Directors and Staff


The Kassels, the sixth Directors in the history of Belknap, carry on the esteemed Belknap tradition of family headship. The Kassels have been the Directors of Belknap since 2013, having completed their 10th summer this year.

As Directors, the Kassels are honored to be an integral part of the Belknap community. Originally hailing from Amherst, Massachusetts, Seth began his Belknap career as a Middler in 1992. He was an Honor Camper and was awarded the Colin Brown Award as a member of the Leader Corps. He advanced through the Belknap leadership system, serving as Middler Division Head in 1999 and concluding as Program Director in 2005.

Prior to his start as Director, Seth held several entrepreneurial positions in the field of renewable energy, including serving as a co-founder and VP of a utility solar energy company.

Stephanie (“Steph”) currently is a Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing. As a specialist in the field of diabetes care and research, she has worked with some of the top diabetes centers in the country and has multiple publications including the New England Journal of Medicine. Steph attended overnight camp in her youth as well as professionally leading and directing wilderness trips. Steph first visited Camp Belknap in 1999 and shares Seth’s passion for its spirit, culture, programs, and natural beauty.

The Kassels met as undergraduates at Colorado College and both earned advanced degrees from the University of Colorado. They are avid hikers and campers and have led numerous youth-group back-country expeditions. Their two sons, Noah and Tobin, bring joy and energy to their home.

The Kassels reside at Belknap year round. They are active members of the Tuftonboro/Wolfeboro community where they both sit on boards of local non-profits and coach youth sports teams.

Assistant Director

Adam Perreault is the Assistant Director at Camp Belknap. His primary responsibilities lie in the management of enrollment and family/camper relations, shoulder season programming, risk management & safety.  

This will be Adam’s 21th year at Belknap, first attending as a cadet camper in 1992, Adam was a camper for 6 years before entering into the leadership where he spent time in Middlers and Seniors before finding a home in Besserers as the division head in 2003 and 2004. 

Before returning to Camp Belknap as Assistant Director, Adam worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for the US Men’s Alpine and Nordic Ski Teams through two Olympic cycles, and then he moved to Vermont to work at Burke Mountain Academy. 

Adam and his wife, Alexandra (who spends time in the health center during the summer as a Nurse Practitioner) live in Kirby, VT with their children, Mabel and Bo and two dogs, Tasman and Ruka.  They enjoy biking, hiking and skiing together. 

Leadership Director

Nick Nowak is currently the Leadership Director at Camp Belknap.

This will be Nick’s 22nd summer at camp. He was previously a Cabin Leader in Besserers and Seniors from 2009 through 2011. He served as Besserer Division Head in 2012, Senior Division Head in 2013, Leader Corps Director from 2014 to 2017, and served as Program Director from 2018 to 2021.

Outside of camp, Nick is a History Teacher at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan, New Hampshire and serves as the Dean of Student Life. He was previously a member of the History Department at the Hyde School in Woodstock, Connecticut.

Nick received his B.A. from Colby College and completed his Masters in Educational Studies from UNH.

Nick and his wife, Julie, live in Canaan, New Hampshire

Advancement Director

Geoff Masland is the Advancement Director at Camp Belknap. In this role, Geoff is the key liaison with the Belknap community to fulfill the vision of Belknap’s Strategic Plan of protecting, preserving, and strengthening camp for years to come.

Geoff returned to Belknap after a decade of work in sales, marketing, and growing companies. Most recently, Geoff was CEO and co-founder of Oxbow Brewing Company, which Geoff grew to a staff of 25 employed at multiple facilities throughout Maine. The businesses that Geoff helped launch continue to thrive.

Geoff received a BA from Colorado College.

The summer of 2023 will be Geoff’s 22nd at Belknap. Starting as a Cadet in 1990, he was a camper in every division before becoming a Leader, Middler Division Head, and Leader Corps Director in 2003 and 2004.

Geoff and his wife Dash reside in Yarmouth, Maine, with their sons Griffin and Lyle, future campers. The Masland’s live at Belknap during the summer months, bringing spirit and energy to the Belknap family.

Leader Corps Director

Joe LaLiberte is currently the Leader Corps Director at Camp Belknap.

He has finished his 17th summer at Camp. Joe was previously a Cabin Leader in Juniors from 2015 through 2018, serving as the Junior Division Head in the 2018 summer, and Besserer Division Head in 2019 before moving into his current role. Further, Joe represented Belknap at the American Camp Association National Conference in 2018, and has written nationally-acclaimed work in the ACA Magazine.

