by their counselors, high school aged teens from New Jersey and New York. The activities the girls played ranged from dizzy bat races, water cup challenges, and freeze tag. After playing field games, the girls made tie dye t-shirts, bird feeders from milk cartons, and headbands from old clothes. The counselors then led the campers in traditional campfire songs that they had learned as campers. At the end of the week, the campers performed the songs they had learned for their parents in a final show. Camp Applewood not only let the young campers have fun and make new friends, but helped the girls grow in virtue. The Camp Code, ten aphorisms to help build good habits, was explained to the girls on the first day and was then hung in a prominent place to remind the girls of what they were trying to achieve. While most of the camp was spent in one large group, during certain times, the girls were divided by age into three cabins, Honey Crisp, Fuji, and Macintosh.
The counselors gave virtue talks on different topics each day to their cabins. Each girl listened to a talk planned for their age to ensure that it would help them in what they were struggling with. At the end of the day, the campers sat down again in the small groups to learn some Catechism, ranging from Confession to a talk about Mary. Parents came up to the counselors to tell them how much fun their young girls were having and how the parents noticed changes in their girls. One parent said how her daughter was more cheerful and more willing to help at home!
The week flew by so quickly, and left not only the campers, but also the counselors, sad to go home. But everyone looks forward to the many upcoming summers when they can return to Camp Applewood for a week filled with fun!