Archery is a very popular activity at Camp Kingswood! We have a large flat surfaced archery range, complete with a half dozen full size targets. Our campers can choose from a variety of bows ranging in styles and size. Our certified and trained archery instructors provide a program that is just as exciting for the novice archer and those with advanced skills. The Kingswood archery program not only builds skills, but it’s incredibly fun!
Whether you’re a lover of art or just discovering your artistic abilities, the Camp Kingswood program is designed to allow you to grow and nurture your creative soul. Under the guidance of our outstanding art staff, campers have the opportunity to create masterpieces using a variety of mediums. Let’s not forget about camp classics like tie-dye, friendship bracelets, and ceramics. If you love to be creative, our art program is the place for you!
Building community starts in the bunk! Our cabins, units and two sides of camp are all uniquely positioned to create a welcoming and safe environment, while also optimizing the opportunity for fun, spirit, and building friendships.
The boy’s side of camp has three tiers arranged by age group to enhance the community building experience with a camper’s unit. The boy’s side also features a multipurpose field in the middle of the village. Campers and staff love our rustic cabins that range from brand new to traditional bunks for our oldest age groups. Cabins have toilets and sinks located inside the bunk and they are located nearby the central bathroom/shower house in the middle of the village.
All counselors and specialists live in bunks with their campers. Allowing for additional support and an amazing shared experience. Our leadership and supervisor living quarters are spread throughout each unit and side of camp, providing excellent support and supervision throughout the summer.
Camp Kingswood sits on the pristine and private cove of Woods Pond, a quiet, nearly 500-acre lake that provides our campers limitless water access activities all summer long. With 1000 feet of shoreline, our waterfront is a unique and breathtaking feature of Camp Kingswood, providing a magical backdrop right in the center of camp.
While we focus on fun, we also take water safety and instruction very seriously. Our canoe and kayak dock is located right next to our outdoor programming activity space. The amazing waterfront at Kingswood is perfect for both new canoer/kayakers and old pros. Our talented and highly-trained staff teach our campers the basics and advanced skills while cruising around our 500 acre lake. Campers have the opportunity to advance their skills while checking out our lake and enjoying views of the White Mountains in the distance. Kingswood canoe/kayak instructors are all certified lifeguards with years of experience in their boating craft.
“Jewish day school is where our boys developed their Jewish head. Camp is where they found their Jewish heart.” – Karen, camp parent.
At Kingswood we don’t believe there is one “right” way to be Jewish, and we welcome campers from all different backgrounds and perspectives. We have campers for whom camp is their only Jewish experience, and others who attend Jewish Day School. No matter your background, everyone feels welcome and included at Kingswood.
Our Shabbat services are campers and staff led, and filled with music, prayers, poems, and even skits. We borrow from all movement based traditions and make up some of our own! The ruach (spirit) of our services is unbelievable and leaves many of our campers feeling a new and deeper connection to their Jewish self.
We utilize our chapel in the woods for many of our services. However, we don’t limit ourselves to one place and can be found around camp in places like the Old Rec, at the Waterfront, or on the Upper Fields, depending on the occasion.
“Don’t tell my mom, but I wish I could eat at Kingswood all year!” – Noah, age 10
Picture yourself in a mountain ski lodge and you’ll be able to see the Kingswood Dining Hall. It’s an amazing facility outfitted with two fireplaces and a second story program space. Meals are a blast at camp! Campers sit with their bunkmates, allowing for ample social time to catch up on their days. Our staff are trained to help campers navigate mealtime, whether it’s venturing beyond their norms to try new foods, dealing with the excitement and noise of a full dining hall, or learning how to share and pass food around a big table. Meals include funny skits, music, cheering and dancing, ensuring that three times each day campers are given an extra boost of fun! At least once a week we have a BBQ by the lake, which is a favorite for lots of kids!
Our talented food service team works with us to create menus that are both delicious and healthy. Served family-style, our meals are comprised of kid-friendly Kosher food campers love to eat. You won’t find us serving pre-packaged frozen foods—our chefs take great pride in preparing what our campers eat from scratch, often using fresh herbs and vegetables from our camp garden. In addition to the main meal, there’s a full self-serve salad bar available at every meal. At breakfast, campers will find a variety of yogurts, granola, fruits, hard boiled eggs, and cheeses, and at lunches and dinners there are always tons of salad choices, including several proteins and optional meal choices like pasta.
Our camp Flag Pole is located on our waterfront and it’s one of our main meeting points. Each morning we raise both the American and Israeli flags. While our Flag Pole is a great spot to meet with friends, the areas surrounding it get a ton of action. Tetherball, gaga, nine square, jamming on guitar, hanging in a hammock with friends or playing a game of cards, the Flag Pole area is full of fun. It’s also home to one of our many campfire circles and some pretty amazing sunset views!
The girl’s side of camp has three tiers arranged by age group to enhance the community building experience with a camper’s unit. The girl’s side features a variety of gathering spaces in the middle of each unit. Campers and staff love our rustic cabins that range from brand new to traditional bunks for our oldest age groups. Most cabins have toilets and sinks located inside the bunk and all are located nearby the central bathroom/shower houses in the middle of each unit.