Outside of camp, Joe is a teacher, coach, and advisor at Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts. He teaches Middle School Math and Spanish, advises 8th grade, and coaches Football and Basketball.

Joe received his B.A. from Middlebury College in Vermont where he studied Sociology/Anthropology and minored in Spanish and Education Studies. He is pursuing his Masters in Education through the School Leadership Program at the University of Pennsylvania, and plans to graduate in July 2022. 

Joe currently lives in Boston, MA.

Program Director
Trevor Schofield is currently the Program Director at Camp Belknap. 
He has just completed his 15th summer at Camp. Previously, Trevor served as a Cabin Leader in Cadets from 2017 through 2019, and as the Cadet Division Head in 2020. In 2021, Trevor served as the Assistant Program Director before moving into his current role. 
Outside of Camp, Trevor is a teacher and coach at the Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts. He teaches Elementary Education, in addition to coaching Track & Field and Volleyball. 
Trevor received his B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University, where he studied History and minored in Political Science. 
Trevor currently lives in Boston, MA.
Waterfront Director

Jay Pier is currently the Waterfront Director at Camp Belknap

Jay recently completed his 14th summer at Belknap. Prior to stepping into the Waterfront Director role, he was previously a Cadet Leader from 2018 to 2019 before serving as the Besserer Assistant Division Head in 2020 and Division Head in 2021.

In the offseason, Jay is a ski race coach at Tamarack Sports Education Team in Donnelly, Idaho and will spend the winter of 2022-2023 serving as a Food Services Steward at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

Jay received his B.A. from Pomona College in Los Angeles with a double major in Science, Technology, and Society and French.

Jay currently lives in Freeport, Maine.

Operations Manager

Kyle John is the Operations Manager at Camp Belknap. He takes care of everything from handling all procurement, IT, operating the camp store, keeping camp up to date with permits, and program duties.

This will be Kyle’s 31st summer at Belknap. He began as an eight-year-old camper in 1993, was a Cabin Leader in the Cadets and Middlers from 2004-2008, and served as the Junior Division Head in 2009. From 2010 through 2014, Kyle was part of the Program Staff and was Program Director for the 2013 and 2014 summers.

Kyle is currently pursuing a degree in Information Technologies at Southern New Hampshire University and is an Associate Visitor for the American Camping Association.

Kyle lives in Belmont, New Hampshire, with his wife, Tasha, and 3 kids: Kayleigh, CJ, and Aiden. CJ will be attending camp for the second time, while Aiden will finally get his chance to be a camper for the first time.

Facilities Director

Matt Found is the Facilities Director at Camp Belknap, where he will maintain the 75 buildings and 300 acre grounds so that campers can enjoy a safe and fun experience.

Matt attended Belknap in the late 70’s as a Cadet camper.  His love for alpine ski racing at an early age side-tracked him from the camp life in favor of spending his summers in the Austrian alps skiing and training on a year-round glacier.  Matt competed internationally for many years and later for the University of New Hampshire on the NCAA carnival team.  He earned an undergraduate degree in Business, an MBA, and is currently plugging away at a degree in Architectural and Structural Engineering. 

Matt spent most of his working career in project management and technical roles in several manufacturing companies and worked on several key projects with the Hubble telescope and the Israeli National Defense Department and the Scottish Royal Navy.  Architecture, building and woodworking are passions that Matt pursues in his free time along with just about any outdoor sport you can think of.

Matt and his wife, Maria, live in Wolfeboro, NH with their yellow lab (Tuukka), son (Gunner), and daughter (Anya).  They live in continuous pursuit of adventure, regardless how wild and crazy!


Linda Gonya is the Registrar for Camp Belknap.  In this role, she manages and coordinates the main office, providing assistance to the Co-directors and family relations with registration and check in/out process. This is her 8th year at Belknap.

Linda is a qualified Medical Assistant/Health Administrator and holds an Associate of Science degree from Hesser College.

She is no stranger to camp life, having spent more than 10 years with The Boy Scouts of America as a Leader and Committee Chair where she held registrations, kept records of awards/achievements of scouts, planned outings, and coordinated fundraising.

Linda has a son who has been both a camper and leader for 11 years.

Linda is a mother of three sons and lives in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire.

