On the evergreen banks of Lake Winnipesaukee in Moultonborough, New Hampshire rests Camp Tecumseh, an all-boys sports camp founded over a century ago. 300 acres of unspoiled nature set the scene for lifelong friendships, and memorable experiences that allow for a break from the stress of the modern world.
Once at camp, all technology is taken from the campers, many of whom rarely go a day without electronics, let alone multiple weeks. Since technology-deprived boredom cannot be resolved by mindless finger tapping, camp forces people to bond with the 200 other people that surround them.
Unlike the school experience, a brotherhood is created among people of all ages throughout the camp.
Jeff Pendergast ’19, a lifelong camper/counselor, said, “There is no better feeling than jumping in the cool lake after a long day of competition with your friends, watching the sunset over the White Mountains. It’s truly a special place to have grown as a person.”
When kids are first dropped off at camp at a young age, they are forced to use their social skills to adapt to the new environment. This skill speeds up maturity as learning this flexibility early on allows individuals to act and live with confidence.
“Tecumseh’s community has given me a sense of belonging, and has supported my growth into becoming an educator and coach.”Mr. Hunter Gillin
Hunter Gillin is a Haverford second-grade teacher and Tecumseh counselor. From Tecumseh, he has learned the importance of community
Mr. Gillin said, “Tecumseh’s community has given me a sense of belonging, and has supported my growth into becoming an educator and coach.”
The Tecumseh values help all who attend grow up and live using sharpened social skills and the community in times of need.
Seven-year camper Wells Flinn said, “Watching the older campers and counselors interact and handle situations, they became role models for me and my cabinmates.”
Camp is structured to teach the campers to persevere through hardship while staying calm and confident.