Fast Facts

Camp Pemigewassett ("Pemi"), was founded in 1908 and is a sleepaway summer camp for boys ages 8-15 in Wentworth, New Hampshire.

Fast Facts: boys skipping rocks at sunset

Locationfast facts: helicopter view of Camp Pemi's location
Camp Pemigewassett is in Wentworth, New Hampshire, on the edge of the White Mountain National Forest and in the heart of NH’s Lakes Region, 30 miles north of Hanover (home of Dartmouth College). Here’s a map.

Our Lake
Known officially as Lower Baker Pond, our lake is ~1 mile long and 1/2 mile wide, ideal for paddling, sailing, skiing, and swimming. We are the sole residents on our lake, ensuring both safety and privacy; i.e. no public party boats or jet skis!

Enrollment
170 boys at any one time (255 total for all three sessions) with openings for approximately 65 new campers each summer. About half of our boys attend for the full seven-week session. Our return rate is high; 82% of campers who are eligible to return, do so.

Campers
Boys aged 8–15. Many come from New England and mid-Atlantic states, though in any given year 24–28 states and 6–10 countries are represented.

Sessions, Dates, and Rates
For boys ages 8-15: 1st Session (3+ weeks) • 2nd Session (3+ weeks) • Full Session (7 weeks). See current dates and rates.
See also: 16s Program and Family Camp (great for alumni and new families alike)

Fast facts: the founders of Pemi known as "the four docs"History
Founded in 1908. Camp Pemigewassett is the oldest sleepaway boys’ camp in the country still owned and managed by the founding families, now in its 4th generation of stewardship.

Program
Instruction and opportunities from beginner to advanced levels in:
Sports
Water Sports
Nature Studies
Music, Woodworking, Crafts & Studio Arts, Drama
Hiking & Canoeing

Staff
Overall ratio of staff to camper: 1:2. Many were “Pemi boys” but we welcome new energy and perspectives. A mature, veteran staff brings annual continuity. All employees are well-prepared and trained, ready and eager to welcome our campers.

Fast Facts: cabin group photoCabins
Boys of the same age live in small groups of 6–10 along with 1 or 2 counselors in one of 22 cabins. Bathrooms and showers are located conveniently nearby.

Meals
Peanut-free. Nutritious, varied, fresh. Served family-style at tables of 10 with older campers as waiters.

Living Unplugged
Campers take a break from the pressures of instant communication and social media by leaving electronic devices at home and connecting, instead, on a deeper level with those around them.

Logo
Since 1919. This skinny, angular fellow is as relevant today as always, and remains dear to the hearts of generations of Pemi boys and men. (Hint: click that little “P” at the top right of the site to find out why!)

Travel to / from camp
Pemi is easily reached by car, plane, and a chartered bus. Details for each can be found here.

Fast facts: communication is through letter writing. A camper holding up letters from home.Communication
Campers and parents communicate through written and mailed letters. Camp Pemi’s office is fully “connected” and can be reached by phone or email. Parents are kept informed through postcards; phone calls; weekly newsletters; photos posted twice weekly; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram updates; blog articles; and detailed reports written for each camper by his counselor. Find more, here.

Why Pemi?
The great news is that there are many excellent summer camps out there. The key is in finding the camp that echos your short-term and longterm goals for your son. Here are 6 reasons that we feel make Pemi, Pemi.