Camp Gottalikachallenge

2019 registration will open at the end of December!

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Camp Gottalikachallenge is one of the oldest creativity camps in the United States. Every summer, we welcome campers from all over the world to a week of summer camp fun at a variety of sites around New Hampshire, sponsored by New Hampshire Destination Imagination.

We provide a fast-paced adventure in problem solving. Our campers’ days are filled with hands-on learning, challenging activities with plenty of mental muscle-stretching games, and zany fun guaranteed to get their creative juices flowing! Ourcamp program focuses on helping each camper to develop their creative potential. The goal is to empower our campers to approach life’s challenges with confidence. We do this by honing their creative and critical thinking skills, leadership skills, problem solving abilities, and teamwork.

We are excited to continue our DAY CAMP offerings in 2019 at SNHU! Campers spent 5 days on the beautiful SNHU Campus. Our camp day runs from 8:30am to 4:15, and parents are invited to join us for the final presentations on Friday afternoon. Day Camp is open to campers age 9-14, going into grades 4-9.

OVERNIGHT CAMP sessions are hosted at beautiful Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH on the shore of Lake Winnipesaukee. Check-in is on Sunday afternoon, and pick-up is Friday afternoon. Campers and staffers reside in dorms, and all meals are provided by Brewster’s wonderful dining hall that can accommodate any dietary restrictions. Overnight Camp is open to campers age 10-14, going into grades 5-9.

“Gotta Camp” creates a safe, structured, caring and supportive environment. Campers are encouraged to share their talents, to take risks, to recognize their similarities and differences, to be inclusive, and to have fun! In this idyllic place, campers often form lasting friendships with their team and dorm mates. Approximately 50 campers attend each session. No prior experience in creative problem solving is necessary, but campers should have an enthusiasm for group activities, curiosity, a sense of humor, and enjoy a challenge!

Each morning, campers work in teams of 10 with two staff members to create a solution to the week’s Gotta-Problem! In addition, campers participate in shorter, offbeat problem-solving activities. Every afternoon, campers are given a choice of activities—outdoor games, swimming (overnight camp only), or a specialty session—a potpourri of stagecraft techniques, arts and crafts, unusual projects, and other offerings. Evening activities at overnight camp range from campfires to a talent show to group games.

Gotta Camp’s high-energy staff is dedicated to making each child’s experience at camp thoroughly rewarding. The staff includes a Director, Assistant Director and experienced coaches and junior coaches–many of whom were campers themselves. Adult staffers have degrees in education and/or extensive experience with Destination Imagination, and all are skilled in facilitating creative problem solving activities. Each staff member has unique skills and talents to share, and plans specialty games and activities for campers.



Upcoming Dates of Note!

  • Late December: 2019 registration opens
  • February 2019: Gotta Staffer applications open
  • March 31, 2019: Early Bird Rate deadline
  • May 1, 2019: Financial Assistance applications due

Camp Tuition

A non-refundable deposit of $150 must be submitted at time of registration. Financial assistance and team discounts are available – contact Camp Director Lou McKenna for more information.


The Camp Store will be open in the spring for summer orders!

 Got a question we haven’t covered? Email Camp Director Lou McKenna!

Q. When does camp registration close?
Camp registrations will be accepted as long as space allows. Overnight sessions tend to fill up first!

Q. What are the hours for day camp?
Camper arrival is 8:30-9:00am, pick-up is 4:15-4:30pm

Q. Is financial assistance available?
Yes! Just email me for an application,

Q. Are the challenges the same at Day Camp and Overnight Camp?
Nope! Day Camp is a completely different set of challenges from the Overnight Camp challenges! Campers are welcome to come to both camps!

Q. How big is a session of Gotta Camp?
Our camps have a maximum capacity of 50 campers per session.

Q. What age range is Gotta Camp?
Day Camps are open to kids age 9-14, those going into grades 4-9. Overnight Camps are open to kids age 10-14, those going into grades 5-9.

Q. How are the dorms arranged at Overnight Camp?
Campers are grouped by gender and age for dorms. Two or more Staffers live in each dorm. Roommate requests are welcome, and we do our best to accommodate everyone!

Q. I want to work at Gotta Camp! How do I apply?
That’s great! Applications for 2019 will be open for rising high school juniors and beyond. Email Queen Lou for more information,

PSSSST! Are you a Gotta Camp alum? We would love to stay in touch with you, click here to join our alumni mailing list!



Photos from Camp Gottalikachallenge Past

IMG_15982017: Weeks 1 and 2 Photos
2016: Weeks 1 and 2 Photos
2015: Weeks 1 and 2 Photos
2014: Brewster Academy Photos
2013: Weeks 1 and 2 Photos
2011: Brewster Academy Week 1 | Brewster Academy Week 2
2010: Brewster Academy Week 1 | Brewster Academy Week 2
2009: Brewster Academy | New Hampton
2008: Camp Coniston | Brewster Academy
2007: Camp Coniston | Brewster Academy
2006: Camp Coniston | Brewster Academy
2005: Camp Coniston | Brewster Academy