Why Coniston?

YMCA Camp Coniston is a place where kids try things for the first time. Perhaps it is archery. Perhaps it is swimming. Perhaps it is being away from home. Learning to solve problems independently is the first step for your child to learn resilience and self-sufficiency that will help your child successfully navigate the growing pains of adolescence.

Coniston campers return year after year. This is because self growth doesn’t end with trying new activities. Camp is a place to develop new friendships, safely try on new personalities, perhaps reinvent yourself, and maybe even have your first job.

We are a co-ed residential camp located on beautiful Lake Coniston and surrounded by 1200 acres of camp-owned, forested land. During each 2-week camping session, Coniston hosts 370 girls and boys, ages 8-15. Our cabin camper-to-staff ratio of 10 to 2 gives your child the attention they need. The Boys and Girls Camps are on separate sides of Lake Coniston, with shared facilities such as the Dining Hall and Program Lodge and activity areas located between. Coniston also offers a one week camp for younger campers, a series of Adventure Trips across New England, and Service Trips for Teens where participants can earn school credit while building houses in West Virginia or feeding the hungry on Boston Common. YMCA Camp Coniston also administers after-school programs in New London, Sunapee and Plainfield every school day.

YMCA Camp Coniston believes that all youth in today’s society, regardless of income, need these connections, and through this we meet our mission.

I hope you become a part of the Coniston Community and that camp will be an important part of your family. Enjoy our website, explore our programs, feel free to call us with any questions you may have.

Just remember, when it comes to Coniston, people come for the excitement—but they return for the love!

See you soon,

John Tilley, Camp Director