Donation Manager

Seri Bowley is the Donation Manager of Belknap. She works in the office with our Directors and the Development team. This will be Seri’s 6th summer at camp.

A native of Chicago, Seri now enjoys the spirit of a small town life style. Before moving to New Hampshire, she sailed to various ports around the world as a Deck Officer aboard different types of cargo vessels. She is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is a retired Lieutenant in the US Navel Reserves.

Seri lives in Tuftonboro with her husband, their 2 children, Maddie and Everett, a black lab, and 20 chickens.  She’s active in the community and is a Tuftonboro Girl Scout Leader. Seri enjoys to be outside tending to her large vegetable garden.

Finance Manager

Sue Barron joins Camp Belknap in 2022 as Finance Manager. She has held various finance roles in the nonprofit industry – most recently with Dakin Humane Society in western Massachusetts for the last 11 years. She brings over 15 years experience in bookkeeping, account analysis and financial management to Camp Belknap. 

Camp holds a special place in heart since her son Dan spent 9 summers “under the pines” at Camp Belknap from 2005 – 2013 and her daughter Julia attended Camp Huckins from 2008 – 2015. 

As a prior lifelong Massachusetts native, Sue and her husband Howard relocated permanently to their “happy place” on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee in 2020. They share their home in Alton Bay with their chocolate lab, Bella, and love it when Dan & Julia are able to come spend time up at the lake. 

Aside from travel and boating, her favorite thing to do is relax on the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee surrounded by her family (both two and four legged).

Food Service Manager

Chef Wilfredo Morales joined the Belknap team in the Spring of 2018 and this will be his 6th summer as our Food Service Manager. Because of his infectious positive attitude while leading by example, it did not take long for Wilfredo to fit right in at camp.

Wilfredo started his culinary career when he was 16, though his love and passion for food came from his grandmother “Josefina”, who taught him to respect food. After working in restaurants and the hospitality industry for over 10 years, he enrolled in the culinary program at The Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, where he tutored under Master Chef Klaus Friedenreich. Wilfredo also worked with celebrity chef Jean Pierre.

Wilfredo is a talented and devoted chef and we are proud to have him on the team.

Communications Manager

Betsy joined the year-round Camp Belknap staff as the Communications Manager in July 2023. She spent eleven years working as the Program Director for Girls on the Run New Hampshire in Exeter and is thrilled to make the transition to a local non-profit focused on youth programming. Summer 2023 will be a return to camp life for Betsy – her last summer at camp was as a Middler at Camp Huckins.

Betsy and her husband, Rob, relocated to Wolfeboro in April ’23 after living in Amherst, NH for 24 years. They have three adult children – Johnny, Tommy (Belknap 2012-2017) and Maggie (Huckins 2011-2023) and one rambunctious yellow Lab puppy, Calvin, who loves to play with the other Belknap dogs. Betsy loves to be outside hiking, kayaking, or sitting by the lake with a good book. Her favorite early morning activity is a quick jaunt up Mount Major!

Primary NP

Julie Nowak is Camp Belknap’s Primary Nurse Practitioner. It will be her 8th summer at Belknap.  In her role, she is available to manage clinical issues that arise, care for sick or injured campers, train staff and help with policy and procedure oversight.

Away from camp, Julie works at Dartmouth Hitchcock in Lebanon, NH.  She is a graduate of Colby College where she received her BA in psychology and later went back to the University of New Hampshire to receive her masters in clinical nurse leadership. Prior to becoming a nurse and nurse practitioner, she was a teacher.  She has held several other roles at Belknap including but not limited to Childcare Director, Trips Director, Nurse, and student NP.

Julie lives in Canaan at Cardigan Mountain School with her husband, Nick, who is the Leadership Director at Belknap.  They have a daughter Shea (almost age 2) and a baby on the way prior to the 2023 season.

Nurse Manager

Kayla is the nurse manager for health services at Camp Belknap.  It will be her 2nd summer at Belknap.  In this role she oversees the management of Belknap’s health team of greater than 10 staff each summer and leads health center operations including supplies, policies, and training.

Kayla graduated from Pomona College undergraduate and returned for a nursing degree at the University of Colorado.  She has spent most of her nursing career in Hospice and is a skilled listener and communicator.  She has been a travel nurse, has filled almost all roles you can imagine, and is a fluent Spanish speaker.  She is now working in the hospital setting in Colorado when she is not at camp. 

