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ROBIN HOOD CAMP - MAINE

02
Friday
Feb 2018

Littlefields buy historic Oakland House Inn & Cottages

The Oakland House

We are thrilled to announce that in mid-January we purchased Robin Hood’s abutting property on the ocean, the historic Oakland House Inn, restaurant and seaside cottages. The Oakland House is literally walking distance from Robin Hood, and by far the most convenient option for camp families looking for lodging when they are bringing children to and from camp.

Due to the limited number of cottages available weekends are expected to fill up quickly and families with interest are urged to act quickly.  Reservations are made directly through the Oakland House website:  www.OaklandHouse.com.  You may contact our general manager Heather Wren directly at:  relax@oaklandhouse.com.  She can help you determine the appropriate cottage for your needs. There is a two night minimum requirement to stay in one of our one and two bedroom cottages on the ocean and we encourage longer stays for parents and families to enjoy and discover the charm of our part of Maine.

The Oakland House will operate as a resort with activities for families, including watersports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing, stand up paddle boarding, as well as horseback riding, guided hikes and powerboat excursions out to the islands of Penobscot Bay.  While Robin Hood families will enjoy many of the same activities as campers, the Oakland House will be a separate entity and reservations and excursions must be booked separately. For years parents have asked us: “Why don’t you have a camp for adults too?” Here’s your chance!

The land has been a working property within the extended Littlefield family for seven generations and was a part of a colonial grant by King George III in 1763. At its peak The Oakland House welcomed vacationers from the around the world, hosted weddings and reunions and was known for its country breakfasts and creative dinners. We plan to restore the inn, re-open the restaurant and welcome families to book long and short-term stays in the oceanside cottages as early as this summer. More information will follow soon.

–Rick and Robin Littlefield

Herrick’s Landing on Eggemoggin Reach

The Grindstone cottage

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11
Thursday
Jan 2018

On the Road with Rick Littlefield in South America and Europe

Rick Littlefield with Victor H. in Gstaad last year

Director Rick Littlefield will be on the road to South America and Europe very soon to meet new and current campers and their families. First stops: Colombia and Brazil!

A personal meeting is a required part of enrollment and a wonderful way to learn more about Robin Hood. To schedule an appointment please Email us at robinhood@robinhoodcamp.com. Current campers: if you have a friend or family member considering camp this summer, just Email us with their contact information. We look forward to hearing from you!

2018 Travel Schedule

Fri.-Sun., Jan. 26-28             Bogota

Mon.-Tues., Jan. 29-30         Rio de Janeiro

Wed.-Fri., Jan. 31-Feb.-2      Sao Paulo

Thurs.-Sat., March 1-3           London

Sat., March 3, 2pm                 London Bowling Party

Sun, March 4                           London OR Amsterdam

Mon., March 5                         Amsterdam

Tues.-Thurs., March 6-8        Paris

Fri.-Sun., March 9-11              Gstaad

Wed.-Thurs., March 14-15     Berlin

Fri., March 16                            Munich

Sat., March 17                           Vienna

Sun., March 18                         Hamburg

Mon.-Tues., March 19-20     Geneva

Wed.-Thurs., March 21-22     Milan

Fri.-Sat., March 23-24            Monaco

Sun.-Mon., March 25-26      Madrid

Visiting David and Gabriel H. in Sao Paulo last year

 

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02
Tuesday
Jan 2018

Looking Back on 2017

It has been an eventful year at Robin Hood Camp! This summer we introduced hydrofoil and badminton, saw more campers than ever enroll in our sports academies, launched a new wakesurfing boat and debuted a boys shower house on the hill.

Let’s take a look back at more memories from last summer, by the numbers:

7 years old — the age of youngest camper

18 Junior Counselors – graduated from the program

The eight proud Junior Counselors successfully graduated from Session 1 of the JC Program.

21 pizzas – consumed at bowling party reunions

Last February’s London Bowling Party Reunion

23 balls – destroyed by Handsome

Handsome with one not-yet-destroyed ball.

26 adventurous campers – tried the Hydrofoil

One of the newest additions to the RH waterfront- the Hydrofoil!

49 families — visited by Rick Littlefield during travels outside the U.S.

76 seafaring campers – sailed on our ocean cruise

1,252 followers – reached on Instagram

1,350 Nottingham News newsletters – mailed to families

1,588 RH green T-shirts – ordered from the Outfitters

Almost 1600 green t-shirts were ordered from our uniform site.

2,201 camper emails – sent by parents during camp

3,319 stripes – earned by campers

5,026 followers – reached on Facebook

21,000 views – of the summer’s music video

Many campers showed off their talents in this summer’s music video.