The Camp Kingswood Health Center is located in the center of camp with easy access to and from any point. Our air-conditioned facility is staffed by 3-4 RN’s and a rotation of doctors. Equipped with private nurse quarters, exam rooms, camper beds, and additional space for quarantines as needed. The health and safety of our entire community is extremely important to us!
For additional support, we also work with local medical facilities for both telehealth and in person visits. In cases of an emergency, our local hospital is less than 2 miles from camp.
*We will not have a rotation of doctors at camp in 2021 due to our COVID-19 protocols.
The New Rec, as it’s commonly known, is a 5,000+ square foot multi purpose building. Equipped with two additional large decks, the New Rec is home to our dance, gymnastics, fitness, and martial arts programs. The space provides an amazing atmosphere and facility to learn, grow, and push yourself. The New Rec is also used in the evenings for a variety of unit based and all camp programs.
The central hub of our camp operation is our office and our dedicated office staff ensure that communication inside and outside of camp flows smoothly! Whether you’re calling in for information, sending your camper mail, or receiving communications from camp, it all happens here.
Our fully stocked canteen provides campers and staff with a few comforts of home. Whether it’s purchasing some of our incredible camp swag or a tasty snack, our canteen is a fun visit for everyone. Families are able to add canteen dollars to their camper’s account remotely. Camper visits to the canteen are limited to a few times each week.
The Old Rec, as it’s commonly known, is a 5,000+ square foot multipurpose facility. The Old Rec is home to our Theater and Music programs and acts as our own live performance venue. Many campers perform for the first time at Camp Kingswood! Whether it’s learning guitar, taking improv classes, joining the cast of the all camp musical, or signing up for rock band, our talented staff help bring out your creativity and talents.
The Old Rec is also home to many of our all camp programs, including Ruach on Friday night. During Ruach we sing, dance and cheer the night away! When you walk into the Old Rec, you can still feel the vibrations of the excitement and energy of past summers!
Maine is nature’s playground and there’s no better place to experience the outdoors and learn new skills than Camp Kingswood. With over 100 acres of property to explore, our program provides campers the opportunity to advance their experiences and skills each summer. From learning to make a fire to our camp garden to fishing to shelter building to backpacking/hiking skills, the opportunities are endless. At Kingswood every age group has an opportunity to explore the wilderness of Maine and sleep under the stars.
The Camp Kingswood high and low ropes course is designed to push individuals to grow and to build strong community and teams. Every bunk in camp goes through our full course of low ropes course activities, building their team and setting them up for success. Campers can also choose to tackle the many high ropes course elements and push their individual comfort zone. From the 100 yard zip line to our 5 different climbing features to our high wire elements, every camper is challenged and supported to get one step closer to their goal.
While we focus on fun, we also take water safety and instruction very seriously. At our ski and sail dock, campers participate in a wide variety of water sports. Our talented and highly-trained ski and sail team help each camper advance from basic to advanced skills. Each of our ski and sail staff members are all certified lifeguards, sail/ski instructors and boat drivers, all with years of experience in their craft. Our waterfront is absolutely amazing and the perfect setting for both the new waterskier/sailor and an old pro, all with views of the White Mountains in the distance. Let’s not forget the fun of tubing with your friends!
Camp Kingswood prides itself on being home to some of the very best staff in camping! Our team is composed of a wide variety of talented individuals from all around the country and across the world. Our supervisory and leadership staff are made up of seasoned professionals who join us for the summer season. Their living quarters are spread throughout the property and within our two sides of camp to provide excellent support and supervision throughout the summer.
While we focus on fun, we also take water safety and instruction very seriously. At our swim dock, campers participate in everything from swim lessons to enjoying our stand up paddle boards (SUPs) to playing on our amazing water toys. Our talented and highly-trained swim dock team is made up of certified lifeguards and swim instructors, all with years of experience learning and teaching their craft.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or you enjoy playing sports just for fun, the Camp Kingswood sports facility has you covered! Our incredible sports staff provide programs that offer both fun experiences and opportunities to advance your skills. We have an amazing baseball field complete with batting cages and our very own Green Monster! Our athletic fields are manicured and lined for soccer, flag football and lacrosse. Our basketball and hockey courts are both recently updated and our 3 tennis courts will be brand new this summer!
Our program includes both in-camp tournaments and out of camp competitions with camps throughout New England. Sports activities are also available during our free play period if you just want to shoot around, work on your swing, or challenge your friends to a game.
*Out of camp competitions will not be held during 2021 due to COVID-19 protocols.
The Camp Kingswood Woodshop is located on the lower level of our Dining Hall. Campers have the opportunity to work with our experienced staff to learn the basics and create both simple and elaborate masterpieces. For many campers, the Kingswood Woodshop is the first time they use tools to create projects. Our Woodshop is another great opportunity for campers to grow and find creative talents.