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Camp Wigwam

57 Wigwam Pass,
South Waterford, Maine 04088
All bookings are free!
Camp Prices 2020
Camp Category: ACA Accredited, Archery, Baseball, Basketball, Canoeing, Ceramics, Culinary, Golf, Hiking, Lake, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Theater, Woodworking

About Camp Wigwam

Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains on the sandy shores of Bear Lake, Camp Wigwam offers a traditional summer camp program with particular emphasis on tennis, golf, the arts and rustic camping along the spectacular trails of the magnificent White Mountain National Forest.

Camp Wigwam stresses participation rather than strict competition and allows every camper ample opportunity for choice. This encouraging, supportive atmosphere enables each camper, no matter his interests, the ability to reach his highest potential.

The Wigwam summer camp experience is a very personal one with only four boys and one counselor in each cabin. One seven week program begins in late June and runs through the middle of August, with five, four, and three week options held within that time frame. Campers range in age from seven to fifteen.

With a high percentage of returning staff, experienced administrative personnel and the involved ownership of the Strauss family, Camp Wigwam fosters individual, physical and emotional growth in a less competitive atmosphere, guiding each camper to live and learn within a community of his peers.
camp overview
Nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains on the sandy shores of Bear Lake, Camp Wigwam offers a traditional summer camp program with particular emphasis on tennis, golf, the arts and rustic camping along the spectacular trails of the magnificent White Mountain National Forest. The entire property is cradled in a majestic pine grove on the natural white sand beach of Bear Lake. Each camper is encouraged to participate in tennis, golf, and our waterfront activities. Golf lessons are offered daily, with trips to one of four local courses five days a week. Waterfront classes include swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, and a top-rated waterskiing program. Wigwam offers a very personalized atmosphere. Our low key approach allows each camper the ability to concentrate on specific activities of his own choosing including competitive sports, hiking, drama, rock climbing, woodworking, ceramics, music and crafts. Tutoring is available.
History
Since 1910, Camp Wigwam has remained a thriving, dynamic cultural experience renowned for the high quality of its innovative sports and fine arts programs.

Camp Wigwam, on the shores of Bear Lake in Waterford, Maine, was founded in 1910 by Abraham "Mandy" Mandelstam and Arnold "Pop" Lehman. Together these pioneers of the industry forged a program that would be a model for the summer camp industry for most of the first half of the twentieth century. Pop was an athletic and energetic leader, whose strength was the day to day operation of the camp. Mandy was a creative genius, established in the arts and theatrical community in Manhattan, whose well connected friends were frequent visitors to Camp Wigwam.

In the autumn of 1964, Mandy, who had two years earlier purchased Pop's interest in the camp, sold Camp Wigwam to Ned & Helen Strauss. Ned & Helen resurrected Wigwam to its former glory, reignited it's storied traditions and operated the camp until 1977 when their son, Bob, took over its reigns. Wigwam enters the new millennium under only its second ownership as Bob and his wife Jane Strauss continue to carry on the amazing legacy of this marvelous camp. Today, thousands of men from all over the country share a bond born in their childhood that still burns brightly within their soul to this very day, the cherished memories of a Camp Wigwam summer.
Location
Camp Wigwam is located in southwestern Maine in the foothills of the White Mountains. The entire property is cradled in a majestic pine grove on the natural white sand beach of Bear Lake.
Activities
What makes Wigwam so unique is our attention to each and every camper's growth as a young man while they discover friendships that will last a lifetime. Bashful or outgoing, athletic or not, every camper becomes part of the ever-growing wigwam family. We offer a very personalized atmosphere, with but four campers and a counselor in each cabin.
Golf lessons are offered daily, with trips to one of four local courses six days a week. Waterfront classes include swimming, sailing, canoeing, fishing, snorkeling, and a top rated water skiing program.

  • Woodworking
  • Canoeing
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Hiking & Rock Climbing
  • Campfires
  • Ceramics
  • Baking
  • Theatre
  • Basic instruction in tennis, golf, swimming, soccer, archery, baseball, basketball
  • Outings to local Orchards, Portland Sea Dogs Baseball Games, Maine Mineral Adventures, and more!
A Typical Day at Camp Wigwam
Each day spent at Wigwam is different. However, to give you an idea, a typical day in the life of a camper at Wigwam might look like this. Playing basketball, soccer, going for a sail with a friend, fencing, tennis match, a morning at the driving range or an afternoon at one of our local golf courses, waterskiing or exploring their more creative side in ceramics, arts and crafts, sewing or rocketry.

  • 7:30am Assorted Activities (fishing outings, intra camp sports, play rehearsal, etc) often followed by a campfire.
  • 8:00am Breakfast
  • 8:50am Cabin Clean up
  • 9:30am – 12:45pm 3 Instructional Activity Periods
  • 1:00pm Lunch
  • 1:45pm Rest Hour
  • 2:45pm – 5:30pm 2 Free Choice Activity Periods\
  • 5:45pm Dinner
  • 6:45pm Evening Activities
  • 7:30pm Camp Fire / Drive in Movie / Full Camp Activity
  • 9:00pm Campers begin to get to bed (excited about doing all again tomorrow)
Packing List
As you may recall, we do not require a mandatory uniform at Camp Wigwam. We do suggest, however, that all campers bring a minimal amount of camp uniform for use when participating on intercamp teams and when traveling outside of camp.

Below is a list of suggested clothing that may be brought from home, or purchased at a store in your area. Be reminded that our laundry is done weekly, and returned the day after it is sent. Thus, 8 or 9 days worth of clothing should suffice.

