Lantern Review of Kingswood Camp for Boys
There was a time in camping when just about every director was a teacher during the “off-season.” While times certainly have changed, the legacy of educators as camp leaders is alive and well at Kingswood Camp for Boys. The benefit of having numerous teachers in a camp administration is obvious, amplified at Kingswood by a second generation of Wipfler family educators. Here, they know boys and they know how to work effectively with them.
Make no mistake, however; Kingswood is no sterile classroom. Just take a look across the lake, where miles of pristine national forest create a beautiful, natural backdrop for the program. Even with the million dollar view, it’s the light-hearted, genuine feel of the place that strikes you. Spend just a few minutes on the phone with the camp’s directors, patriarch Bob Wipfler, or his son, Rob, and you’ll know what we mean. Better yet, take a walk through the wooded paths at the camp and you’ll be struck by the frequent laughter you hear. This levity at Kingswood is brought about by the comfort that comes to boys who feel accepted for who they are.
Kingswood calls itself “The Camp of 100 Games.” Yes, that’s right; one-hundred! It’s tempting to think that offering boys so many activities might water down the opportunities for them to develop mastery, but then you’d be missing the point. Here, the philosophy is about empowering boys to develop competence in a wide-breadth of activities, helping to build more well-rounded young men. No one activity is most important, thus “loving it all” becomes the accepted norm. Campers choose their electives through a ballot system, while the counselors enthusiastically promote their activities or hiking trips, which energizes the program.
An amazingly high return rate of staff is just one indication of the positive culture at Kingswood; being a counselor is tough work! Most importantly, having old hands aboard allows for a more personal approach to programming and in fostering community within the cabins. Attention to the cabin dynamics is paramount at Kingswood, and the thoughtful, personal approach to cabin placement and supervision reflects the experience of longtime staff and professional teachers. Boys won’t get lost in the shuffle at a camp like Kingswood where the fundamental goal is to give each camper the attention and care that is so important for boys of camp age.
- Boys Only
- 160 Campers per Session
- 4-week, 3-week, 7-week
- Founded in 1947
“No boy slips through the cracks at Kingswood.” That was my opening remark to the staff in 1985 and remains the foundation of every camp philosophical conversation. Located in the White Mountain National Forest, we provide a unique New England summer camping experience for boys, ages 7 and up. Visitors to Kingswood are immediately struck by the low key, friendly atmosphere of our camp community. During each time block, boys get to choose from a host of activities — waterfront, team sports and individual activities — all enjoyed within a safe and happy environment. Have fun exploring Kingswood, and if you wish to get to know us better, please contact us.
- 100 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
Parent drop off, chaperoned flight from BWI to Manchester, charter bus
Kingswood Camp for Boys
Rob & Bob Wipfler