Kayla lives in Salida, Colorado with her husband Phillip (who has been known to make the best Belknap desserts) and their two daughters Auretta and Leona who love being staff kids at Belknap. 

Executive Advisor

Chris Thurber, known as “Thurbs”, is an Executive Advisor for Camp Belknap.

Chris has served Belknap for almost 40 years! After three years as a camper (1980-1982), Chris returned as an LC, LIT, leader, and Middler Division Head (1989-1992). He served as Waterfront Director from 1989 to 2013.

Chris received his undergraduate degree from Harvard University (’91) and PhD in psychology from UCLA (’97). He is a psychologist and instructor at Phillips Exeter Academy.

Chris has written widely in the academic and popular press on issues related to youth development, homesickness, and leadership. In 2000, Chris co-authored (with Belknap alum and Belknap Board Member Dr. Jon Malinowski) the best-selling Summer Camp Handbook, a preparatory resource for new camper families. He also designed and hosted the American Camp Association’s homesickness prevention DVD, called The Secret Ingredients of Summer Camp Success.

Chris lives in Exeter, New Hampshire, with his wife Simonida, a chemist and musician, and his boys Dacha and Sava. Both sons were campers and are now in the Belknap Leadership.

Live Camp Updates with the Directors

Register for a session below to learn more about the 2022 season. Get your questions answered.

Virtual Q&A sessions with the Directors prior to the start of the summer.  Please click on the links to attend.

New Camper Orientation (for new families and campers) is currently planned to be in person this year on Sunday June 5, 2022 from 1-4:30.  This event will include tours of camp, meet the staff, time for campers to engage in activity together, and a guardian/parent specific Q&A with the directors.  Registration is required to attend.  REGISTER HERE!

Meet the Chef and Discuss Food Allergies

This session will include a discussion of food allergies at Camp Belknap in 2022. We encourage Guardians and campers to attend. This is for new and returning campers. This session is being offered at two times for convenience of families - you only need to attend one as the same information will be shared.

Live Camp Updates with the Directors

Register for a session below to learn more about the 2021 season. Get your questions answered.

Director Q&A:

  • Information Session for All Session 5 Parents/Guardians on Thursday, August 12 at 830PM - REGISTER

Pre-Arrival Requirements

Camp Belknap continues to monitor the state of COVID-19. Our focus is to ensure that camp operates safely in our residential community setting while still maintaining our mission. These requirements may be updated if community transmission increases.  You will be notified via email if there are any updates prior to your arrival.

  1. We are requiring all campers and staff to be up to date on COVID vaccination.  Click here for our up-to-date vaccination policies.
  2. Last summer (2021) was successful because camper families were careful prior to arrival.  We encourage you to engage in low-risk activities to help keep us all safe.  ie- an indoor concert with 20,000 people unmasked is not a good idea prior to arrival.  We do not currently have any other specific pre-arrival quarantine requirement.
  3. Please refer to the CDC guidelines for national and international travel for any travel expectations. Additionally, if traveling on public transportation, we kindly request that you wear a mask in the vehicle and also at the transportation centers.
  4. If your camper has symptoms in the two weeks prior to camp - Prior to arrival please complete COVID testing if you or anyone in your household is symptomatic 2 weeks prior to camp.  And share with us if there is a positive case in your household.
  5. COVID Testing Prior to camp arrival- Because of the community transmission as high at this time (June 1, 2022) in many of the counties our campers are coming from, we are NOW requiring a pre-arrival test for campers in all sessions (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).  The pre-arrival test must be completed prior to arrival on the FRIDAY before your session starts using an antigen home test. Click here for information about this test.

         Home tests should be completed on the following dates prior to your session:

         Session 1:  June 24

         Session 2:  July 8

         Session 3:  July 22

         Session 4:  Aug 5

         Session 5: Aug 20 (this is a Saturday because camp starts one day later)

 For other sessions (2, 3, 4, and 5)– We will continue to watch community transmission and communicate 2 weeks prior to each session.  If we are not requiring for your session we still highly recommend that you test your camper the week prior to arrival on camp (this can be done with PCR or rapid antigen).  Last summer we did have to turn some campers away on check in day.   Testing at home in the week prior may be a gentler way to discover the news of a positive case.  If your camper will still be in isolation at the start of camp, we can work closely with your family to determine a different time/session in the summer for your camper to attend.

