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Summer Overnight Camp

Lanakila

boys' program for 3rd-8th graders
Four Lanakila campers smiling.

Camp Overview

Since 1922, campers have enjoyed the magic and adventure of Lanakila. Lanakila days are full of activities and events experienced by generations of Lanakilans, and at the same time, a change in personality from summer to summer is welcomed and celebrated as new staff and campers join the ranks of long-time Lanakilans.

We are a close-knit, rustically-minded community specializing in creating lifelong skills, relationships, and memories. We believe strongly in a minimalist philosophy that detaches us from our material possessions and asks us to both engage in the natural world as participants and appreciate the diverse range of friends and mentors around us.

Lanakila welcomes 3rd-8th grade boys and gender nonbinary youth (with a leadership program for those in 10th grade). We invite families to learn more about us and discover if our camps are a good fit for you and your child.

The Aloha Foundation offers financial support to more than 100 children at our overnight camps each year. Interested families can apply for campership aid within the camp application. Please contact us with any questions.

2022 Dates & Rates

Session
dates
tuition
Full Season
Friday, June 24 - Wednesday, August 10
$12,500
1st Session
Friday, June 24 -

Sunday, July 17
$8,300
2nd Session
Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, August 10
$8,300
Tuition due date
February 1, 2022
Campers learning how to shoot a bow and arrow.
Lanakila campers singing together outside.
Lanakila campers and a counselor on a sailboat.
Campers about to go on a hike.
A campers learning how to build a fire.
Lanakila camper riding his bike over a stump.
Campers canoeing.
Campers during an assembly.
The outside of the Lanakila building.
Four Lanakila campers smiling.
A sign that reads "Lanakila".
A group of Lanakila campers about to go swimming.
Lanakila campers standing in a field.
Lanakila campers running.
Lanakila campers playing baseball.
Campers during an activity.
Campers around the bonfire hanging their viking shields.
A camper sitting on another camper's shoulders.
Campers gathered together and holding candles.
Campers learning woodworking.
Lanakila campers standing in front of a bonfire.
Two campers playing violin.
Campers posing for the camera.
Campers learning woodworking.
A counselor playing pickle ball on Lanakila's tennis courts.
Campers looking at a map in campcraft.
Campers standing in a circle.
A camper playing the cello for the camp at chapel.
Campers participating in a camp activity.
Campers performing a funny skit at an assembly.
Bridgers singing for camp during an assembly.
Campers and counselors together in a field.
Counselors playing music for the camp at chapel.
Campers singing during a camp assembly.
Two Lanakila campers chatting in a field.
Two campers walking together with their arms over each other's shoulders.
A group at Lankila playing the egg game.
Campers performing on stage.
Campers performing Shakespeare on stage.
Lanakila Vikings wearing helmets and carrying shields heading to council fire.
A counselor talking to campers by the Lanakila brook.
Campers playing street hockey.
Campers walking with camping gear.
A group sitting and eating during a Lanakila cookout.
Campers doing a cheer pose.
Campers with their song books during an assembly.
Campers looking off the porch into the rain.
Campers with kayaks in the swim area.
Campers walking with bows and arrows.
Camper running on top of a capsized canoe.

2022 Dates & Rates

Session
dates
tuition
Full Season
Friday, June 24 - Wednesday, August 10
$12,500
1st Session
Friday, June 24 -

Sunday, July 17
$8,300
2nd Session
Tuesday, July 19 - Wednesday, August 10
$8,300
Tuition due date
February 1, 2022
A sign that reads "Lanakila".

Welcome to Lanakila!

Infectious laughter, conversations around the dinner table, the glow of a campfire, the deepening of lifelong friendships. These images are emblematic of what I love about camp, and the reason I have been spending my summers here since I was a nervous 10-year-old. From athletics, arts, woodshop, and swimming to archery, sailing, riflery, and ropes course, there are lots of ways to be successful here. Let’s talk soon – I look forward to sharing the magic of Lanakila with you!

– Bryan Partridge, Lanakila Director

“Lanakila is a place for your child to become the best version of themselves—generous, loyal, open-hearted, resilient, confident, and hopeful.”

Lanakila Parent

“Lanakila gives campers an amazing opportunity to learn about themselves and others, grow more confident, and to move forward on their path of becoming good humans.”

Lanakila Parent

“Lanakila is an absolute blessing in our lives. It is a gift to children and parents alike. I could not recommend it more highly.”

Lanakila Parent

Activities

A camper shooting an arrow towards a target.

