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7 Days Toppers Horseback Riding Camp for Kids and Teens in Maine, USA

Camp Nashoba North, 198 Raymond Hill Road, Raymond, Maine 04071, USA

USA Novice to Experienced Horse Riding Holiday

Come explore all that Maine and the camp have to offer! Just 2.5 hours north of Boston, Nashoba offers something for everyone! The Toppers program offers traditional, co-educational programs for campers ages 9 to 14, extensive horseback riding, a spectacular lake for all water sports, energetic staff in a supportive atmosphere, beautiful modern facilities, and wonderful food!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 170 pounds / 77 kilograms
  • Tack Type: English Tack
  • Horse Breeds: Welsh ponies, Quater horses, and Mixed breed well-schooled lesson horses and ponies

Highlights

  • Extensive horseback riding
  • Approximate daily riding time: 2 hours
  • Use of craft supplies is included
  • All daily meals will be provided
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All lectures are included

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction
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Accommodation

About Camp

At Nashoba North, the crystal clear water of Crescent Lake, wonderful facilities, and a long list of outstanding activities are just the surface of the experience provided for campers. Nashoba creates an atmosphere that enables campers to make good decisions and fosters personal growth through the achievement of goals and supportive community living.

Nashoba wants campers to develop an appreciation and sense of stewardship towards the environment and the outdoors. Most importantly, Camp Nashoba North is fun! They want campers to return home with memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Cabins

One of the big things people always ask is “What are the cabins like?” The wooden cabins are spacious, bright, and modern; “Modern Rustic” is the term Nashoba likes to use. Each cabin is fully equipped with showers, sinks, toilets, hot water, and electricity. There are screens on all the windows and doors and all are furnished with custom-designed wooden bunk beds.

The layout of each of the cabins is unique and during the summer, most have 6 to 10 campers with a minimum of two senior staff members living in each. There is plenty of open space for spending time with the rest of your cabin group. The cabins have individual closets and cubbies for clothes storage. Trunks are not necessary and soft duffles are preferred.

Facilities

Nashoba North offers a modern rustic approach that creates a comfortable environment for campers. All of the buildings are of wooden construction. Located at the center of camp is Plummer Hall, where you will enjoy eating family-style, three times a day, and the Rec Hall, which includes the indoor theater.

On the lower level of Plummer Hall, you will find a large library where campers are encouraged to take advantage of a huge selection of books or play in the rec room. The health center, which is also centrally located, is open 24 hours a day. There is a registered nurse on staff to assist with any situation.

OUTDOOR FACILITIES

  • Seven all-weather tennis courts
  • Regulation size and irrigated soccer field
  • Baseball and softball field
  • Manicured two-hole, par-three golf course
  • Two volleyball courts (sand and grass)
  • Large multi-purpose athletic field
  • Archery range
  • Gaga Ball pit
  • Outdoor basketball court

ARTS FACILITIES

  • Music Recording Studio (the Rock Shack)
  • Pottery studio for hand building and wheel classes
  • Large arts and crafts building
  • Photography studio and darkroom
  • Woodworking studio
  • Silk-screening
  • Dance studio with hardwood floor
  • Breathtaking 300-seat outdoor theater under the pines
  • Indoor theater complete with stage lighting and sound system

WATERFRONT

  • Large fleet of Day Sailers and JY sailboats
  • Windsurfers equipped for all sizes
  • Canoes
  • Kayaks
  • Bic Stand Up Paddle Board fleet
  • Three modern Ski Boats
  • 29 feet pontoon fishing boat
  • Many recreational items for enjoyment

ANIMALS

  • 22-stall primary stable
  • “The Pines” - Second stable consisting of eight large box stalls
  • Four riding arenas
  • Paddocks
  • Grazing areas
  • Many well-schooled horses and ponies
  • Tame farm animals (Goats, Sheep, Cows)
  • Always friendly camp dogs

Program

Co-ed One Week Intensive Riding Program - Developing Empowered and Passionate Riders

Nashoba North offers a one-week intensive riding program for English riders ages 9 to 14. The Toppers program was created to provide hands-on quality instruction for a small group of riders who are experienced. Riders will have a minimum of two one-hour riding lessons each day, a horsemanship lecture, and two one-hour camp activities such as waterskiing, sailing, pottery, or tennis (just to name a few) to choose from. Always a favorite are the Gymkhana games, horseless jumping, video critique, and musical drill team!

