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Camp History

Camp History

Camp Nashoba® is operated by the Seaward family who has been directing children’s summer camps for over 50 years. They are the founders of Nashoba Day in Littleton, Massachusetts and Nashoba North in Raymond Maine. The Seawards are committed to providing the finest camping experiences for children in New England. At Nashoba we strive to fulfill your expectations of summer camp by providing outstanding facilities and programs. Camp Nashoba History

Jean and Robert Seaward, former teachers in the town of Concord Massachusetts, founded Camp Nashoba in 1957. At age six, Bob Seaward received a camp scholarship to attend Camp Frank A. Day in East Brookfield, Massachusetts – an experience that proved to be life changing. From that summer onward, camp became an integral part of his life. Bob then attended Camp Beckett, was on staff at Camp Frank A. Day, Camp Green Acres and was the waterfront director at Camp Idlewild on Cow Island, director at Camps Frank A. Day, Abnaki and Passaconaway. Jean accompanied Bob at Camp Frank A Day, Camp Abnaki and at Camp Passaconaway.

Bob’s dream since he was a young man was to own and operate his own camp. In 1957 that dream was realized when he and his wife Jean purchased 80 acres in Littleton, Massachusetts surrounded by hundreds of acres of conservation land and fruit orchards on the shores of Fort Pond. The camp property was once the site of the Nashoba Indian camping and burial grounds.

With Bob’s vision, experience and expertise in teaching, coaching and camping and with Jean’s background in teaching and youth development they were a winning team.

The property when Bob and Jean purchased it was primarily undeveloped. Camp Nashoba Day HistoryThe current main house and office was a small hunting cabin without a road, electricity or running water. Over the years camp flourished with a new gravel road, electricity, running water, new buildings, shelters, and much more…As the years have changed to decades, Nashoba has kept its original vision to provide a fun, supportive and caring environment for our campers so that they can learn important life skills along with leadership and team building skills. Along the way over the past 55 years Nashoba helped change tens of thousands young peoples lives with it ‘s electric spirit and its commitment to personal growth and excellence for each child.

It was Jean and Bob’s combined vision of establishing the best day camp in New England along with years of hard work and dedication that transformed Nashoba from its modest beginnings, to being one of the premier day camps in the region. For over 50 years Bob and Jean worked side by side running camp along with their daughters Marcia, Janet and Sarah and grandchildren. Since Bob’s passing in 2008 Jean, Janet, Sarah and Marcia continue to operate camp and keep the Nashoba spirit alive.