Fall cleanup at camp!

We are into our first ever fall at the new property! That means crisp, beautiful days, a lake all to myself, and thousands upon thousands of falling leaves.  I have always loved fall clean-up time and the instant gratification you get from making the property look great one last time before it is blanketed in snow.


Step one is raking. Step two is raking. Step three is raking some more.


After building 50+ piles of leaves around the cabins and fields I went to work transferring them to tarps and dragging those tarps to the woods to dump.  The whole ordeal only took about 20 hours over three days and now the place looks great just in time for Thanksgiving.

I had a helper...

I had a helper…

Fall clean-up is just one aspect of getting the property ready for the winter.  Here is everything else I have done!

  • ‘Winterize’ the pipes – because most of the buildings at camp are not heated we have to drain all of the water pipes, toilets, sinks, etc. That requires going under each cabin with an air compressor, blowing out the lines, and using a bit of antifreeze to make sure there is no water trapped anywhere that could freeze and break the pipes.
  • Deactivate the fire alarm system – we have a state of the art fire alarm system in our cabins and buildings but it has to be turned off for the year when we are not around all of the time.  This was fairly straightforward after reading the manual and inspecting some diagrams.  I had to disconnect the back-up batteries and the turn off the electrical circuit powering the system.
Grabbed a picture of the battery configuration so I can figure it out again in the spring!

Grabbed a picture of the battery configuration so I can figure it out again in the spring!

  •  Pull in the docks – our fantastic deep-water docks cannot stay in the lake all winter so we have to disassemble and remove them from the water.  There are two large sections that we detach and float to the marina to be hauled on land for storage. The last piece we manually pull up onto the beach.


  • Storage – everything from the outside gets moved in.  That includes picnic tables, sports equipment, chairs, paddleboards, etc.

It looks so sad all closed up!

  • Winterize and store the boat – You cannot just plop the boat on land and leave it until the spring.  Because the engine uses lake water for cooling it needs to be drained and flushed or else trapped water could freeze and burst portions of the engine. We also have six ballast tanks and bags that fill with water to create our epic wakes which have to be flushed with antifreeze as well.  This year the boat is being stored indoors so no shrink-wrapping!

I will post more pictures throughout the winter! Happy Thanksgiving!


Water Monkey Camp new boat preview…

At Water Monkey Camp we like to keep things fresh.  There is nothing better than a camp full of new, shiny gear for our campers to take advantage of while here each summer.  That definitely extends to our boats.  The new boat smell has not even worn off the 2015 Axis and we have already purchased another new watercraft for next season.  We opted this time for a 2016 Mastercraft NXT 22.

This boat has so many features it will blow our campers’ minds when we open up next summer.  From perfect surf waves to crisp wakeboarding wakes to smooth waterskiing this boat has something for everyone.

Below is what our amazing new machine will look like when built this winter.  Keep checking back for more updates!

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2015 season recap

The 2015 Water Monkey Camp season was super fun: below is a quick recap of what we got up to this year.

My favorite picture from 2015!

My favorite picture from 2015!

We were finally able to move to our new, permanent location and it blew away all of our expectations with campers and staff making the most of it each day.  The extra space, idyllic lakeside location, and upscale cottages gave everyone something (or many things) to be constantly smiling about…not to mention the two ridiculous wake boats on our private beach and dock with boards and gear for days!

(At the bottom of this post are links to all pictures from 2015)

Our pristine lake and gorgeous setting are part of what makes camp amazing so we do everything we can to keep camp ‘green’.  This year we saved over 4,800 miles of driving and 300 gallons of fuel by moving to our new property and not driving back and forth to the lake each day.  Our boats still consumed 1675 gallons of gas over eight weeks which produced roughly 15 metric tons of CO2.  We offset that pollution by planting 200 trees through CarbonFund.org (50 extra to help cover camper travel to/from camp).  On top of that we also changed all of the lightbulbs on the new property to CFLs or LEDs, reducing approximately 80% of the power required to light the camp at night.

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Many thanks to all of our campers and their families for coming to camp, to my all-star staff for working 24 hours a day to give our campers the time of their lives, and my friends and family for endless support and unpaid manual labor.

Here are some fun stats:

  • 60% new campers, 40% returners (big growth year for us!)
  • Campers came from 12 states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont) as well as Canada, Colombia, France, Italy, Mexico, and Switzerland!
  • Campers were 70% boys, 30% girls.
  • Average camper age was 14.02702.
  • Average number of campers per week was 11.02 (that means lots of boat time for each camper).
  • 0 hospital visits!
  • One (almost) runaway camp fire.
  • Infinite jokes.
  • 14,218 unique visitors to www.watermonkeycamp.com in the past 12 months.
  • 3,195 meals served by our amazing and creative chef Jessica!
  • Approximately 1,440 eggs cracked (give or take a dozen).
  • 56 gallons of milk poured (give or take a few gallons).
  • 205 hours of shredding on the Axis A22 and 135 hours on the Centurion!
  • 35 group stretching sessions.
  • 1 sighting of the Aurora Borealis.
The Aurora Borealis as seen from our dock at Water Monkey!

The Aurora Borealis as seen from our dock at Water Monkey!

Next summer is our 5 year anniversary and we are gearing up for our best and biggest season ever.  We just purchased a brand new, 2016 Mastercraft NXT 22 (http://www.mastercraft.com/boat/detail/nxt22) to go along with our 2015 Axis A22.  This boat has a mellow but crisp wake for wakeboarding and the Mastercraft Gen 2 Surf System for perfect waves.  I know that our campers will love this boat!  On top of that we just ordered a new quiver of wake surf boards from Phase 5 and a whole new line of 2016 wakeboards and bindings from Liquid Force.

Word of mouth referrals are our greatest recruiting tool so please spread the word to friends, family, coworkers, and strangers on the street who may enjoy our program!

Feel free to call or e-mail any time and when you are ready to book your week(s) for 2016 hit me up and I will get it sorted!


Evan Goldner (owner/director)

617-855-WAKE (9253)



Links below to pictures from 2015!

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