Nashoba’s lessons are taught by qualified instructors on well-schooled horses and ponies. Nashoba has four riding arenas and two stables within the camp facility on picturesque Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine. The lecture series will cover many pertinent subjects such as feeding, grooming, points of the horse, conformation traits, body markings, breeds, braiding, course design, bandaging, first aid, lunging, saddling, and much more.

You will also have professionals lecture, a locally recognized veterinarian on pre-purchase exams and your own registered farrier will demonstrate proper shoeing techniques. This is a perfect preparatory program for an Interscholastic Equestrian Association (IEA) team experience.

At Nashoba North, they pride themselves on providing a wonderful summer riding experience by offering quality lessons to all levels of young riders with a strong emphasis placed on developing their horsemanship skills. Many Nashoba riders are active in the United States Pony Club throughout the year.

Nashoba's hands-on approach fosters confidence while teaching safety skills around horses. Toppers students gain a true understanding of horsemanship while being in a traditional sleep-away environment. Campers live in modern cabins complete with electricity, sinks, toilets, and hot showers. All riders must have an approved harness helmet, riding boots, and breeches and riding experience is required.

Daily Schedule

Waking up on Crescent Lake is amazing! Join everyone for a delicious breakfast followed by a full day of five one-hour activities. You will be in the saddle for riding lessons, have hands-on lectures with horses and ponies, enjoy a wide range of other activities of your choice such as waterskiing, sailing, art, tennis, land sports, dance, and much more.

Of course, there is a quiet downtime hour as well after lunch. After a nutritious dinner, join the camp community for a fun evening activity. You will also depart camp for off-site equine lectures.

Tack Type

At Nashoba North, you will be riding in the hunt seat form of English riding, also known as a jumping seat. There are classes in dressage/balance seat as well. Classes are held in one of the four riding arenas, please note that Nashoba is not a trail riding camp.

Rider’s Experience

For the Toppers program, riders should have a novice to intermediate experience level with a command of the rising trot and start to canter.

Who Attends Nashoba North?

Nashoba North’s campers have many faces and all truly love living in a diverse and very active camp community. The campers come from different faiths and backgrounds and from all parts of the United States and many countries around the world. Each session, Nashoba welcomes up to 190 boys and girls to the shore of Crescent Lake for 3, 4, 7, and 8-week sessions.

Younger children may experience Nashoba's two-week Discovery Program for one summer. Nashoba North is non-sectarian, they celebrate weekly themes on topics such as Cultural Awareness, Sports and Leadership, Music Appreciation, Conservation, Hidden Talents, and others.

Who Works at Nashoba North?

Nashoba North’s staff members are committed to ensuring your child’s safety and well being while at camp. Staff members are older collegians and teachers with camping experience from the United States and abroad. A minimum of two of these specialists will live in each cabin with the campers. Nashoba’s nurturing staff is the key element making the summer fun and in developing a camper’s positive self-esteem.

Location

Nashoba North is uniquely located in the beautiful Sebago Lake region of southern Maine, 2.5 hours North of Boston. Just 35 minutes to the East is the ocean city of Portland, host to a regional airport and world-reknowned seafood. Campers and staff reside in well-appointed wooden cabins with showers, sinks, toilets, and electricity.

Features

Activities

  • Art classes
  • Cooking classes
  • Golf course
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Rock climbing
  • Sailing
  • Stand up paddle boarding
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball court
  • Windsurfing

General

  • Dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Lounge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Special menu request
  • Pet friendly

Food

Dining

At Nashoba North, they pride themselves on the fact that they do not use an institutional food service. They design their own menus and prepare, cook, and bake all of their meals in their own kitchen. A dietitian reviews their menus to ensure the meals are well-balanced and nutritious. There are two wonderful head chefs followed by prep-cooks and their assistants.

All campers and staff eat family-style in the large dining room tables in Plummer Hall, the dining hall. In the mornings, there is a large breakfast bar offering such items as fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, raisins, and bagels. Complimenting the breakfast bar are assorted cold and hot cereals and a hot breakfast meal is served at each table. Hot meals vary from day to day and include such items as french toast, scrambled eggs, omelets, and pancakes, amongst others.

For lunch and dinner, there is a full salad bar with a wide selection of choices for campers to choose from. Hot entrees such as baked chicken and rice, stir fry, lasagna, tacos, pizza, and more are served at the table and are always accompanied by vegetables. Nashoba also offers a peanut butter and jelly bar, soups, and vegetarian alternatives.

