Harbor Camps’ first camp, Camp Aranu’tiq, was established in 2009 and had its first weeklong program in 2010 at a rented site with 40 campers. It has now grown to serve over 600 campers each summer at its very own home in New Hampshire.
Founder and CEO Nick Teich spent 13 years as a camper, CIT, counselor, and camp administrator prior to starting Harbor Camps in 2009. Nick works full-time, year-round on Harbor Camps along with Associate Director of Operations Eric Knudsen and Facilities Manager Steve Jaeger. The campers, volunteers, and staff are Harbor Camps’ only focus and passion 365 days a year!
Nick and the Board established Harbor Camps in 2014 upon purchasing the 116-acre New Hampshire property through a multi-million dollar capital campaign. Harbor Camps encompasses Camp Aranu’tiq for trans youth, its largest and its “anchor camp,” Camp Seneb, a one-week camp for kids with skeletal dysplasia, and Camp Reflections, a one-week camp for kids with facial differences. All camps are directed by Nick and his team.
Harbor Camps’ provides camps for youth & families of specific populations that may often feel marginalized; our camps build confidence, resilience, community, and offer a place where campers can be their authentic selves.
We value holding a space where kids can be kids and many of the worries of everyday life are gone. Our camps are places where our kids can be themselves and enjoy each other and the activities without a requirement of discussing, defending, or worrying about why they are who they are.
We build confidence, resilience, and community for our campers by way of our campers:
Nick, the assistant directors, and leadership team are hands-on every day at camp, communicating with campers, counselors, and parents. Our volunteer camp counselors are in the bunks and the activities with the campers. We keep approximately a 4:1 camper to counselor ratio in the bunks and in activities.
Our staff and volunteers work in all different sectors in their everyday lives. They must have experience with and a passion for working with kids first and foremost, and each of them have a personal connection to each camp’s community in some way.
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