The Wanocksett Experience
Arrival & Check-In
Closing ceremonies. Dismissal at 10:30 AM.
2022 Leader Meeting
What to Expect While Living at Camp
Camp Wanocksett strives to immerse Scouts in the outdoor experience. Campers live in canvas wall tents on wooden platforms. Each camper has a cot and mattress. There are no screens in the tents so mosquito netting is strongly recommended. Scouts should supply their own sheets and blanket, or sleeping bag and pillow. Each tent sleeps two Scouts. Tent assignments are left to the discretion of the individual troop. Footlockers, trunks, suitcases and backpacks are all appropriate for packing.
Dining Services at Camp Wanocksett is committed to excellence in food preparation and presentation. No one will leave the dining hall with an empty stomach. Three meals a day are prepared by our professional food service and served in the dining hall. Menus are reviewed and approved by a dietitian.
Camp Wanocksett uses a “waiter” system in each troop to give Scouts an opportunity to learn and practice sanitary and considerate mealtime habits. Scouts take turn serving as waiter for their table. Waiters arrive to the Dining Hall 15 minutes early to set the table for the meal, serve food to their table and ensure fair portions for all, and clean up following the meal. The waiter responsibility rotates throughout the week so that all Scouts share in this work equally.
Camp Dining Services are able to accommodate specific dietary requests of a health or religious nature with sufficient notice. Please inform the Camp Director of any special needs as soon as possible.
The safety and well being of every camper is of utmost importance. The camp employs a full-time registered nurse, who lives at the camp, to provide medical attention if necessary. All camp staff are trained in first aid and the camp has a standing agreement for emergency services with the hospital in nearby Peterborough.
To ensure that the camp nurse is aware of the medical needs of every camper, we require that youth and adults submit a completed medical form showing evidence of a physical exam by a licensed health care practitioner within the last 12 months. This form should include physician’s orders for any medication. All medication is monitored and distributed by the camp nurse.
Each adult age 18 and older, staying in camp for the week, must complete the BSA’s Youth Protection and be a registered member. See the camp Leader’s Guide for more detail.
To maximize safety at the waterfront, each camper will be asked to demonstrate their swimming ability to the waterfront staff during their check-in procedure. Scouts will be rated according to their swimming ability, based on a standard swim test. Their swimming ability rating will help the waterfront staff to assess their skill level, provide instruction if necessary and maintain the highest safety standard during aquatic activities. Instruction is available for Scouts who wish to improve their swimming ability.
Camp Wanocksett is committed to supporting the troop program and the patrol method. Our daily program offers activities for Scouts of all ages, including special programs intended for younger campers and more challenging activities aimed at older Scouts.
Scouts will have the opportunity to work on one or more merit badges during their stay at Camp Wanocksett. Your Scoutmaster will help advise you as to which merit badges you should consider working on during your stay at camp. Younger scouts also have the opportunity to work on skills that will help them achieve their Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class ranks.
The Wanocksett Staff is fully committed to including all Scouts in every aspect of the summer camp program. Often, meeting the needs of all campers requires minor adaptations of our facilities, staffing and instructional plans. Special menus, one-on-one instruction, accessible campsites, individual counseling and other provisions are available for Scouts or leaders because of physical disabilities, learning disabilities, medical conditions, dietary requirements, religious practices or other special needs.
Unit leaders should contact the Camp Director well in advance to outline the specific needs of Scouts and leaders in their troops.
Camp Phone (Operates Year Round): 603-563-8550
Camp Wanocksett is located on the border of Jaffrey and Dublin, NH, at the base of Mount Monadnock.
- From MA Rt. 2 take exit 24 to Rt. 140 North.
- Follow Rt. 140 to Rt. 12 North in Winchendon, MA
- Follow Rt. 12 North to Rt. 202 North.
- Follow Rt. 202 North to Rt. 124 in Jaffrey, NH.
- Turn left on Rt. 124. Follow Rt. 124 approx. 3 miles
- Turn right onto Dublin Rd, at the sign for Monadnock State Park.
- Follow Dublin Rd. approx 3 miles to Camp Wanocksett
- The Camp Wanocksett parking lot is on the right.
Camp Visitors must check in at the camp office while Camp is in session. When Camp is not in session visitors should check in at the Ranger’s house across the street from the camp entrance.
Pre-Camp Orientation Meetings
Orientation meetings for Scoutmasters and Senior Patrol Leaders are held every Wednesday night during the summer. Leaders are asked to attend the meeting 2 weeks prior to their arrival at camp. The meeting with the camp administration will take place at 7 PM and be held virtually this summer. Refer the Leader’s Guide for the specific dates of the orientation meetings.
Youth Protection Reminder
All persons over the age of 18 staying in camp must be registered members of the BSA and complete Youth Protection Training.