Cabin Living

Your cabin will become your home-away-from home within a surprisingly short time. Living at Pemi is simple, and the setting makes for what is essentially a summer-long sleepover of fun and exploration. It won’t take long for you and your cabinmates—no matter where everyone comes from—to recognize that “having fun” doesn’t require lots of stuff or lots of inside space, but comes instead from belonging to a group that, through shared close-living and learning, quickly becomes a “band of brothers.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you place boys in cabins?

Unlike other camps that let a computer decide who’s going to live together, we “build” our cabin groups based first on age, and then on other factors such as hometown, interests, personality, session length, expressed goals from pre-season parent and camper questionnaires, and teacher recommendations for new boys. As a final step, we “match” counselors and assistant counselors to the cabin group after several days of staff training where we’ve seen these important role models in action. This process, done with great care and thought, tends to create dynamic, well-rounded, fun “summer families” within the greater Pemi family.

Who will be in my cabin?

Campers learn what cabin they’re in and who their cabinmates are on arrival day. You’ll be in a cabin with six to ten other boys your age, with our oldest campers having the largest number of cabinmates. Each cabin has a counselor who will have had at least one year of college or the equivalent experience, and most cabins have an assistant counselor (AC) as well, someone who has just finished his junior or senior year of high school. Most counselors and ACs are former Pemi campers. Read how we select our staff. >>

Where will my cabinmates come from?

In any given summer, campers come from 24-26 states and 7-9 countries outside the US. This provides a great opportunity to learn about other hometowns, schools, and cultures as you get to know one another.

What personal space will I have?

You’ll have your own bunk and your own set of shelves for your clothing and other belongings. Some camps have their campers “live out of their trunks.”  At Pemi, you will unpack your duffles and fully settle in. Just like home. You’ll be responsible for keeping your space neat, and everyone in the cabin pitches in to keep the common areas clean. Cleaning’s never been so much fun. Read more about “inspection” at Pemi >

What about bathrooms and electricity?

All of the cabins have electricity, and bathroom and shower facilities are located conveniently in each division.

Can I be in the same cabin with my best friend from home?

One of the greatest outcomes of the residential camp experience is living with boys from far and wide. While we are happy to talk about this, in our 100+ years of experience, we’ve learned that boys actually settle in much more easily and get more out of camp when they are not in the same cabin with a best friend from home.

You and your best friend will be able to:

  • Choose the same activities.
  • Play on the same teams.
  • Take the same optional trips.
  • Spend free afternoons and evenings together.

By being in separate cabins (perhaps right next door), you will:

  • Meet one more boy whom you otherwise might not have if that bed had been taken by your friend.
  • Introduce your cabinmates to one another, thus doubling the people you meet.
  • Find it easier to make your own decisions and to try new things.
  • Find it easier to reach out to other campers and to have other campers reach out to you.

And finally…

Every night, counselors read to their boys. Learn more about this cherished nighttime ritual >

Read more about life skills learned through community living >

Read about meals at Pemi >