Camp Naticook offers a unique Summer Day Camp experience in the Town of Merrimack, NH. Located within Wasserman Park, the park was formerly the site of a private overnight camp. In 1989, the Town of Merrimack made arrangements to purchase the camp and turned the land into a public park. Naticook Day Camp operates under the direction of the Parks & Recreation Department and has been continuously accredited by the American Camp Association since 1994.
Naticook Day Camp is geared towards children entering Kindergarten up through entering 5th Grade in Fall 2024. Campers who will be going into 5th Grade in Fall 2024; have the option to participate in our traditional Naticook Day Camp program or they move up to our Camp Trek program which is for campers entering Grades 5 - 9 in the Fall.
Our goal at Camp Naticook is to build an environment where both staff and campers are open to be themselves and form friendships and connections with their peers that will last a lifetime. We strive for individuals to embrace their own strengths and talents to form a camp community that is rich in history and culture. We embrace our camp’s beginnings and culture to strengthen our community. Through the specialty areas of our camp, campers will discover new interests and embrace their previous interests. We strive ourselves on having a united staff that shows campers great care and compassion. Our staff works closely together and have a strong bond that shows in their care for our campers. Camper safety is our staff's number one priority. After safety, it is paramount to our staff that our campers have the best experience we can possibly provide them. We want our campers to leave camp and remember the summer and the memories they made. We never want any of our campers to say goodbye to Camp Naticook. Rather, see you soon."
For additional information, please review the parent handbook
Camp Telephone Number: 603-420-1662
Camp Health Center: 603-420-1663
Parks & Recreation Office: 603-882-1046
Camp Director: Hannah Cote
Assistant Camp Director: Major Wheelock
Medical Staff: Kevin Lake
GROUP NAMES - GRADE ENTERING FALL 2024
Entering Kindergarten & 1st Grade - Ducklings
(Session 6 and 7 full, waitlist available)
Entering 2nd Grade - Robins
Entering 3rd Grade - Ravens
(Sessions 1, 5, 7, 8 and 9 full, waitlist available)
Entering 4th & 5th Grade - Eagles
One of our many camp activities includes archery at our on-site archery range. Archery Lessons are taught by a certified instructor.
All Campers participate in a variety of Arts & Crafts projects on a daily basis.
Our Camp sits right on Naticook Lake and campers get to explore this beautiful lake on canoe trips. In addition to boating campers will get to enjoy the waterfront and beach during free swim time.
Our Park is home to a great network of protected hiking trails and natural area. Campers participate in daily nature activities games, hikes and more!
Campers get to participate in a wide variety of age appropriate sports & games and be physically active during the summer. Sports & games are geared for each age group in camp.
Fridays are Special Event Days at Camp and may feature entertainment, special games and contests or other fun activities.
In our on site theater building campers will get the chance to prepare skits and plays with performances throughout the summer and our big camp wide talent show at the end of week 7.
All campers get a hot lunch daily as part of the Camp Tuition Fee. Meals are prepared by our Camp Cook in the Function Hall. Each day there will be a main meal or optional sandwich or pasta, salad and a dessert. The current lunch menu can be found here
Week 1: 6/24 - 6/28 Theme: Aloha Summer
Week 2: 7/1 - 7/5 (No 7/4) Theme: Holiday Palooza
Week 3: 7/8 - 7/12 Theme: Color Wars
Week 4: 7/15 - 7/19 Theme: Wild Wild West
Week 5: 7/22 - 7/26 Theme: Captain Naticook's Lost Treasure
Week 6: 7/29 - Aug 2 Theme: Carnival Classic
Week 7: 8/5 - 8/9 Theme: Olympics Week
Week 8: 8/12 - 8/16 Theme: Mythbusters
Week 9: 8/19 - 8/23 Theme: Red Carpet Affair
Grades: Entering K up thru Entering 5th Grade
Hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Extended Care Hours:
AM Extended Care: 7:00 - 8:00 am
PM Extended Care: 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Merrimack Resident: $310.00 / per week
*Week 2 (4 day week): $248.00 / per week
Non-Resident: $360.00 / per week
*Week 2 (4 day week): $288.00 / per week
Extended Care Tuition:
AM Extended Care: $20.00 per week
PM Extended Care: $40.00 per week
*A $25.00 Sibling Discount is available on 2nd or more children in the same household who are attending the same week, with the first child paying the full tuition rate.
