We are located on 100 acres of pristine, wooded land on the shores of Newfound Lake. We are in the foothills of the White Mountains in Hebron, New Hampshire, 2 hours from downtown Boston and 5 hours from New York City.
Wicosuta hires staff members who possess character and integrity and who serve as excellent role models for our girls. We do this by recruiting from the finest schools in the U.S. and abroad. Each program area is headed by an Activity Head with many years of coaching and teaching experience. Our bunk counselors must have completed their first year of college. They range in age from 19-24 years old. A counselor-to-camper ratio of 1:3 is maintained to ensure proper supervision at all times.
Yes. Our Two Week Explorer program is a two-week session for first-time campers only and open to current 1st through 4th graders. Although most campers do attend for the complete session, this program is an introduction to overnight camping for girls and families interested in the experience, yet not ready for a full four-week session. Explorers are exposed to a wide range of traditional camp activities and events. They bunk by grade and exclusively with other girls in the Explorer Program.
One of the things that makes our camp unique is our geographic diversity. Wicosuta girls hail from 25 states and 15 countries. Many of our campers are the daughters and granddaughters of Wicosuta alumnae.
At Wico we dress to be active! Girls in grades 1-5 wear a Wico t-shirt/tank of their choice and their own activity-appropriate shorts. Girls in 6th grade and up are not required to wear uniforms, but must wear non-designer athletic clothing. All campers wear one-piece bathing suits. These dress requirements eliminate the pressure and resulting competition that girls often feel about “what to wear.”
Campers currently in grades 6-9 have one or two socials per session. Wico socials are less “middle school dance” and more “dance party.” They are often held outside and run by a deejay with lawn games, music and snacks!
Coach bus transportation is provided for campers from Boston, Connecticut, New Jersey and Westchester. We chaperone flights from several major metropolitan areas.
Corey, Justin and Carly strive to meet each first-time camper in person or via video chat. Spending time with our campers helps us get to know each girl and contributes to her adjustment to camp. Each first-time camper is also assigned a “Big Sister,” a returning camper who acts as a pen pal to the new camper before the summer begins. “Big Sisters” spend time at camp with their “Little Sisters,” making first-time campers feel at home. We assign seats on bus transportation to camp and assign tables, weekly, in the dining hall to promote the development of an intimate camp community.
Parents may call their daughters at a specified time once during the session. Phone calls are optional. Girls are required to write home three times a week and we recommend parents do the same. Emails may also be sent to campers through the Wicosuta website. Parents are encouraged to share questions or concerns with the directors anytime throughout the summer.
We post a daily summary, as well as photos, on our camp website. Access to this area of our website is password-protected.
Our menu is designed to appeal to girls. Our chefs provide a large variety of nutritious and well-prepared selections. Alternatives, including vegetarian options, are available at every meal. Two large salad bars and a deli bar are available at lunch, as well as a daily pasta selection offered at dinner. Our two daily snacks include fresh fruit, healthy treats and ice cream. Wicosuta is a nut-aware camp. We do not serve nuts or nut products.
Yes– first-time campers are bunked with at least one other camper who is at Wico for her first summer.
Yes! Your bed and cubbies will be assigned before you get to camp. In fact, when you arrive you will find that your bed has been made and your clothing unpacked, so that your cabin feels like “home”.
Yes and yes! Our bunks have electricity, toilets, sinks and showers.
Missing home doesn’t mean you are ill. It’s not a true sickness. Missing your parents and/or home is 100% normal. Should you miss your family, know that there are caring and nurturing people at camp (your counselors and friends) who will help you feel better quickly. Wicosuta is a place where people care for one another!