If you think that you have been to a better place in the north east than Camp Jewell, you need to think again. There are year round activities for everyone, gorgeous trails, and awesome cabins. So pack your bags, because you need to go to Camp Jewell!
The phrase “I’m bored” doesn’t exist at Camp Jewell! There is always something to do to please you whether it is family camp, a riding weekend, crafts or sports. Take the crafts: there are arts and crafts galore, leather making, and candle making. For sports, there is tennis, whiffle ball, basket ball, fishing, boating, hiking, soccer, gaga, horse back riding, and rock climbing. Family Camp is a blast year round. During the three nights and two days you spend at Camp Jewell, there is a lot to do. You can play sports and do crafts, plus the many customized family camp activities, like the Memorial Day regatta, New Years party, the Columbus Day camp- fire and so many other activities for each camp. I’ve been to all of them and then some (no kidding) and none of them have let me down. What’s a riding weekend? It’s an equine twist on family camp. It keeps the numerous activities and adds in horses! You stay at the ranch cabins, eat at the ranch dining hall, take care of the horses, and ride them either on a lesson or trail. One time I had the privilege of grooming the white drafts, Prince and Doc. As I curried (horse comb) Doc, he nudged me from behind, and when I was done grooming Prince, he let me stroke his nose as a thank you! If you still aren’t interested in any of these things, you are really missing out!
If you are planning on coming to Camp Jewell, you need to know how to get around. You’ll love the ideal short cuts, the wondrous hiking paths, and the conveniences for main camp and ranch camp. Imagine you are running to ranch(that’s what Camp Jewell lovers call hide-away-ranch), and you realize, “ I’m late for my riding lesson!” when you come to a split in the road. In this scenario, you need to go right, to the stables. If you just came off the covered bridge, and are approaching the ropes course and need to go to the dining hall at ranch, go left. Do you like hikes? If you feel like taking the 20min walk to Camp Jewell’s tree house, I highly recommend it. The view is spectacular from the near – top of Sunrise Mountain, plus the fun that the tree house provides. It’s only a quick trip on the orange and the yellow trail. Other than the tree house there are many other destinations such as the summit of Sunrise MT, three beaver lodges, and the other side of the lake. Need a break from all this activity, if you don’t mind ghost stories, I suggest you stop by Hitchcock cemetery. Located on the shadowy side of Sunrise MT, the graves are from the 1600S! Besides all the destinations, just simple hiking is fun too. If while at ranch, you want to go carpet ball, gaga, the stables and the dining hall , go to gaga then carpet ball, then the dining hall and last, the stables. If while at main camp, and you want to go to candles, soccer, leather, mini-farm, and boating, go to boating, then candles, then leather then soccer, and last mini farm. You’ll never get lost now!
At Camp Jewell, even going to bed is fun! Every cabin is unique at Camp Jewell. First, my favorite cabin of all – Senoir’s lodge aka the Octagon. Being a well- built cabin, the octagon is made up of a large common room, two 30 bunk octagons, and two 4 bunk back rooms. In front is an overhang with a basket-ball hoop and a few stairs and a ramp leading up to the door. Inside the common room, you can light a fire in the fire place. There are three couches and two tables, plus the two specialized card tables.
In both the octagons, there are the 30 neatly spaced bunks and a very roomy center. In the back, there are 4 bunks in each and room to put your bags. The slightly newer ranch cabins have the same exclusive design. In front, the common room has 2 couches 2 tables and a shoe bench. Inside, there are 16 bunks, and lots of space for bags. There are eight cabins like this. The first four are connected to a porch with a shoe rack swing, 4 rocking chairs, and 2 pick nick tables. The other four cabins porches have a carpet ball table, numerous benches, and 3 rocking chairs. Like a little scenery? Cabins 1-14, are for you. All these cabins have a fire place, in the common room, 2 couches, 1 table, and a total of 24 bunks. 6 has an overhang, 1,2,7,8 and 9 are in convenient spots, 11, the most beautiful cabin of all, overlooks the waters of Triangle Lake. 10,12,13,and 14 provide a view of Camp Jewell’s forest. I’ll never forget the time I stayed in cabin 2. It was so convenient, we barley had to walk 200ft to any where! I’ll bet that as soon as you get to Camp Jewell the first thing that you’ll want to see is your cabin!
Now that you know how to get around, what to do, and what the cabins are like, the only thing you’re missing now is actually experiencing it! So don’t be jealous, join me at Camp Jewell!
Fo more details, go to your local YMCA’s website , and search Camp Jewell!