Woods Summer Wonders

Welcome to the Woods Summer Wonders 2017 Website!

We are  now accepting registrations for Sessions III & IV

of our camping season.  

The dates are:

July 17-21 (Session III)

July 24-28 (Session IV)

Session II was great fun, with a highlight being the

Indoor Rock Climbing Camp

held at Triangle Rock Club!

Dear Friends,


Here are the answers to our most:

Frequently Asked Questions

Drop-Off & Pick-Up: Please drop off your campers 10-15 minutes prior to the start time of your session (8:45 or 8:50 for morning and 12:45 or 12:50 for afternoon), although we would ask that you arrive a few minutes earlier on Monday since check-in on Day One always takes just a little bit longer. Please pick up your morning session campers at noon, and your afternoon campers at 4:00.

Please note: We invite all half-day campers registered for a given week to stay after their morning session, or come early before their afternoon session, and join us in the All Community Lunch Gathering, which is explained below. There is no additional cost for this service.

Sign-In & Out Sheets: There will be two Welcome Tables set up just inside the front doors on which you will find the sign-in/out books. The campers will be listed alphabetically by last name, with last names ending in A-K on the table on the right, and those ending in L-Z on the left. Sign your child(ren) in when you drop them off, and sign them out when you pick them up.

Pre-Camp and Post-Camp Assembly Area: Campers sit at specified tables in the Great Room (located off the main foyer) prior to the start of their session. Each assembly table will be identified by a sign with the camp name on it . The camp instructor will pick up the campers at the table just before the start of their session, and drop them back off there once the session has concluded.

Before & After Camp Care: Families that need to drop their campers off earlier may do so using Before-Camp Care with Loretta Hackney (starts @ 7:45 a.m.). Please first sign in your camper, and then walk him/her to Room #134 just opposite the steps up to the stage) where you will be greeted by Mrs. Hackney. She will bring the campers back into the Great Room at 8:55 to assemble at their Camp Tables. Families who need to pick up late (by 5:00 p.m.) should pick up their child(ren) from Room #134 and then sign them out as they leave. Please note that if your child is not picked up by 4:10 p.m., s/he will be automatically placed in After-Camp Care with Mrs. Hackney, and you will be charged $5 per day for this service.

All-Community Lunch Gathering: At noon, all campers are brought downstairs by their camp instructor to the Great Room, where we have lunch together. Campers may bring a bag lunch, or they may choose to purchase healthy a la carte lunch items from our concession. We will be offering slices of fresh pizza (cheese or pepperoni) from Papa John's Pizza for $2/each, Easy Mac, water, juice and other items for sale as the main entree, and will also have a wide variety of snack items available. Items range in cost from $0.25 for Ice Pops (our biggest seller!).  Campers will finish eating by about 12:25 and then we'll clean up and head outside to the playground or soccer field for some fun supervised physical activities (weather-permitting), or play basketball or hula hoop in the gym, until 12:55 when we'll return to the Great Room in anticipation of either the start of the afternoon session or parent pick-up.  Brand new this year is that the Ben's Hawaiian Shaved Ice truck will be here at 3:45 every Friday, so be sure to either send a minimum of $2 (for a small size) with your camper or bring a couple of dollars in cash when you pick up, so you and your child can enjoy this amazing treat before you head home!

 Medication Drop-Off and Dispensing: If your child has a medical condition that may require us to administer daily or emergency medicine, please come early on the first Monday of camp to complete the Medication Administration Form, meet with the nurse (as needed), and drop the medication off with us for storage and safekeeping.  Please email our nurse, Lori Phillips, with any questions, concerns or worries at lphillips@woodscharter.org, identifying yourself as a summer camper family and noting which session and camp your child is registered to attend.

Recommended Footwear: We strongly discourage our campers from wearing flip flops and Crocs, as experience has shown us that such unstable footwear oftentimes leads to stumbles and even falls either during camp or when engaged in the after-lunch play session. Tennis shoes or STURDY sandals -- preferably with a closed toe and a strap across the heel -- are a much safer choice, and one we hope you will opt for.

Financials: If you haven't already paid for your camps, please do so at your earliest convenience. We would ask that you be paid-in-full by the time your camps begin, and we would prefer that you not pay in person on the first Monday of camp unless absolutely necessary, given all the other distractions and pressures we are contending with on that day. 

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What's New
Jul 13, 2017
New Coach for Lacrosse Camp

We are more than a little thrilled and delighted to be able to announce a new instructor for our Session IV Girl's Lacrosse Camp:  Nicole M. DeSalvia will be replacing the former instructor, who stepped down recently.  

