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Written by the Camp Gottalikachallenge staff. Camp Gottalikachallenge is sponsored by Destination Imagination New Hampshire. 

If your child loves hands-on projects, tackling unusual challenges, and making new friends, they’ll love Camp Gottalikachallenge! “Gotta Camp” is a chance for campers from across the country to spend a week together working on creative problem solving, interactive learning, and making new friends.

At Gotta Camp, our mission is to empower our campers to approach life’s challenges with confidence. Gotta Camp creates a safe, structured, caring, and supportive environment where campers are encouraged to share their talents, to take risks, to recognize their similarities and differences, to be inclusive, become leaders, and to have fun!

The week is a mix of outdoor activities and classic summer camp fun, combined with the more offbeat activities that Gotta Camp is known for. Each morning, campers work in their Gotta Groups to come up with a solution for this summer’s Gotta Problem which they present to the whole camp at the end of the week. It’s basically a whole Destination Imagination season in six days!

Every afternoon there are free choice activity periods that range from swimming and field games to learning to screen print, or playing improv games, creating a scavenger hunt, or learning how to use power tools – these sessions all come from our amazing staffers. We encourage them to bring their skills and passions to Camp, so these offerings are new and different every session, every day!

This summer, Camp Gottalikachallenge is offering two Overnight sessions:

  • Overnight 1: July 24-29 at Lions Camp Pride in New Durham, NH (COVID-19 vaccination strongly encouraged)

  • Overnight 2: Aug 7-12 at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH (COVID-19 vaccination required for all participants)

We currently have spaces available in both sessions! Full tuition is $775. Use code “DIHQ22” for $50 off! Sliding scale financial assistance is also available. Visit the Camp Gottalikachallenge website for all the details, and to register online.

This summer, we have two host sites – the lovely Brewster Academy campus where we’ve been for many years now, and this year we are debuting our new host site Lions Camp Pride! LCP is a fully physically accessible facility, with camper bunks, dining hall, a whole arts and crafts building, two private waterfronts, playing fields, a low ropes course, archery range, gaga pit, and so much more. We will be the only ones on camp during our week at LCP, so we’ll have plenty of space to spread out and be loud and messy, and make the most of our camp bubble. You can learn more and check out photos of both locations on our website.

Gotta Camp is open to any child entering 5th through 9th grades. Enthusiasm for group activities, curiosity, and an eagerness to learn are a must. Gotta Campers are expected to treat each other with respect, to approach activities with an open mind, and to contribute in a positive way to the camp experience. 

Gotta Camp’s high-energy staff is dedicated to making each child’s experience at camp thoroughly rewarding. The staff includes a Director, Assistant Director, and experienced coaches and junior coaches – many of whom were campers themselves. Most adult staffers have degrees in education and/or extensive experience with Destination Imagination, and all are skilled in facilitating creative problem-solving activities.

For more information on Camp Gottalikachallenge, contact Camp Director Lou McKenna at [email protected].