As Camp Awosting prepares to open its gates on June 23, 2019 they are marking another milestone in the camp’s long history – their 120th summer. Awosting, a residential summer camp for boys ages 6-15, is one of the oldest private summer camps in America. Founded in 1900 and originally located on Lake Awosting in New York State, the camp relocated to the current site on Bantam Lake in Morris, CT in 1934. For more information on Camp Awosting visit www.awosting.com.
Awosting has been run by the Ebner family for over 70 years. Kevin Ebner Sr., a 3rd generation owner and Director of Awosting states “It’s rare to see a camp with this much history.” Awosting is a throw-back to simpler times. Although their traditional program has changed over the years, the emphasis on “boys learn by doing” remains. Campers receive activity instruction each morning and have freedom to choose their activities every afternoon. Only accepting 165 boys per session, Awosting’s close-knit community is evident in their personal attention to campers’ growth and development at camp. “We take pride in getting to know every camper during the summer. Helping our boys develop new skills, learn from mistakes and become good, young men has been the driving force behind Awosting since 1900.”
When Awosting was founded, the program was far less structured than today. Campers spent more time swimming in the lake and going for long walks, up to 30 miles a day. Today, Awosting offers over 40 different activity areas, specializing in Go-Karts, Motocross, a special Waterskiing Camp and 1,000ft zip line. Despite adding new activities, they still honor traditions dating back to 1900. The Ebners also operate a girls camp, Chinqueka, 5 miles away in Bantam, CTand the camps get together every week for co-ed activities. Both camps have been accredited by the American Camp Association for over 60 years.