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SUMMER OVERNIGHT CAMPS 2014 

Thinking they're ready for overnight camp?  Here's a list of camps, most have come recommended by a local Betty. If you'd like to talk to a family who have kids that attended, just ask and we will put you in touch with a local to ask questions.  After all, a referral is the best source of information, we get sending Junior off with their duffle bag isn't easy...

 

 

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THOMPSON ISLAND OUTWARD BOUND

10, 12, and 14-day overnight expeditions
Boys and Girls ages 12-17
Sessions begin in June and run through August

Thompson Island Outward Bound offers adventure-based courses for 12-17 year olds encouraging leadership skills, teamwork, and compassion. Outdoor activities include sailing, kayaking, and climbing.  Students explore the islands and coastline of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park Area and Massachusetts Bay for 10 to 14 days.  Living outdoors, camping and cooking, campers will learn naviation and sailing/kayaking skills, challenge themselves climbing the 62' Alpine Tower on Thompson Island, investigate marine ecology, learn environmetnal stewarship, work with National Park Rangers and participate in a service project. And yes Betty, it's all right here in your own backyard.

Address: PO Box 127 Boston MA 02127 Telephone: 617.830.5144
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Website:  Thompson Island Outward Bound
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BIRCH HILL

2,4, and 6 week overnight camp
Boys and Girls ages 6-15

Camp Birch Hill sits amidst forests, lakes,and mountains and seems to have every activity any camper could dream of for a summer full of fun. First Established in 1936 as the perfect setting for a dream co-eduational camp for children, it is now owned by Rich Morell {previously a professor and college level tennis coach}. Rich is a hands on director who has created a camp that is dedicated to building self esteem, fostering friendships, and discovering new challenges and adventures.  Part tradition, part modern day fun, campers create their own schedules from over 45 different activities. Land sports, specialty sports {they even have triathalon training}, adventure, water sports, fine arts, tennis and golf. Campfires, cookouts, talent nights, cabin skits, the list goes on. Oh, if only this Betty was still a kid.

Address: 333 C Birch Hill Road, New Durham, NH
Telephone: 603.859.4525
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Website: Camp Birch Hill
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CAMP PEMIGEWASSETT

3 and 7 week overnight camp
Boys and 8-15

Camp Pemigewassett is a camp that comes recommended to Local Betty by one of our readers who is in the know about a lot of things. It seems to look like just about any other camp located on the edge of the White Mountain National Forrest except this camp has some serious history.  Founded in 1808, it's the oldes camp in the country still owned and managed by its founding family.  All the standard activities any waterfront camp would have but this camp appears to have a little je ne sais quoi....a library, vegetarian meals available {right up Betty's alley}. The kids that go here, well, there are only 168 at a time with a staff to camper ration of 1:2 {ideal for any overprotective mother}. When we read the following on the website we knew this might just be something special.

Pemi Boys as they are called are...
"Brave enough to try new things, even when they’re nervous. 
They like playing sports or making art or being in nature or climbing mountains, or any combination of all four. 
They love to laugh, except, of course, when they’re being serious.

 

They eat hamburgers, broccoli, tofu, chicken, beans, pizza, apples, eggs, and arugula with lemon-garlic vinaigrette. Or they eat white bread, white rice, and plain pasta with butter (perhaps they sampled green Play-Dough when they were toddlers?)

 

{Betty Tip: Pemi West is a 3 1/2 week winderness skills and leadership program for boys 16-18, check it out here.}

 

Address: Wentworth, NH
Telephone: 603.903.0735
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CAMP ARCADIA

1,2,4 and 7 week overnight camp
Girls ages 6-15

The goals for the 170 campers from 23 different states and 12 different contries is pretty clear, have a blast on 365 acres of Maine woods, lakes and fields all the while building confidence, encouraging positive risk taking through exploration of new areas of learning to build strength and not fear, learning the importance of the outdoors and respect for living things and the environment and to develop life skills, wonderful friendships and happy memoies.  Ok, sign me up!

Arcadia has so many activities from knitting to horseback riding, windsurfing to writing for the camp paper. Thank you Joanne for this wonderful recommendation!

Address: Otisfield, ME
Telephone: 203.956.0939
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CAPE COD SEA CAMPS

3.5 and 7 week overnight camp {10 day 1st time  young campers session too}
Boys and Girls ages 8-17

If you were lucky enough to be a part of Chuck Cormier's Plymouth River School 4th grade field trip to CCSC then you are familiar with the place.  Located in Brewster MA, this camp is a traditional coastal camp with activities ranging from archery to drama to sailing/canoeing/kayaking to tennis and creative writing. It hosts kids from all over the country and some international campers as well. Their philosophy much like other camps is on development, a love of nature and friendship however, in reading their mission that campers are not merely "miniature adults", but as youngsters who need constant care and attention to help them develop into happy, productive, sensitive men and women, I get the sense that they don't consider themselves simply babysitters for your kids for a few weeks but have a vested interest in them as young people.

Close enough to home but far enough away to get a great camp experience.  It's one to check out for sure. 

{Betty Tip:  They have a day program too for those of you who want to keep your kids busy by day and home at night}

Address: Brewster, MA
Telephone: 508.869.3451
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WILLIAM LAWRENCE CAMP

Boys ages 8-15
7 Week Session, 4 Week Session, 3 Week Sessions, 2 week sessions

Founded in 1913, William Lawrence Camp is an overnight camp for boys located in New Hampshire.  This classic camp is a camp for active boys who wish to enjoy the magic of a traditional summer camp experience. From waterfront activities like sailing, swimming, waterskiing and kayaking to ropes courses, archery , wilderness trips and honing your outdoorsman skills, what boy woudn't want to spend their summer here.  William Lawrence camp prides itself on a balanced program that includes an extensive array of activities. A relatively small camp with a staff ratio of almost 2:1, they make sure that their campers have the most rewarding experience possible.