A limited number of Summer Camp Scholarships are available to Merrimack Residents who meet the low income qualifications.
For details or to apply, please contact Pat Murphy in the Welfare Department. The Welfare Office can can be reached by calling 603-423-8535 or by visit the Town website below.
The New Hampshire Department of Education is partnering again with New Hampshire camps (including Merrimack Parks & Recreation) to provide scholarship assistance to eligible campers
Eligible Campers can receive up to $750
Once you complete and submit the online application; you will get a follow up email from the Department of Education to indicate whether you qualify and then it will give you the next steps to complete the process. Once you setup your Class Wallet account; you will select Pay Vendor and then select Merrimack Parks & Recreation from the list.
Each year, the Parks & Recreation Department hires a limited number of 1:1 Aides to work at Camp Naticook and provide direct support for those children who require additional assistance in order to have a successful experience at Camp.
While we are not a Special Needs Camp, the Town will be hiring one (1) Paraprofessional staff member this summer to work as 1:1 Aide at Naticook Day Camp. If your child has an I.E.P; we can work to try and incorporate the goals of your child's I.E.P. into the daily Camp program. Any family who requests to have an Aide with their child at Camp will need to first complete a Special Needs Questionnaire. The purpose of this questionnaire is to provide the best summer experience for your child.
Week 1: Unavailable Week 2: Aid Available
Week 3: Unavailable Week 4: Unavailable
Week 5: Unavailable Week 6: Unavailable
Week 7: Unavailable Week 8: Unavailable
Week 9: Unavailable
All programs are offered on a “first come – first serve” basis thru our website or in person at the Parks & Recreation Office. In order to maintain proper staffing ratios, age group sizes are limited and can sell out quickly, so please register early. Waiting lists will be taken as age groups reach their maximum enrollment.
There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due for each session that you would like to you register your child for. This deposit is applied towards the weekly tuition and the tuition balance must be paid in full 30 Days prior to the start of the selected session.
Participants who wish to withdraw from a session at Camp must notify the Parks & Recreation Department at least 30 days prior to the start of the session that you wish to cancel.
If you wish to transfer your registration to a later session without penalty; the request must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the session start date.
All program cancellations will result in the loss of the $50.00 non-refundable deposit. Refund requests between 15 – 30 days, will forfeit the $50 non-refundable deposit and will receive a 50% refund of the amount that was been paid. No refunds will be issued less than 15 days prior to the start of the session. All refunds will be issued in the form of a check from the Town of Merrimack and may take up to 2 weeks to process.
Refunds may be given for medical reasons which arise less than 14 days prior to the start of the registered session. For all medical cancellations wanting reimbursement, the request must be accompanied by a physician’s letter which must be received no later than the last day of the session that you are wishing to withdraw from.
Even with a Doctor’s note, camper still forfeits the $50 non-refundable deposit and then would receive a 50% refund of the remaining amount that was been paid.
This summer, Naticook Day Camp has partnered with CampDoc to better serve our participants and staff. CampDoc offers an electronic health record system for camps, and you can now complete your participant’s health information electronically. The security and privacy of your participant's health information is important to us. The CampDoc site is secure, encrypted, and password protected.
After signing up for Naticook Day Camp:
Our Summer Camp program is licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Health & Human Services as well as Accredited by the American Camp Association. The information being collected is required to maintain regulatory compliance for our Camp license.
We are excited to continually improve, building safer, more productive and more efficient systems to create the best experience for you and your family! We can’t wait to see you this summer!