Any additional pre-arrival requirements will be communicated ahead of time and posted here.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

We are excited to share with you the final check-in and check-out times for the summer.  As outlined in our communications we will be COVID testing upon arrival which affects how we come into camp.  Check-in will still start up at Clark Field like last summer, with the hopes that testing will be even more streamlined.  In an effort to create a stronger experience for the campers we have decided to have campers ARRIVE based on age.  Please review your time slots below.  We ask that you try to come on the earlier end of your time slot but not to arrive before.   If you have more than one camper coming to Belknap on the same day we need you to arrive at the slot of the youngest camper and you will be able to check all kids in.  Additionally, please note our strict policy that we will not accept any late arrivals past 4pm.


Check-in/Drop-off Dates (unchanged):

Session 1 - June 26

Session 2 - July 10

Session 3 - July 24

Session 4 - August 7

Session 5 - August 22


Check-in/Drop-off Time Slots for Session 1-4 campers:

Age 8-10: Noon - 1 PM

Age 11: 1:00 - 1:45 PM

Age 12: 1:45 - 2:30 PM

Age 13: 2:30 - 3:00 PM

Age 14: 3:00 - 3:30 PM

Age 15-16: 3:30 - 4:00 PM


Check-in/Drop-off Time Slots for Session 5 campers:

Age 8-10 - 1:30 - 2:15 PM

Age 11-12 - 2:15 - 3:00 PM

Check-out/Pick-up Time(s):

Sessions 1-4: 9-11 AM

Session 5: 9-10 AM

Click here for information that was sent out about Session 1 Pick-Up

Click here for information that was sent out about Session 2 Pick-Up

Click here for information that was sent out about Session 3 Pick-Up


At this point in time, Belknap is not planning to require masks and plans for them to be optional.  However, masks will be part of Belknap’s plan for preventing spread of virus at camp if needed.  We will continue to lean on CDC and state guidance and watch current trends of the spread of the virus.  We are going to need to be flexible and at times even adapt mid-session depending on situation.  Please pack masks.

COVID Testing

Camp Belknap will continue to use COVID testing as a part of our 2022 plan for entry and admittance to camp, diagnostic (symptoms) and ongoing monitoring. We have plans to increase testing and types of testing if community transmission warrants tighter protocols.

Pre-arrival COVID testing – We are now requiring a pre-arrival test for campers in all sessions.  The pre-arrival test must be completed on FRIDAY prior to the check in date for session 1,2,3,& 4 and Saturday for session 5 using an antigen home test.  See the pre-arrival tab for details on this testing details and specific testing dates.   We will continue to watch community transmission and communicate 2 weeks prior to each session whether we are updating or changing pre-arrival testing. 

Arrival day testing -  Arrival day testing is also required and will take place on site.  When you arrive at camp  for check-in all campers will be completing a rapid antigen test.  Test results will need to be negative for entry.

What happens if there is a positive case in my camper’s cabin or they are exposed to COVID?
Camper’s that are up to date on their COVID vaccination do NOT need to quarantine if they are a close contact. However, if the camper is not up to date they will be required to leave camp for quarantine.   If your camper becomes symptomatic at camp, Belknap will test your camper for COVID. See other section if your camper is positive at camp.

Response to Positive Test

Any camper who tests positive will be asked to leave camp. Belknap’s medical advisory group has worked on plans close contacts. This plan may include quarantine, contact tracing, and care and testing of campers/staff. Please see the most up to date information on the vaccination policy and how it relates to close contacts.


We are still evaluating visitation for summer 2022.

Belknap Word of Honor

Pre-Arrival Requirements

The following link has mandatory pre-camp requirements. Additional details related to pre-camp symptom monitoring and pre-camp testing will continue to be posted on this page.

Updated Summer 2021 Brochure 5th Session (Updated 8/9/21)

Pre-Camp Requirements SESSION 5 ONLY for Vaccinated Campers (Updated 8/9/21)

Pre-Camp Requirements for Unvaccinated Campers (Updated 5/25/21)

Pre-Arrival SESSION 5 ONLY COVID Testing Requirements (updated 8/9/21)

For those that are attending Family Camp and Women’s retreat please see the communications tab for requirements pre-camp.  We request that all participants for these other events follow low risk COVID behaviors in the two weeks prior to arrival. 

Also please note Family Camp participants – all unvaccinated participants will need to have a PCR COVID test complete 3-5 days prior to arrival. 