Every Sunday night, weather permitting, there will be a cookout, eating under the shade of the trees on the dining hall lawn. Nashoba will be happy to talk with parents in regards to accommodating food allergies or special dietary needs. Cooking classes are always a hit at Nashoba North.

Nashoba has had many parents call after camp is over and ask them “What have you done? My picky child is happily enjoying other food!” Nashoba has even been asked for the names of some of the items they offer so that parents can get them at home, information that they are always happy to share.

Birthdays are always celebrated in Plummer Hall with a birthday cake big enough to share with the entire cabin and, of course, singing! Nashoba loves birthdays and are accustomed to dealing with food allergies and are happy to discuss these with families on an individual basis.

Wellness

A major part of Nashoba's commitment to the campers and parents is ensuring the health, safety, and wellbeing of campers at all times. Camp Nashoba North has a modern health center with a registered nurse on camp and on-call, 24-hours a day throughout each session. The health center is fully equipped and has emergency communications available through the town of Raymond.

The camp is also within 30 minutes of several hospitals, including the Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME and the Bridgton Hospital in Bridgton, ME, should additional care be required.

Philosophy

At Nashoba North, they believe in healthy eating with food that is fun. Every meal at camp is created with an eye for kid satisfaction! Meals are nutritious and prepared in the on-site modern kitchen. Nashoba’s homemade meals are served family-style and prepared by two experienced head chefs and their team of prep-cooks and culinary assistants.

The nutritional menu is reviewed by certified dieticians. Nashoba believes in meals that are made with fresh and authentic ingredients, locally-sourced, seasonally produced from Maine and throughout New England. Read more about their food program in the Bangor Daily News. Nashoba believes in delivering the best food that they can to ensure that the campers are healthy, happy, and energized! Fresh fruit is available to campers and staff all day long!

Let's Talk Breakfast

In the morning, campers are offered a large breakfast bar filled with fresh fruit, yogurt, granola, raisins, and bagels. Complimenting the breakfast bar, campers will find assorted cold and hot cereals and a hot breakfast meal served family-style at each table. Hot meals vary and include items like french toast, blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, omelets, and waffles.

How About Lunch and Dinner?

For lunch and dinner, campers are offered an extensive fresh salad bar overflowing with healthy salad fixings. Hot entrees such as baked chicken and rice, stir fry veggies, make-your-own soft tacos, lasagna, pizza, and more are served family-style at each table accompanied by seasonal, fresh vegetables.

Every Sunday night, weather permitting, there will be a cookout, eating under the shade of maple trees. Tuesday nights are always exciting theme meals where the food and decor in the dining hall feature a different culture. Campers love eating with chopsticks during Asian night followed by a fun surprise in their fortune cookie. Soups and alternative dietary meals are also available.

Birthdays

They are always celebrated with a personalized birthday cake large enough to share with the entire cabin, and of course, lots of singing. Nashoba loves birthdays and parents are welcome to call to send along birthday wishes.

Cool Facts

  • Nashoba uses local foods whenever possible and practical. Chef Russell has been sourcing more of the food from local farmers and suppliers right here in Maine!
  • Nashoba uses natural and wholesome ingredients whenever possible, reducing the use of “processed foods.”
  • Nashoba provides alternatives to those campers with special dietary needs e.g. sugar reduced diets, vegetarians, gluten free, food allergies, dietary constraints, etc.
  • Healthy choices are available for all appetites!
  • Nashoba practices sustainable living efforts like composting, recycling, and choosing biodegradable products whenever feasible.
  • Nashoba considers themselves environmental stewards! They carry their respect for the Earth from the kitchen to the campers’ table.
  • Nashoba can accommodate most special dietary requirements of campers and staff.
  • Nashoba does not cook with any nuts or nut oils and can accommodate any allergies and/or special dietary needs.

Meet the Chef

Nashoba's head chef is joined each summer by a fantastic crew of collegiate culinary students. Head chef, Russell, returns for his 21st year with CNN. Russell brings over 24 years of experience in food preparation, ordering, and kitchen management. Russell enjoys attending culinary lectures and food shows regularly.

