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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 (100 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.

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As seen in the Boston Globe


Where boys can be boys, with no iPhones in sight

July 22, 2017
ORFORD, N.H. — As the gathering dusk surrenders to a warm summer night, constellations take their timeless forms Read More…

Featured Posts

  • Motivation for Boys: What Can We Do About It

    by Bill McMahon, Director

    The other day I came across Leonard Sax’s 2016 book, Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men. In the book, Sax makes the case that boys are doing worse relative to motivation and success at school—and relative to life in the “real world”—than at any other point in recent modern history. He cites the fact that the proportion of male undergraduates within the collegiate student body has dropped from 70% in 1949 to 42% in 2006 as a key indicator of the problem.

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  • Why kids at “high-achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group and what we should be doing about it

    by Bill McMahon, Director

    The research is in: students at “high achieving schools” are now an “at risk” group. A Washington Post article from this past fall states that: “…studies have found that adolescents in high-achieving schools can suffer significantly higher rates of anxiety, depression, substance abuse and delinquent behaviors, at least two to three times the national average.” And, these schools are the public and private institutions parents are all trying to get their kids into because of the quality of the programming and the positive testing and placement outcomes.

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  • Why Moosilauke? The Research That Supports Our Approach to Helping Boys Become Their Best Selves

    The following is an excerpt from a talk Bill gave at Moosilauke’s 2019 Parents’ Day.

    It seems like we are in the golden age of research and media related to what young people need to become happy, healthy, successful—and to develop the potential for leadership.

    Two things come to mind when I ponder all the recommendations from the research that I have read. The first is that what the experts endorse is not complicated;

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  • Why Your Child Needs a Little Stress and Mess

    By Bill McMahon, Director

    William Stixrud and Ned Johnson in their new book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, are the latest authors to sound the alarm bell about the mental health of young people today. They write: “Adolescents and young adults today are five to eight times more likely to experience the symptoms of an anxiety disorder than young people were at earlier times,

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  • The More Parents Help, the More They Can Hurt

    By Bill McMahon, Director

    “How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Over parenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success” is a recent book that has received significant press and attention, in part, because the author–Julie Lythcott-Haims–was the dean of freshmen at Stanford.

    Here is the book’s thesis in a nutshell: our young adults today are not happy, healthy, or resilient; this is especially true of the elite achievers at hyper selective schools;

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  • Moosilauke Rated As One Of The Top Summer Camps In The U.S.

    Moosilauke has been receiving rave reviews and placing high on many lists that rank and rate the best summer camps.

    We received the second most votes of all camps in the U.S. in a recent on-line poll titled “Best Overnight Summer Camp.”

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    We currently rank 4th highest of all camps in the U.S. in terms of overall rating at CampRatingZ where families directly rate their experience.

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  • The Moosilauke Way: The Art of Fostering Skill Acquisition and Self Esteem in Boys

    By Bill McMahon, Co-Director

    DSCN5116As I have written before, our overarching goal at Moosilauke is to help create confident, resilient, honorable, and happy boys and young men.

    To achieve our goal we have a laser like focus on a few essential philosophies and practices.  It all starts with positive risk taking since it is through encountering and overcoming failure that  performance character traits like grit, resilience, and tenacity are created.

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