First Time Campers
Q: Where is Camp Robin Hood Located?
Camp Robin Hood is located on 180 acres of land in the beautiful White Mountains of New England in Freedom, NH. We are two hours north of Boston, six miles from the Maine border, and an hour from the ocean. Our traditional camp setting, state-of-the-art facilities and stunning waterfront provide campers with the perfect setting for summer fun.
Q: Where are most campers from?
One of the great things about Robin Hood is that you will make friends with others from across the country and world. The bulk of our campers come from around the US and we have international campers who come all the way from Spain, England, China and more.
Q: What do you do to celebrate summer birthdays?
Summer Birthdays at Camp Robin Hood are always memorable. We make sure the entire day is special for your child from the moment he or she wakes up. Parents can arrange for a phone call with the birthday camper and we provide a cake and parade at lunch or dinner, highlighted by the whole camp singing Happy Birthday! Parents are also able to arrange a special birthday package such as donuts, an ice cream party, or pizza party for the camper and his or her bunkmates.
Q: What is the food like?
The food at camp is healthy and delicious! We eat our meals together in the dining hall three times a day. For breakfast we serve things like eggs, sausage, pancakes and oatmeal. There is always a cereal and fruit bar to accompany breakfast. Lunch and dinner favorites include meals like grilled cheese and tomato soup, turkey sandwiches and pastas. There is also a generous salad bar that is available at lunch and dinner in addition to our hot meal. We have a vegetarian option at every meal and we accommodate food allergies and restrictions. Camp Robin Hood is a nut free camp.
Q: How do you make cabin groups? Will everyone in my cabin know each other?
We strive to make sure that each new camper is comfortable at Robin Hood. About 35% of our campers are new meaning that they will share their first Robin Hood experiences with other new and former campers alike. Cabin groups are based on age and all cabins will have a mix of new and returning campers. Cabins are made up of campers from all different backgrounds and cities around the world leading to amazing new friendships.
Q: How long are your sessions?
Camp Robin Hood offers two, four, and seven week sessions. Many of our Two-Week Campers end up extending their stay!
Q: How do parents and kids communicate with each other during the summer?
Woody is available each evening (and during the day in an emergency) to speak with you about your camper. For campers, an important part of the camp experience is learning to cope with being away from their parents and working through the daily ups and downs of living in a group environment. This is why campers are discouraged from speaking to their parents in the first two weeks of the summer (birthdays and anniversaries are exceptions). This will allow your child to focus on camp. We allow one call per week after the first two weeks of camp. Calls are scheduled with the office and not allowed during activity periods.
We encourage frequent letter writing to and from parents. Receiving mail is one of the most fun parts of camp and campers pick up mail daily. We have a no package policy at camp other than necessary items such as clothes and books.
Each evening we post photos of our campers in action and update our blog, The Woodchuck, with daily events, special activities and more.
Q: Do parents visit during the summer?
We have Parents Visiting Weekend about halfway through the summer. Parents Weekend starts on Friday night with a Talent Show followed by a full day at camp on Saturday (9:30am-5:00pm) where campers show off their accomplishments and introduce their parents to their camp friends and counselors.
Q: What’s the weather like at camp?
Weather varies from day to day in New England, but it’s most often warm and sunny (75-85 degrees) during the day. Evenings can get chillier, so sweatshirts and jackets are also on the packing list.
Q: Is there a uniform or dress code at camp?
We do not have a camp uniform or dress code. We encourage campers to bring casual clothes such as t-shirts, shorts, sweats and jeans. Campers are required to have a few pieces of Robin Hood apparel when going out of camp for athletic or leisure events. See our packing list here.
Q: How often do campers go out of camp?
Every cabin group goes on a mountain trip and will sleep out of camp for at least one night. Groups may also go to the Outpost, a remote location where groups bond by making dinner, having a campfire with s’mores and sleeping under the stars.
We aim to take advantage of our surroundings by attending special local events, fairs and summer sporting events. In the first half of the summer we take the entire camp to Ogunquit beach in Maine for a day of sun and swimming. The second half of the summer, each group will go on an “Excursion”, a one to four night outing with his or her group.
Q: What are the counselors like at Robin Hood?
The counselors at Robin Hood are amazing! About 90% of our general counselors are past Robin Hood campers meaning that they know what it’s like to be camper at Robin Hood and can help nervous campers cope with adjusting to camp life. Our specialty staff are all highly skilled and come from all over the US and world.
Q: How Competitive is Robin Hood?
Robin Hood can be as competitive as you would like it to be. If sports are your thing, you can play and compete on one or many of our teams traveling to neighboring camps for tournaments. Robin Hood is a member of the Lakes Region Sports League - we compete with camps all around New England. We also send campers to local USTA tournaments.
Q: Do you have a color war at Robin Hood?
Yes. Color War at Robin Hood is very unique. It can break at any point during the summer and lasts for five consecutive days. The whole camp is split into two teams and campers and staff compete in every activity we offer at camp and more.
Q: What kind of medical care is offered at Robin Hood?
Robin Hood's Infirmary is staffed with nurses and nursing assistants. Our medical personnel dispense medications and care for all health needs.