A TOUCH OF HAWKEYE HISTORY

Background Across the country there are thousands of day and residential camps. There are countless more non-profit organizations, foundations, and for-profit companies. Each one has a name, and each name has a meaning, but not every name has a personality. Not every name has an idea behind it, and not every name moves us to do and want deeper and better things from ourselves. Hawkeye is one name that does. From the pages of Cooper’s famous Leatherstocking Tales series, the moniker, “Hawkeye,” describes a true woodsman and frontier hero.

Founded in 2005 by Garrett Colgan-Snyder Camp Hawkeye is run by a small and dedicated staff led by Garrett and his wife Jessica. Hawkeye is a different camp experience and an extremely close knit community. The intentionality of the community is built upon Garrett & Jessica's love of camping and the outdoors and there fervent belief in the power of the camp experience. The power of camp is found in the magic of community and at Hawkeye; magic abounds.

2016
2.15
WHAT"S NEXT? - PERMANENT HOME

What's next for Camp Hawkeye? The answer to that is easy, continue to design great programming, bring together a diverse community, and create truly unforgettable experience for our campers and families.

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WHAT'S NEXT? – PERMANENT HOME

What's next for Camp Hawkeye? The answer to that is easy, continue to design great programming, bring together a diverse community, and create truly unforgettable experience for our campers and families. And what else? Camp Hawkeye is seeking a site to call our permanent home. We need help! As flexible as always we are open to a number of options: acquiring a closed camp or site of a camp from long ago, building a camp on an undeveloped piece of land, or something else. This is a truly exciting time and we'd love to hear your ideas, meet your contacts, and have your support. Keep an eye out for an upcoming capital campaign, send us your designs for the ultimate cabin, or lend us your experience on digging a well.

2015
6.29
GROWTH & SUCCESS

Over the next five years Camp Hawkeye grew slowly and steadily. Each summer remaining true to the diversity mission that is one of the foundational elements that makes us different.

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GROWTH & SUCCESS

Over the next five years Camp Hawkeye grew slowly and steadily. Each summer remaining true to the diversity mission that is one of the foundational elements that makes us different. Campers and staff from more than a dozen countries and as many states came to call Hawkeye home. Our diversity grew as well. Camp Hawkeye's diversity mission was interpreted and re-interpreted by parents around New Hampshire and beyond to include campers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, diverse family structures, same sex parents, and transgender and questioning campers. Hawkeye built partnership with a variety of non-profits, municipalities, and schools including the New Hampshire Division for Children Youth & Families to provide camp for foster and adoptive families in the state. Camp Hawkeye led the way in New Hampshire with transgender camper participation in the cabin group of their identified gender..

2010
6.5
OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

In 2010 our year-round staff doubled in size...to two people! Jessica Colgan-Snyder joined the Hawkeye team full-time and hit the ground running. She likes to run.

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OUR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

In 2010 our year-round staff doubled in size...to two people! Jessica Colgan-Snyder joined the Hawkeye team full-time and hit the ground running. She likes to run. Jess had already been working throughout the school year and for summers since Day 1. Her energy, positivity, and ability to connect with and relate to both kids and adults made her a perfect addition to the team.

2008
6.29
THE MOVE TO MOULTONBOROUGH

After Summer 2007 we packed up our trunks, bows & arrows, lifejackets, clay and paint and set off for a new site. The Hawkeye community had grown and needed a new home.

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THE MOVE TO MOULTONBOROUGH

After Summer 2007 we packed up our trunks, bows & arrows, lifejackets, clay and paint and set off for a new site. The Hawkeye community had grown and needed a new home. We looked for a larger space to spread our wings and also to expand the length of our program. To date Hawkeye had only been a four week experience. 2008 was to be a full summer eight week package. The new location was perfectly sited on the southwestern face of Red Hill offering access to beautiful, quiet, clean Lake Kanasatka. In addition the Fire Tower trail up Red Hill was but five minutes down the road, wildlife abounded, and larger fields and courts allowed for the diverse programming we were seeking.

2006
7.23
DAY 1

Day 1 was a Sunday and it had poured rain for the twenty-four hours leading up to arrival. Twenty-two campers and almost as many staff started camp off right that day.

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DAY 1

Day 1 was a Sunday and it had poured rain for the twenty-four hours leading up to arrival. Twenty-two campers and almost as many staff started camp off right that day. Our last group of British campers arrived safely by car, after a long day in the air, at nearly midnight. Years later as the Program Coordinator, Liam, one of those campers told the story of how he remembers that arrival and first night. "Garrett walked the group across the field toward our cabins stopping in the middle to simply look up at the enormous night sky. Taking in the brightest set of stars we had ever seen he pointed out the Milky Way explaining how it got it's name.

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2005
10.31
A DIFFERENT KIND OF CAMP

Officially founded on October 31 (not a trick) 2005 the program gained momentum and opened for our first summer in July of 2006. The idea from which Camp Hawkeye grew started years before...

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF CAMP

Officially founded on October 31 (not a trick) 2005 the program gained momentum and opened for our first summer in July of 2006. The idea from which Camp Hawkeye grew started years before in conversation between friends, counselors together, at another camp in upstate New York. What began as a dream so far off grew into a solid mission- based camp program that seeks to bring together disparate groups of young people in a safe yet challenging environment. Words, ideas, and dreams became reality through the hard work of many and would not be the same without the contributions leading up to Day 1 of Phil Chantler, Kiera Fredericksen, and James Chandler..

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