Child and Family Services and YMCA collaborate on Camp Spaulding, 2015


CS6Child and Family Services of NH, a statewide, private nonprofit organization, and the YMCA of Greater Nashua have partnered on presenting the 2015 season of Camp Spaulding in Penacook, NH.

Starting in 2015, Camp Spaulding will continue under the ownership of Child and Family Services, while camp programming and operations will be managed by the YMCA of Greater Nashua. This collaboration combines a 90 year camp history, a newly renovated camp facility, and strong community support, with the recreational programming expertise of the YMCA.

“Developing a partnership with the YMCA of Greater Nashua was a natural fit,” says Maria Gagnon, senior vice president of Child and Family Services. “The YMCA has a 163 year track record operating summer resident camps across the country, employs youth development and recreation specialists year-round, and its infra-structure supports a comprehensive camp administration. The YMCA is a well-respected nonprofit agency that shares our commitment to building strong children, families, and communities.”

This evolution of Camp Spaulding goes full circle.

Camp Spaulding originated as a YMCA camp for boys, in 1926. The camp closed for three years during World War II, and reopened in 1941 under an ancestral organization of Child and Family Services, which recruited members of Concord’s labor unions to rehabilitate the camp and open it up to underprivileged boys and girls from the Merrimack County region.

For the past 73 years, through the continued support of local civic, corporate and charitable organizations, CFS has continued to grow Camp Spaulding, each summer welcoming approximately 300 children from across the state to enjoy an array of recreational offerings on the 56-acre wooded campus along the Contoocook River.

The YMCA will continue the Camp Spaulding legacy of adventure programming that endeavors to improve the lives of campers, during and after the camp experience. Activities will include swimming and boating, performing arts, archery, woodworking, arts & crafts, high and low ropes courses, and horse-back riding, as well as outdoors living skills, cooking and nature and ecology programs.

For 2015, there will be four 2-week camp sessions for children ages 8 – 15, as follows: June 28 – July 11; July 12 – 25; July 26 – August 8; August 9 – 22. Each session will host 70 children, with half of the slots open to children from throughout New England and half dedicated to children served by Child and Family Services.

“To ensure that vulnerable youth from low-income families still have access to camp,” Gagnon says, “CFS will continue to reach out to and depend on the generosity of donors and volunteers to maintain the facility and fund scholarships for campers in need.”

In addition to the standard two week sessions, the Y will offer two 1-week Rite of Passage sessions for children ages 7-10, as follows: June 28 – July 4; and July 5 – July 11.

“YMCA camps are about discovery,” says Michael LaChance, CEO of YMCA of Greater Nashua. “Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, learn new skills, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, make lasting friendships and memories, and of course, have fun!”

To learn more about the new season of Camp Spaulding, visit Registration is now open for the 2015 season.