  • Shoes – 2 pair of tennis shoes, (white soles), at least 1 pair of sneakers, hiking boots, cleats, flipflops
  • Underwear – 10 – 12 pair
  • Socks – 12 – 14 pair
  • Shorts – 8 – 10 pair
  • Bathing Suits – 2
  • Long Pants – 2 pair of jeans or rugged pants, 1 pair of dress pants for socials, 2 pair of sweat pants
  • Shirts – 10 – 12 casual (Tee) shirts – 2 longsleeveshirts, 2-3 sweatshirts (preferably hooded) or sweaters
  • Coats – 1 light jacket, 1 poncho/ raincoat
  • Pajamas – 2-3 pair (slippers optional)
  • Bedding/Linen – 2-3 sets of sheets(twin or cot) w/pillowcases 1 pillow, 3-4 blankets, 4-6 towels, toiletries, 2 laundry bags, 1 sleeping bag (for camping trips)
  • Personal Equipment – Tennis racquet, baseball glove, tennis balls, flashlight, golf clubs (optional), fishing rod (optional), etc.
****All items should be nametaped, or marked.*****
Parent Information
Visiting Camp
We extend a most cordial invitation to visit camp on Saturday, July 25th, 2020. All Parent/Son activities will be held on that day. We invite parents and siblings to join us, starting at 9:15 a.m., for a walk-through of camp activities and program scheduling, followed by buffet lunch and The Wigwam Water-ski Show, our annual Parent / Son Decathlon, and finally a theatrical production by the Wigwam Players. At that time, parents are welcome to take their camper(s) out to dinner with a return time of 8:30 p.m. Sunday visiting is reserved for parents who can only make it that day.

Phone Calls
We have an open phone call policy. Parents and campers are welcome to phone. We feel that keeping the lines of communication open makes every camper and parent, whether rookie or veteran, feel that much more comfortable. We ask parents to call either in the morning (Approximately 8:00 – 8:50 EST) or at lunchtime (Approximately 1:00 – 1:45 EST) so as not to disrupt the daily schedule of your camper. We encourage homesick camper's phone calls to be scheduled so that the time in between calls increases proportionally, and before long sad calls become enthusiastic and happy ones. Parents are also encouraged to write, e-mail or fax on a regular basis.

Parents Day Information

Our schedule on Parent's day (Saturday, July 21st, 2018) starts at 9:15 A.M. Parents, families and friends are encouraged to accompany their camper(s) on their normal morning schedule to get a feel for the normal camp day. At noon, a sumptuous buffet lunch will be served on the lodge lawn while the Annual Wigwam Water Ski Extravaganza is presented. Families are then encouraged to participate in Wigwam's Parent / Son Decathlon which is followed by our annual theatrical production. Parents may then take their camper(s) out of camp for family time and dinner, and are asked to return by 8:30 P.M.

Weather at Wigwam
Wigwam has a multitude of activities to do on what we call a 'Rainy Javadizaday,' named after the famous Wigwam alum, Kamran…Java…diza…day. In fact, some campers even look forward to these days because it might be a chance to catch up on some reading, play cards or play a board game with some friends. If we are really lucky, Bob might start up some famous Wigwam Bingo (with prizes!)

Of course, if the weather is good, then there is nothing to worry about.
FAQ
Why Wigwam?
Prospective families most often ask the question;"What makes Wigwam so special?" As soon as a new camper passes under the Totem Pole entrance for the first time they become a "Wigwammer" at that very moment. The spirit, the camaraderie, the sense of community and the joy of summer camp happen almost immediately in this nurturing and friendly environment. For generations, boys have enjoyed this magical spot on the shores of Bear Lake, returning year after year as campers, Counselors in Training, full staff members, and ultimately as revered alumni. Cherished memories, and lifelong friendships are forged and preserved in this hallowed and traditional setting in the woods of Maine.

How does my son get to Wigwam?

The Wigwam office will help arrange air transportation for any family wishing to have their youngster fly to camp. Wigwam staff will escort campers from every airport, as a Wigwam camper never flies unattended. Camp Wigwam will arrange free coach transportation from the greater Boston area on opening and closing dates each season, and will gladly assist any family in making arrangements to meet that coach on those dates. We may also utilize a train if families are interested. For families who choose to drive to Wigwam, directions may be found on our web site.

Telephone Policy?

At Wigwam, parents and campers are welcome to phone. We feel that keeping the lines of communication open makes every camper and parent, whether rookie or veteran, feel that much more comfortable. Parents are asked to arrange a phone call through the Wigwam office so as to not disrupt the daily schedule in taking a child away from an activity. Homesick camper's phone calls will be scheduled so that the time in between calls increases proportionally, and before long sad calls become enthusiastic and happy ones. Parents are also encouraged to write, e-mail or fax on a regular basis.

Care Packages?

Parents, grandparents, siblings and friends are welcome to send along a care package. One of the great joys of the summer camp experience is receiving a package from home. Please remember to include bunkmates and counselors, as sharing of these packages is encouraged. Healthier snacks are a good way to go, and non-perishables are a must.

Visiting Day
Our schedule on Parent's day starts at 9:15 A.M. Parents, families and friends are encouraged to accompany their camper(s) on their normal morning schedule to get a feel for the normal camp day. At noon, a sumptuous buffet lunch will be served on the lodge lawn while the Annual Wigwam Water Ski Extravaganza is presented. Families are then encouraged to participate in Wigwam's Parent / Son Decathlon which is followed by our annual theatrical production. Parents may then take their camper(s) out of camp for family time and dinner, and are asked to return by 8:30 P.M.

Electronics
Cell Phones, DVD players,Xboxes, Wii, DS and small refrigerators should be left at home. This is summer camp after all. Campers are welcome to bring I-Pods or CD players, but remember we are out in the middle of the woods, and mother nature is not kind to sophisticated electronic gear.
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