Pioneer Camp Makes the Transition from Day Camp to Sleepaway Camp Easy and Fun
Making the transition from a day camp to a sleepaway camp can feel intimidating for parents and kids. Narrowing down the options for your child’s first sleepaway camp can be just as daunting, so we offer our one-week Pioneer Camp as a way to introduce families to Camp Walt Whitman’s down-to-earth community and our well-rounded program in New Hampshire’s stunning White Mountains.
One of the things that sets us apart from other sleepaway camps is our focus on fostering friendships and a sense of community, values we instill with the help of our mature, experienced staff. We invite some of our best, most veteran counselors to stay by our Pioneer campers’ sides throughout the week, day and night, in their cabins of 8 to 10 campers (one for boys, one for girls).
As with our older campers, Pioneers have two dedicated cabin counselors who sleep in the cabins and join campers in every activity to cheer them on and offer comfort when needed, so campers always feel safe and supported. Their guidance gives our campers peace of mind so they can focus on making friends and having a blast.
Because Pioneer camp takes place while camp is in session, our one-week campers get a real feel for our community and our incredibly well-rounded program. Pioneers swim in our beautiful lake and heated swimming pool, zip line through the tall pines, slip and slide down our front lawn, get messy in a shaving cream fight, enjoy s’mores by the campfire, hike in the White Mountains, play with legos, make art and crafts in our dedicated studios, play a variety of sports from soccer to tennis, eat together in our dining hall and join our exciting camp-wide activities.
We cram the best parts of camp into one week, but keep the days structured so they never feel too overwhelming. When our Pioneers return for a longer stay the following summer, they’ll arrive with a lay of the land and ready-made friends.
Families can choose from one of two Pioneer Camp sessions, July 21 – July 27 or July 28 – August 3. The fee is $1250 and the program is open to current first and second graders. Want to learn more about Pioneer Camp for your child? Get in touch!