The Takodah Difference
Professional Role Models
While our campus and activities are impressive, our camp staff is the most important part of bringing summer camp to life. Thatâ€™s why we recruit cabin leaders who are caring, mature and well-trained role models. What sets us apart is that nearly all of our cabin leaders are former campers and leadership program graduatesâ€”and they give Takodah a great sense of tradition, community and continuity.
“Friendly to All” is our motto and way of lifeâ€”itâ€™s how longtime and new campers alike become a tightknit family almost immediately. It guides how we live, work and play together. It helps us learn and grow in a place where we feel comfortable being ourselves.
Single GenderÂ Setting
Although we serve both boys and girls at the same time, we feature a single-gender settingÂ where boys and girls literally don’t see each other at camp.Â Our single-gender programs provide well-rounded childhood experiences, especially for kids in co-ed school environments. We break down stereotypes, get rid of social pressures and free campersÂ to be themselves.Â Without needing to impress others andÂ seek attention from opposite sex, campersÂ can be themselvesÂ and focus on their ownÂ interests.
Takodah features aÂ progressive program that fits the individualized needs of each camper. In the mornings, campers choose weeklong classes designed to help them build skills in certain activities. As campersÂ achieve goals in their classes, their feelings of success lead to courage, confidence and self-respect. In the afternoons, campersÂ enjoy “camper choice,” where they can choose from many different activities thatÂ help them broaden their horizons and discover their passions.
Everything we do is about helping campers discover who they are and what they can achieve. In addition to helping campersÂ grow in friendships, courage and character, we instill the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in all campers.
The average kid spends 50 hours in front of a screen every week.Â In our tech-free programs, campersÂ build strong relationships and feel a sense of belonging. With the support of friends and counselors, campersÂ find the courage and character to achieve their full potential.
Not only is Takodah consistently voted Best Overnight Camp in New Hampshire, but we’re also accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), meaning that we have undergone a thorough review of our operationâ€”from staff qualifications to emergency management. Our partnership with the ACA guarantees that our campers experience growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.
Takodah is nestled along the shores of Cass Pond in the heart of the stunning Monadnock Region. With over 500 acres of pristine forests and open fields, living at camp is rustic, yet safe and comfortableâ€”just like summer camp should be. Cozy cabins, a state-of-the-art dining hall and impressive program areas blend beautifully into our natural setting. Featuring one of New Englandâ€™s nicest waterfronts, thereâ€™s nowhere better to spend a summer.