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Camp Wigwam
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Type:  Overnight
Gender:  Boys
Focus:  Adventure / Tour
Focus:  Sports
Focus:  Traditional
Website:  campwigwam.com external link
Winter Phone:  207-583-2300
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Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 40 reviews.

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 8/3/13   5     5     5     5     5   Can't rate this camp high enough - my 10-year old is having the time of his life this summer. Camp combines all sorts of activities (sports, arts/crafts) and all kinds of kids from across the US and Europe. Less structured than some camps but kids can focus on what they love during the summer. Counselors are tremendous. Active CIT program. Many counselors and CITS were longtime Wigwam campers so they understand what the camps is about. Bob Strauss (camp director) is superb. RID: 45484
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 9/26/12   5     5     5     5     5   We were hoping a summer camp experience would help our ten year old son learn to interact more with others, boost his self esteem and try new things. We got that and so much more. The changes were apparent after only a few weeks when we saw him on visiting day. He was much more relaxed and easy going; didn't agitate as easily and demonstrated enormous patience with his younger sister. Now two months later, we celebrate a maturing young man who seems more comfortable in his skin and better able to navigate his surroundings with ease. Wigwam is his new second home and we all look foward to many happy summers on Bear pond. RID: 42765
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 12/20/11   5     5     5     5     5   Best camp in the world no place i would rather send my kid. He went there for the first time at 8 and is still loving it today in his 7th year there. Truly amazing me and my dad went there so its a great tradition RID: 37545
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Click to report rating    1/3/11   5     5     5     5     5   I went here for the first time when i was eight i had never in my life gone to sleep away camp and when i got there my parents were emotional when saying goodbye to me and when it was time to say goodbye i was already out playing basketball with one of my friends who was in my bunk that year and has been in my bunk since thats the type of place this is it is a camp that is VERY well built to keep All campers occupied and having fun for a full seven weeks and the type of friendships made at this camp is amazing these will last forever and everyone fits in no matter what like one of my best friends from camp has cp but is still a friend of mine and gets along with everyone else at camp and another part of this special camp that AMAZES me isn how everyone is from everywhere spain, france, louisiana, california,etc. this camp is my TRUE home away from home and all year all i think about is coming back to this special camp and bob strauss you are the best camp director EVER!wigwam is the #1 RID: 34672
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 6/21/09   5     5     5     5     5   I never thought my 9 yr. old son would stay! He never slept at anyone's house... was too afraid. We reviewed about 12 different camp info packets and my son chose Wigwam. I was the biggest skeptic on earth! Bob Strauss could not have been more informative, attentive, compassionate and understanding of my freak outs before and during my son's stay. My child was invited to try it for 2 weeks and stayed for 5..... amazing. He had a wonderful experience and gained confidence in himself, which he didn't have before. He calls it 'man camp' and is very excited to be returning. They emphasize participation but don't push. They have every sport you can think of, arts, science, music and even tutors. The counselor to child ratio is perfect. The rustic cabins and well-worn paths are a great environment for boys to be boys. All the staff and counselors are wonderful, friendly people who have been there for years. I would highly recommend Wigwam! RID: 30174
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 1/22/09   5     5     5     5     5   Amazing place. Been around forever, and seems the values are the same they have always been. Focus on Participation vs. Competition insures all campers have fun. Low camper to staff ratio insures plenty of attention/supervision. The camp director, Bob Strauss, is one of the most amazing people I have ever known. The program is diverse and gives campers a well rounded experience that will expose kids to things they might not otherwise. I know for a fact that the experiences there have influenced the direction campers have taken in life and led them to very successful careers. And most have made friends for life. The number of second and third generation campers shows how connected families are to wigwam. And the incredible return rate of both campers and counselors also shows how loved the place is. I was a camper, a counselor (as was my brother) and have seen three of my nephews attend, between all of us, I think we have over 40 years at Wigwam. Wish I was there right now! RID: 28685
