Did you know that camp has been around for 54 years? Here’s a little bit about the history of Camp Spofford…
The spot on which Camp Spofford resides has long been a popular vacation destination. The area has had several hotels and summer lodgings. Prior to its purchase in early 1962, the property served as a Catholic boy’s camp, called Camp Marquette. The Eastern District of the Evangelical Free Church had sought a suitable place for affiliated churches to begin their own camping ministry to youth and families, and after looking at a few different possibilities, settled on what is now Camp Spofford. A gentleman by the name of Arthur Andersen purchased the land and sold it to the Evangelical Free Church’s Eastern District. According to the deeds on record, the camp was purchase on June 5, 1962 for $48,000!
A 2nd floor is added to the gym to make room for administrative office space and gift shop.
The present campus has changed significantly over the past 50 years. The original property did not include the land at Lakeside House or the staff housing and garage behind the gymnasium. The state also altered Route 9A and took a significant portion of the office parking lot. Several buildings have changed their purpose, while others have been torn down and replaced. Original structures include the Hampshire House, the Gazebo, and some of the Youth Camp Cabins (which have been completely renovated). The Trailer Park was originally called “The Tenting Area” and had no bathroom.
Camp added the Gymnasium in the late ’90’s which significantly expanded its year round function and reach. All guest accommodations built after this are winterized and several existing buildings have been retrofitted. The chapel that now stands next to 9A is Camp’s third. The original chapel’s roof collapsed due to an unusually heavy snow load in the late ‘60’s. Camp lost its second chapel to a suspicious fire in 2008. The new one was completed in 2010.
The Chapel being rebuilt.
With 54 years of history, Camp Spofford continues to stay true to its original purpose. Peter Fiorello was hired as the new Executive Director in January of 2011, and is leading the drive to bring the ministry into the next 50 years, well-equipped to face the needs of our culture. In just the last couple years, many innovative things have happened at camp. A second floor was built onto the gym, which houses our office and registration area. And a new dining hall was completed in spring of 2015. What will be next? Just ask Peter!
Want to know more about the history and people here? Feel free to stop at the gift shop and browse through our memory book, made in 2012 to commemorate Camp Spofford’s fiftieth year!
- Grace Evangelical Free Church, Stamford, CT
- Hope Evangelical Free Church, Wilton, CT
- Calvary Evangelical Free Church, Trumbull, CT
- Beacon Hill Evangelical Free Church, Monroe, CT
- New Life Evangelical Free Church, West Haven, CT
- Branford Evangelical Free Church, Branford, CT
- Wethersfield Evangelical Free Church, Wethersfield, CT
- Grace Fellowship EFC, North Stonington, CT
- Westfield Evangelical Free Church, Westfield, MA
- Faith Evangelical Free Church, Acton, MA
- Barre Evangelical Free Church, Barre, VT
- Barrington Evangelical Free Church, Barrington, NH
- Grace Community EFC, Spofford, NH
- Black Rock Congregational, Fairfield, CT
At Camp Spofford, we recognize the importance of keeping your children safe. This is our highest priority. It is important to provide a safe environment for our staff and campers as a foundation for everything else we do at the Camp. We have worked hard at making sure everyone at Spofford is safe wher ever they are.
Camp Spofford is committed to providing an environment where kids and families can be transformed by Jesus Christ. If they do not feel safe, this cannot happen.
Below is a summary of what we are doing to ensure this safe environment. Click here for printable PDF
If you have any questions or concerns you can call us at 603-363-4788 and get more information.
OUTSIDE CONSULTING FIRM
Camp Spofford has partnered with Praesidium, a recognized national leader in child abuse prevention. Through this partnership, we have implemented Praesidium’s abuse risk management program for camps, “Camp Care.” Camp Care includes the following:
- On-line abuse prevention training for all staff and volunteers which focuses on the recognition of red flag behaviors and how to respond to these behaviors in a camp environment.
- Abuse prevention policies and procedures designed to protect campers, staff, and the camp.
- A Screening & Selection Toolkit which includes sample applications, sample reference check questions, and sample interview questions all designed to assess for abuse risk during the hiring process.
- Praesidium’s Hotline Reporting system.
- Applicants must fill out an extensive application – answering many personal questions regarding character, social involvement, family, education, legal background and past experiences.
- A Pastoral reference is required for each summer staff applicant.
- We conduct background checks on every staff member using an outside independent information monitoring company called Praesidium before the beginning of each summer. (www.intellicorp.net)
- Our summer staff as a whole takes part in a week-long orientation process prior to the start of the summer season. This covers camp policies, staff conduct, job training and safety, and abuse prevention and reporting.