Women’s retreat – all participants must be vaccinated for this program.  For both Family and Women’s camp documentation will be required.

Packing for Camp

Click here to view and download the most up-to-date list of items to pack for camp (Updated on February 24th, 2021).

If any changes to the list occur prior to the start of camp, a new list and updates will be posted here.

Please note the following:

  • No Laundry - To minimize handling of camper clothes and equipment, Belknap will NOT be offering laundry for sessions that are 1 or 2 weeks. We will provide laundry for 4-week campers.
  • Mask type requirements are outlined as of the current CDC guidance.
  • Water bottles with strap or carrying device are required. Water fountains will be closed to minimize transmission of COVID. Instead, campers will be asked to carry their water bottles to program periods. Water bottle fill stations are located throughout camp.
  • Medications – Belknap is using PackMyRx to help pre-pack medications for camp. Please click here for information and instructions. Please ensure you complete this process at least 30 days prior to your session. Late fees apply.
  • No care packages. Please send letters only.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up

Belknap is planning coordinated efforts to minimize exposure and risk on these high traffic days. 

In order to reduce the spread of COVID and safely enter and exit campers we have adjusted our drop off and pick-up process as outlined below.

Please note the following:

  • Reminder - Late arrivals will NOT be accepted on to campus because of the testing procedures and COVID protocols. Also please note if the camper needs to depart early from camp for a pre-planned event or unforeseen circumstance, they will be unable to return back to camp no matter what day it is within the session.
  • For 5th Session, all campers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) must bring a printed copy of their negative PCR test on change day.

  • If your camper has had a COVID vaccination, we also want you to bring a copy of the vaccination document (however, this does not exclude them from pre-arrival testing or arrival day testing).

  • The Camp Store will be closed on check-in days. The Camp Store is open online at

We require anyone outside of their car to wear a mask at all times.

We ask that everyone except for campers stay in their car during check-in and check-out time.

Bathroom facilities will only be available on Clark Field.

Due to onsite COVID testing on drop off day, drop off time will be staggered this summer.  Drop off will be between 10AM and 4PM with families being assigned a specific 1 hr arrival window.  Your time slot is designated by your hometown (not current location) and sometimes also by last name.  Please look for your session below to see your specific arrival times.  Pick up will be on Saturdays and will be between 9AM and 11AM for all five sessions.
















Drop Off process will be the following:

            -Parents/Guardians will be directed to enter camp through camp’s eastern most entrance our laundry facility (just north of chase point rd. on Rt. 109).

            -This will allow us to guide all cars up onto Clark Field where cars will be parked, and campers will be checked in.   Check-in will consist of seeing proof of a negative PCR test within the last 5 days or vaccination card, reviewing any pertinent medical histories with our medical team and receiving division assignment.

            -From Clark Lodge, campers will walk across the field to our main office where they will receive a rapid PCR test. 

            -Campers will return to the car and once confirmation of a negative PCR provided by the test they will be released via car to the division.

            -Once cars arrive at the division, we ask that all parents remain in the car.  The cabin leader will help your son with his trunk. 

            -The cabin leader will provide time to speak to the parents while they are in the car.

Pick Up process

            -Pick Up process will consist of picking your camper up at his cabin and then returning to Clark Field to sign him out and settle up his camper spending.

Family Camp and Women's Retreat

             -Please see communications section and/or visit the events page for more details about arrival and orientation times.

Camp Life During COVID


Belknap’s mission remains unchanged.  And much of camp life will remain the same in 2021.  We will continue our Belknap traditions such as choice programming, vespers, woodcraft, candlelight and Adam’s cup.  To enhance safety and still preserve the core principles of Belknap life, we have implemented the following upgrades:

  • All Cabins have permanently installed screen doors and ventilation fans.
  • Our Dining Hall will receive a ~3,000ft2 addition of a tent to allow for more distancing between tables.
  • Replaced all water fountains with water bottle fill stations (don’t forget your water bottle this summer!)
  • Move all camp programming from our closer spaces like the chapel and woodcraft circle to messer field
  • Installed hand sanitizer stations throughout camp.
  • Installed additional hand washing stations throughout camp.
  • Installed a tents at the health center for outdoor triage and potential isolation of COVID positive campers.
  • Rented porta-potties for change days
  • Installed additional safety measures within our kitchen


Masks for campers and staff will be a part of Belknap’s plan for preventing introduction and spread of virus at Camp. Please note that campers and staff will be unmasked for sleeping, eating, showering, swimming and while participating in activities on the lake in small watercraft.  Campers/staff will be allowed to take masks off with their cabin group (their “Family” for the their time at camp) when that group is not interacting with others.  For information on choosing masks and number needed while at camp, please see CDC guidance and Belknap’s equipment list.  Please note, our masking policy may shift in a division (age group) based on percent of campers vaccinated. (Updated 5/12/21)

Family Camp and Women's Retreat

             -Please see communications section and/or visit the events page for more details about masking during these programs.

