Welcome to Camp Moosilauke!

Moosilauke is one of the oldest residential summer camps in the U.S. Since our founding in 1904, our mission has been simple but powerful: creating confident, happy, and resilient boys. Our continued success in achieving our goals is due to a number of factors: our incredibly positive and nurturing peer culture; our program of positive risk taking that encompasses a high level of skill development in three key areas (sports, waterfront and outdoor adventure); our emphasis on both structure and choice relative to activity classes, trips, and competition; and our extraordinary attention to the individual needs of each boy. Combine all of this with an enthusiastic and diverse group of 140 campers (from 18 states and 7 countries), an experienced and caring staff, and an incredible campus (200 acres of fields and forest and a secluded mile-long lake in the White Mountains of New Hampshire), and you have all the makings for an amazing summer.

Featured Posts

  • Peer Culture: How a Camp Creates a Great One

    by Bill McMahon, Co-Director

    As I have referenced in other writings, it is our firm belief at Moosilauke that the most powerful factor in the life of a camper (especially a teenage camper) is the peer culture he is immersed in.

    Peer cultures come in many flavors. Without a few important factors in place they can easily spin negative–“lord of the flies” negative. Negative boy peer cultures are easy to spot: there is significant teasing;

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  • How a Great Camp Can Help Your Child Build Essential Coping Skills

    By Bill McMahon, Co-Director

    Parents, and individuals working with kids, are constantly asking themselves the same simple questions:  What is our role in their growth process?  What should we be doing, and not doing?  What should be our/their focus?

    Best-selling author and psychologist Madeline Levine is a great resource when it comes to these important issues.  Her most recent book, Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success, was described by the New York Times as a “cri de coeur from a clinician on the front lines of the battle between our better natures — parents’ deep and true love and concern for their kids — and our culture’s worst competitive and materialistic influences.”  In the book she highlights a type of parenting that we can all fall into which she believes is very detrimental to kids.  

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  • Homesickness

    by Bill McMahon, Co-Director

    In his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow, Michael Thompson writes: “If you were to boil down the thousands of parenting questions I am asked in a given year, their essence basically is: “what should I be doing for my child?”  After listing a number of variations on the theme, Thompson writes “these can be tough questions to answer,

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