We provide a healthy balance of structure and choice for your child.
Each day’s schedule offers diverse activities yet campers enjoy free time to replenish their energies. Sundays are more casual, with ample time for catching up, cleaning, and writing letters. Wednesdays are devoted to hiking or canoeing all day long in the wild. The robust array of activities features something for everyone.
Our eclectic offerings are not your father’s, or mother’s, Popsicle sticks projects. From basket-making to printing to photography, we engage students to acquire and sharpen sophisticated skills. Taught by career educators, classes also feature painting, drawing, woodworking, jewelry-making, and pottery.
One of our most popular activities, archery and riflery teaches concentration, patience, and safety. Highly trained staff instill best practices in using our ranges.
Whether it's navigating "The Poison Peanut Butter Pit" or "The Alligator River," these collective games foster problem-solving, group dynamics, and teambuilding. Successes yield valuable lessons in employing inclusiveness and collaboration to defeat challenges.
A reverence for nature imbues the AWC experience. Whether you arrive from an urban center or from a suburban or rural community, you learn that true environmental stewardship is built on comprehensive knowledge. Trained environmental professionals impart an understanding of nature and ecology that kids can apply back home.
Our expert trainers teach the fundamentals and best practices of safe climbing. Older campers can even progress to tackling nearby Bald Mountain, which features stunning vistas from its summit at 2,350 feet. This optional activity teaches safety, builds strength, and instills confidence.
Every day has ample opportunities for sports. The options are diverse, fun, and international, ranging from tennis, softball, basketball, and soccer to cricket and rugby as well as Capture the Flag and British Bull Dog. We get many questions about competition level- we are not a competitive sports camp. Many kids come here BECAUSE of that.
All campers learn outdoor living skills. After all, it’s camp! Youngsters learn about safety, how to handle and navigate a canoe, portage, and how to pack for a trip. Other skills include first aid, fire-building and use of stoves, compass and maps, tents and shelters, and camp maintenance. We believe to be the best in the United States at this. We have counselors from NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), and Outward Bound. If you are a kid who wants to go tripping and challenge yourself, this is the place to go.
Our two lovely lakes are the heart of the camps. No gasoline-powered watercraft are allowed, keeping our waters pure and unsullied. Waterfront activities include swimming, diving, water polo, fishing, kayaking, canoeing, rowing, sailing, and wind-surfing. All activities are supervised by highly skilled and responsible staff with years of waterfront experience. Lessons are tailored to individual needs and competencies, to ensure safety and measured progress.
This increasingly popular activity accommodates every level of rider. With 500 miles of trails adjoining our property, campers can enjoy easy peddling on flat land or gear-pounding on ascents. And our in-house repair shop maintains bicycles and helmets in top condition to meet rigorous safety standards.