Dear camp families,​​

Families have reported finding ticks on their children at the end of the camp day.  With campers active outside all day at camp, ticks are a very real possibility and danger. We recommend an insect repellent containing between 20-30% DEET.  Repellent should be non-aerosol and campers should be shown how to use it. According to the Vermont Department of Health, ticks are found near grassy or wooded areas.  This means pretty much all of our camp property!

It is also recommended that you check your children for ticks on a regular basis.  For more information please visit:

http://healthvermont.gov/prevent/lyme/documents/ticks_are_out_booklet.pdf”

Here’s to a safe and healthy summer,

Rosemary Whitman

Abenaki Mascoma Camp Director

Pre-Orientation Day

We are so excited for camp to start tomorrow. We welcomed campers for a pre-orientation this afternoon to tour camp, meet the staff and more!

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Staff Training

Last weekend, the staff at all our day camps, got together for a weekend training at Camp Kettleford in Bedford, NH. We cooked out, did team building games, sang songs, and so much more! We are all ready for our campers to arrive and can’t wait to share some of our new skills with you!

Camp Names

hello my name isDo you use camp names? I love camp names, but after a while they begin to repeat. How many “Sunshines” can one camp have? My camp name is “Snow”, short for “Snowbrat” my nickname from competitive snowboarding. It’s my screen name and my license plate.

Its an “age-old”, why do we have camp names? Camp names where initially created, in part, because you would never call an adult by their first name. At camp things are less formal so staffers started the tradition of having a nickname for campers to call them. After all, it’s easier to distinguish between 3 counselors know as Jedi, Sport and Possum then it is to have three counselors known by their real names of Amy, Amy and Amy (not to mention that it’s a lot more fun).The tradition has now continued on into a time that students call their friends parents and teachers by their first names.

How does one get a camp name? Camp names can come about in several ways:

  1. You come up with it on your own, picking something you like or enjoy such as M&M or Tigger.
  2. Friends or family give your name could be from when you where a young kid or once you arrive at camp. Usually is something that reminds people of you. Like Sky, Albert, Dory or Kiddo.
  3. International staff sometimes have it the easiest, since their names are not always “Americanized”. Names such as More (Isreal) or Mimie short for Jemima (England).
  4. CIT receive a name at the graduation of their CIT program.

How ever you get your camp name, you need to prepare to be called it for the rest of your life. Campers will see you in the store, at school, church and so many other places and shout out “Hey, Smiley!”. For staff you tend to forget peoples real names and years into friendships you will find your self struggling to remember real names, since you spent 8 weeks calling someone Mac.My friend Liz from High School, will forever be “Duckie” in my mind from our years at camp.

Really camp names are just another excuse to be silly and stay a kid a little longer. Plus kids love the idea and that’s why we are really here! What is your camp name and how did you get it?