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What is camp like?

Our camp is located in scenic New Hampshire on 116 acres, with a mile of frontage on a beautiful 200-acre lake.

Please note: Due to high demand, we accept new campers ages 8 through 13 only. 14 + year-olds are required to have attended our camp(s) prior to 2020. Prior family campers are considered returners.
We operate as a typical overnight camp; do not formally talk about gender, we just let our kids be kids!
  • We have three meals together as an entire camp, 4 structured activity periods, two free periods, and an all-camp evening activity
  • Campers sleep in rustic cabins, called bunks, with others of the same age group and choose bunkmates with similar or varied gender identities
  • Campers are under the direct care of camp counselors at all times
  • Campers and counselors are called by their preferred name and pronoun
  • Campers sign up for activity periods based on their preferences
  • Our meals are nutritious, well-balanced, and offer allergen and vegetarian/vegan-friendly options
  • Campers interact the old fashioned way - no video games, Internet, or cell phones. Music players are allowed.
  • Parents & family members who drop off their kids at camp on opening day are invited to stay for a 90-minute parent meetup group
  • Be sure to click on the other green tabs above for information on activities, accommodations, dates and more.
It is important to note that we are not a therapeutic camp. Overnight camp is an intense experience away from home for kids who can be self-sufficient (with help from our camp counselors) and enjoy constant socializing, the outdoors, and an often loud dining experience. Please contact us if you are unsure if our camp is right for your child.
 

"When we think of all of the people who have enriched J’s life with love, humor, common sense, self confidence...and a thousand other stimuli that help her to be well-rounded – we think of you. Thank you for helping her find her peer group in this world. Thank you for giving so much of yourself to this child." S. Family, Camp Aranu'tiq

Activities & Accommodations

Activities

Canoeing, kayaking, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding in our crystal clear lake, and tubing behind our brand new speed boat! Campers also enjoy arts & crafts, drama/acting, music, archery, rock climbing, "gaga" (a popular type of dodgeball), low ropes adventure course, and a host of sports such as soccer, kickball, basketball, volleyball, and more. Camp also includes campfires, a talent show, and other special activities.

Accommodations

Campers stay in cabins with approximately 7 other campers and 2 counselors. Campers are bunked by age group, and with those who identify similarly to them in gender or with a mix of different gender identities, depending on their choice and our availability. All cabins may have kids of different genders in them. Cabins are rustic inside with bunk beds and space to "hang out" in the middle. Restrooms and showers are nearby, and were completely rebuilt in 2018. All restrooms and showers provide ample privacy for our campers. Click here to see our facilities.

"I reflected on how huge a role Aranu'tiq has played in our family's learning to embrace R. and build a strong, supportive community for ourselves...it really has been the most important and effective element. Thank you for creating this magical place and supporting it and refining it in such thoughtful, meaningful ways." A.B., Aranu'tiq Parent & Family Camper

Dates & Rates

Dates for 2020:

1 week sessions: July 12-18: OPEN
July 26-August 1: OPEN
2 weeks June 28 - July 11: FULL - FOR WAITLIST, EMAIL nick@harborcamps.org
3 weeks June 28 - July 18: FULL - FOR WAITLIST, EMAIL nick@harborcamps.org

Rates:

Full Rate$1,135 per week is the actual cost of one camper for one week. We ask that families who can afford the actual cost of camp pay this amount.
Subsidized Rate $795 per week is a subsidized rate for families who cannot afford the actual cost of camp, thanks to generous donors. There is no documentation needed for this (honor system).
Financial aid As always, thanks to generous donors, financial aid/scholarships are available for campers who need further tuition assistance. More info is on our application form or you can always contact us.
We offer bus service from Boston-Logan Airport. The cost for ground transportation is $50 each way.For the privacy of our campers, exact locations of our camps are given to enrolled families only.

"I cannot thank you enough for how magical this camp was and will continue to be for us, and all children. You, and all the staff and the volunteers change lives!  The role models, the kindness and love and acceptance from everyone is priceless...this will give him confidence to fall back on if and when times do get rough." Heather

Sample Schedule

8:15am Breakfast 9:00am Clean-up/chores 10:15am - 11:00am Activity 1 11:15am - 12:00pm Activity 2 12:15pm Lunch 1:15pm - 2:15pm Rest hour 2:30pm - 3:15pm Activity 3 3:30pm - 4:15pm Activity 4 4:15pm - 5:45pm Snack and “rec” (free) period 6:00pm Dinner 7:00pm Evening activity 8:30pm Back to bunks 9:30 - 10:30pm Lights out in bunks depending on age