About Wanakee in Meredith, NH

Wanakee is a traditional Christian summer camp and year-round retreat center, owned and operated by the New England Conference of the United Methodist Church. This camp is all about building strong relationships and a supportive community that encourages radical acceptance. The name Wanakee, which means “beautiful spiritual place in the hills” in a Native American language, was chosen by Harold E. Perkins. He was a student in religious education and theology at Boston University and the first chairperson of the New Hampshire Conference Camp and Conference Committee. At Wanakee, the staff strive to make sure each camper and retreater experiences a safe and nurturing environment. They recognize the need for children and adults to grow in their faith and explore their own spiritual journey. With activities ranging from canoeing and fishing to crafts and nature hikes, there is something for everyone. The yearly and seasonal retreats at Wanakee provide a much needed respite from the stressors of everyday life. Participants get to take some time for themselves and focus on self-care. There are plenty of activities to keep everyone engaged, from meditation and yoga to art classes and bird watching. Whatever you choose to do, Wanakee will provide a serene and peaceful atmosphere to help you recharge.

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What kind of kids we support

  • Coed


  • River
  • Ocean

Programs at Wanakee in Meredith, NH

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We are committed to a unique, small-group experience, ideal for building meaningful relationships. Each day, campers live, eat, explore, play, and pray with friends in their site. By the end of the week, sites feel a lot like family. While several events are held in the same week, you never get lost in the crowd; your small group is always with you. All events have swimming, hiking, games, campfires, 9-square, Morning Watch, and outdoor cooking. Depending upon age and the event you registered for, activities may also include drama or music rehearsal, ropes course, canoeing, sailing, rock climbing, crafts, off-site trips, overnight campouts, and more.

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Location and contact information

75 Upper New Hampton Rd, Meredith, NH, 03253