Entering grades 7-8 for a 3 or 4 week session.
Rising 7th and 8th graders experience the best of our in-camp programming and take on the challenge of multi day wilderness adventures. Our days are intentional, designed to develop best self, encourage balanced living, and help campers create a positive community.
Cabin groups are known as villages, which serve as their family at camp- they live, eat family-style meals, and participate in all trips together. While in camp, Trailblazers live in cabins nestled in the woods, fostering a deep connection with the natural world.
Trailblazer campers set out for a two-day canoe trip on Newfound Lake and a three-day backpacking trip in the Ossipee Mountains adjacent to camp. 4-week Trailblazers also canoe, enjoy a day of cycling in the lakes region, and spend four days backpacking in the White Mountains.
Campers choose from a variety of activities to create their daily experience. These interest groups include offerings in athletics, arts and crafts, performing arts, swimming, boating, outdoor adventure skills, woodworking, archery, rock climbing…and more!
Each evening our community gathers for all camp Night’s Doings fun. Favorites include Camper Leader Hunt, the talent show, and capture the flag. Village Insight brings a quiet close to the day as we review the day’s events, set goals for the next, and learn more about one another.
The energy runs high during the final week of camp, with signature events like the Four Fold Tournament! The annual camper produced Merrowvista Musical, Water Carnival, Camp Conquest, and Melbourne Cup chariot race all help make the end of camp exciting and memorable.
Frequently Asked Questions
Merrowvista is fully accredited by the American Camp Association and meet or exceed state health requirements and industry safety standards in both our in-camp and adventure trip programs. American Red Cross standards guide our waterfront activities. We have a team of committed, on-site health professionals, staffing multiple fully equipped health centers, with the nearest hospital just 12 miles away. Merrowvista campers are supervised throughout the day and maintain a 1:6 staff to camper ratio so that we can provide a fun, safe summer for our campers.
We enthusiastically welcome children with diverse backgrounds, experiences and identities. We value each camper’s right to fully experience Merrowvista free from prejudice and harassment. All camp staff are trained to supervise campers and to prevent and address incidents of conflict or bullying based on any aspect of a person’s identity, including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation.
Staff members strive to be excellent role models by adhering to the camp motto, My own self, At my very best, All the time. Our senior staff members are caring professionals who work with children year-round in camp, school programs and conferences.
Our cabin leaders have completed at least one year of college, are certified in first aid and CPR, and go through two weeks of extensive training at camp prior to the arrival of campers.
Our Four Trails adventure trip leaders are at least 21 years of age, participate in a rigorous 3-week training, and are certified in high-level first aid as Wilderness First Responders. All of our staff members have background checks run against multiple local and national databases.
Children love to hear from their families while at camp! Campers are encouraged to write letters during the session and parents are also welcome to send mail to their camper, or send emails through our one-way email provider, which our office staff print and distribute every day.
If families have an urgent message, question or concern about their child, our directors are always willing to speak with parents on the phone.
Following our Food Program guiding principles, we aim to serve a variety of healthy options, including a balance of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables incorporated into a child-friendly menu.
Though there are no hard and fast requirements, Four Trails campers must be in good physical condition and prepared for an experience in the outdoors. Beyond that, a positive attitude and a sense of adventure are the only things necessary to join the Four Trails program. You can review recommended exercise routines in the program handbook under the ‘Resources’ section of this page. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
“Pierce comes home from camp a better person. He is surer of himself and more considerate of others. The time away from electronics is a godsend. It is not to say that he won’t make mistakes going forward, but he is more cognizant of his actions and their effect on others. He comes home with a positive attitude and an increased awareness of community. It's a truly wonderful thing.”
– Merrowvista Camper Parent