Archery

Lanakila’s spacious Archery range accommodates 10 targets and allows campers to shoot at distances from 20 meters to 40 meters. Quality instruction is combined with fun activities like balloon shoots and archery poker, and safety and proper form are emphasized in every activity. We also have a nine hole archery golf range with an end of summer Masters’ Golf Tournament, as well as an archery clout field where we shoot arrows 75 to 100 yards.

Lanakila campers sketching on the porch of the art barn.

Arts

We have a dedicated building that houses our Arts Department which provides opportunities for campers to express themselves through a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, ceramics, 3D drawing, paper crafts and even our annual puppet design and showcase.

Lanakila camper throwing a frisbee.

Athletics

Athletics provides endless opportunities - flag football, basketball, rugby, ultimate frisbee, street hockey, or baseball. As well as individualized and team coaching from experienced counselors, many campers enjoy the “Ameden League,” a first-session intramural baseball tournament open to all campers. Eight teams face each other to reach the final championship, an all-camp event where the Athletics department staff pulls out all the stops.

Lanakila camper riding his bike over a stump.

Biking

In Biking, campers can cruise on the road around beautiful Lake Morey, ride nearby single track trails, and test their skills on an obstacle course. They can even learn some tricks! For beginners, we teach mountain biking basics, and for those who want to gain proficiency in bike maintenance, there are opportunities to learn skills like tube repair and brake and gear adjustment. Campers enjoy riding all over campus during Biking!

Campers canoeing.

Boating

From zipping around Lake Morey in our wooden sail canoe, touring the swamp in a kayak, joining 12 other campers in one of our 30’ long boats, or canoeing on the Rangeley Lakes in Maine, campers can spend a lot of time on the water! Viking Honors shape many activities as campers learn proper techniques to land row boats along docks or how to roll a kayak after it’s been overturned. After mastering skills, campers may venture out on flat and white water trips throughout New England.

A campers learning how to build a fire.

Campcraft

This is the backbone of the outdoor experience at Lanakila. Campcraft teaches fundamental skills of wilderness survival whose mastery allows us to enjoy nature more fully—not just as observers, but as participants. Campers learn to build fires, tie knots, create shelters, cook over a camp stove, put up tents, and through the Viking Honors program, camper learn skills of self-reliance, comfort in the camping environment, and a sense of stewardship for the world around them.

Four campers acting on stage.

Drama

Our rich history of Performing Arts inspires our first session camp musical. Nearly 40 boys participate in putting together a traditional musical for the entire camp community on “Show Weekend.” Campers tackle different roles, including acting, singing in the chorus, and helping with back stage and lighting. A few of our favorites have included “Oklahoma,” “Oliver,” “Li’l Abner” and “Damn Yankees,” and the show is always a big part of a Lanakila summer.

Campers about to go on a hike.

Exploring

A naturalist once said, “You never really know what you’re looking at until you know its name.” At Exploring, campers learn to stop, look, and listen to the world around them. Learning the names of trees and ferns, birds and bugs, they begin to see the environment around Lanakila differently. Whether going on an exploration of the swamp, the Big Brook, or climbing up the side of a waterfall, campers gain knowledge that can change the way they see the world and the way they see themselves.

A camper playing the cello for the camp at chapel.

Music

Music is everywhere at Lanakila. A bugler’s call in the morning; rousing voices mixed with laughter at morning assemblies; campers strumming guitars and picking out melodies on the piano. We learn to value the music we make ourselves; we sing in groups and as a whole camp, we play in the band, and we listen to music of all kinds. Whether budding virtuosos or practically tone deaf, Lanakilans discover music is a central and joyous part of camp life.

Two Lanakila campers with cameras.

Photography

Photography at Lanakila is a hands-on approach to learning. Campers are taught the entire process of shooting, developing and printing with the use of the camp’s 35mm cameras and darkroom. Activities range from Camera Wars to Photographing Cheese to Open Shoot to Sports in Action, and even making personalized baseball cards. Campers create prints that and they can be proud of and that help them truly understand the process of photography.

A camper aims a rifle with the guidance of a counselor.

Riflery

Riflery teaches campers not only an appreciation of the safe use of guns but larger lessons about themselves. Trusted with a dangerous and delicate instrument, campers learn a sense of responsibility and operate within a strict system of safety. Campers gain a reverence for the rules of the range and appreciate that with riflery their attitude and composure will affect their performance. Riflery stresses competence and calmness, rewarding campers who work hard to develop their self-control and concentration.

A camper doing a high ropes course moving across a series of hanging tires.

Ropes

A thrilling challenge in a supportive environment, the High Ropes Course is designed for diverse ability levels and has opportunities for many different kinds of success. The Ropes Course emphasizes physical and emotional safety, positive support, and decision-making. In a supportive and safe setting campers set personal goals and are encouraged to stretch their limits as the course proceeds. The High Ropes Course offers the thrill of perceived risk-taking and the pride of personal accomplishment.