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 1/22/09   5     5     5     5     5   Great camp for boys to be boys.. This fast paced world is, well, too fast.. Slow it down with a real rustic camp that will show your son what true friends and nature really are.. I was a counselor here and the summer was my vacation.. I could have done pretty much anything, but I chose to work at this camp.. RID: 28683
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 1/16/09   5     5     5     5     5   Telling someone Wigwam is great isn't enough. This place has a magical aura around it. Camp Owner/Director Bob Strauss told me about the unique atmosphere before I had a chance to see it myself. I didn’t understand quite what he meant. My first experience with Wigwam was as a counselor in 2006. I found out fast what Mr. Strauss was talking about. I remember specifically, one of the first times when the mood and camaraderie of the camp really showed me what Wigwam was all about. Bob Strauss just happened to be next to me – he has a way of being everywhere at once – Bob turned to me with a grin, like he knew what I was thinking and said “It’s a special place isn’t it?”. Mr. Strauss never fails to keep the atmosphere of Wigwam a comfortable one. Camp Wigwam offers so much to each individual child. The experience of this incredibly magical ambiance is one that all should encounter. When you first pass through the entrance of Camp Wigwam you are starting a memory that will last a lifetime. RID: 28626
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 1/16/09   5     5     5     5     5   There are very few special places in this world that capture a time and experience like Wigwam. I am forever filled with great memories, and affection. I can only hope my son enjoys the same experience. But with Strauss's at the helm, the amazing dedication and passion Wigwam is in good hands for many years to come! RID: 28621
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   I spent 5 summers at the camp. And as a camper or as a staff member I always spent wonderful times. Unforgivable times! It was for me (as a French) a great welcoming adventure in the US where I work now. Definitely if I didn't have a job I can't quit for two months in the summer, I would go back. Unfortunately I will probably always miss the family that everyone finds there among the best activities and landscapes, especially when the summer is approaching. I'm not surprise of the other reviews, it's all so true!! And of course my favorite sweatshirt is my old worn out Wigwam sweatshirt I wear all the time. RID: 28611
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   Ten summers on the shores of bear lake rate among my best days. I wish I didn't have an adult job - would love to keep going back if I could. Truly the best thing a parent can do for their son is to send them to Wigwam. It's more than sports, the location, and the facilities. It's the staff, the tradition, and the belief that every child can find a place to belong at Wigwam. It's much, much more than a business to the Strauss family... RID: 28610
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   I have spent 6 summers at Camp Wigwam and there is truly no other place I would rather have been. Our faithful camp director, Robert W. Strauss is fantastic. I look forward to spending many more summers at camp. RID: 28609
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   My first summer at Camp Wigwam was in 2003. I was eleven years old, and very homesick. But my friends and my counselor helped me through a rough first summer and I returned for a second one, hopeful I would miss home less. That was six years ago, I am now returning to the 'Wam for my seventh, consecutive year, on staff, an amazing opportunity and a true honor. The spirit of Camp Wigwam is truly undescribable, hard to write in words. To put it simply, Wigwam is a very special community where people care about each other. The staff is nurturing and fun to be around. You can always find a pick up game to play at the world famous basketball court, the "Pooch." Campers are able to sign up for the activities they so please, which means you aren't stuck playing basketball if you'd rather hit a tennis ball. Owner and Director Bob Strauss is an extraordinary human being, who everyone looks up to in the Wigwam community. I rated 5/5 for every category, because I truly have no critique of Wigwam. RID: 28608
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   Words cannot describe this place, but I'll try to sum it up: When you first arrive, you see a baseball diamond and some cabins and tents. You soon discover the lake, the mountains, the lodge, lifelong friends, a million activities, never-ending fun, and the feeling of really being alive! When you leave all you can think about is getting back. And most do return for many summers. I went there as a camper for 6 years and a counselor for 5 more. I fully recommend this place because there could be no better. Period. RID: 28607