He is looking forward to creating locally-sourced healthy and nutritious meals for campers. One of Nashoba's local favorites is Mulberry Farm, just down the road in Raymond. Some of the chef's culinary experience are:

  • Camp Nashoba North: 2001 - present
  • Sailfish Point Country Club, Hutchinson Island, FL: 2004 - present
  • Harvard University Dining Service: 1998 - 2003
  • ServeSafe Certified

Food Restrictions or Picky Eaters? Not a Problem!

Nashoba is experienced with and sensitive to the dietary restrictions of campers with food allergies and work closely with them and their families to provide healthy accommodations.

  • Vegetarian

The breakfast bar includes fresh fruit, cottage cheese, yogurt, oatmeal, and cereal (soy and cow milk). The lunch/dinner salad bar offers a healthy selection of fresh vegetables and fruit. Nashoba serves a vegetarian alternative to each main course.

  • Gluten Allergies

Nashoba will be able to provide some gluten-free items such as pastas, pizza, pancakes, breads, and desserts.

  • Tree Nut and Peanut Allergies

Nashoba is a Peanut Aware Camp. As such, they do not cook with any nuts or nut oils and they ensure there are nut-free areas in the dining hall. Additional safety precautions are implemented to protect individual campers based on need.

  • Lactose Intolerance

Nashoba serves soy milk and can make delicious dishes without dairy (The kids love their naked pizza!)

  • Vegans

Nashoba will be happy to provide vegan meals with advance notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Experience tennis, soccer, theater, dance, archery, art, pottery, photography, woodworking, basketball, baseball, rock-climbing, hiking trips, and more!

Water Sports

  • Wakeboarding

Nashoba often hears how impressed parents are with the personalized instruction offered for campers. Nashoba's 21-foot Malibu ski boat is known for its superb towing ability with adjustable wedge design, tower, board rack, and 320 h.p. engine; boarders thoroughly enjoyed “The Bu” as it is fondly named. Nashoba's boat drivers, instructors, and spotters are professionally trained annually by a recognized industry leader.

  • Tubing

The joys of laughter can be heard all around the waterfront with the thrill and excitement of riding across the water. First time and experienced tubers enjoy the wide bay area surrounding the tprivate beach to take in the beauty of Crescent Lake. Tubers can ride solo or with a partner. The thrill of skimming across the water is a once in a lifetime experience.

The Bowrider is always up for the task of pulling tubers. Nashoba's boat drivers, instructors, and spotters are professionally trained annually by a recognized industry leader.

  • Waterski

Whether you are a beginner looking to get up on two skis for the first time or an experienced slalom skier, Crescent Lake is the place to be. Rated as one of the top lakes to ski on by Waterski Magazine, the warm, protected waters of Crescent Lake affords the ideal place to get out on the water to perfect your skills.

The staff takes pride in getting beginners “up” for the first time! Smiles all around, you will not believe the sensation of being in control on top of the water. Seasoned skiers like to get out on the water early in the morning. They will often be the first on the lake and have glass-like conditions to perfect their cuts. Nashoba's boat drivers, instructors, and spotters are professionally trained annually by a recognized industry leader.

  • Sailing

All hands on deck! Crescent Lake is an amazing place to learn how to sail. The lake enjoys consistent wind and campers are able to learn all of the basics in Nashoba's fleet of American Day Sailors and JY one-design racer/daysailor boats. Learn to rig a boat, sail on a beam reach, pick up a mooring, and more.

Want to race? For the advanced sailor, Nashoba North regularly competes in regattas with other camps on Crescent Lake. Sailing skills stay with you for a lifetime. Nashoba hears many stories of campers going on to sail for their college teams or sailing a forty-footer in remote places like the Virgin Islands with their families. Life skills, they all start here.

  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding, or SUPs for short, are immensely popular since it was introduced at Nashoba many years ago. The camp has over a dozen BIC boards to chose from. Exciting classes are taught by a member of the qualified team of instructors. Whether it be cruising around beautiful Crescent Lake or taking part in an inter-camp SUP race, this activity is fun for everybody! Want to try SUP yoga or a handstand on the board? Nashoba will be happy to teach you.

  • Windsurfing

For windsurfers, Nashoba North has 10 boards of varying sizes so that all campers have the opportunity to learn and enjoy this great sport.

  • Canoe/Kayak

CANOE

Canoeing has been a long part of Nashoba's rich history at camp. The Sebago Lake region offers endless opportunities for day and overnight canoe trips. You can set out after breakfast and not return until dinner all while staying on Crescent Lake. The J stroke and the Draw stroke are keys to success for every canoer.