100,000 smiles – from happy campers

We look forward to another awesome summer in 2018!

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20
Wednesday
Dec 2017

Update: What’s New for Summer 2018

Normally our “what’s new for next summer” article is strictly an inventory of new toys for campers to anticipate. This year we are also excited about some special events days we know you will enjoy:

Backwards Day (Week 2): Start the day with the Goodnight Song, followed by campfire, dinner, swim/shower, activity periods, rest hour, lunch, interests, morning roundup and lastly, breakfast. Wear your uniform backwards, walk around camp backwards!

The new Robin Hood Renaissance Fair will include a Muay Thai tournament and many other, new tournaments!

The Robin Hood Renaissance Fair (Week 3): Tournaments in jousting, sword fighting, log rolling, archery, Muay Thai, swimming, running and fishing contests, a royal banquet where we eat only with hands, court jesters, jugglers, gymnasts, dancers, singers, artists, best costume awards, chess tournament, medieval table tennis tournament (contestants make their own paddles). All this followed by a themed dance.

We are purchasing new golf clubs for next summer.

The New Toys:

For the coming summer we will purchase another waterski boat and build a new waterski dock, add more stand up paddle boards, build a designated fishing dock, expand and re-pave our basketball court, improve our four-square courts, add a new fire pit for s’mores on campfire beach and purchase new golf clubs, more canoes and ocean kayaks.

Campers will have many more opportunities for ocean kayaking next summer.

Improvements to camp property:

We created a new beach and picnic area by the lake between campfire benches and Davis Lodge and landscaped the waterfront.

Oceanside trips program is expanding to include:

Sailing day trips and picnics to Pond Island using our Hobie Cats, Lasers and 420s (weeks 2 and 7, weather-dependent).

An Ocean Kayak & Canoe Day picnic trip to Pond Island (once during the first 3 weeks and once during last 3 weeks).

Ocean Canoe & Kayak Expedition to Bucks Harbor, including lunch.

Ocean swimming in Eggemoggin Reach off the ocean dock beach.

One night ocean cruise campout to Warren Island.

Stand up paddle boarding in the ocean.

Try Paddleboarding on the ocean next summer!

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08
Wednesday
Nov 2017

2017 NYC Camper Reunion

Congratulations to the loyal Robin Hooders who battled New York Marathon traffic to attend the Annual NYC Camper Reunion Bowling and Ping Pong party. It was great to see: Malachy Guzman (and parents Robert and Roseanne); Teddy Nelson; Sebastian Finger; Sebastian Wood (and dad Ned); Pablo Navarro; Leyla Ziemba (and parents Robin and John); James “Table Tennis Champion” Danziger; James “Farlinsky” Farley (and mom Chele); and Lucia Simonian (and mom Carolina).

James Danziger, James Farley and Pablo Navarro all bowled strikes and Jon Pelz captured the action on our Snapchat “Strikecam”! Everyone had also had a fun time playing table tennis and billiards. Thank you to Jon for helping run the reunion.

2017 NYC Camper Reunion

Most campers were wearing some form of Robin Hood clothing, which put a smile on my face. All attending campers earned a Boston Whaler trip to Camden Harbor next summer! –Rick Littlefield

James, Malachy and James

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24
Tuesday
Oct 2017

What’s New for 2018

Improving Robin Hood every year is a personal obsession carefully considered each fall. What can be done to further enhance our already dynamic program? What new and meaningful challenges can we add to inspire campers to further reach outside their comfort zones? 

How can we improve our grounds, buildings and infrastructure?

Program improvements already underway:

Basketball Court: Expansion and re-Paving Our new basketball court (in the same location) will be nine feet longer and three feet wider. The added size of the court will give a boost to our basketball program and also enhance our skateboarding, rip-stick and badminton programs. Street hockey will also be added to the activity schedule.

Handsome is the first to play ball on our new basketball court!

Bubble Soccer Activity Enhancement: Campers will be able to play Bubble Soccer more frequently thanks to the addition of a large storage shed by the upper soccer field that will allow bubble balls to be inflated and deflated in less than half the current time.

More Bubble Soccer games in 2018

Mountain Biking: Our fleet of mountain bikes will grow in anticipation of greater interest thanks to the development of more local trails this fall and newly discovered trails in nearby Holbrook Island Sanctuary. Combined with our in-camp mountain biking obstacle course and Acadia National Park biking trips, mountain biking should grow in popularity.