Address: 139 Federal Corner Road, Center Tuftonboro, NH Telephone: 603.569.3698
Website: www.WLCamp.org Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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CAMP BURGESS and CAMP HAYWARD

Camp Burgess for Boys ages 7-15
Camp Hayward for Girls ages 7-15
1 and 2-week sesssions
Teen Programs {specialty programs} for ages 12-17

A popular camp for many Hingham families Camp Burgess and Camp Hayward are  located on beautiful Spectacle Pond on Cape Cod {practically within earshot}. Both YMCA camps allow camper to benefit from all-girl or all-boy environments while experiencing safe and positive opportunities from co-ed social interaction {don't worry parents, the camps are acrosss the pond from each other, boat not included}. Campers spend mornings in pre-selected activites of their choice with a mid-day break to write letters and cap off the day with either a beach party at the waterfront or spend time with their cabin groups in camp spirit or adventure activities. Both Camp Burgess and Camp Hayward create a supportive environment that encourages hands-on learning, self expression, leadership building, and an appreciation for the natural world.

Betty Tip: Check dates for their open house tours so you can get a feel for the camp before you commit.

Address: 75 Stowe Road, Sandwich MA
Telephone: 508.428.2571
Website : Camp Hayward and Burgess Email: Contact Camp Hayward and Burgess

{ Betty Tip: Find out just what to ask when looking for a Summer Camp for you child. Here's a list for you. >}
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WOHELO

Girls ages 6 -16
4-Week, 8-Week and Peep Week (one week)

Blond Betty went to Little Wohelo many, many years ago. Steeped in tradition {owned by the Gulick family for over 100 years}, it's a classic girls camp privately located on a mile of shore front on crystal clear Sebago Lake. Little Wohelo offers a daily rotating schedule throughout all the activities. Campers enjoy a nurturing program that fosters enthusiasm, cooperation, and thoughtfulness. Sebago Wohelo offers teenage girls the independence of a free choice program; campers with guidance from counselors choose activities based on goals, and interests. Activities include lifelong activities such as swimming, tennis, dance, drama, puppet crafts, sterling silver craft, weaving, nature/ecology, pottery, canoeing, Stand Up Paddle boarding, wakeboarding and waterskiing, windsurfing and extensive sailing and racing at Sebago Wohelo. This is more of a family atmosphere than a business and there is a high rate of return campers {many of which are third and fourth generation} as well as thousands of loyal alumnae.

Brothers attend Camp Timanous and the camps share calendars and many scheduled events.

Address: 25 Gulick Road, Raymond ME  Telephone: 207.655.4739

Email: Contact Wohelo

Website:  www.Wohelo.com
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WINDRIDGE

Boys and Girls ages 8-15
8-day Rookie camp for ages 7-10
2-week sessions {you can do multiple sessions}

Another family favorite, Windridge Tennis and Sport Camp is a unique camp that incorporates higly specialized tennis, soccer and riding programs into the traditional framework of a rural New England camp setting. Although there isn't a waterfront at this camp, the pool is the hot spot for socializing and fun. Campers spend a good amount of their day working on their sport of choice and then have time to explore and participate in other camp activities. The highly qualified staff is selected for not only their playing and teaching ability but their ability to work with young people building confidence and skill.  The core values of this camp rest on community, respect, encouragement, sportsmanship and trust.  If you have a child interested in tennis, soccer or riding on any level, this is a must see.

Address: 1215 Roxbury Road, Roxbury VT
Telephone: 802.485.5400
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CAMP TECHUMSEH

 Boys ages 8-16
2, 3 1/2, and 7 week sessions

Camp Tecumseh is a non-profit, residential camp for boys, ages 8-16, located on 2 miles of beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee shoreline in Moultonboro, NH. Founded in 1903 and thriving ever since, it is a non-profit, non-sectarian camp with core athletic, drama and mountain trips programs. The 350 acre campus provides a spectacular setting for more than a dozen land and water activities. Day and overnight trips on land and water into the White Mountains, woodworking, a traditional Gilbert and Sullivan operetta, morning and evening gatherings converge to provide a powerful experience aimed at strengthening traditional values of self-reliance, perseverance, and independence in a safe, diverse and rustic environment. The caring and expert staff is composed mainly of Tecumseh alumni who carry on Tecumseh’s mission to “Make Good Boys Better!"

Quite a number of Hingham families have attended Camp Techumseh, need a reference? Just ask Betty.

Address: Moultonboro NH Telephone: 610.275.6634
Website: Camp Techumseh Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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CAMP MI-TE-NA {Sister camp CAMP FOSS}

1 and 2-week sessions
Boys ages 8-15

Located on Halfmoon Lake in Alton, NH, this camp was recommended to us by a local Betty we think pretty highly of.  Her boys went here for three years and loved it. Camp Mi-Te-Na is an exciting outdoor adventure camp where boys build confidence, make friends, and have fun together. A traditonal YMCA camp 98 years old, this camp maintains the values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility. Now let's get on to the fun stuff. Camp Mi-Te-Na has all the makings of a traditional camp experience; watersports, basketball, tennis, soccer, rifelry and archery, climbing towers, high and low ropes challenge courses, it's a haven for all things boy.

Betty Tip: Open House Saturday, May 12th from 10:00am-2:00pm. Tour and ask questions. A perfect excuse for a weekend trip to New Hampshire.

Address: 65 YMCA Road, Alton, NH Telephone: 603.232.8642
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