- Verbal, physical and sexual abuse prevention, identification and reporting are vital components of the orientation process. In compliance with New Hampshire State Law, we are required to report abuse to the proper law enforcement agencies.
- Camp Counselors undergo a two week, 30 hour training program to prepare to work closely with the campers.
SUMMER YOUTH CAMP
- College-Age Counselors are hired for Our Youth Camp: Two college-aged counselors are assigned to each cabin, while several adult support staff remain on hand to provide programming, extra supervision, and safety.
- We hire two Assistant Program Directors to supervise counselors and activities to provide an additional level of leadership.
- The #1 form of abuse and bullying at camps is camper to camper; in order to prevent this at Spofford our staff is trained and prepared to identify and handle potential situations.
- Our staff to camper ratio is about 1 to 6.
- 1 on 1 Policy – While we encourage discipleship through 1 on 1 interaction, it always happens in open public areas and must be same sex mentorship.
- All Camper activities are monitored and supervised by trained staff members. No camper is permitted to be unsupervised at any time.
- Staff members leading specialized activities are certified. Archery instructors are trained through New England of Archery and Ropes Course leaders are trained through High Five Adventure.
- A complete Waterfront staff is on duty anytime the beach is open. All Waterfront staff, including Lifeguards and Boat Drivers, maintain current Red Cross certification, with additional training to use our Automated External Defibrillator.
- All youth must pass a swimming test to check their swimming strength if they desire to swim beyond our designated shallow swim area.
- All campers, including adults, are required to wear a life jacket when participating in boating, kayaking, tubing and skiing activities.
Boat Drivers must be 18 or older and earn a commercial boating license through The State of New Hampshire Marine Patrol. A safety spotter is required to be on the boat to assist the driver whenever a camper is being pulled.
- Fresh Fruits and vegetables are available at all meals.
- Campers are monitored by their counselors to ensure they are eating at each meal.
- Water is available at every meal, as well at outdoor activities on hot days.
- They are only given a certain amount of money each day to spend on candy, soda and ice cream
- Camp Spofford’s kitchen is regulated and inspected annually by the State of New Hampshire Health Department.
- Our Food Service Director is a certified instructor with ServSafe, the leading food safety organization in the country.
- All campers use Hand Sanitizer before entering the Dining Hall
- In cases involving severe allergies, alternative food choices can be provided on a limited basis with advanced notice.
- Campers may bring pre-prepared food items depending on storage availability and must speak with our food service director prior to attendance.
- A Registered Nurse is on grounds at all times during Youth Camp.
- A secondary RN or health care assistant is also on staff to aid the Camp Nurse.
- In compliance with NH State Law, all Youth Campers must have a current completed medical form with physician certified proof of up-to-date immunizations on file before entrance into any Youth Camp program.
- All Campers undergo a head and foot check before moving into the cabin.
- First Aid kits are located in every cabin.
- The nurses are introduced to the campers on the first night, and they go through safety tips for the week.
- Counselors are given a list of medication needs for their campers, and they help remind them to see the nurse.
Local Emergency Response
- Cheshire Medical Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, a full-service acute care hospital, is located 7 miles from Camp.
- The village of Spofford has an Emergency Response Team accessible via 911.
Statement of Faith of The Evangelical Free Church of America
- The Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, to be the inspired Word of God, without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for the salvation of men and the Divine and final authority for Christian faith and life.
- In one God, Creator of all things, infinitely perfect and eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- That Jesus Christ is true God and true man, having been conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He died on the cross, a sacrifice for our sins according to the Scriptures. Further, He arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven, where, at the right hand of the Majesty on High, He is now our High Priest and Advocate.
- That the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ and, during this age, to convict men, regenerate the believing sinner, and indwell, guide, instruct and empower the believer for godly living and service.
- That man was created in the image of God but fell into sin and is, therefore, lost, and only through regeneration by the Holy Spirit can salvation and spiritual life be obtained.
- That the shed blood of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection provide the only ground for justification and salvation for all who believe, and only such as receive Jesus Christ are born of the Holy Spirit and, thus become children of God.
- That water baptism and the Lord’s Supper are ordinances to be observed by the Church during the present age. They are, however, not to be regarded as means of salvation.
- That the true Church is composed of all such persons who through saving faith in Jesus Christ have been regenerated by the Holy Spirit and are united together in the Body of Christ of which He is the Head.
- That only those who are, thus, members of the true Church shall be eligible for membership in the local church.
- That Jesus Christ is the Lord and Head of the Church and that every local church has the right, under Christ, to decide and govern its own affairs.
- In the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this “Blessed Hope” has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.
- In the bodily resurrection of the dead; of the believer to everlasting blessedness and joy with the Lord; of the unbeliever to judgment and everlasting conscious punishment.