The health and safety of campers is our paramount concern. We have a Maine-licensed registered nurse on site at all times staffing our infirmary, as well as staff members with Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness First Aid certifications. In addition, all staff members receive CPR training and those working in water-based activities have Red Cross Lifeguard Training.
In addition, we have a contractual arrangement with a pediatrics practice about thirty minutes from camp, should a physician’s attention be necessary. The local hospital is also about a thirty minute drive from camp.
Kawanhee provides varied and nutritious meals, serving breakfast and dinner to lodge groups family-style and serving lunch buffet-style, affording campers and staff the opportunity to sit with whomever they please. To the extent possible, we accommodate individual dietary needs, and a vegetarian option is always available. Our chef of the past twenty-five years or so is Sean Minear, a year-round resident of Weld. Sean teaches culinary arts at the local high school and serves as President of Weld’s Historical Society. Each summer features several special dining events, including the mid-summer lobster bake, various outdoor barbeques, homemade pizza cooked in our outdoor wood-fired pizza oven, and our season-ending banquet.
Campers reside with boys of like age in weatherproof log cabins, most of which are located on the lake shore and each of which is staffed by two senior counselors. The cabins are wired for electricity. The common bathroom facility is handy to the cabins and features unlimited hot water, reasonably private individual bathroom and shower stalls, and a laundry. Our campus features over two dozen rustic buildings, various athletic fields and courts, an outdoor gathering place for Saturday evening campfires, and a state-of-the-art ropes course and climbing wall. Our waterfront offers a dedicated swimming area, a fleet of sailboats, canoes and kayaks, two motorboats for waterskiing and a slalom skiing course. Our campus and facilities are maintained by Wallis Tyler, a Weld resident and our year-round carpenter and handyman.