Category Archives: Camp Profiles

Tragedy & Healing

At about 9 a.m. on August 4, 2004, the State of New Hampshire’s Disaster Behavioral Health Coordinator received a call stating that on August 3 there had been a tragic death of a 13-year-old camper at Camp Hale, which is located on Squam Lake in Sandwich, N.H. The camp, consisting of 61 campers and 18 staff (mostly camp counselors), provides daily structure and a wilderness experience for inner city youth, primarily from the Boston area. Camp Hale has been in … Continue reading

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Roll Tide

CAMP SNAPSHOT Camp Laney Mentone, Ala. www.camplaney.com Sessions: Four summer sessions, two weeks each Cost: $1,695 Age: 8-14 years Gender: Boys What do coaches do during the off-season? Many take a much-deserved vacation, some slow down just to take a break, and others continue to work with kids. The latter was true for Alabama’s Hall of Fame Coach Malcolm Laney, who began a camp for boys in 1959 atop Lookout Mountain. The 126-acre quiet forest setting became an ideal piece … Continue reading

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Adapting to Needs

CAMP SNAPSHOT The Texas Lions Camp Kerrville, TX www.lionscamp.com Sessions: Nine one-week summer sessions Cost: No charge for physical disabled or diabetic children Age: 7-16 years Nestled deep in the south-central hilly part of the Lone Star State, and only an hour from San Antonio, sits the historic exurbia town of Kerrville. This mid-size community has a river running through it, a thousand hills around it, a bounty of exotic wildlife in it, and the Texas Lions Camp next to … Continue reading

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Totally Tubular

CAMP SNAPSHOT New Jersey Surf Camps at Ocean Outfitters Wildwood Crest, N.J. www.newjerseysurfcamps.com Sessions offered: Five-day surf camp, $250; four-day, $220; three-day, $180; two-day, $130; one-day, $65 Ages: All, starting at seven years old You might say that Jeff Walden is a 21st Century Renaissance man, at least in the hybrid world of day camp instruction and the best sports ever created — surfing and skiing. Couple that to a passion to educate and improve his sports, and the Renaissance … Continue reading

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Tradition & Foresight

CAMP SNAPSHOT Pierce Camp Birchmont Wolfeboro, N.H. www.campbirchmont.com Sessions: Full Session ($7,800), First Session ($4,800), Second Session ($4,300) On the shores of Lake Wentworth, near the White Mountain National Forest in New Hampshire, the Pierce family has operated Pierce Camp Birchmont for three generations. Related Article: All In The Family As a former athletic director, founder Forrester Pierce, Sr. began the program as a day camp in 1918 focusing on sports and fun. Now as a resident camp, director Greg … Continue reading

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