Charlie Taylor’s recent ode to Camp Mahackeno reminded readers of the long-time summer institution in the woods off Wilton Road.
The Westport Weston Family YMCA has run programs there for over 70 years. (The original name — “Camp Bedford” — was quickly replaced)
Director Emily Regan is — like so many Mahackeno predecessors — hands-on, creative, and kid-oriented.
Some things have changed over the decades. Girls long ago joined boys; there are now 360 youngsters, during each 1-week session. (Spots fill up as soon as online registration begins.)
A pool and waterslide provide aquatic options; no one swims in the Saugatuck River anymore, and the huge “Moby Dick” Navy surplus life raft is long gone.
There’s a climbing wall. Bicyclists train for a triathlon.
But some things never change: arts and crafts. Archery.
And — it wouldn’t be camp without them — s’mores.
Take a peek below at Camp Mahackeno, 2023-style. If you have your own memories, click “Comments” below.
(All photos courtesy of Westport Weston Family YMCA)