Living at Camp

Camp Wanocksett strives to immerse boys in the outdoor experience. While in camp boys will live in 9'x9' canvas wall tents on wooden platforms. Each boy will have a cot and mattress. There are no screens in the tent so mosquito netting is strongly recommended. Each boy should supply their own sheets and blanket, or sleeping bag and pillow. Each tent sleeps two boys. Tent assignments are left to the discretion of the individual troop. Footlockers, trunks, suitcases and backpacks are all appropriate for packing.

Each campsite includes a latrine and washstand. Hot showers are also available. Separate accomodations are made for youth and adults, as well as men and women.

Three meals are served, daily, in the camp's dining hall. The camp contracts the services of a professional food service to provide all meals. Menus are reviewed by a registered dietician and the local board of health. All dishes and utensils are provided. Meals are served family style. Boys will be asked to take turns serving as a waiter for their table of ten people. This involves 15 minutes of service before and after the meals.


Something for Everyone

Camp Wanocksett is committed to supporting the troop program and the patrol method. Our daily program offers activities for boys of all ages, including special programs intended for younger campers and more challenging activities aimed at older boys. The camp has a fully equipped waterfront, staffed by certified lifeguards, that offers swiming, boating and sailing instruction, lifeguard training, open swim time each day and a variety of games and competitions throughout the week.

The Nature and Scoutcraft areas provide both merit badge instruction and strive to teach boys to be conservation minded, and responsible stewards of the outdoors. Project C.O.P.E., our challenege course, and our brand new climbing tower challenge boys both physically and mentally.

Boys will have the opportunity to work on one or more merit badges during their stay at camp Wanocksett. Your Scoutmaster will help advise you as to which merit badges you should consider working on during your stay at camp. Younger scouts also have the opportunity to work on skills that will help them achieve their Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks.

Health and Safety

The safety and well being of every camper is of upmost importance. The camp employs a full-time registered nurse, who lives at the camp, to provide medical attention if necessary. All camp staff are trained in first aid and the camp has a standing agreement for emergency services with the hospital in nearby Peterborough.

To ensure that the camp nurse is aware of the medical needs of every camper, we require that each boy submit a completed medical form showing evidence of a physical exam by a licensed health care practioner within the last 24 months. This form should include physician's orders for any medication. All medication is monitored and distributed by the camp nurse.

Each adult age 18 and older must review and update the health history section and immunizations annually, and must have a complete medical examination within 24 months of attending camp. Adults over 40 must have a medical evaluation within 12 months of attending camp.

To maximize safety at the waterfront, each boy will be asked to demonstrate their swimming ability to the waterfront staff during their check-in procedure. Boys will be rated according to their swimming ability, based on a standard swim test. Their swimming ability rating will help the waterfront staff to assess their skill level, provide instruction if necessesary and maintain the highest safety standard during aquatic activities. Instruction is available for boys who wish to improve their swimming ability.

Accomodating Special Needs

The Wanocksett Staff is fully committed to including all Scouts in every aspect of the summer camp program. Often, meeting the needs of all campers requires minor adaptations of our facilities, staffing and instructional plans. Special menus, one-on-one instruction, accessible campsites, individual counseling and other provisions are available for Scouts or leaders because of physical disabilities, learning disabilities, medical conditions, dietary requirements, religious practices or other special needs.

Unit leaders should contact the Camp Director well in advance to outline the specific needs of Scouts and leaders in their troops.