Welcome to West End House Camp!

 

In the foothills of the White Mountains on the southern Maine side, there is a remarkably modern and beautiful 112 year old camp with a legacy of camaraderie, teamwork, tradition, experiential outdoor learning, and personal growth:
West End House Camp.

We are an overnight summer camp for approximately 125 boys at a time, ages 7-15, for 2, 4, 6, or 8 week sessions throughout the summer. We focus our days’ activities on the waterfront, sports, and games and challenges. We have the perfect combination of rotating campers through the wide variety of activities we have, while still having elective time where the boys can do more of what they like best.

West End House Camp campers become more independent, self-confident, responsible, and social without even realizing it! We are known for our continuity and the passion that campers develop for the camp and the lifelong friendships that quickly evolve. While many of our campers have been coming for years (as did some of their fathers and grandfathers), we are a very welcoming and comfortable place that enrolls many dozen newcomers each year. Additionally, our long-time, dedicated staff and counselors are almost all former West End House Camp campers, so we know how to make sure the campers feel supported and nurtured in their first or their fifth year!

West End House Camp is also known for the diversity and quality of our campers! We welcome boys from many different states and countries. We are diverse in terms of ethnicity, race, religion, family situations, and socioeconomic status, and we are proud of this! We emphasize mutual respect and equal opportunity for all.

Sadly, because of COVID-19, the 2020 season at camp in Maine is canceled. Read our May 13 announcement here. Read our May 19 updates here. More info is in our June newsletter here.

We are starting our HOUSE at Home virtual camp program! If you are a veteran camper, were going to be a rookie camper this summer, or are a prospective camper for 2021, join us this summer for free! See all you need to know about HOUSE at Home here!

 

See what parents say about West End House Camp!

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Each year we put together an extensive yearbook called the Spirit. Here is the 2019 version! Enjoy! You will get a very clear picture of all that goes on that is fun, exciting, valuable, and memorable! Speaking of pictures, here and here are the many cover pictures! 

West End House Camp seems like a great match for your son!? Chat with Director Steve Lepler right now about this. We are waiting for you to join the West End House Camp family!

Email steve@westendhousecamp.org

or call 617-783-2267 or 781-784-5703!

 

Testimonials

“The best part of the camp is the brotherhood – there’s a loving family right there. If they could live there all year, I think they would.”

Carolyn (mom of Sam and Ben, both at WEHC for 10+ years)

“My son loves the camaraderie and the friends he makes – it’s a place where he’s really, really happy. Giving them wings and letting them go is the best thing ever.”

Jacky (mom of Ben, at WEHC for 5 years)

“I love how he talks about it constantly, and how he can’t wait to go back. We started off at four weeks, then six, now eight, and it’s all been Jack’s choice – and that’s been the best part.”

Jennifer (mom of Jack, at WEHC for 5 years)

“I like that they are unplugged, so it forces them to interact with their peers. My son has become a lot more mature since going to Camp.”

Lisa (mom of Austin, at WEHC for 8 years)

On Aug 21, 2020, at 1:08 AM, Liam Grabie wrote:
Hey, Steve I just wanted to thank you for all that you’ve done for camp and for myself. The past six summers I’ve been at camp have been by far the best of my life. There is no place I’d rather be than camp. Unfortunately, due to the ongoing pandemic, I could not be up at camp with all my friends this summer. Once reality sunk in, I was devastated with the cancelation of camp and my Gottlieb year. Myself, along with my fellow bunk mates, would do anything to get our Gottlieb year back. On the other hand, I’ve lately realized that getting my Gottlieb year back is not possible and I must move on. I’ve been very fortunate to have some amazing counselors over my several years at camp. I realize that my time has come to be on staff. I consider going to West End House Camp as the best thing that has ever happened to me. All of my crazy, fun memories and tight, unbreakable friendships that I’ve created over the years have truly had an impact on me. What other place will you make friends for life? I know of several alumni that maybe talk to a few friends from high school, but for some reason they still talk to all of their friends from camp. The best way to explain it is quoting the House Song; “when you’re one of the boys, you’re always one of the boys.” That is truly the best way to summarize what we call the “spirit” or the brotherhood. And that spirit will prevail “as long as the sun is in the sky”. I want every single camper to have the same experience as I hope to have once I am an old timer. That is why I’m very exited to return on staff next year and help give my campers the West End experience that I had. Hopefully, my future campers will grow up together and form lasting friendships and bonds that last a lifetime. Anyway, I wanted to thank you for coming to my house all those years back and telling me about camp. At first, my mom was hesitant about sending us to camp because we previously had a bad experience at another sleep away camp, but you worked your magic on my family and convinced us to go to camp. Without you putting in all that effort and coming to my house, I honestly don’t know if I would’ve ever went to West End House Camp. I can never thank you enough for recruiting Ben and I. I’ve grown to love camp so much and everything about it. I hope to be at camp for many years to come! As someone who cares so much about camp, I appreciate everything you’ve done for the place I call home! You truly have had a profound impact on my life and I am beyond grateful! I’m very happy and excited for you to start a new chapter of your life and wish you the absolute best! I hope to see you at camp next summer and many more to come!
Best regards
Liam (don’t mind my punctuation I spontaneously felt the need to write this at 12:40AM)

Liam Grabie

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