Waterfront Landscaping: You will be surprised and impressed by the much greener look along our waterfront area and the addition of a cleared picnic table area to the right of Campfire Beach toward Davis Lodge.

New walkway to the Waterfront

New Swim and Canoe Beach:  Below our new picnic table area on the waterfront side of Davis Lodge will be a walkway leading down to a small sand beach to be used for swimming and will be where our canoes will be relocated.

New enhancements planned for 2018:

Wakeboard Dock and Runway: A larger dock will be built this spring to better accommodate the popularity of the wakeboard program. Also, the dock runway will have enhanced stability thanks to adding a heavy steel support system identical to our main runway.

New Waterski Boat: We will be shopping for a new waterski boat this off-season.

A new waterski boat will be added in 2018

Fishing Dock: You want to go Fishin’? Fishing has never been better, so we will be locating a dedicated fishing dock off our waterfront by Opening Day. The bass fishing on Parker Pond, the Penobscot River, Snake Pond, and Walker Pond was terrific this summer. We also had excellent fly fishing instruction. The State of Maine has begun to stock Walker Pond with brown trout for our fly fishermen to fish for this coming summer.

There will be a new fishing dock next summer

We will send you updates and pictures as work progresses and also announce additional exciting planned improvements to Robin Hood with our next newsletter and through social media. –Rick Littlefield

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17
Tuesday
Oct 2017

2018 Refer A Friend Program!

Earn $150 Cash Reward and Special Gifts!

Almost all new campers come to Robin Hood because of the “word of mouth” recommendation of current families. Robin Hood only remains strong if loyal campers and families recommend other new camp families.

Here’s what to do:

I. Earn special gifts if Rick Littlefield interviews your recommendation!

Suggest a friend, classmate, cousin, brother or sister who wants to learn more about Robin Hood. If your recommendation interviews with Rick Littlefield before December 31, 2017 you earn these special gifts!

One Late Sleep In for Your Cabin!

AND


An RH Backpack!

II. Receive a $150 cash reward if your recommendation comes to camp!

If you return to Robin Hood, you will receive a $150 cash reward for each camper you recruit who joins you at camp.

Tips on How to Recruit Your Friends:

  • 1. Tell your friends about Robin Hood and about how much fun you had at camp.
  • 2. Show them the Robin Hood website and all the pictures and videos.
  • 3. Show your Robin Hood DVD together with you.
  • 4. Ask your parents if they have ideas of who to recruit and ask for their help.
  • 5. Send us the prospect’s contact information, email, name and age so our office can follow through and contact them directly.

We hope to hear from you!

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28
Thursday
Sep 2017

Rick Littlefield Coming to a City Near You

Robin Hood Camp Director Rick Littlefield will once again be on the road starting next month to meet new and current campers and their families.

His Fall and early Winter U.S. itinerary appears below. If you would like him to drop by to say hello or meet your friends who are interested in learning more about Robin Hood, please send us an email to robinhood@robinhoodcamp.com.

Friday, Oct. 20-Sunday, Oct. 22 New York City/Greenwich
Saturday, November 4 New York City/ Greenwich
Sunday, November 5 New York City Camper Bowling/Ping Pong Reunion, 1-3pm, Lucky Strike Manhattan
Monday, Nov. 6-Tuesday, Nov. 7 New York City/Greenwich
Saturday, December 2- Monday, December 4 Miami
Friday, January 5 Greenwich
Saturday, January 6 Brooklyn/New York City
Sunday, January 7 New York City Skating Party, 11am-1pm, Wollman Rink
Monday, January 8 New York City/New Jersey
Tuesday, January 9 Boston

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14
Thursday
Sep 2017

September in Maine

A good day Fall fishing!

Remaining in Maine into mid-September, for the first time in many years, has allowed Robin and I opportunities to enjoy and appreciate Robin Hood in unique ways. It feels odd to experience a Boston Whaler boat excursion to Camden Harbor without 10 campers aboard to share time together over lobster dinners. Downtown camp is an eerie ghost town without the vibrancy of hundreds of campers and counselors to bring it alive. There are no campers to play ping pong, tennis, golf, or chess with. But it is peaceful beyond words and serenely beautiful.

Even the loons seem to miss the liveliness Robin Hood creates on the lake for two months. Three curious loons surfaced next to our Hobie Cat sailboat and followed us to shore two days in a row as if to ask “where did everyone go?”

The irony is that late August and early September, after camp has closed, is the best time to be in Maine. Absolutely no mosquitos are buzzing, temperatures are in the 70’s and almost no rain. Nights can be brisk fall evenings.