"War Canoe Class" sounds like fun doesn’t it? You and 10 of your friends can enjoy team paddling in Nashoba's two beautifully restored 25-foot 1965 Old Town canvas canoes. Evening paddles are great fun for campers.

KAYAK

Campers begin learning the fundamentals of kayaking on Crescent Lake with a focus on safety and fun. Paddling skills are developed through lessons and lots of great kayaking games. Once the basics are mastered, experienced kayakers can hit the waves on one of Nashoba's kayak surfing trips or work on their whitewater skills on one of the many exciting rivers in the area.

Ready to learn a wet exit or Eskimo roll? Nashoba can help you learn this summer. Campers can also enjoy a fun and challenging game of “kayak polo”, a great way to help develop paddling skills and core strength.

Land Sports

  • Soccer

Soccer is one of the most popular activities offered at Camp Nashoba North. Instructional, skill-based classes are held every period of the day on the camp's regulation-sized, fully irrigated field. Advanced players have opportunities for daily full-field scrimmage. With Nashoba's elective program schedule, campers can choose to immerse themselves in the soccer program (up to 3 hours per day), or simply practice their skills for an hour per day.

Campers from the U.S., Canada, Spain, England, France, Germany, Italy, and many more countries around the world come to improve their skills and have a great time doing it. Nashoba's top-notch staff consists of current and former NCAA athletes as well as international counselors who have trained around the world.

Each has experience in team and individual training and the ability to connect with campers to improve their skills. Come work on your dribbling, passing, shooting, defending, agility, and more!

THE NASHOBA CUP

Camp Nashoba North also fields soccer teams each session for inter-camp games and tournaments throughout southern Maine. The camp has been hosting the Nashoba Invitational Cup every summer for decades, with 12 teams invited to participate each year. Past participants include Fernwood, Fernwood Cove, O-At-Ka, Timanous, Micah, Laurel South, and Winona.

  • Tennis

Camp Nashoba North's tennis program is instructional and fun. Campers are offered the structure of formal classes with allotted time for practice and competitive play. Nashoba's seven all-weather courts provide an optimal setting for instructors to teach both beginners and advanced players.

Tennis rules, strategies, scoring, and practice enhance all levels, making tournaments and round-robin events exciting. Nashoba prides itself on having superior instruction filled with lots of fun on their courts. The small group-size lessons are all-inclusive with no additional fee. It is quite common to see one-on-one instruction on the courts.

Nashoba offers a personalized approach to learning and competitive play. What better way to gain your confidence and enjoy the game of tennis than at Camp Nashoba North! The tennis pro-Paddy and his staff look forward to meeting you this summer.

  • Golf

Nashoba North’s golf instructors are known for their personalized and patient approach to teaching the game of golf. Camp Nashoba North offers a manicured two-hole, par-three golf course on the camp property, which includes a sand bunker and rough areas for practicing pitch shots.

Small, intensive golf lessons with no more than 4 campers per lesson are taught 4 days a week on this course and 2 days at local golf courses and driving ranges. Spring Meadows Golf Club, offers a challenging course to campers and is always a favorite. Nashoba North’s golf instructors provide instructions on topics such as rules, golf etiquette, terminology, strategy, and scoring, in addition to working with campers to improve their basic golf skills.

The instructors help to foster the camper’s enthusiasm for the game so that they can continue to learn and develop once camp has ended and they have gone home. Golf clubs are included for beginner golfers. Proper attire is required for courses off of the camp property. The golf fee, including greens fees for four weeks is 800 USD.

General Sports

Sports Played at Nashoba North:

  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross Country
  • Disc Golf
  • Field Hockey
  • Floor Hockey
  • Gaga Ball
  • Lacrosse
  • Touch Rugby
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball - Beach and Grass
  • Water polo

Have a game you want to play at camp? Nashoba is always looking for new sports to try.

Creative Arts

  • Culinary Arts

Cooking classes are a huge hit! Campers enjoy learning how to make a wide range of delicious treats from homemade pickles and pretzels to banana bread, and of course cookies! Classes are small in size and offer individual instruction in the beautiful Plummer Hall. Always using their brainpower, future chefs learn to weigh, measure, distribute, and mix ingredients on a constant basis.