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 1/15/09   5     5     5     5     5   most amazing place you will ever experience. first went when I was 9, signed up to stay for 4 weeks and called my parents begging to stay for the full 7. I remember ever single one of my counselors through my 8 years as a camper and was privileged to be a counselor for my 9th year. Bob Strauss is one of the greatest persons I have ever met in my life, I don't know how you could knock him in any way. so many great memories, hiking trips, color war, white water rafting, way too many things to list. haven't been back for 2 years and my summers just haven't been the same. hopefully one summer I'll be able to make it back. if you're considering a summer camp, I guarantee you will not find a greater place RID: 28606
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Click to report rating    10/1/08   5     5     5     5     5   Our son went to his first sleep away camp this summer and we chose Camp Wigwam due to the attention to detail they pay when it comes to allowing their campers to live, evolve, and grow. We expected him to stay for 3 weeks - he ended up begging us to let him stay for 7. If you are torn I would advise the 7 week program. We consider ourselves lucky that we ever came across Camp Wigwam. It truly is a place where magic happens. RID: 26835
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Click to report rating    8/29/08   5     5     5     5     5   my brother went to wigwam for his first summer aat sleepaway. he wasnt accustomed to camp and wigwam was his first real time sleeeping over. hee had the most amazing summer and he loved camp so much! its really layed back - he went there for 7 weeks and he is really close to getting up on slalom waterrskiis. if i had a little boy, i would definetly send him to WIGWAM!! RID: 26203
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Click to report rating    6/14/08   5     5     5     5     5   Camp Wigwam is truly a unique summer camp in that staff and children of all ages form lifelong friendships with one another right on the shores of Bear Lake. Director, Bob Strauss, charismatically leads the camp into it's 98th annual season with yet another incredible group of staff. RID: 23839
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Click to report rating    3/9/08   5     5     5     4     5   When you go to Wigwam for the summer, you'll feel the warmest, fuzziesst feeling inside yourself that will make it so you never want to leave. The counselors are nice and funny, and the DEEEEEELICIOUS food.... mm good. There are many activities to choose from, and yes they all totally ROCK! If I talked you into going to the 'wam for the summer take my advice. You will never, ever regret it. RID: 21104
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Click to report rating    1/28/08   5     5     5     5     5   this camp holds a very special place in my heart, i would die for it. as would many others. go there and you too shall find this paradise, and you too shall know what its like to be free of cares. one day you will look back and remember those camp fire day, with all of your cheery old pals around the blaze, hand in hand. i promise that if you go, you cannot regret it RID: 19480
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Click to report rating    1/2/08   4     4     5     5     5   Wigwam is the best! The foods amazing, the staffs amazing, the camp is nice and the kids are all one family! Everyone is friends and sticks up for each other! Yoi will never be alone. Stine is the nicest and Lucy is ok. You have so much freedom there!!! RID: 18545
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Click to report rating    12/11/07   5     5     5     5     5   this camp is the last one youll ever want to go to. it made me who i am and who my piers are at camp. after six years my dad doesnt even ask if i want to go back because he knows i do. my 6th summer maybe next year ill be jc and then a consular RID: 17909
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Click to report rating    12/1/07   5     5     5     5     5   Wigwam is the best place on earth. I love the atmosphere and the spirit is amazing. Everyone makes you feel at home. I'll leave with this question. What would Bob do? RID: 17603
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Click to report rating    11/4/07   5     5     5     5     5   The best place on earth. theres nothing like the atmosphere at the wam. im a relative, so ive been to the camp every year of my life, but 6 as a camper, next summer makes 7 and ill be a jc. i love camp wigwam, and i challenge you to find people that dont. RID: 16754
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Click to report rating    10/14/07   5     5     5     5     5   Wigwam is the best place on earth. There's basebal theres hockey, there's swiming there's gockey, there's football there's Fenway, there's soccer there's beach day, there's trampoline flips, CIT trips, watergun fights, song and cheer night!(all you faithful wammers will get that.) Everyone there is great, campers and counselors, except that sam graboys kid. Stan, Bobby, Mike, (still living with me)All great guys. At wigwam you can be yourself and you can fit in and, as i did, you can have the best summer of your life. For forty-nine days each year, you can let go of the school bullies, of the exclusion, and of the boringness of your everyday life and just let go. You can hang out with people and make friends like you never did before. I assure you, you will not regret your seven weeks on the white sand beaches of Bear Lake. (PS Go 5 Year Club!!!) RID: 16201
