Kehonka Location, Property and Facilities

The following text was taken verbatim from the Kehonka catalog that was circulated in the 1960s (note: for any parents reading this and thinking that this is a wonderful place for your daughter to attend, please bear in mind camp closed in 1985):

The regular season of eight weeks begins during the last week in June. Rates for campers who wish to come before or remain after the regular season will be quoted on request.

The camp entrance is on Roberts Cove Road, a semi-circular loop off the westerly side of Route 28 between the Alton traffic circle and the Wolfeboro Town Line.

Most of New Hampshire’s six hundred lakes and ponds are among the mountain ranges in this central portion of the state where Kehonka is located. Lake Winnipesaukee is unusually picturesque. Its irregular shores encompass over seventy square miles of water and nearly three hundred islands. Since the lake has sandy and rocky shores and is fed only by springs and small streams, the water is exceptionally clear and pure.

Property and Facilities
A generous heritage from Nature lies within Kehonka’s five hundred acres: nearly a mile of shore frontage on Lake Winnipesaukee; a point of land projecting toward twelve miles of open water and the sunset of our “Promised Land”; a sandy cove facing a portion of the lake ideally sheltered by Big and Little Barndoor Islands, for canoeing and sailing; two other gradually sloping sandy beaches; an ever-flowing Beaver Brook; century old pine groves and younger groves for experimental forestry; riding trails through soft-carpeted woodlands; and open fields with abundant space for riding rings and field games.

Kehonka has more than fifty buildings, including twenty-six cabins for sleeping accommodations; four recreation buildings; two libraries, a nature museum; weaving, metalcraft and pottery shops; riding stable; log cabin where the hostess greets guests; an infirmary; and the directors’ summer residence between the Point and Cove units.

Facilities include: an outdoor chapel, two waterfronts with docks, slides and extra equipment for training and fun; four tennis courts and two archery ranges; outdoor and indoor stages for dramatics; pine-encircled council ring with fireplace against a glacial boulder; supply rooms for outpost camping equipment; station wagons, trucks and canoe trailer to transport campers and equipment for mountain and river trips; canoes, sailboats and motor boats for lake trips.

Such resources available to both the Point and Cove Units, become meaningful to the extent that they are used in the program under wise guidance to challenge the boundless energy and enthusiasm of campers.

The dining halls at both the Point and Cove command a view far over the lake to the Ossipee and Sandwich Mountains. The two kitchens are models of cleanliness – and are staffed and equipped to provide for large appetites.

Kehonka’s first campers in 1902 pitched their own tents and duck small drain trenches around the sod floor; they assembled their own beds of fluffy balsam on maple sapling frames; they made rustic furniture and otherwise did a thorough pioneer’s job. Kehonka has revived such primitive camp sites to satisfy those sturdy hearts who may wish to create their own woodsy shelters. One of these sites is on the shore of a sparkling pond surrounded by high hills. Another, with a log lean-to constructed by the campers, is perched on the crest of a hill overlooking Winnipesaukee. Both of these sites are owned by Kehonka.

An Indian tepeee or tent appeals to the adventurous spirit of youth. For many summers, tents (each with an extra heavy canvas roof, and board floor raised from the sloping, well-drained ground) were the shelters for all Kehonka campers. Tents are still available to meet an enduring preference on the part of many experienced campers. However, many of the Point campers usually in groups of four to six, live in cabins; and the Cove campers who desire also may have accommodations in cabins.


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