Ms. DeSalvia is a remarkable young woman, as is evidenced by this recent article published by THE OFFICIAL ATHLETICS SITE OF WILLIAM PEACE UNIVERSITY, where she has just been appointed Head Lacrosse Coach:

RALEIGH, N.C. – William Peace University is proud to announce Nicole DeSalvia as the new Head Women's Lacrosse Coach. DeSalvia joins the Pacers in their first women's lacrosse program in school history.

Prior to joining WPU, DeSalvia was the Assistant Women's Lacrosse Coach at Methodist University. During her time at the neighboring USA South school, DeSalvia handled recruiting responsibilities, oversaw student athlete academic progress, and was the Defensive and Goalie Coordinator.

Head Women's Lacrosse Coach at Methodist University, Kendyl Clarkson shared this of her former assistant coach, "Nicole has been an absolute pleasure to work with the past couple years. She is incredibly knowledgeable and overall a positive and passionate coach. Her experience thus far will undoubtedly create a strong culture for William Peace Women's Lacrosse."

DeSalvia also served as an Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach for the Athletic Club of the Sandhills in Pinehurst, North Carolina. In this role, DeSalvia strengthened her skills in conducting try-outs, practice plans, fitness circuits, defensive schemes, camps and tournaments. The Director of Lacrosse for the Athletic Club of the Sandhills, Nikki Schwob described, "Nicole has great energy and competitive spirit. She has a real passion for the game and is a great teacher."

DeSalvia has a background in coaching as well as teaching on a variety of levels that range from elementary to collegiate levels. "Coach DeSalvia epitomizes what you want in a college coach. She cares for her athletes, while also instilling in them the skills necessary to be successful on the field. She ensures those that she recruits will be equally successful in the classroom as on the field. Her athletes carry themselves with great pride that they are on the women's lacrosse team, and student-athletes of Methodist University. Coach DeSalvia exudes excitement, compassion, knowledge of the sport, and patience. Coach DeSalvia is a great addition to the William Peace athletic department, and Methodist University will miss her greatly," shared Kyrstin Krist, Ph.D, Assistant Professor of Physical Education and Exercise Science at Methodist University.

With more than 10 years of experience in lacrosse leadership roles, DeSalvia brings a wealth of lacrosse knowledge to WPU athletics. A native of Syracuse, NY, DeSalvia grew up in a community where lacrosse was a way of life. "I have always had a special place in my heart for this game. It has brought me connections everywhere I go and really feels like a family. I also feel incredibly blessed to be able to have been introduced to this game in Upstate New York. It is truly this lands first game. It is unique in so many ways; many you can see just watching it. But if you dig deeper, it is unique in the way that this game came from the culture of the native people. The game has evolved in many ways and will continue to do so for many years. Because of my lacrosse experience, my coaching philosophy will always embody three key elements no matter the next change; a respect for the game and its history, honoring the unique opportunity we have to participate and compete in this sport, and a development a lifelong family," spoke DeSalvia.

DeSalvia graduated from SUNY Cortland with a B.S.Ed. in Physical Education and Concentration in Adapted Physical Education in 2012, and obtaining her M.S.Ed. in Physical Education and Coaching Pedagogy in 2015. During her time at SUNY Cortland, DeSalvia was a member of the Club Lacrosse team at the University, where she served as a Captain and Secretary from 2010 to 2012.
"We are very excited that Nicole DeSalvia has decided to take on the exciting opportunity to build our first women's lacrosse program here at William Peace University. Her passion for the sport and desire to build a program from the beginning rang loud and clear through the interview process. Coach DeSalvia' s NCAA DIII recruiting experience along with her former HS and current club experience has given Coach DeSalvia an outstanding foundation for success. We are looking forward to Coach DeSalvia recruiting our first full class of women's lacrosse players for the fall of 2018 when we will begin the non-traditional season and open our lacrosse programs inaugural campaign the spring of 2019," expressed WPU Athletic Director, Phil Rowe.

In talking about her excitement for joining WPU Athletics, DeSalvia shared, "Starting a program is an incredible opportunity. Starting a program in Raleigh is even more exciting.  Starting a program at a school like William Peace is an opportunity I couldn't pass up. I'm grateful to Dr. Ralph, Frank Rizzo, Phil RoweKevin Daniels, and Nate Bates, for allowing me to pursue that opportunity. I think that William Peace is a great environment to bring motivated student athletes who want to get the most out of their college experience. Not only will a student athlete have access to the incredible programs and faculty attention here at Peace, but they will have the opportunity to be a part of building something great in an exciting, ever-growing city. I am also excited that Men's Lacrosse will be building along with us. Together I believe we can build a great reputation and team culture on campus and a name within our conference."


Woods Summer Wonders

Ann Kaiyala, Director

160 Woodland Grove Lane

Chapel Hill, NC 27516

(919) 960-8353, Ext. 100 Office

Ext. 402 Director