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Click to report rating    10/11/07   5     5     5     5     5   i love camp wigwam there good not be a better expirence possible i love this place its great if its water skiing to football its wonderfull yeah Mosse Crow RID: 16130
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Click to report rating    9/25/07   5     5     5     5     5   After going there for 5 years (5 yr club!) there is no place in the world i would rather be. Bob the camp director is amazing. there is not 1 place in the world that i would rather be. every day i think of camp and cant wait until i get back on that plane/but to get back. the memories i have there will last forever RID: 15597
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Click to report rating    8/30/07   5     5     5     5     5   It is an amazing place, anyone who says ifferently is lying and works for another camp or has never been there. RID: 14661
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Click to report rating    5/5/07   5     5     5     5     5   This is the best camp i have ever been to it is loads of fun. The camp haas meny different things to do and the people that are there are very nice. This camp is one of the best memories i have. Great camp! RID: 10512
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 2/28/07   5     5     5     5     5   Wigwam is amazing, the food is great, the activities are great, the counselors are great, everything about it is awesome. Bob, Stan, Mikey (who is living in my house right now), they are all awersome. I love it so much and anyone who doesnt is stupid. Oh yeah, i had no idea what menetary value was, o since Wigwam is so awesome, i just gave it a 5. RID: 8188
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Click to report rating    2/6/07   4     4     4     5     3   Camp Wigwam is the place that has made me who I am. I've been at camp for 7 years, the last one as a counselor. The best part is that you get the freedom to do what you want - activities are self-scheduled, letting kids pursue their passions while still taking risks and trying new things. RID: 7599
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Click to report rating    1/31/07   5     5     5     5     5   this camp is the best. this is goin to be my seventh summer, and i love it. all the people are nice, and the food is great. if u go, you'll have the time of your life RID: 7397
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     1/24/07   1     2     1     2     2   i went here and had the worst time ever. all i wanted was to go home. the food was horrible and the consalors were mean. this was the worst experience ever. RID: 7146
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 12/4/06   5     5     5     5     5   amazing, best place in the world, it ends and all anyone is thinking about is next year. the BEST CAMP there is. RID: 5651
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 12/4/06   5     5     5     5     5   This will be my seventh summer at the Wam and first as a counsellor. I've risen throught the ranks and became a lifeguard there. The trips are awesome and we go all over the place, Mt. Washington, Portland Seadog games, Mt. Chocorua, and many more. Best camp on earth, it's really one big family. RID: 5648
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 11/8/06   5     4     5     5     5   Everything about this camp from the staff to the food is amazing. You will make friends in your seven week stay that you'll have for the rest of your life. Your given a lot of freedom and you learn a lot. RID: 4741
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Click to report rating    11/6/06   5     5     5     5     5   The greatest place on Earth. Just thinking about the place and reading these comments brings back so many amazing memories. Every day of the year I think of Camp Wigwam and the friends I have made there. RID: 4658
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Click to report rating    11/6/06   5     5     5     5     5   Camp Wigwam is literally my favorite place in the world. The staff is unbelievable, and the campers are equally amazing. At least in my experience, going to Wigwam is one of the best and most rewarding decisions I have ever made. The people are what make any summer camp, and I cannot imagine any summer camp or general group of people that could compare to the people I have met at Wigwam. Not only is the director an amazing person, but it seems everyone you meet is friendly and fun to be with. Wigwam has a way of making you forget your insecurities and the stress of life anywhere else. Facilities are not what make a summer camp, it's the people, and as far as people go, Wigwam is the best. RID: 4653
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Click to report rating    11/5/06   5     5     5     5     5   Wish I wasn't a grown up with a job and I could still go there! Everyone has a place at the 'Wam, and it's so much more than a business - it's a family. RID: 4624
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Click to report rating    8/26/06   4     5     5     5     5   Last year was my first year and i am going back and cant wait to keep going back! Its such a good camp, one of the best ever! GO RID: 2438
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