Since 1926, Birch Rock Summer Camp in Waterford, Maine has offered boys aged 7 to 16 an unparalleled summer of old-fashioned fun and adventure, and a break from their normal home and school routine. We believe that our warm, cooperative community makes Birch Rock an incomparable place, where campers come to master new skills and find pride in their achievements.
Birch Rock is committed to giving boys a rousing summer camp experience that builds self-confidence, skills and responsibility. We focus on enjoyment and stewardship of the natural world, and embrace the simplicity of traditional camping. With our motto, “Help the Other Fellow,” we encourage boys to grow in generosity, integrity and mutual support.
Our rustic summer camp and cool as heck wilderness trips whet a boy’s thirst for roughing it in the woods. Birch Rock’s campers and counselors gather from around the world to create tight friendships on our playing fields, on our lakefront, and in our historic Lodge—where campers’ names have filled the walls since 1926. Birch Rock’s directors and staff are true partners in parenting, helping each boy pull through challenges, and return home from camp with a bit more fortitude and exultation.
A warm, supportive community, where campers build self-reliance, master new skills and form long-lasting friendships
Faster than a speeding bullet in Lake McWain, able to leap tall cabins in a single bound—that was Pete Haas. A hero in everyone’s eyes, Pete is remembered as the consummate Birch Rocker, a true gentleman, champion swimmer and proud United States Marine. He embodied our ethos, Help the Other Fellow, 365 days a year. Pete […]Read more
What do you think about independence for children? And have you tuned in yet to the Japanese reality TV show Old Enough!? A hit show for three decades in Japan, it’s new to Netflix and American viewers. The premise is shocking here in the US—tiny Japanese children run errands all alone for their parents on […]Read more
The Birch Bark, Spring ’22 edition, is here with a tribute to Janice Walker, our treasured Camp Lady. As is traditional in the spring, college-bound Birch Rockers share their essays with the whole camp community. And Rich Deering offers his “Reflections from the Rock.”Read more