Campers get to test their sense of smell and taste all in an action-packed hour. The culinary staff discuss the value of cooking with locally sourced produce and offer trips to Nashoba's favorite, Mulberry Farm, just down the road

On Sunday afternoons, trip staff has the opportunity to take campers down to the yurt at the lake to cook over an open flame. Campers always make enough to share with the rest of their cabin and are eager to show off their treats!

  • Photography

Learn the basics of black and white 35mm film photography at Nashoba North. Nashoba’s very own Photography Hut teaches campers the basics of black and white 35mm film photography, everything from how a camera works to the chemical process of making each photograph. Campers choose which locations on camp to photograph or can even hold their own fashion show!

During the printing process campers work together to make beautiful black and white images that they can be displayed in Arts Night or even crop down to make a postcard to send home to the family! Those who wish may participate in the weekly “Photo of the Week” contest, the winner of which gets their work published in Nashoba’s weekly print newsletter, The Crescent Post!

  • Pottery

Nashoba North’s Ceramics Teachers are highly qualified individuals with a passion for art. Nashoba has 8 electric powered throwing wheels and even a foot-powered kick wheel that campers can make plates, bowls, coffee mugs, and vases to take home! Along with wheel pottery, there are hand building classes to really get your hands dirty in building animals, mosaics, pot holders, and anything else the imagination dreams up!

Once projects have had a chance to dry out, everyone has the opportunity to decorate their masterpieces with glaze before they go into the kiln. The pottery studio offers a fun and relaxing atmosphere to learn a new craft and take home camper’s creations!

  • Woodworking

Come up with your own designs in Nashoba North’s woodshop. Nashoba’s own woodshop offers a large array of classes in whittling, walking staff making, birdhouses, bunk-organizers, paddles, signs, and more! Kids are encouraged to come up with their own designs such as picnic tables, card tables, chests, mail boxes, and themed bird houses.

Come experience working on a Lathe to create legs for stools and tables, baseball bats, bowls, popular Harry Potter wands, drumsticks, and more! Classes are designed for project completion in one week. If your camper can imagine it made out of wood, the staff can help make it happen!

Outdoor Adventure

  • Climbing

Climb away and come check out Nashoba's wall! The camp has a 35-foot climbing wall. Each of the six sides offers varying levels of difficulty. The qualified instructors can work with all levels of climbers, from beginners to more advanced.

A critical part of their instruction is ensuring campers learn all the necessary safety techniques including the proper use of equipment, how to tie in, climbing commands, and belaying. Campers can participate in guided climbing trips throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

  • Trips

Explore Maine's backroads and mountains! Make awesome memories in the most serene, beautiful, and iconic landscapes in New England. Nashoba North is strongly committed to environmental enjoyment, awareness, and the Leave No Trace philosophy. Campers learn safety in the wilderness, proper handling of fire, low-impact camping, conservation techniques, and about local plants and wildlife.

Trips to the local Maine State Wildlife Park are always exciting! Nashoba's highly competent, fun instructors match campers to trips based on their hiking abilities. Every trip offers supportive opportunities to advance to their skills. Every Sunday morning, campers elect to sign up for the upcoming trips they wish to join in.

The camp works in conjunction with the State of Maine's Department of Forestry and Wildlife. Many campers strive to become a member of the “4,000 Footer Club”. Cool fact, you will receive a t-shirt the first time you summit Rattlesnake Mountain just across the lake from camp. All trips are elective, not mandatory and included in the tuition with the exception of ocean sailing and Moxie white water rafting.

Most day and overnight trips are only an hour distance from camp. Nashoba also discovers the unique landscapes only found off the coast of Maine. Ageless scenery and rich history inspired the famous works of Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Herman Melville (Moby Dick). Let Maine and Nashoba inspire you.

  • Animal Care

When was the last time you took a goat or baby calf for a walk? At Nashoba, you are offered an interactive animal care program that campers thoroughly enjoy. Each summer, there are baby goats and young calves loaned from a local dairy farm for the staff and campers to take care of and train.

During the summer, Nashoba makes special trips to area resource centers that support their philosophy of supporting Maine wildlife. Just down the road at the State of Maine Wildlife Park, campers can see up close: Bald Eagle, Coyote, Red Fox, Screech Owl, White-tailed Deer, Wild Turkey, and even a Moose!

Nashoba also loves their personalized tours of Pineland Farm to see a working farm in operation. An amazing opportunity for campers to collect eggs or even milk a cow.