Campers learning how to sail.

Sailing

Lanakila’s Sailing fleet of four J/Y 15’s, two Sunfish, a classic day-sailer, and one impressive, handcrafted Viking Ship are used by novice sailors under the supervision of counselors and also soloed by experienced camper skippers. Campers learn skills from basic knots to identifying boat parts, to reefing a sail, and finally to racing strategies. Our weekly regattas with our sister camps provide opportunities to improve racing technique, and a chance to pursue racing ranks of crew or skipper.

A young camper wearing goggles, swimming.

Swimming

Swimming is a mix of learning and refreshing summer fun. Campers see improvements in skill and comfort through one-on-one and small group instruction with our experienced staff, and the fun begins with our fourteen-foot-tall water slide, our spring diving board and the famed high dive tower. An avid swimmer can challenge himself even more by joining our swim team or attempting the “Purple Albatross”; a five-mile swim around the perimeter of Lake Morey.

A counselor playing pickle ball on Lanakila's tennis courts.

Tennis

Vikings play Tennis on two clay courts, two all-weather courts, and the large practice backboards at Lanakila. Players find good competition or just play for fun, and campers of all ages and skills take private lessons, join in singles or doubles matches with Hive and Aloha, and try their hand at the intramural tennis ladder.

Campers learning woodworking.

Woodshop

The sound of hammers pounding away on a variety of projects in the Woodshop can be heard all across camp. Our experienced staff provides a safe environment and offers the campers the opportunity to develop new skills, from the initial plan, to the design process, and finally, to nailing the final piece of wood into place. Campers work on such projects as miniature sailboats, racecars, wood-turning, furniture design, and more!

Daily Schedule

  • Monday-Saturday
  • Sunday

Our daily schedule is based on choice. Within this choice is a mixture of structure and freedom. Campers have the ability to look at the schedule/activities for the day and make a decision about how they want to spend their day.

Morning

  • Reveille – time to get up! (7:30 am)
  • Table setting bugle
  • Breakfast (8:00 am)
  • CIA (Community Improvement Activities)
  • Tent/cabin clean-up and unit time
  • First activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
  • Second activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
  • Free time

Afternoon

  • Table setting bugle
  • Lunch (12:45 pm)
  • Rest hour (1:30 pm)
  • Third activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
  • Fourth activity period (campers choose from a wide variety of activities)
  • Free time

Evening

  • Unit time
  • Table setting bugle
  • Dinner (6:00 pm)
  • Evening activity
  • Unit time
  • TAPS bugle (8:35-9:00 pm, depending on unit)

Morning

  • Sleepover breakfast (8:00 am)
  • Tent family time/tent clean-up
  • Inspection
  • Unit time
  • Sunday gathering
  • Free time

Afternoon

  • Table setting bugle
  • Lunch (1:00 pm)
  • CIA (Community Improvement Activities)
  • Rest hour
  • Unit time

Evening (5:15pm-9:15pm)

  • Unit suppers/unit time (5:15 pm)
  • Unit program
  • TAPS bugle (8:30-9:00 pm, depending on unit)

Meals

At Lanakila, we understand that eating together is essential to creating community and encouraging authentic interactions. The chef knows what kinds of food keep active campers fueled and happy. Weekly menus include cereals, eggs, breads, pasta, pizza, chicken, turkey, roast beef, burgers, sandwiches, soups, tacos, and plenty of salads, vegetables, and fruits. We provide vegetarian alternatives, and we take pride in the supplier relationships we have established with local growers and farm stands nearby in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Our dining program not only feeds campers but also involves them as table helpers, recyclers, and composters. Our kitchen can accommodate many medically-dictated dietary requirements. We do our best to accommodate dietary needs by not serving nuts, and by making vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. However, we cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination from food ingredients from facilities that also process nuts, dairy, or gluten products. 

Photo of counselor with his back turned speaking to the Lanakila dining hall.

Accommodations

Lanakila campers live in spacious tents on wooden platforms or rustic cabins, with three to five camp mates and one or two counselors. Lanakila’s Director and senior counselors devote great care to arranging campers in groups that will enjoy great times together. Camp “units” composed of ten tents and cabins, on average, share a washhouse with hot water showers and flush toilets.

Four campers in an open air cabin.
A landscape with a lake surrounded by a forest.

Let’s Connect

We offer camps and programs for people of all ages. Let’s talk about you, your child, your family – and discover together which experience you would value most. There are many options and possibilities!