Adventure Camp at Bretton Woods

The Bretton Woods Adventure Camp is a fun, active, educative, one-of-a-kind camp for youth ages 6 to 15. An environmental education component is embedded in a safe but challenging week of hiking, canoeing, fishing, rapid swimming, tubing, nature craft building, zip lines and rope-courses. State qualified and vetted staff provide a safe, fun and educational experience for all our participants.



Cost & Sessions For Summer 2020



1June 15-  June 19
2June 22 - June 26
3June 29 - July 3 (Camp is held all 5 days)
4July 6-   July 10
5July 13 -  July 17
6July 20 - July 24
7July 27 - July 31
8August 3- Aug 7
9August 10 - Aug 14
10August 17 - Aug 21

 Cost Per Week

Members: $405

Non-Members: $495

 What do I bring to Camp?


Example Adventure Camp Day

9:30 Arrive at Bretton Woods with a Welcome/Gathering

Adventure Campers immediately meet up and receive a welcome and introduction from staff
9:45 Divide into groups and begin activity
Groups are divided up by age. Each group focuses on a different activity each day; by the end of the week, all groups will have done all activities.
10:00 Morning Activity
Example: Canoeing group learns about parts of a canoe, canoe safety, and introductory paddle strokes through games and stories led by the canoeing instructor. Counselors assist with one-on-one help and teams of campers practice canoe skills.
12:00 Lunch at a fun location!
Our staff uses lunchtime as an opportunity to spend time with campers in order to build community and friendships amongst the camp groups.
12:45 Game/Regathering 1:00 Afternoon Activity
Example: Based on skill and comfort levels of the campers, the instructor will lead campers to explore additional areas in their boats or lead the campers in canoe based games aimed at building more skill.

4:00 Snack 4:30 Depart from Bretton Woods Recreation Center

Activity Descriptions and Locations

Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek, and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Skills: Paddling, steering, parts of a canoe, and understanding water navigation. Other activities during the day include lunch on the water, canoe based games, and playing and swimming in the water with PFD (life jackets) on at all times. Lunch is eaten in an interesting and adventurous location (e.g. on an island in the river or on a creek bank)

SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding)

Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek, and the C&O Canal National Historic Park. Skills: Paddling, balancing, steering, parts of a paddle and paddleboard, understanding water navigation. During the SUP day, campers will play games on the water and swim (all while wearing PFDs). We break for lunch on the water or on the nearest island.


Locations: Potomac River, Seneca Creek
Other activities during the day include playing and swimming in the water with PFD (life jackets on at all times)
Lunch is eaten in an interesting and adventurous location (e.g. on an island in the river or on a creek bank)

Primitive Skills

Locations: On the Bretton Woods Recreation Center property in the woods and grasslands
Skills: Fire Building with flint rocks and steel, Cordage making, Native clay craft, Tracking Animals, and Shelter Building Lunch is located on the Bretton Woods property in the woods.

Ropes Course

Locations: The Bretton Woods Recreation Center on-site woods ropes course
Activities on the course include zip lining, 65-foot giant swing, low ropes team challenges, environmental education, and stream exploration
Lunch is located on the Bretton Woods property in the woods. Hiking


Locations: Bretton Woods Nature Trail, Blockhouse Point Conservation Park, and Seneca Creek Greenway Trail
Activities during the hike include forest-based games, nature crafts, history facts, and scavenger hunts Lunch is on the trail

Frequently Asked Questions

Water safety during adventure programs?

Our staff is trained in water safety and rescue and campers each wear a PFD (life vest) during all adventure camp water activities excluding those in the BWRC Pool. (While using the Bretton Woods Recreation Center Pool, PFDs are not required for individuals because certified life-guards are on duty.)

How are the groups organized?

The groups are divided up by age in order to give each camper the appropriate level of challenge and personal attention to thrive.

How many staff work with each group?

The staff to camper ratio is at least 1:6 in our groups. Each group is led by an trained Instructor with the help of other counselors.

After arriving at Bretton Woods, is there additional transportation to activities?

There is no additional vehicle transportation used to get to and from any activity. Bretton Woods is located within walking distance of a wide selection of hiking trails and bodies of water for our programs. Our campers explore Bretton Woods Recreation Center Property, local park land and National Park land under the leadership of our staff.

Drinking water?

Water is available all day in every activity to refill your camper’s reusable water bottle! We require all campers to bring a refillable water bottle to camp and we transport large coolers of ice water to our program locations to make sure all campers stay hydrated.

Do you provide food?

Yes. Bretton Woods Recreation Center provides each camper with a nutritious lunch and an afternoon snack.