Camp Nokomis

Camp NokomisSince 1952, Camp Nokomis has offered a high quality camp experience for girls, ages 8 to 16. During each of the four two-week sessions, 150 campers are led by a staff of sixty The camp, with its idyllic setting of sandy beach and wooded trails, is located on 40 acres of Bear Island, one of the largest islands on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Comfortably settled in a sheltered cove, Camp Nokomis' acreage is covered by unspoiled forest and carefully situated camp buildings. The screened, wood-framed camper cabins accommodate eight to twelve campers and their two or three counselors. Modern toilet and shower facilities are located near the cabins. Quality medical care is provided on-site by two full-time registered nurses. Well-balanced meals are served family-style to the camp community, often accompanied by lively camp songs.

Program facilities include multi-purpose playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, archery  ranges, a spacious craft shop, and a log-built recreation lodge with a fieldstone fireplace. Camp Nokomis' program caters to each girl's individual abilities and needs, while remaining sensitive to her age and interests. Instructional programs are taught by trained and properly certified staff, providing the best and safest possible learning experience for the camper. Each girl chooses the activities in which she wishes to participate. Her schedule, which includes athletic and creative activities, will also have "rest times" and unscheduled periods when a variety of other activities may be pursued. Competitive opportunities exist but the emphasis is always on personal growth and enjoyment. To enhance the daily schedule, special events are planned each session and in the evenings.

The Nokomis leadership is also dedicated to spiritual growth. Weekly non-denominational chapel services explore issues relevant to the lives of children. Catholic girls may also choose to attend Mass on Sunday mornings in Meredith.

Selected senior girls (ages 16 and over) are potential candidates for our two-year Counselor-in-Training or Aide/CIT program. Through study of the needs and interests of children, practical experience in cabins and activities, and an extensive evaluation process, our trainees develop the required skills and commitment to camp values we seek from camp leaders. Course content includes the fundamentals of human relationships and basic techniques of teaching.

Camp Nokomis offers something rare in today's world: a consistent, responsive, and caring atmosphere enclosed in a beautiful, natural environment. Camp friendships are enduring. Camp experiences develop confidence with which to confront the challenges of the outside world.

Camp Accreditation

Camp Nokomis is accredited by the American Camp Association, licensed by the state of New Hampshire, and operates in accordance with the YMCA of the USA policies.