Summer camps in New Hampshire come in many sizes, with a variety of activities and a wide selection of costs. With a little effort you can find the right day or overnight camp to provide weeks, months or a whole summer season of fun. Among the wide variety of possible camping options there are a few that are truly unique in their scope, their philosophy and often in their cost. These three camps easily take their place among those unique recreational sites.
Road’s End Farm Located in Chesterfield , NH, Road’s End Farm is a unique New Hampshire summer camp open to girls 8-16 years old. It advertises itself as a Horsemanship Camp for girls and is all of that and a whole lot more.
Road’s End Farm is owned and operated by Thomas Woodman. Throughout the year Woodman resides at Road’s End Farm and runs it as a full time horse farm. But come summer the farm doubles as a unique New Hampshire summer camp where girls get to spend time on in a rustic and secluded area indulging their love of horses and nature. Thomas Woodman becomes full time camp director.
For girls who simply love to be near horses, to learn how to care for and ride them for the sheer joy of it, this 360 farm is the perfect camp idea. Road’s End Farm is a small camp in terms of the numbers of girls who annually attend, but it is large in terms of the opportunities it provides. The Farm has three riding rings for training and 20 miles of bridle paths for riding. Road’s End isn’t just for accomplished riders, but rather for any girl who wants “unlimited exposure to horses and rural life in a picturesque setting”. Each girl selects a horse for her own use throughout her stay and takes responsibility for its care and exercise.
As much as Road’s End Farm is about horses, leaders divide the day so that other activities are included. The Farm has lakeside access and so each afternoon girls are encouraged to participate in water activities under the direction of trained Red Cross Water Safety Instructors and Lifeguards. Canoing is also available. Later in the day girls participate in farm chores suitable to their age and abilities.
Perhaps the most unusual thing about this unique New Hampshire summer camp is that all of its activities are carried out in a spirit of cooperation and congeniality rather than competitiveness. Structure is less important here than the enjoyment that girls find. For more information see the website at www.roadsendfarm.com
Camp Pathfinder Many of the camps in New Hampshire have been in existence for fifty years or more and are well known for the activities which they offer. There are sailing camps, overnight camps, tennis or golf camps, camps for just about any sport imaginable. Against this background, Camp Pathfinder is a unique New Hampshire summer camp.
Camp Pathfinder, in Springfield , NH, does not have a long operating history. It’s first year of operation was 2005, though it was a half dozen years or more in the organization and structuring of its program. Nor does Camp Pathfinder seem to specialize in any one sports activity. Camp Pathfinder offers a full complement of outdoor and water sports. On land there is archery, nature, woodmanship, arts and crafts, drama and hiking. On waterfront you can find opportunity for swimming, canoing , sailing and kayaking.
What makes Camp Pathfinder unique is the attitude it works towards and inspires. Camp Pathfinder was created to provide campers with a “safe, tolerant and diverse community in a traditional camp setting”. Camp Pathfinder is all about helping campers to learn to live with one another harmoniously and to enjoy the world around them.
To do this the camp provides day long adventures and on site experiences that lead to cooperation and sharing. The staff works diligently to promote understanding and congeniality.
If this kind of camping experience appeals to you view their website at www.pathfindercamp.com
Brewster Academy Summer Session It might sound like school but it feels like camp. That’s what a summer experience is like at Brewster Academy Summer Session. If camp recreational activities aren’t enough for you, you might want to consider this unique New Hampshire summer camp experienced.
There are lots of New Hampshire summer camps located on or near Lake Winnipesaukee. It’s a vacationland for sure. Brewster Academy Summer Session takes advantage of its Wolfeboro location on the Lake to provide a multifaceted summer program for young people who want to enjoy the summer sun but not idle the summer away.
At Brewster a well tooled program allows participants to work on academics in the morning. These studies include one session in a “for credit course” in English, ESL or Math. The bonus here is that over the course of the summer session you can pick up credits that will put you ahead of the pack when September rolls around. The rest of the morning allows time for elective courses in science or computer arts which are active and hands on.
The afternoon schedule takes everyone away from formal studies and gives time to recreation and adventure including rock climbing, canoing , kayaking and field games and sports. In the evening there is the opportunity which few camps can offer of accessing the Smith Center recreation facility at Brewster Academy. There young people can use the fitness equipment, the 200meter track or the indoor turf surface field for their own enjoyment.
Brewster Academy Summer Session is a great place to develop mind and body and to participants a unique New Hampshire summer camp. For more information about this facility view its website at www.brewsteracademy.org .