FAQs

How do campers get to camp?

There are a few different options for transportation.  Campers may be driven by their guardians to our mainland dock at the Y-Landing Marina in Meredith, NH, they may travel (with their luggage) on staff-supervised busses (for an additional fee), which leaves from our Methuen Branch in Massachusetts, or they may be transported by private, family-owned boat (if traveling by private boat, arrival and departure arrangements must be made with each camp directly).  Campers arriving by plane must fly into the Manchester, NH airport and flights must be scheduled between 12pm and 3pm (airport pick-up and drop-off will incur an additional fee).

How Camp Lawrence and Camp Nokomis address the needs of first-time campers?

Before a camper arrives at camp, parents fill out and mail to camp a "Let's Get Acquainted" form.  This questionnaire is reviewed by the Camp Director and appropriate cabin staff and is used to identify the needs, interests, and expectations of campers. When campers arrive at camp, staff spend a lot of time with them talking about their interests, helping them to feel at home and make friends and introducing them to other campers and staff.

When will I be able to see the camp and meet the Director?

Traditionally in the Spring time, we host open houses at the camps and in the Merrimack Valley YMCA's service area.  The Camping Services Office will notify families in a timely manner about the details of these events.

What are your medical and first aid arrangements?

Each camp has two full-time nurses on staff.  Both camps have well-equipped health centers, and a large percentage of our staff are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED, in addition to being certified lifeguards.  Lakes Region General Hospital is located a short drive from the Y-Landing Marina.

What are your staff like?

We seek to hire staff whom we believe to be excellent role models and who share a commitment to working positively with our youth.  Our staff are caring, responsible individuals who represent a multitude of backgrounds and life experiences.  They come from all over the world and have solid experiences in their respective program areas.  Many of them were campers and Counselors-In-Training (C.I.T.'s) in our own programs.  All of our staff and undergo a thorough screening and interview process.

What are the policies and practices regarding religion and worship at camp?

We hold non-denominational services each Sunday that all campers and staff attend.  These services are traditionally conducted by our staff and tend to focus on the core values of the YMCA: caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  Catholic campers have the opportunity to attend Mass at a church in Meredith, NH.  We respect the religious perspectives of all campers and staff.

How many campers are in a cabin, and what are the cabins like?

Our cabins house between eight and twelve campers as well as two staff members. Campers enjoy adequate personal space and sleep in wooden bunk beds with guard rails.  Cabins are wood-frames with window screens.  Cabin assignments are based on age and school grade.  The directors place campers in specific cabin groups with attention to the balance of people from the same hometown, the ratio of new to returning campers, as well as other factors.

If my camper attends camp with a friend, or a group of friends, can they be in placed in the same cabin?

It might seem logical to try to guarantee a happy camp experience be requesting a specific cabin mate for your child, however, experienced camp directors universally agree that these requests frequently create more problems than they solve.  Our camps do not schedule daily activities or dining hall assignments by cabin.  Cabin mate requests will be noted when both campers are in the same rising grade and the request comes from both sets of parents, however, they are limited to one request per camper and they are not encouraged and cannot be guaranteed.  Many factors go into cabin placement decisions.

Do you consider your activities to be competitive?

Our camps offer activities that are instructional and meaningful, offering challenges and growth for both beginning and advanced learners.  We focus our attention on ensuring that our activities are both safe and fun.

Where do most of your campers come from?

Our campers come from all over New England, the United States and around the world.  Some of our staff and campers have traveled from areas in Europe, Australia, Asia, and South America.

What is the difference between your camp and other camps?

Our camps stand out for their unique island location and for the team of dedicated staff who return summer after summer.  The counselors are strong models of our core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  Our camps offer a great mix of athletic and creative activities in a setting that promotes self-confidence and teamwork.

How do you handle special dietary needs/preferences?

Our camps can accommodate most dietary food preferences (vegetarian, gluten-free, etc.).  Staff are also made aware of identified food allergies and campers are monitored for safe and healthy eating habits.