Specialty Programs

Windsor Mountain’s specialty summer programs include sailing camp, film camp, performing arts camp and visual arts camp.

Campers sailing at summer camp in New England
New England Sailing Summer Camp

Windsor Mountain offers a sailing camp during our July and August sessions at our setting on Franklin Pierce Lake. Sailors are taught boat safety, rigging, sail handling with an instructor in the boat, and reading the wind. As they achieve greater skills, sailors learn knots; tacking and jibing; capsize and racing drills; and other advanced techniques. We hold a series of formal races, ending with a three-day regatta. Our sailing fleet is comprised of FJs, 15 and 17ft Hunter sloops, a 17ft Precision sloop, and a 14ft JY sloop. The sailing program is exciting, fun, teaches skills and fosters confidence.

Film Camp
Film Camp

Our video/film department works with groups of campers to create mock commercials, music videos, the Windsor Weekly Comedy News Hour, and other fun and unique shorts. In addition, you’ll be learning comedy writing, video, production and videography. You’ll have a blast, learn all about production and comedy – and you’ll make some cool stuff!

Teens performing a theatre production as part of the specialty theatre and performing arts program at summer camp
Performing Arts Camp

Our performing arts camp focuses on skill development for actors at every level of experience and culminates with a performance during our annual Theatre Fest. This past summer’s production of “Peter Pan,” was performed in the round and was imaginative, energetic and action-packed. Classes are fun, fast-paced, physical, and include improvisation, acting, characterization, scene-study, costuming, stage design, make-up and theater games.

Visual Arts Camp
Visual Arts Camp

Windsor Mountain’s visual arts camp includes technique instruction in several areas including: painting, drawing, stained glass, tie-dye, batik, pottery, jewelry, mosaics, stencil and print-making and public art for campers interested in focusing on art skills during their summer. Camp is alive with color and creativity. Come explore the endless possibilities!

Teens at summer camp in leadership program
Leaders In Training

Windsor Mountain offers a special experience for campers finishing 9th and 10th grades (ages 15 & 16) who are interested in gaining and improving leadership skills.  The Leaders-In-Training (“LIT”) program is an optional program that provides campers with the opportunity to enjoy one last year as a “regular” camper while also providing them with substantial leadership training and experience that can be utilized in a variety of roles in high school or in future summers as a Windsor Mountain staff member.  LITs have increased opportunities to discover and improve their leadership abilities and activity skills and also enjoy special programming developed for their age group.

The LITs will live in tents in the tent unit; serve food in the Dining Hall; enjoy a three-day adventure trip off camp and periodic custom 9th grade on-camp evening activities; develop and teach at least one class with a counselor; volunteer in the local community; participate in a group camp service project; and specialize in an area of interest, such as archery, ceramics or ropes course, to continue to develop skills in a specialized area.  The LIT program is entirely optional, and campers are welcome to attend camp without joining the LIT program through age 16.  Because LITs are campers, they pay full camp tuition, and there is no separate application process.

Kids in front of green screen in the videography program at summer camp

CIT Program

Returning campers finishing 10th and 11th grade (ages 16 and 17) have the opportunity to apply to join Windsor Mountain’s Counselor-In-Training (“CIT”) program.

The goal of the CIT program is to develop leadership and counseling skills in those who may be interested in joining WMI as staff members once they reach college-age.  CITs will live in a bunk with and mentor younger campers and will have exposure to a variety of aspects of camp operations.  They will specialize in a particular program area and develop the necessary skills to help lead classes with counselors, assist with dining-hall operation and KP, enjoy occasional CIT nights off camp, obtain CPR and First Aid certifications if desired, assist in planning all-camp activities, enjoy a three-day adventure/service trip off-camp, and more.

Campers interested in joining the CIT program will be required to complete an application and must have attended Windsor Mountain for at least two summers.  Please note that there is very limited participation in this program (likely not more than 4 per session), and the process is extremely selective.  Therefore, not every camper who applies will be accepted. Please understand that not being accepted into this program does not preclude anyone from being considered as a staff member at Windsor Mountain in the future.

If selected to join the CIT program, the reduced camp tuition is $3,995 (per session), and after successful completion of the 3.5 week program, CITs will receive $500, in addition to valuable certifications and training.  The program is optional, and campers still are invited to join us as “regular” campers through age 16 or to join the Leader-In-Training program, which is a leadership program open to campers ages 15 and 16.

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