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Kingswood Camp for Boys
Piermont, New Hampshire

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603-989-5556 (summer) 603-795-2235 (off season)
949 Rt. 25C
Piermont, New Hampshire 03779

41 Culver Hill Road Lyme, NH 03768


TYPE OF CAMP: Overnight/Sleepaway.

CAMPER GENDER(S): All Boy Campers.

BRIEF CAMP DESCRIPTION: Kingswood Camp, located in the White Mountain National Forest region of New Hampshire, provides a unique New England summer camping experience for boys, ages 7 and up. Kingswood is nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Tarleton. Kingswood is a family-run, traditional camp staffed by "home-grown" counselors with over 700 years of cumulative experience.

Tennis, Golf, Swimming, Soccer, Sailing, Weightloss, Waterfront/Aquatics, Team Sports, Basketball, Baseball, Football, Wrestling, Wilderness/Nature, Music/Band, Fine Arts/Crafts, Video/Filmmaking/Photography, and more. Lacrosse, Waterskiing, Wakeboarding, Kayaking, Fishing, Frisbee, Riflery, Archery, Snorkeling, & Rowing.

CAMP LOCATION: Kingswood is on the southwestern shore of Lake Tarleton, which features pristine waters and a panoramic view of the White Mountains. The lake is two miles long and about 3/4 mile wide with practically no other development. Kingswood Camp is located in the western part of New Hampshire, about ten miles from the Connecticut River Valley and on the southwestern boundary of the White Mountain National Forest. It is about thirty miles north of Hanover, a beautiful town and home of Dartmouth College. Driving times are as follows: 2 1/2 hours from Boston; 5 hours from New York City; 10 hours from Baltimore-Washington, D.C.

CAMP FACILITIES: Main Lodge: a stunningly beautiful building by the lake's edge, 100 foot porch with views to the water, Great Room assembly area with indigenous stone fireplace, game room, fishing room, modern apartments for older staff. Dining Room: another very pretty building, inside and out, with room enough for the entire community to dine together, also next to the lake Nature Building: a building with great character, home for photography, arts and crafts, as well as nature studies 13 Sleeping Cabins: capacities range from 8 to 16 8 Staff Cottages: for administrators- strategically located within the camper cabin area as an enhancement to supervision

2 Bath Houses: modern facilities, hot and cold running water, ten showers, private and with separate dressing areas Infirmary: centrally located with dispensary, private bath, isolation rooms, two nurses in residence Music Building: far away from the director's house, but lovingly named The Seasick Crocodile Recording Studio Waterfront: enclosed docks, defined swimming areas, sliding board raft, dive tower, separate fishing dock Council Fire Circle: our special meeting site at lake's edge affording magnificent views of the White Mountains, and not a single light bulb in sight across the lake

5 Playing Fields: 2 baseball, 1 soccer/lacrosse, 2 all-purpose 3 Hard Surface Tennis Courts: new and well maintained Basketball Court: regulation size- outdoor and lighted Archery Range: 3 targets, 50 foot; compound bow program for qualified campers Rifle Range: 4 shooting points, 50 foot Par 3 Golf Course: eighteen holes, a limited flight pitching and chipping course 27 Hole Frisbee Golf: for legions of boys, their favorite "down time" camp activity, by far...

The Kingswood Marina: 12 canoes,12 playaks (beginner kayaks), 8 sailboats, 5 row boats, 6 windsurfers, 3 power boats, 2 patrol skiffs, 2 rowing shells, 8 kayaks 3 Tetherball Areas, 2 Horseshoe Pits, 1 Volleyball Court

CAMP PROGRAM INFO: What can parents expect of Kingswood? Visitors to Kingswood are immediately struck by the low-key, friendly atmosphere of our camp community. Every summer we work hard to produce that esprit de corps where every boy feels he is an integral member of the group. It all starts with young men and boys who come from homes that possess solid core values and morals. Our families expect Kingswood to provide a happy and safe environment, and to be a place which complements their efforts to instill firm distinctions between right and wrong in their children. It is our mission to be a completely wholesome place, at all times, and without exception.

