About Sandy Island Overnight Camp for Families

Welcome to the magical land that is Sandy Island! Get ready to spend an unforgettable summer vacation with family and friends at Sandy Island Overnight Camp for Families. Located on Lake Winnipesaukee in beautiful New Hampshire, campers spend their days enjoying the gorgeous scenery and exciting activities. At Sandy Island you can do as little or as much as you like, the choice of what to do with your time is yours. End each day by falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing outside your cabin window.

From the moment you leave your car and board the boat to Sandy Island, you know your family is going experience something special. The beautiful setting, rustic cabins and lake front property make Sandy Island a one of a kind summer escape.

Welcome to your new happy place, we can’t wait to meet you!



Morning Program takes place from 9am-12pm for children ages 3 to 12. During programs, children are supervised and assisted by at least one Program Staff member, making sure your child has a safe and exciting experience each day at camp!


Taking place weekday mornings for 3 to 5 year old campers, the program consists of a loosely structured program of friendship, music, art, nature, and plenty of room to be spontaneous. Parents should arrive at the School House to drop off their preschoolers at 9:00 am Monday thru Friday.


For ages 6-8 years, campers participate in a variety of games, sports, music, crafts, and other activities throughout the week.


The Juniors Program is for campers ages 9-12 years. Throughout the week campers may choose to participate in a variety of activities ranging from team building games and sports to music, crafts and outdoor activities.


For ages 13-19, our Teen Program is run by our teen director. Typical teen activities include ice cream making, water skiing/tubing, glow in the dark volley ball or glow stick capture the flag. We also have a beautiful new teen center, donated by a generous camper family and designed by the Sandy Island Camp Committee, housing foosball, air hockey and is a great place to just hang out.

Water activities at Sandy Island Family Camp


Spend your days in and on the water taking part in water based activities! Sailing, Sailing lessons, Kayaking, Paddle boarding, Lap swimming, Swim lessons, Water skiing, Tubing, Wake boarding, Canoeing and more are available daily!



Sandy Island Overnight Camp for Families offers various tournament competitions for families and staff. Tournament sign-ups are posted on the Lodge Porch until 11:00 am Sunday. When tournament brackets are posted campers and staff are expected to locate each other to set-up times to play their match.



Second only to the Sandy Dances, the Talent Show is a mainstay of Sandy Island traditions. Sign up at the Lodge Porch and wow your the crowds with your talents! The Program Director turns the sign-up sheet into a set list and can provide support for your performance before and during the show.



Get creative at the Craft Shop. Enjoy kid and adult based activities, classes and lessons. Learn to use different materials and mediums, such as beading, clay, leather, tie-dye, glass blowing and more! There is an additional cost for this activity.



Open daily from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, the tennis courts are very popular.  Campers should attend the Tennis Draw Sunday thru Thursdays at 7:00 pm at the Pavilion to allot court time for the following day. Campers sign-up to participate in the draw when they register in the office or can show up at the courts each day.

Tennis tournament sign-ups are posted on the Lodge Porch until 11:00 am Sunday. The tournament matches are posted on the Lodge Porch following Chapel services on Sunday. Participants are expected to locate each other to set-up court times to play their match.

Tennis Lessons are provided in the afternoon Monday through Thursday. The lessons vary according to ability and age level. To sign-up for lessons, see our tennis pro on Sunday during brunch on the Dining Hall porch between 11:00 am and noon.



Take a ride on the Big Sandy II and cruise around Lake Winnipesaukee. Trips include:

  • The Wolfeboro Shopping Trip on Tuesday afternoon,
  • The Meredith Pleasure Cruise and the teen/adult Weirs Beach trip Wednesday evening,
  • Sunset Cruise / Junior Pilots’ Cruise Sunday evening

Cruise sign-ups are posted on Saturdays on the Lodge Porch



Come break a sweat at one of our fitness classes! We offer boot camp, yoga, stand up paddle board yoga, stretch classes and more. Our instructors work hard to make Sandy Island fitness fun for all ages and abilities. Deepen your sense of presence while strengthening your awareness and body.  Join us in practicing these ancient traditions of unifying mind, body, and spirit.



  • Breakfast is served Monday thru Sunday mornings from 7:30 – 9:00 am, with Sunday set up as a continental breakfast only.
  • Lunch is served Monday thru Saturday from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, and Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm set up as Brunch.
  • Dinner is served Monday and Tuesday and Thursday thru Saturday at 6:00 pm, and Wednesday and Sunday from 5:30 to 6:30 pm as BBQ buffet-style outside at Picnic Tables

A bell sounds for the start of the meal for breakfast and lunch, and the dinner bell sounds 30 minutes and 15 minutes before the meal as well as at the start of the meal.



Insurance: The YMCA of Greater Boston does not provide health or accident insurance for its participants. Campers are responsible for personal health/accident coverage. A completed health form is required for each family member including insurance coverage information.

Dietary Needs: Requests can be made at the Office. A refrigerator is available for camper use in the Dining Hall.  Please label all your food items with your name, week and table number.

Special Boat Travel: To leave the island, refer to the Boat Schedule on the Office Porch. For a Water Taxi, please make arrangements at the office during the day. After 5:00 pm, make arrangements at the Store. Due to rising fuel costs, campers are encouraged to limit use of Water Taxis by combining trips with others.

Additional Linens or Beds: Contact the office.

Cabin Life: Please leave beds as you found them, please do not remove any beds. 10 pm Quiet hours begin for all campers and staff. Music and voices should be maintained low enough so they are not audible from outside the building. 12 am lights must be out, voices very low, and music off. Quiet hours remain in effect until 7 am. Campers are not allowed in staff living quarters and vice versa unless authorized and organized through the office. Graffiti of any kind is prohibited. To encourage a “minimal technology” environment for us all to unplug, we ask that noise from cell phones & electronics are limited to the “internet cafe” and your cabin.
Waterfront Activities (Required Testing)

  • Swim testing is required before children can use the outer swim area, the log, canoes, kayaks and the lap swim area.
  • A boat test is also required before children can use canoes or kayaks.

Please have children take swim tests and boat tests as soon as possible so they can enjoy all the activities we offer.

New this year we are offering a kayak trip for teens & adults.  Show up to the waterfront and decide how adventurous you are!  Around the island?  Around Ragged Island?  Around Cow Island?  It is up to you!

Our waterfront and beach have lifeguards on duty daily. Hours will be announced and posted!

Sandy Island Triathlons: Held one after another on Friday afternoon each week, the two triathlons, Junior (12 and under) and Teen/Adult (13 and older), consist of three events, swimming, kayaking, and running. Both individual athletes and teams are encouraged to participate.

Junior Triathlon: A short swim to the log and back, a kayak trip around the closest ‘black top’ buoy in front of the Waterfront, and a run to the beachfront and back to the Waterfront.

Teen/Adult Triathlon: A swim from North Dock to the Waterfront, a kayak trip around the island, and 2.8-mile run around the Island (3 loops).

Sign up for all events and lessons start Sunday at 11:00 am until events or classes are full.

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