Wondering how come West End House Camp is such a great deal? Wondering what to pack? Wondering what to do if your son wants to stay an extra session even though you miss him and he misses you?
Q. West End House Camp looks amazing! How can the price be so reasonable?
A. West End House Camp is a private non-profit organization, overseen by a 32 member Board of Directors, all volunteers and mostly former campers and counselors. Our facility, programs, and tradition are better than camps that are much more expensive. Our goal is to get quality kids on board and have them become part of our family. We are proud that West End House Camp is such a great value. We are the best overnight boys camp in New England at any price!
Q. Can you tell me more specifically how West End House Camp’s tuition compares to other camps in New England?
A. Yes! We have a rate chart that compares many overnight camps in New England.
Q. Where can I see a copy of the West End House Camp Yearbook?
A. 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, and memorable! Speaking of pictures, here and here are the cover pictures!
Q. Why do we have the option of 2 week sessions?
A. Some families feel like this is a good way for their sons to have their initial introductory camp experience. The majority of our 2 weekers are first time campers. However, many first timers also sign up for 4, 6, or even 8 weeks! We like to give options to meet each camper’s needs.
Q. Where do the campers come from?
A. About 70 percent come from Massachusetts, approximately 30 towns, with boys from Sharon, Newton, Lynnfield, Westboro, Brookline, Natick, Framingham, Boston, etc. Many different states are represented as well, including New York, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, North Carolina, California, Texas, Louisiana, and Virginia. We have many international campers from places like Spain, France, China, England, Ukraine, Japan, Colombia, Germany, and Israel. We pride ourselves in the quality of our campers and our diversity!
Q. How many boys are at camp?
A. Enrollment is generally about 120-130 boys at a time. However, with the many session options we offer, each summer there will be a total of approximately 230 campers. We are known for being a small, welcoming, and comfortable community.
Q. I wish I could send my daughter to West End House Camp!?
A. There is an excellent camp for girls that is on our same lake and is very much aligned with our value, values, tradition, and schedule. Check out West End House Girls Camp for your daughter and share this good news with any other families who have both boys and girls or just girls!
Q. What is the typical daily schedule at West End House Camp?
A. The typical daily schedule:
7:45 Wake up
9:00 Cabin clean up
9:30-11:30 Team Sports
11:30-12:30 Elective time to do each camper’s activity he most prefers
1:15 Rest period
2:15-4:15 Waterfront activities and individual sports
4:15-5:30 Elective time to do each camper’s activity he most prefers
6:30-8:00 Evening Activity- Games and Challenges
8:15 Cake and Milk- extra snack
8:30 Back to cabin to have fun with bunkmates and prepare for bed.
10:00 Bedtime- though boys who are tired can go to bed after the evening activity
There are several variations of this when there are special activities, but the most typical day looks like the above.
Q. My son wants to go, but we (the parents) are nervous. Or, we know that camp will be a great experience for our son, but he is reluctant to attend. What do we do?
A. Parents and children should discuss this among themselves and view this web site together, arrange to meet one of the directors at your home, attend (if possible) the October or April Open House in Maine or the Annual Camp Breakfast in January, and/or arrange to meet other incoming new campers and their families. Consider a two week option as a way to start off slowly without a long term, major commitment.
Q. I want to call my son, but that is not allowed. Why?
A. The sound of a parent’s voice on the phone can cause an emotional reaction by a camper who otherwise has been quite happy with his experience. Phone calls can be disruptive if a camper is at an activity. Parents are asked to communicate by mail, one way email, or feel free to call one of the directors to check on their son’s wellbeing. Occasionally for campers who are with us for a longer stay and for whom homesickness is clearly not an issue, we may arrange a time for a phone call.
Q. My son is really enjoying himself at camp; I wish I had enrolled him for a longer period of time. Can anything be done this summer?
A. If a camper is enjoying his stay and it is a rewarding experience for all concerned, it is often possible (space permitting) to extend him for a period of time. However, keep in mind that we have been more full than ever, so the only way to guarantee a slot is by booking it in advance.
Q. I want to visit my son at camp, but the one Visiting Day listed just doesn’t work for me. May I visit at another time?
A. The answer is most likely yes for 4, 6, or 8 weekers, but please check first with the directors. For 2 weekers, the answer is most likely no, as your son will be rejoining you at home very soon, as the 2 weeks go by quickly!
Q. What should I pack?
A. Campers are required to bring a pillow and either a sleeping bag or blankets. Please ensure that all clothes and belongings are clearly marked with your name or initials. All medicines must be clearly labeled and are kept in the camp health center. Laundry is done once a week by an outside service. Items to bring: laundry bag with your name on it; 8 – l0 pairs of underwear, socks, and t-shirts (1/2 white or light and 1/2 dark); 2 pairs of sneakers; 6-8 pairs of shorts; 2 – 3 bathing suits; 2 – 3 pairs of long pants (1 being blue jeans/dungarees); sweatshirt; sweatpants; raincoat; jacket; baseball glove and cap; 3-4 towels; 2 fitted sheets; 2 twin size sheets (if using sheets and blankets); 2 pillow cases; pajamas; shampoo, soap, comb; toothbrush and toothpaste; sunblock; writing materials (stationery, envelopes, pens, and stamps); and flashlight. Most importantly, pack a positive attitude!
Q. What am I not allowed to pack?
A. Cellphones; Video games; Portable computers; Any electronics; Hot plates, sandwich makers or plug-in grills; Matches; Fireworks; Knives or other weapons; Skateboards, scooters or inline skates; TVs; Chewing gum; Sunflower seeds; Anything with nuts.
Q. What else can I pack, if I want?
A. Small plug in fans, clock radio, board games, and/or playing cards.
Q. What are the bunks like?
A. The bunks are large, modern, and comfortable. There is a bathroom with a private hot shower in each cabin! We have 12 cabins and each one holds 10-12 boys of similar ages and 3 or 4 counselors who also sleep in the bunk. There are mostly single beds, and occasionally a couple of bunkbeds. People who see our facilities are amazed at how nice they are! This is what an overnight camp for boys should look like!
Q. What are the driving directions?
A. Please click here to view and print directions.
Q. Where can I find instructions for viewing photos and sending one way bunknote emails to my son via bunk1.com?
A. Click here.
Q. Where can I find the Notice of Bus Departures and Arrivals and Other Important Information for 2020?
A. Click here. This is for 2019. A slightly updated version with the specific 2020 dates and info will be available soon.
Q. Where can I find more information about the Saturday August 1 Visiting Day?
A. Reserve this day from 11am to 3pm! The Visiting Day flyer with more information will be available soon.
Q. How do I get you my son’s medical information in preparation for the 2020 season?
A. We now use the CampDoc system. Shortly after you enroll your son for the 2020 season, you will get an email with simple and clear instructions. If you have any questions, please let us know.
Q. Where can I see the West End House Camp email newsletters that are sent out regularly?
A. First of all, give us your email address and we will get the next one(s) to you right away! You can sign up yourself to receive them here. See the archived ones below:
Q. Where can I find the Remembering With Ryan features that Ryan Wilensky does with West End House Camp alumni from different eras?
A. You can find them below, and also look forward to seeing the next featured alum in the upcoming newsletter! You can sign up yourself to receive the newsletters here.