COVID Testing

Camp Belknap plans to use COVID testing as a part of our 2021 plan for entry and admittance to camp, diagnostic (symptoms) and ongoing monitoring.  The following outlines our requirements for pre-arrival COVID-19 Testing.

We have updated our requirements as of Aug 6, 2021.  Now all Session 5 campers (vaccinated and unvaccinated) attending Camp Belknap are required to have a Covid-19 PCR-based test conducted 3 to 5 days prior to camp arrival. The results must be complete and campers must arrive with a printed confirmation of a negative Covid-19 PCR-based test.

Reminder: once campers are swabbed for a PCR test, we ask that they interact only with their household family members and engage in low risk behaviors to prevent COVID exposure between the time of testing and arrival at camp.  For details, please refer to pre-camp expectations for VACCINATED or UNVACCINATED campers.

What is a PCR-based test?

A Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)-based test is conducted to determine if a person is infected with SARS-CoV-2.   More specifically, a PCR test looks for genetic material from the COVID virus itself.  By contrast, rapid testing is usually antigen testing, which looks for cellular evidence of the body’s response to the virus, but not the actual virus.  The PCR test is the most accurate and reliable test for COVID-19, the “gold standard.”

If you want more information on different types of testing, you can read this:

Again, Belknap can only accept a PCR test, not an antigen test.  This is a state requirement for camp admission.

Where can I get tested? 

Look on your local state websites or contact your primary care providers.  This link might help:

Many drug stores such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, along with walk-in clinics, are now offering Covid-19 testing.  Just make sure, wherever you go, that it is a PCR test, not a rapid antigen test.

Can I do a rapid test?

Maybe.  Currently, most rapid testing is antigen testing, which the State of NH will not accept for camp admission.  There are some instances of rapid PCR testing, but it is less common.  Bottom line: rapid vs. slow does not matter; PCR vs. antigen does.  Again, we cannot accept an antigen test per the NH guidelines and regulations. If you have further questions, please let us know. 

How will the camp get the results?

You will hand carry a copy of the results with you to camp.  We need a hard copy, not a screen shot or photo of the result.  Your camper will not be able to remain at camp without documentation of a negative PCR test performed 3-5 days before camp, by order of the state of New Hampshire.  Additionally, you may be asked to upload this document to his CampDoc medical record.

What if my child has had COVID?  

If your child has had a Covid-19 infection within 90 days of camp arrival, your child does NOT have to be tested. However, you must upload documentation showing a positive Covid-19 test result to Camp Doc. We also require you to bring a hard copy of the result on arrival day. 

Will campers still be tested on arrival day even if they are vaccinated?  

Yes, all campers vaccinated and unvaccinated will also be tested upon arrival at camp.  If the test is positive, the camper will not be allowed to enter/attend that session.

What if I still have questions about testing?

Call camp or email the Camp Belknap COVID Team at

Response to Positive Test

Belknap’s medical advisory group, has a detailed plan for the potential of a symptomatic individual and/or positive test at camp. This plan will include isolation, quarantine, contact tracing, and care of campers/staff.

Any camper who tests positive (vaccinated or unvaccinated) will be asked to leave camp.  All vaccinated campers in close contact with a positive case, as long as they remain symptom free, will be able to remain at camp.  All unvaccinated close contacts to a positive case will be required to leave camp and quarantine at home.


Visitors are only permitted until June 6th.  Up until June 6th, please click below for detailed information on visiting camp. When camp is in session, for the safety of our campers and staff, visitors will be strictly limited to vendors and maintenance needs.  If there is an urgent reason to come onto the property between June 7th and August 29th please call camp.

Visit Information

Belknap Word of Honor

Please go to this link to review and agree to the Word of Honor. 

All parents, campers and staff are requested to accept this Word of Honor in an effort to support the safe operations of Camp Belknap.