Treetops’ campers are encouraged to celebrate art, music, and drama as a community, across all of our acreage, both indoors and out.
The Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center
With the addition of The Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC) in 2020, campers gain a new, multi-purpose space in which to express themselves and experiment with their creativity. The Net-Zero facility houses a black box theatre space with seating for 185, a dedicated stagecraft area and design shop, music instruction classroom, four music rehearsal rooms, and a gallery where children’s artwork is displayed.
Walter Breeman (NCS 10) was transformed by the creative process he experienced as he helped to stage and produce theater productions at North Country School. The Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center (WallyPAC) honors his memory while celebrating the many children who had inspirational experiences fostered by the music and drama programs at Camp and School. A truly collaborative space, WallyPAC is utilized by Camp Treetops campers, North Country School students, and visitors of Rock-E House & Basecamp.
Music at Treetops is woven throughout the day:
- we sing together every morning at Council
- campers sing or play instruments outside the dining room waiting for a meal
- their drumming sets a rhythm for community work projects
- children play and sing around a campfire
- small groups perform during special evening performances.
Campers are encouraged to bring their own instruments from home but are welcome to use the wide array we have in our music room:
- a variety of drums
Children have the opportunity to receive small group or individual instruction from our experienced music counselors. They often practice on their own or in small groups inside The Walter Breeman Performing Arts Center or outside spaces such as the Lake Hill, the Children’s Garden, or even on the top of a small mountain.
As campers write together original songs, create their own lyrics from old favorites, or learn a new instrument, they bond with each other and adults.
Drama at Treetops is all about collaboration, the creative process, and having fun. Improvisation and the exploration of expressive performance are what guide our program — from theater games to poetry to rehearsed skits.
- an informal garden skit may teach fellow campers about why we mulch
- a more elaborate performance may take place during a talent show or other special event.
At the end of the summer, the annual dramatic play is a beloved tradition among Treetops campers.