Performing Arts

  • Theater

Nashoba North campers perform weekly One Act plays and monthly musicals. Nashoba North campers perform in one large musical production each four-week session and in One Act plays every Saturday night. The plays are produced on the beautiful indoor and outdoor lighted stages and they generate enthusiasm and excitement throughout the entire camp.

Musical productions in recent summers have included Singin' in the Rain, The Jungle Book, Seussical, Aladdin, Honk, Mulan, Willy Wonka, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr, Alice in Wonderland, Mirror Mirror, Beauty and The Beast, Smile, AristroCats, Peter Pan, Knights of Dawn, Once on This Island, The Music Man, Pirates of Penzance, The Little Mermaid, Annie, Into The Woods, Guys & Dolls, and High School Musical 2.

Theater classes include improvisation, mime, stage makeup, lighting, set design, and more! Dances are choreographed by Nashoba North staff members for each production. Every Sunday Camp, Nashoba heads down the hill to the waterfront for a camp-wide campfire silhouetted by Maine’s beautiful sunsets over Rattlesnake Mountain and Crescent Lake. Here, campers and counselors alike put on skits, sing songs, and tell jokes.

Everyone gets involved and sometimes a little wet from Crescent Lake and playful skits! The camp even holds a class, run by the theatre department, specifically for the top of the line skits for this very occasion! Campers are guided to come up with their own skits and are then helped to refine dialogue and inclusiveness. The product is always being entertaining, unique, and often hilarious!

  • Music

Cut an album at the Rock Shack or perform at Nashobapalooza. Nashoba is also excited to be able to offer campers musical instruction in a wide variety of instruments including guitar, ukulele, drums, piano, and more in their own “Rock Shack”. While all summer music camps offer musical instruction, Camp Nashoba takes it one step further.

Campers have the opportunity to jam with other campers and counselors and put together a band to play at Nashobapalooza, the camp's very own rock fest, a music festival summer camp experience like no other! Past camper bands have included Stinky Towels, Portuguese Panda, and Sarcastic Love. Campers can “cut an album” or simply record a few songs at the Rock Shack.

  • Dance

Show off your moves! From modern dance and hip hop to yoga and jazz, Nashoba offers a wide range of dance instruction from modern dance and hip hop to yoga and jazz, the instructors are qualified individuals who choreograph several dances to campers’ favorite songs each week.

At the end of the activity week, campers have the opportunity to show off their new moves at the Saturday night Arts Night. Campers are often invited to suggest new dances and even choreograph their own moves to truly show off their talents!

What's included

  • 2 1-hour riding lessons daily
  • All daily lectures
  • Daily camp activities
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals daily
  • Craft supplies

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Transportation from Boston (Approximately 150 USD for one way)
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your international flights to arrive at Logan International Airport (BOS), 2.5 hours from camp. The shuttle service is available with prior registration during specific times provided upon registration. Local regional jet service is also available free of charge at the Portland Jetport, Maine (PWM).

Camp Nashoba North is happy to offer chaperoned van/bus services for campers arriving and departing from this airport (International flights only) and Portland's Jetport (Domestic flights only). For more information, please send Camp Nashoba North an inquiry

Driving directions

You are highly suggested to follow these directions and DO NOT use Mapquest or GPS systems.

  • Version #1: Mane Turnpike

Follow Interstate 95 North to the Maine Turnpike exit 63 in Gray, Maine. After the tollbooth, turn left, cross over the highway and take Right onto Rte 26 North. Bear Left at Merge. At a Gas Station and blinking light, turn Left onto N. Raymond Rd. for 1 mile. Left onto Egypt Rd. for 4 miles. Right onto Rte 85 for 100 yards and Right on Raymond Hill Rd. after the fire station, for 1+ miles. Turn left at the camp driveway. Mileage is approximate. Please drive slowly in the camp drive.

  • Version #2: More traffic lights and sometimes slower

Follow Interstate 95 North to the Maine Turnpike to exit 48 Westbrook/Portland. Right after going through the tollbooth, then left a mile up at lights, onto Rte. 302 West. Follow Rte. 302 to Windham and then into Raymond. (approximately 17 miles). Right onto Rte. 85 at lights and the Good Life Market carry on for 4 miles. Go past Egypt Rd. and Fire Station. Turn right onto Raymond Hill Rd. The camp driveway is on the left at 1+ miles. Please drive slowly in the camp drive.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 75% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 222 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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