Best Kind of Summer: Wolfeboro, N.H., on the northeast side of this huge lake, is the oldest summer resort town in the U.S. There are several others, each of which has its own attractions. Of course, our little town isn’t exactly a resort, but we do have a good number of people who come to spend time at family cottages or rental properties.
We also have two of the state’s finest summer “camps” in the Medomak Family Camp and Camp Med-o-Lark. Both of these internationally known organizations evolved out of a summer camp for boys established over 100 years ago. Each has a distinctive program and patronage described fully on its website. When you have a moment, check them out. They are two worlds within our world that, like Brigadoon, magically come and go every year.
Talent Show Wraps Summer at Boys and Girls Club: About 200 kids attended this summer’s program, according to Eleanor Acton, Development Director Boys & Girls Clubs of Warwick. ...some of the performance-oriented campers, ages ranging from 6-years-old to 13-years-old, demonstrated their talents in the end-of-summer show.
Readfield Native Reveals History of Camps, Resorts on Area Lakes: As a Readfield native, Dale Potter-Clark grew up watching busloads of summer campers ride through the area headed to the various lakes. Her mother, Readfield historian Evelyn Potter, watched a similar scene as campers arrived via rail at the Readfield Depot.
She and co-author Charles L. Day Jr. chronicle the history of growth and development of the camps and resorts along the northern end of Maranacook and on Echo, Lovejoy and Torsey lakes.
Ties that Bind: Camp Takodah Celebrates 100 Years: When Tom Dill was 9 years old, he kicked and screamed when his grandparents dropped him off for the first time at Camp Takodah. Two weeks later, when they went back to pick him up, Tom threw a fit because he didn’t want to leave. Now, 35 years later, Dill is back at camp, all the way from Littleton, Colo., to celebrate Camp Takodah’s centennial celebration with fellow Takodians.
Generations of campers gather this weekend at the Richmond camp to pick up right where they left off all of those years ago. And although the camp is a little bigger and songs are sung a little differently, the message remains the same: “Friendly to all.”
A Chain of Enduring Memories, These Camp Patches Stand the Test of Time: They’re soft, made of felt, triangular. Some of them are white, others are bordered in red and blue — all are numbered, rising in succession one by one.
Individually they appear as inverse pyramids; pinned together they form a chain, hanging on the wall above my bed.
To visitors of my room, the 5-foot long string of fabric is an oddity, at worst an exercise in cult symbolism, at best an art project gone awry. But to me, and to thousands of others, they’re cherished artifacts: invaluable emblems of childhood that can’t be replaced.
These are “CT”s, numbered patches that, in a unique way, mark the passing of time. Each year, kids and adults attending YMCA Camp Takodah in Richmond receive one at the end of their stay, along with a safety pin and a nudge to come back next year.
"We just sat under the tent and played cards until the sun came out," Rebelo said. "All the sunny days this summer allowed me to do some of my favorite activities."
Jayden Lockhart, 13, of Attleboro was at Camp Ramsbottom, too, playing basketball and soccer.
"The sunshine made my summer more enjoyable. We never really had to take shelter from the rain," he said. "The rain really takes away from what we want to do."
Seeds of Peace Shifts Focus to Unrest in U.S.: A pilot program at Seeds of Peace summer camp came at the exact right time to deal with unrest in the United States this summer.
The program has already been used in Maine for the last 16 years, but this year the camp decided to hold a week long session with students from Maine, Los Angeles, New York City, and Chicago. The second year campers participate in closed dialogue sessions every day for 110 minutes where they discuss a wide range of issues facing the country.
"It helps you to understand like different perspectives about different people and also it helps you to like know about yourself more," said second year camper Amy Umutoni.
National Elks Leader to Visit Derry-Salem Lodge: “Summer camp is a wonderful experience, but the children who need it most (often) can’t do it,” said Peter Christnacht, the executive director of the camp, by phone, describing the importance of the camp’s work.
“For a lot of the children it’s a life-changing experience,” he added.
The Copper Cannon Camp provides a “completely free traditional summer camp experience to all children who deserve it,” according to its website, helping children on reduced-price lunches or other forms of support.
Each year the Derry-Salem Lodge raises funds for the cost of sending a bus of kids up and back to the sleep-away camp, which is a big help, according to Christnacht. That, in addition to recruiting the kids from the community who would benefit most from the camp.