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 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 spend 5 days on the beautiful SNHU Campus, July 22-26. Our camp day runs from 8:30am to 4:15, and lunch can be purchased through SNHU Dining Services. Parents and friends are invited to join us for the campers’ 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. The 2019 sessions are August 4-9 and August 11-16. 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, become leaders, 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.
Very Important Dates!
- February 2019: Gotta Staffer applications open for first-year applicants
- March 31, 2019: Early Bird Rate deadline
- May 1, 2019: Financial Assistance applications due
- Mid-May: Web Store opens for Gotta Gear orders
- July 1: All paperwork and tuition balance due
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. Additional payments can be made at any time, and final remaining balance is due July 1.
Got a question we haven’t covered? Email Camp Director Lou McKenna!
Q. When does camp registration close?
A. Camp registrations will be accepted as long as space allows. Overnight sessions tend to fill up first–and registrations for our 2019 sessions are coming in earlier than ever!
Q. How big is a session of Gotta Camp?
A. Our camps have a maximum capacity of 50 campers per session.
Q. Is financial assistance available?
A. Yes! Just email me for an application, firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Are the challenges the same at Day Camp and Overnight Camp?
A. Nope! Day Camp is a completely different set of challenges from the Overnight Camp challenges! Campers are welcome to come to both camps!
Q. What are the hours for day camp?
A. Camper arrival is 8:30-9:00am, pick-up is 4:15-4:30pm
Q. What age range is Gotta Camp?
A. 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?
A. Campers are grouped by gender and age for dorms. Two or more Staffers live in each dorm with 10-15 campers. Roommate requests are encouraged, and we do our best to accommodate everyone! Most rooms are doubles, with a few triples and quads mixed in. Anything other than a double room is based on which dorms Brewster assigns us, and cannot be guaranteed. Lights-out vary by age, and wake-up times are agreed upon as a dorm.
Q. Is there a packing list?
A. The full packing list and information packet will be emailed to all registered families in June. If you have any questions before that, just email or call!
Q. What is Fort Knox?
A. It’s our greatest treasure! On the first day, every camper is asked to bring contributions for Fort Knox – these are the raw materials for all of our projects all week. Seek out (scrounge and scavenge, DO NOT purchase) some cool stuff to share – recyclables like boxes and tubes, last year’s halloween costume, craft supplies, and so on! Please no glitter, no styrofoam peanuts, and nothing super-messy!
Q. How can I learn more?
A. Email Lou to be added to our email list, and check out our social media accounts for pictures and videos from previous seasons. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter. We also have a private group on Facebook just for Gotta Parents to ask questions and share tips!
Q. I want to work at Gotta Camp! How do I apply?
A. That’s great! Applications for 2019 is now open for rising high school juniors and beyond. Interested applicants should email Queen Lou to request the application, email@example.com
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