The Water Monkey Camp Experience
What makes a
good water monkey?
An ideal Water Monkey is anyone between 11 and 17 who:
- Loves watersports (especially wakeboarding, wakesurfing, wake skating, and waterskiing)
- Is of any watersports ability, absolute beginner to seasoned veteran
- Wants unlimited access to coaches in order to improve technique and increase ability
- Likes the idea of spending one week with a group of like-minded young adults
- Is seeking an alternative to the traditional overnight camp
- Is excited for some independence.
Goals & Mission:
Water Monkey Staff Goals
- 1. The safety of our participants.
- 2. A fun, rewarding, and comfortable experience for all involved.
- 3. Ridiculously good food.
- 4. Growth as a group.
Water Monkey Participant Goals
(what we want you to strive for)
- 1. Have an epic, fun time.
- 2. Push yourself and your peers to go bigger, try harder, and branch out with new tricks and activities.
- 3. Make the most of each day (while here at Water Monkey or elsewhere in life).
- 4. Form new and lasting friendships with fellow adventure seekers at Water Monkey.
Concept & Roots: Not so typical.
Here’s the idea; spend your days out on the lake wakeboarding, waterskiing, wake surfing, and wake skating with a group of other participants and our staff of pros. When you are not riding you can watch and critique the other riders, chill-out in the sun, work on your flips and handle passes on the trampoline, or play around with our other non-motorized offerings. There are no strict activity periods and, unlike other camps, access to the powerboat activities is not just limited to an hour a day; we’re talking all-day, every-day. This is one week of your summer that you will remember for your entire life.
Evan developed the idea for Water Monkey Camp after years of running a large, all-around summer camp in New Hampshire. He had always had a passion for teaching watersports out on the lake and wanted to create an alternative to the structured, “traditional” camps that most families are familiar with. The new camp program would bring participants in contact with top-notch instructors, the best new equipment and boats, and other like-minded individuals and allow them to vastly improve their riding, skiing, surfing, and social abilities. Small group sizes and a unique location on the shores of a pristine lake would further make Water Monkey Camp the premier spot for watersports teaching, innovation, and fun.
Where Campers Live
Campers and staff live in cabins on our private lakefront compound on the shores of Merrymeeting Lake. Each cabin has either two or three bedrooms with bunks for the campers, a full bathroom, and a lounge. Cabins are designated for either guys or girls and our counselors live there as well to provide around the clock supervision. We also have a clubhouse for group chill time, a trampoline training setup for working on spins and flips on land, a multi-purpose field, and an awesome beach.
(Not So) Typical Day:
|Wake up time for everyone|
|Morning lake sessions|
|Lunch and chill|
|Afternoon lake sessions|
|Family style dinner|
|Ready for sleep and lights out|
|Recharge and do it again!|
Concept & Roots: Not so typical.
All counselors, staffers, and helpers at Water Monkey go through extensive background checks and interviews before being allowed to join the team. We take our jobs seriously here so that our families can be at ease with their teens shipping off for a week with us at the lake.
Founder : CEO : Boat Driver : Cook : Janitor
Evan has been working in some capacity in the camp industry since 2004 and brings a lifetime of outdoors adventure and education with him wherever he goes. Evan has hiked, biked, skied, snowboarded, driven, motorcycled, skydived, bungeed, rafted, kayaked, waterskied, wakeboarded, sailed, cruised, backpacked, planed, trained, rock-climbed, abseiled, and interacted in countless languages in over 30 countries spanning five continents.
Evan may have studied finance and econ while at college but his life since then has rarely taken him into the confines of an office. He dedicates his life to enjoying the outdoors, seeking new challenges, and helping others take part in this path that he has chosen.
Certifications: Wilderness Responder, Commercial Boat Driver, Red Cross Lifeguard
Lead Instructor : Training Program Designer : Sushi Chef : Original Water Monkey
Billy was the first addition to Water Monkey. He had previously worked for Evan for two summers as the head of the waterskiing/wakeboarding program at a traditional New England camp and his ideas and insights were critical in the formation of this new endeavor. Billy is from Florida, spends most of his summers on the lake in New York, and can usually be found wakeboarding, kite surfing, or pedaling his beach cruiser down on the sand. Oh, and Billy is also a stellar sushi chef so that may be the ultimate bonus in having him here at Water Monkey.
Billy designed our instruction program based on a lifetime of long days on the boat and at the cable park with friends and family in Florida. His ability not only to defy gravity and pull some of the most ridiculous tricks but also to teach everything from the basics to advanced riding and skiing theory in an understandable manner makes him an amazing part of the Water Monkey team.
Certifications: Commercial Boat Driver, Red Cross Lifeguard.
The Program, Lake, & Activities Offered: Water Monkey has a place for you.
Whether you are a total beginner or have been shredding the wake since you could walk, Water Monkey has a place for you. When you enroll you will tell us a bit about your experience level and then on the first day we will figure out where to start with you in our instruction. Once we have a feel for what you can do out there we will get going. At each step in the process you will have our instructors there for immediate feedback and advice. The best part of the Water Monkey instruction program is that you can easily pick up from wherever you leave off at the end of the week. Whether you come back again during the summer or wait until next year, you will be that much closer to the endgame of being a Water Monkey.
All of this fun stuff would not be possible without an amazing lake - and that is just what we have. Located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, Merrymeeting Lake is the picturesque setting for Water Monkey. It is big enough to get some great lines for pulling skiers and boarders yet not built up and trafficked like bigger, busier lakes. That makes for glassy conditions, crystal clear water, and increased safety for everyone involved.
|On the Boat:||From the shore:||On Land:|
C - creative
H - healthy
U - unlimited
M - mouthwatering
Chum - definition - a friend or buddy. Also the stuff you throw in the water to attract sharks.
There is no getting around the fact that you can make or break your day based on the food you eat. Mealtimes at Water Monkey are laid-back and fun, just like the rest of the day. We create a menu for the week which includes a balanced variety of meats, vegetables, fruit, pastas, rice, sandwiches, and dairy with inspirations from all over the world. Are you a picky eater, a vegetarian, or do you have food allergies? Not an issue; we can cater to your needs as long as you let us know so don't be shy. We try to source local, mostly organic ingredients, and we cook every meal from scratch.
Dates, Rates, Discounts, and Options
Water Monkey tuition includes: all activities and equipment, all meals, drinks, and snacks, and one T-shirt.
One week camp tuition: $1,700
Call for Availability:
June 22 – June 28
June 29 – July 5
July 6 – July 12
Jul 13 – July 19
July 20 – July 26
July 27 – Aug 2
Aug 3 – Aug 9
Aug 10 – Aug 16 (late week special: $1,500)
Weeks will book on a first come basis and will be closed once the maximum capacity is reached.
Sibling Discount: 2nd child goes for $1,400, 3rd child goes for $1,100 (same summer, any available week)
Multiple Week Discount: Sign up for an additional week(s) and get the second week for $1,400, third for $1,100.
Round trip pick-up/drop-off from Boston Logan: $100
Round trip pick-up/drop-off from Manchester: $75
Bus/train station pick-up/drop-off available as well