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! Our camp 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 add a DAY CAMP session to our offerings this summer! The session will be at Southern New Hampshire University July 16-20. Day camp sessions run Monday through Friday, 8:30am-4pm.
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.
“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. We accept campers who are 10 to 14 years of age, and like to have fun! 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, or a specialty session—a potpourri of stagecraft techniques, arts and crafts, unusual projects, and other offerings. Evening activities range from campfires to a talent show to group challenges.
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. Most 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 Deadlines for Registered Campers
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 is OPEN! Check out all of the offerings of Gotta Gear and get the whole family ready for Camp! Orders placed now will be available for pick-up at your camp session.
Got a question we haven’t covered? Email Camp Director Lou McKenna!
Q. When does camp registration close?
A. Camp registrations will be accepted for as long as space allows! Day Camp has plenty of space still, Overnight 1 has a few spots left, Overnight 2 is currently wait-list only!
Q. What are the hours for day camp?
A. Camper arrival is 8:30-9:00am, pick-up is 4:00pm.
Q. Are the challenges the same at Day Camp and Overnight Camp?
A. Nope! We are offering a completely NEW set of challenges at the Day Camp sessions, different from the Overnight Camp challenges!
Q. How big is a session of Gotta Camp?
A. Our camps have a maximum capacity of 50 campers per session.
Q. What age range is Gotta Camp for?
A. Overnight Camps are open to kids age 10-14, those going into grades 5-9. Day Camps are open to kids age 9-14, those going into grades 4-9.
Q. How are the dorms arranged at Overnight Camp?
A. 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?
A. That’s great! Positions for 2018 have been filled. For 2019, staff positions will be open for rising high school juniors and beyond. Email Queen Lou for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org!
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Photos from Camp Gottalikachallenge Past
2017: 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