It has been fun to have all the Robin Hood toys and lake to ourselves and friends. Now is time for reflection to review this past season and to re-calibrate to create plans for next summer. The next blog will announce what we are planning new for next summer.

Wish you were in Maine to share RH in it’s fall glory with us! Best of luck with school and your ambitions. Think of us from time to time. Only 283 days until Opening Day 2018! –Rick Littlefield

First signs of Fall on Caterpillar Hill.

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27
Thursday
Apr 2017

Look Who’s Coming to Maine!

Take a quick peek at just some of the incredibly talented counselors and special programs offered at Robin Hood Camp this summer.  We have literally “searched the world over” to fill our team of our high-caliber, experienced and mature (average age is 23!) staff.

Very limited camper spaces available… Share the excitement!

Squash

Golf Academy participants with Mitch Hunt

Specialty Sports Academies Our specialty sports academies for Wakeboard/Waterski, Golf, Tennis, Soccer and Squash for dedicated athletes looking to improve their skills in these specific sports:

  • Wakeboard/Waterski Week 1 (June 25-July 1) and Week 7 (August 6-August 12) Led by Dean Lavelle (USA), Wakeboard World Champion (Week 7)
  • Golf Academy Week 2 (July 2-July 8) and Week 6 (July 20-August 5) Led by Mitch Hunt (New Zealand), PGA Pro
  • Soccer Academy  Week 3 (July 9-July 15) and Week 6 (July 20-August 5) Led by Bruce Groshong (USA), Elite Soccer coach
  • Squash Academy  Week 2 (July 2-July 8) and Week 3 (July 9-July 15) Led by Hameed Ahmed (USA/Sweden), Assistant Harvard University Squash coach
  • Tennis Academy  Week 2 (July 2-July 8), Week 3 (July 9-July 15) and Week 6 (July 20-August 5) Led by Head Pro Arpan Trivedi (India), returning for his 9th

 

Tennis Academy participants with Arpan Trivedi

Muay Thai with Nghia Tran

Muy Thai Kick Boxing  Our most popular activity in camp will continue under the inspired leadership of the popular champion Nghia Tran (Australia) for the 16th year in a row!

Wakeboarding/Waterskiing Federico (Colombia), Andy (New Zealand) and Nico  (Colombia) return to run the Wakeboarding/Waterskiing program, which includes a brand new Moomba Wakeboard/Wakesurf boat. New to the team is Martin (Colombia), an accomplished trick skier who has represented Colombia in the Pan American, Latin American and national championships.

Equestrian Riding  A new ring with 40-50% more square footage and improved drainage and new surface material was installed two years ago and we have added two new hunter/jumper ponies. Olivia (New Zealand) returns to lead the enhanced equestrian program.

Equine Wakeboarding

Equine Wakeboarding Olivia (New Zealand) will lead this incredibly popular sport for advanced wakeboarders, found only at Robin Hood Camp!

Mind and Body – Meditation

Mind & Body Program Launched last year, this activity emphasizes the well being of the physical and spiritual sides of campers through Yoga and other lessons and will be directed once again by Ástrós (Iceland).

Chess Edward (New Zealand), a nationally ranked tournament player, returns to share his skills with Robin Hood campers this summer.

Archery National team player Paulina (Mexico), returns along with colleagues Camila (Mexico) and Mario (Mexico), who also both compete in Archery at the national level.

Baseball Baseball at Robin Hood will be led by Timo (Germany), who has played for first German division at national level and is a current baseball coach.

Basketball Former professional player Joel (Germany/Serbia) will head the hoops program this summer.

Basketball

Rowing The current fleet of basic beginner training shells has been expanded and we have added one new competition double rowing shell. Rachael (Scotland), who has held the Scottish rowing champion title for the past seven years, returns as the head Crew counselor.

Sailing Working with other very talented Sailing counselors from around the world, Andrew (Monaco), a National Sailing Travel Team of Monaco and International Racing Team member, will lead the Sailing Racing program.

Sailing

Szabolcs (Hungary), a member of national Pentathlon team, will teach Fencing.

Circus/Stilts Mia (Australia) returns to run our Stilts program, which catapulted in popularity under Mia’s leadership last summer.

Stilts with Mia

In Drums, Carly (Scotland) will introduce Pipe Band Drumming.

For Dance, we have two professional Hip Hop instructors on staff—Kristy (New Zealand) and Konstantin (Germany) — as well as Jazz, Contemporary/Lyrical and Ballet dance instruction.

We are thrilled about our new and returning staff, and look forward to a productive and fun summer at Robin Hood. –Rick Littlefield, Director

 

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