Why Wagon Road Camp?
Discovery — Community — Fun
Wagon Road Camp is about Discovery, Community and Fun! When children come to Wagon Road they find all the joys of childhood: great friends, activities they love, exciting new things to try, caring adults to guide them, opportunities to learn by doing, and beautiful grounds to explore. We are owned and operated by The Children's Aid Society, a New York City based agency that helps children living in poverty to succeed and thrive. The importance of the experience at Wagon Road for these children cannot be overstated. Recent scholarship has confirmed what many have known for years: that children who are engaged in activities that build physical skills, satisfy natural curiosity, and expand social abilities fulfill their potential. Poverty is about tragic limits; important things don't happen or are missing—things that make for a life of great possibility. Wagon Road is there for these children to build that future of great possibility.
These are some of the things we do:
We have fun! Fun is arguably the most important human experience of all. It creates positive energy, it unleashes abilities, and it opens the mind and heart.
Children master challenges. By learning to swim, ride a horse, complete a dance routine, or cook new foods, they are empowered and feel they can do anything. It is an important part of seeing beyond today to tomorrow.
Children create new things. In Art, Music, and Drama, the children learn to create—with media, sound, and actions—new worlds. They get out of their heads and into their hearts to find things they did not know were there.
Children literally climb to new heights. At Adventure, the children climb as high as 50 feet on our ropes course. Through a process known as "Challenge by Choice" they learn to push themselves. They get support, encouragement, and multiple opportunities to face their fears. In this program children achieve things they never imagined they could.
Children play, create, work, plan and eat together. The group experience is not just organization; it is about communication and connection. Learning to talk things through is a skill used every day and in every context. The group experience is central to good relationships and good citizenship.
Children are part of a community. Wagon Road is not simply a beautiful place that provides opportunities for children to do fun and interesting things. It is a community where people are responsible for themselves and others. This is demonstrated in random acts of kindness, community clean up, and helping others find lost things. Wagon Road Camp builds abilities and skills that are every bit as important as learning to read and write. We want the children to have confidence in themselves and a reservoir of experience that confirms their worth. It is with these things that they can realize the greatness inside of them.