|Frequently Asked Questions|
Who is the Camp Director?
Our Camp Director, Rebecca Skerry, is a full time Program Manager for Camp Fire. She is very excited to return for another summer at Camp Ponkiwanee. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and is currently taking classes to earn her Masters Degree in Education. She has spent many summers working at camps and loves working with children in and out of the classroom.
How do you hire and screen staff?
Each Camp Ponkiwanee senior counselor is at least 19 years of age or older and is assisted by a junior counselor who is 16 or 17. All staff members fill out a thorough application, undergo a thorough interview process, and three references are checked. In addition all staff must have a criminal background and sexual offender check. We look for people with camp experience or experience with children, who are responsible and mature, good listeners, capable of learning, cheerful, outgoing, creative, and with a good sense of humor. Staff participate in an intensive week-long training process, and in-service training happens throughout the summer.
Is Camp Ponkiwanee licensed from the city and/or state?
If you would like a copy of the state regulations of additional information concerning recreational camps for children, go to the MA Department of Public Health Website.
What is a typical camp day?
Our first and last camp days are slightly different to incorporate site, staff and group orientations and celebrations. Each session also features special day events and opportunities for performances.
I work from 8am until 5:00 pm, do you offer extended day programs?
Is there transportation to camp?
Are there any programs for children older than 11?
Do you offer scholarships/financial aid?
Can my child attend multiple sessions?
Can my child attend all summer (8 weeks)?
Yes. There is a deeply discounted full summer rate and we also waive the transportation fee is child attends all summer.
What about lunches and snacks?
What should campers bring to camp?
ITEMS TO BRING EACH DAY
· Backpack or small duffel bag
· Light jacket
· Non-perishable lunch and 2 snacks
· Water Bottle
· Water shoes
· Closed-toed shoes (like sneakers)
BRING IF RAIN IS FORECAST
· Raincoat and pants
· Change of clothes, including socks
· Boots or other waterproof foot gear
· Plastic bag to hold wet clothes
Camp Open Houses
April 17, Wednesday 3:45-4:30pm (after school vacation program)
May 4, Saturday 10:30am-12pm
June 8, Saturday 9-10:30am
Tell us about Camp Ponkiwanee Day Camp’s partnership with the town of Hanson.
Camp Fire USA Eastern Massachusetts Council is working in collaboration with the Kiwanee Recreation Commission to bring our Camp Ponkiwanee to Camp Kiwanee in a seasonal capacity. We are excited to bring this resource to the town and to have youth once again fill the site each summer. The site features a waterfront on Maquan Pond, a playing field, a volleyball court, numerous cabins, bath houses, a screen house, a pavilion, and trails and wetlands to explore.
What is the History of Camp Kiwanee?
In 1906 Albert Burrage built “The Needles” lodge as a summer home for his family. Shortly after completion a fire destroyed the house, but it was rebuilt in 1908 and remains on the property. Today the house is used for weddings and local performances. In 1922, Burrage sold “The Needles” to the Camp Fire Girls of Greater Boston, who called the camp “The Kiwanis Club of Boston, Camp for Camp Fire Girls.” Camp Kiwanis opened on June 25, 1923 with 250 girls attending from throughout New England. In 1957, the name was changed from Camp Kiwanis to Camp Kiwanee, said to mean “spirit of joy and youth.” It remained a Camp Fire residential camp until 1979 when Camp Fire sold the property to the town of Hanson. The property has become a treasured town resource and we are excited to return to this site by reestablishing a Camp Fire presence on the property through our co-ed day camp.