Campers enjoy waterfront activities at our 300-foot sandy beach that faces west, across Stearns Pond, into the beautiful White Mountains of New Hampshire. Lower and Upper campers have required and optional periods that can be filled with kayaking, stand-up paddle-boarding, fitness swimming, waterpolo, and general free swim/beach time.
Our beautiful waterfront is one of the most distinctive aspects of our camp. It provides endless hours of water fun and is the site of our weekly campfires. And we can’t forget the sunsets: our sunsets are famously beautiful!
Lower Campers have a scheduled daily instructional swim period. Our certified lifeguards are trained to develop the basic swimming strokes to develop fluency in the water.
Recreational Waterfront Time
In addition to the swim lessons, there is a free swim period that many lower campers choose to participate in. While supervised by lifeguards, the kids get to play games like waterpolo, float on noodles, and have fun with friends and cool off in Stearns Pond.
Once the campers are trained on how to properly operate SUPs (stand-up paddle boards) , kayaks and canoes, they can take a “test” to get cleared to use these watercrafts to move about as they wish during free or optional periods at the waterfront.
Upper Campers have a choice to opt into either an instructional swim or a “Swim to Stay Fit” class which is a hybrid of an instructional swim period and an exercise class. The kids love the playful nature of “instructional” time. Our certified lifeguards make sure the campers are moving well and staying safe.
Recreational Waterfront Time
In addition to the “Swim to Stay Fit” and optional instruction, there is a free swim period that many upper campers choose to participate in. While supervised by lifeguards, they get to play games like waterpolo, float on noodles, and have fun with friends and cool off in Stearns Pond.
The majority of upper campers set the goal of passing the boating test so that they can properly operate SUPs, kayaks and canoes. Upper campers love to use these watercraft to move about the water freely and especially to change and hang with their friends on the lake.
CITs at the Waterfront
For Campers in Transition (CITs) our the goal is for them to still be campers and have fun at camp while training them to transition to becoming staff members. While at the waterfront, the CITs get a perfect mix of privilege and responsibility.
Free Periods at the Waterfront
Throughout the week CITs have the option to use their free time to come to the lake. When there, they have the option to join a “Swim to Stay Fit” class like the Upper Campers, learn to use watercraft or even train to become lifeguards.
Training to Become a Lifeguard
Our American Red Cross Certified Lifeguard Instructor is able to work with CITs to help them earn the valuable Certified Lifeguard card which many CITs then use to find employment back home and use to become lifeguards at camp for the subsequent summer!