Since Tin Mountain’s first summer camp session in 1986 for 30 children in Jackson, we have expanded to offer camp sessions for children ages 4 to 16 in Fryeburg, ME and Jackson, Albany, and South Tamworth, NH. Younger children attend day camp, while a variety of weeklong ventures to wild areas in northern New England are offered to older age groups. Nearly 300 local children and families benefit each year from summer programs.
Nature Sprouts Kindercamp (ages 4-5): Kindercampers love catching frogs and bugs, singing songs, sharing stories, and playing outdoors. Each day of kindercamp is a sensory exploration of the fields, forests, and streams surrounding our beautiful camps.
Wildlife Discovery Camp (ages 5-6): It’s all about animals! Campers catch frogs and grasshoppers, learn the art of tracking, and discover where snakes live. There is always time for plenty of swimming, creating nature crafts, and singing songs.
Nature Nuts (ages 7-9): Nature nuts want to know everything about the world around them! They explore the world of nature by following streams, turning over logs, collecting rocks, pressing leaves, watching birds, and hiking mountains. There is plenty of time for swimming in lakes and rivers, making crafts, playing games, and ending the week with an overnight camping experience.
Farm Camps: Tin Mountain offers five different farm camps that include Farm Sprouts Kindercamp (ages 4-5), Old Farm Week (ages 8-10), Farm Fun Discovery Camp (age 5-6), Farm Art (age 9-11), and Farm Nuts (ages 7-9). These camps are designed to help children better understand where food comes from and develop an appreciation for farming.
Adventure Discovery Camps: Adventure Discovery Camps are theme-based camps for a variety of ages. Past sessions have included Wet & Wild Camp (ages 10-12), Woodland Wildlife Camp (ages 6-8), Rockin’ Gem Camp (ages 8-10), and Awesome Avians Camp (ages 8-10).
Explorers Camps: Explorers Camps are for children ages 9 through 16 that offer progressively more challenging experiences each year. All involve hiking or paddling and camping experiences. Younger campers acquire hiking skills at Mountain Trekkers (ages 11-12) and canoeing/hiking expertise at Introductory Peaks & Paddles (ages 9-10). Advanced Peaks & Paddles (ages 10-11) helps to hone outdoor skills before “graduating” to week-long adventures in the Presidential Range at Paths & Peaks (ages 13-16) or plying the waters in northern New Hampshire and Western Maine at Canoe Voyageurs (ages 12-15).
Summer Camp Locations
Little Chatham Camp, Fryeburg: Tin Mountain Conservation Center’s beautiful post-and-beam camp building is tucked among the vast white pines of the 800-acre Burnell family forest. This location boasts countless cellar holes from the abandoned village of Little Chatham, vernal pools, wetlands, and habitats for a wide variety of native wildlife. Among the many swimming opportunities are the Saco River at Weston’s Beach and Lower Kimball Pond.
Frog Alley Farm, North Fryeburg: From the porch of Frog Alley Farm, campers are immersed in a summer landscape. Wildflowers grace the meadows of North Fryeburg overlooking the Presidential Range. The two ponds on-site are home to a variety of frogs, water insects, and birds including ducks and great blue herons. A forested hiking trail invites exploration of local plants and animals.
Tin Mountain Field Station, Jackson: The original home of Tin Mountain Conservation Center is nestled among the spruce and fir on the side of Tin Mountain. Its 228 acres include open fields, forests, trails, numerous ponds teeming with wildlife, and spectacular views of the White Mountains. Many short hikes include the old Jackson-to-Dundee Town Road, the trail leading to the historic tin mine, the path to Pond Four and cellar hole, and the trail to the top of Tin Mountain. A swimming hole on the mountain-fed Ellis River offers the perfect place to cool off.
The Mountain Road, South Tamworth: Expansive views from the mountain meadows of the South Tamworth camp include Mt. Chocorua and the surrounding northern forests. The summer camp is located on a historic farm replete with stone walls and old pastures. Footpaths lead to the swimming hole on Cold Brook and to the summit of Little Larcum Mountain.
Each February during winter vacation, Tin Mountain offers winter camp for children in grades K-6th. The older children are introduced to winter camping as they learn to set up a camp site, prepare food, and spend a night in the frosty winter weather. For younger children there are daycamp programs in which campers learn to build snow shelters, identify wildlife tracks in the snow, look for winter birds, and play games. All camps are conducted on Tin Mountain’s 138-acre Rockwell Sanctuary on Bald Hill Road in Albany.