Kingswood is both owned and directed by the Wipfler family of Bethesda, Maryland. Bob and Alice started running the operation in 1985. The oldest of their three children, Rob, moved to New Hampshire in 2013 to be in position to oversee camp operations year-round, along with his energetic wife, Becky. Another son, Mike, teaches school when not running the camp's daily program during the summer months. Daughter Sara has developed a strong interest in the nature and photography component of Kingswood's program. All Wipflers bleed Kingswood blue! The Wipflers have long known that lots of extra help at the top end is needed, and feel strongly that camps belong in the hands of educators. People who have elected to dedicate their careers to children are best equipped to recognize the many signals kids give as indicators of their sense of well- being.

We call our regular staff gatherings "faculty meetings" where the first agenda topic always is "boys of concern." Youngsters do not slip through the cracks at Kingswood, and we owe much of our success to our top leaders, who help show younger staff how to look at boys through the eyes of professional educators.

A Typical Day: 7:30 reveille- music over the PA system 8:00 breakfast 8:45 clean up 9:30 team sport instruction- by age 10:30 waterfront instruction- by age 11:30 individual activity instruction- by age 12:30 supervised free time 12:45 lunch 2:00 rest hour 3:00 afternoon choice (called "A-Block")- team sports (practices and intercamp games), nature (projects and day trips), creative games (enormous variety) 4:30 supervised free time (called "B-Block"), waterfront (lifeguards on duty), unscheduled time (read, shower, play catch), hang out (be with friends) 6:00 dinner 6:45 free activity (called "Sponsorships") 8:30 all-camp special activity 9:30 cabin activities, target time for lights out for younger boys 10:00 target time for lights out for older boys How is the program scheduling done? The most formal time of the day is the morning instructional time block.

Boys sign up weekly for three daily one-hour "clinics," with several choices available to them for each block. Campers pick from each of three categories: waterfront, team sports and individual activities. Boys are grouped by age in clinics, but counselors offer varied lesson plans depending on the proficiency levels within the group- a major asset in a smaller community. From lunchtime onward, campers are offered a variety of activities which change daily with boys almost always getting their first choice.

The weather, boys' requests, and the directors' sense of balance dictate each day's options. Once they select, boys must attend and we make sure of that! A host of afternoon and evening activities is listed in the camper guidebook. The flexible approaches we take in programming are very popular with campers and counselors alike and are another area where Kingswood stands apart from many other camps.

CAMP LEADERSHIP CIT/LIT PROGRAMS: Becoming a Kingswood counselor is a goal that some boys have from their early days as junior campers. Others come upon this notion later. Having finished sophomore year in high school, they are now mature enough to consider the transition from camper to counselor. The CITs live in The Barn and attend meetings similar to counselor training sessions. The first question posed to CITs is "What does it take to be a good Kingswood counselor?" CITs are given the opportunity to learn from hands-on, supervised experiences in leading clinics and assisting in the camper cabins. The CIT program does more than produce well-trained counselors; it also builds skills that will help young men be successful as they enter college and beyond.

OTHER CAMP INFO: What sorts of trips does the camp take? Most of our trips are designed to take advantage of the lakes and mountains in this beautiful region of America. We feel strongly that children need to establish a connection to nature. Hiking, canoeing, fishing and swimming day trips, and 2-3 day excursions make up the bulk of our offerings. As always, these trips are available to campers as choices, but, admittedly, they are heavily promoted. Most boys go on several trips during a typical stay. Recreational trips, too, are regular offerings. The Fourth of July parade and fireworks, a New England town fair, and the water slide amusement park are examples of special trips taken annually. All campers get to participate.

Boys come between 3 and 7 weeks. For more information, including dates and rates, go to Our Camp Website Link:

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