French Woods is an individual choice performing arts summer camp for children from 7 to 17 years old. They offer programs in theater, dance, music, circus, magic, rock and roll, visual arts, film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, water sports, skate board, horseback riding and more. Younger campers have more guidance and supervision, while older campers are able to take on some responsibility and have a chance to work in the areas of their interest.

Each camper designs his or her own unique summer experience. French Woods features world-class programs coached by diverse, multi-national and talented counselor and adult staff members.

Campers are able to focus on one particular area of interest, or they may choose to select a variety of activities. They offer all the traditional camp activities a-la-carte, and are famous for their programs in dance, theater, music, circus, magic, visual arts , film and video, sports, tennis, fitness, waterfront, skate board, rock and roll and horseback riding.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts is located on a private lake in the western Catskill Mountains of New York State near the Delaware River on the Pennsylvania Border. The camp is approximately two and a half hours from New York City, between Monticello and Binghamton.

Offfering 4, 3-week long sessions from June through August and a 1-week session in late August/early September. See the French Woods website for current dates and rates.

08 Reviews

  • 8 Ratings
  1. 5
    Stephanie Lerner Submission Feb 10, 2021

    French Woods offers much more

    French Woods offers much more: it offers a new way to behave, play, and learn. Furthermore, the staff is skilled in motivation, problem solving, and just letting kids have fun.

  2. 5
    Missy Submission Feb 10, 2021

    French Woods has changed my life forever

    For the past 5 summers French Woods has changed my life forever. I have developed as a musician, & person, and have made friends that will last a lifetime. The memories and experiences that French Woods has offered me are a noteworthy bunch that cannot be listed. I want to thank you both for offering me the opportunity to grow and make more memories for twice as long as ever this summer. I am sure that they will be the best 6 weeks of my life so far. I wanted to share with you some of the stuff I love nearly as much as French Woods. Thank you so so much.

  3. 5
    Previous Camper Submission Feb 10, 2021

    I had a great time thank you so much

    I had a great time thank you so much it was a wonderful experience. I had a fun time riding and taking care of horses. I just wanted to say thank you and I hope I can go again.

  4. 5
    Aimee and Larry Submission Feb 10, 2021

    We are in awe of the "magic" of French Woods!

    The boys are so happy! We thank you for empowering, encouraging and enabling them to be the best they can be! After 6 years we are still in awe of the "magic" of French Woods!

  5. 5
    Kyle Submission Feb 10, 2021

    French Woods truly is heaven

    I am writing this simply to say thanks. And when I say "thanks" I don't mean your everyday thanks. I mean you changed my life by giving me the opportunity you gave me. I have really been changed for the better due to the opportunity you gave. I can't say thank you enough for the absolutely wonderful place you have created. The things I have learned at French Woods will stay with me my entire life, and the warm feelings of acceptance I received will always be with me. French Woods truly is heaven.

  6. 5
    Barbara and Allen Submission Feb 10, 2021

    We have not seen our son so happy

    Thank you for a fantastic visiting day. Alan and I have not seen our son Jonathan so happy. Your camp is providing a wonderful environment for Jon to shine and he certainly is getting the most out of his summer.

    Your show Gypsy was fantastic and your conducting on such a difficult musical was outstanding. We are so happy Jon had the opportunity to play in your pit. We thank you again for your expertise and couldn't have chosen a better camp for our son.

  7. 5
    Elissa Submission Feb 10, 2021

    This place is truly magical

    Ron, just a quick note as I know you're a very busy man. I wanted to thank you again for this summer - and while I'm at it, every summer since I was six.

    This place is truly magical, my most special memories are from my experiences here. The closest friendships of my life were begotten on these grounds. French Woods has had such a wonderfully positive impact on me, & I am forever grateful. I hope to see you again next summer.

  8. 5
    Susan Submission Feb 10, 2021

    My son calls you and the staff and the whole camp his family

    I didn't go to camp so I didn't "get" what it is all about - all I know now is you perform magic up there. Do You know that you instill caring and commitment and courage in our kids?

    I always have felt blessed to be Marty's mom - and every September when he comes home from your wonderful camp - I am amazed at how he has grown and matured. His Friendship with Danny and Alex is, no doubt, a life long bond and very precious to Marty.

    He calls you and the staff and the whole camp his family. I am so happy for that - for Marty to have that.

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all you do - for caring for my son.

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