West End House Camp is a famous overnight summer camp for boys, ages 7-15, which began in 1908. We are located about two hours outside of Boston in the town of Parsonsfield, Maine, which is equidistant from Portland, Ogunquit, and Conway, NH. West End House Camp is on pristine Long Pond and has a stunning 5,000 feet of lakefront property.
Our goal is to get quality kids on board – making them part of the West End House Camp family for the long term. To achieve this, we strive to provide world-class facilities and activities at affordable prices. We are a private nonprofit, and our board of 32 members makes sure that we continue to stay one of the best camps in New England at any price.
Tradition plays a major role in the history of West End House Camp. Whether a camper is a third or fourth generation West Ender or one whose family just recently discovered the camp, all campers are caught up with a sense of belonging to an organization with a long history of excellence. Inevitably, they all feel within them “the Spirit of the House,” an oft used phrase that describes the friendships, loyalty, and camaraderie that are always present. The tradition was started by our founder, James J. Storrow. His dream of creating a place where boys can live and learn in harmony is carried on in the same manner now as when the first group attended in 1908. The cooperative attitude among campers, the emphasis upon mutual respect, their feeling of loyalty to a great organization, and their desire, as adults, to give back to the organization that has had such a positive influence and impact on them are all immediately evident whenever WEHC alumni gather. When you come on board at West End House Camp, you join a family of friends who will be there with you and for you now and always!
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Bill Margolin, who began as a West End House Camp camper in the 1950s, followed by many years as a counselor, has been the full time Executive Director of West End House Camp since 1973. No one has been involved longer with the West End organization than Bill! He grew up in Boston and is a graduate of Boston Latin School and Bowdoin College. He is married and currently lives in Randolph, Massachusetts.
2018 was Bill’s 60th year since he began as a camper at West End House Camp! Watch the 3 minute tribute video that made its debut at our 110th Anniversary Celebration event on 11/17/18 at Showcase Live in Patriot’s Place in Foxborough, MA
Steve Lepler, whose family has been affiliated with West End virtually since its founding, began his affiliation with the organization in the 1960s as a camper, then as a counselor and small crafts director in the 1970s. Starting in 1998 he returned to became the Assistant Executive Director. In October of 2008 he expanded his role to be the Director full time year round. A native of Brookline, Mass., he is a graduate of Brookline High School, Oberlin College, and Northeastern University with a Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition to his 30 plus years of involvement with the camp, Steve worked 25 years for a human service agency providing training and consultation to parents, teachers, and staff. He is married, with two married children, and lives in Sharon, MA. He has a granddaughter with a second on the way!
Ryan Wilensky, the youngest of three brothers to attend West End House Camp, began as a camper in 1987 at the age of 9. He spent 6 years as a camper and 7 as a counselor, leading most of the sports programs as a veteran staff member. Ryan is a graduate of Stoughton High School, Indiana University, and Simmons College where he received his Masters in Teaching, and currently teaches at Foxboro High School. He also has a great deal of experience coaching basketball at both King Phillip Regional and Foxboro High Schools. He became the Director of Operations for West End House Camp in the fall of 2007, working part-time in the off season and full-time during the summer. He lives in Foxboro, MA with his wife and three children.
Allan Jacobs, began as a camper and a counselor in the 1960’s and 1970’s. He returned 4 years ago to help us out at the waterfront and throughout camp. In 2018 he started to serve in the role of Waterfront Director, which he will continue this summer! A native of Brookline, MA, he graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. For many years Allan has been a professional juggler and entertainer! Allan and his wife live in New York City, except when they are at their house on Long Pond down the street from the camp. They have 2 adult daughters, one of whom is married- recently bringing Allan’s grandson into the West End House Camp family!
Josh Daigle started attending WEHC as a camper in 2001. He returned annually as a camper and counselor through 2007, when he also became Co-Waterfront Director. After a seven year absence, during which time he graduated from the University of Maine at Farmington with a B.S. in Secondary Education, got married, and started a family, he returned in 2015 as the Assistant Director of Operations. Josh makes certain that WEHC runs smoothly for both campers and staff in the evening and at night. During the off season, Josh lives in Auburn, Maine with his wife and 2 daughters, and works as a teacher at Lewiston Middle School.
The strength and excellence of West End House Camp lie in the staff : 40 plus dedicated individuals, the vast majority former campers, who devote 2 months each summer to ensuring the safety and happiness of the campers under their care. We view our counselors as Youth Development Professionals. During the off season the administration is in frequent contact with the staff. During the summer months, staff meetings and supervision ensure communication and the constant exchange of thoughts and ideas so very vital to the success of each season. West End House Camp has much more continuity than any other camp!
The Health Center, located in the main portion of the camp, is supervised by a licensed Health Care Supervisor who is available 24 hours a day. The Health Center was totally rebuilt for the 2018 season. The building itself contains an examining room, where the medical records and all medicines are also secured; 2 extra bedrooms for campers who may need special medical attention or time away from the cabin; a bedroom suite for the Health Care Supervisor; and 2 bathrooms. The screened porch that faces the brand new outdoor basketball and volleyball court is a comfortable “waiting” area for campers.
A major key to the operation is the maintenance staff (John Fredette and Steve Chamberlain). Under their watchful and capable eyes, the physical setting remains in outstanding condition. They constantly inspect the many buildings, cabins, courts, and fields which comprise West End House Camp, and through their diligence and many skills the camp has always remained in near perfect condition. They also check on the camp regularly during the winter months, ensuring that Mother Nature does not take a toll on our wonderful camp.