Tour The Camp
Hello! Sangamon is a very different kind of boys’ camp. What makes us different is that we’ll give you the freedom to choose whatever you’re going to do, all day, every day. We’re a real camp: out in the woods, with our own lake, and a real sense of “camping out”. We live in summer cabins, we offer a lot of different kinds of activities, and we focus on life in the outdoors. We laugh and learn and play our way through the days.
We teach all kinds of interesting things. We offer fifteen different in-camp activities, split about evenly between individual sports and crafts. We teach Archery, Horse Riding, Tennis, Mountain Biking, Swimming, Canoeing, Ropes Course, and Kayaking. We have a “pioneer” farm, with a milk cow, chickens, pigs, ducks, rabbits, and kittens. We make things in Woodshop, Rocketry, Weaving, Pottery, Silk-Screening, and Arts & Crafts. We take trips hiking, wilderness swimming, backpacking, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, and caving.
When it comes to choosing activities, you don’t even have to sign up!
You just listen to announcements at meals, and when the bells ring, you just go where you want to. You can do something different each period, you can stay two periods, you can go morning and afternoon, you can go one day and not the next. It’s all up to you!
We live in pine board cabins, with a fireplace and kerosene lantern. You’ll share a space with eight boys your age, and three staff. It’s different from home, and we like living that way.
There are all kinds of people here. Lots of kids are from New England, but they’re also from all over the U.S. and different countries. We have different races, nationalities, and different religions. Everyone is welcome!
Many of the staff grew up here as campers. They know the place well, and make sure you get to do what you want to do. They’re also good at helping you make friends and get along with other kids.
Sangmon is a boy’s camp, with a girl’s camp, Betsey Cox, right next door. Older campers who want to spend some time with the girls can take trips, do projects, and socialize together several times each week. It’s a low-key social atmosphere, and it’s easy to make friends at both camps!
This camp is VERY different.
You can be an artist, or an athlete, or a craftsman, or a farmer. Everyone is valued. You don’t have to try to fit in; everyone fits. You can be whoever you want to be. You can discover new things about yourself, try things you’d never try back home. And people will like you, whoever you are.
That’s the end of our tour. If you want to explore more of what Sangamon has to offer, check out the links to the left. If you’re looking for info on specific activities, click the program button.