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!

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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

 

Robin Hood’s Mind and Body program includes a trip to practice yoga on top of Acadia National Park’s Cadillac Mountain at sunrise.

Meditation class

Learning and developing techniques to alleviate stress is important to us all. Children need to enhance their ability to self-sooth for their physical and mental health. Robin Hood is proud to be at the forefront in camping in offering these important skills to campers. I encourage each and every camper to come and check out our Mind & Body Program this summer. -Rick Littlefield

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Mind & Body Program

Description

Mind & Body is a new activity emphasizing the well-being of the physical and spiritual sides of campers. This activity is highly influenced by Yoga to help build a healthy, sustainable body. Benefits include mindfulness and listening to the body to keep all parts of the body happy. We teach campers how to find trigger points on themselves and their friends in order to release muscle tension. Campers learn their body’s anatomy and gain knowledge on how to prevent injuries. With the combination of practicing Yoga and trigger points, campers will learn how to better maintain and sustain their bodies. By improving strength, flexibility and focus campers will soon find that improvement in other sports will come naturally.

The body is a magnificent work of art that is always changing and therefore it is important to know how to treat pain or injuries.

Sunrise meditation from top of Cadillac Mountain

Manifesto

  • We practice Yoga
  • We listen to our bodies
  • We are mindful towards our co-practitioners
  • We meditate
  • We use trigger points to release muscle tension
  • We work on our strength and flexibility
  • We practice Mind & Body to improve in other sports 

Weekly Plan

Day 1

  • Introduction to campers -Campers influence structure of the week if have requests(injuries,pain)
  • Campers learn the Yoga breathing
  • Short Yoga warm up
  • Meditation

Day 2

  • Yoga warm up lawn at Top Notch
  • Self massage on the shoulders and chest
  • Meditation

Day 3

  • Campers partner up and learn how to massage and learn trigger points on the legs

Day 4

  • Yoga warm up by the lake – or on it
  • Self massage the sole of the feet
  • Meditation

Day 5

  • Yoga stretch class at Top Notch
  • Meditation

Day 6

  • Meditation Class – a long meditation followed by a sharing circle where we talk about the week

Day 7

  • Fun class – Campers get to lead the class, depending on their understanding and confidence in the material

 

Yoga is an integral part of Robin Hood’s Mind & Body program.

 

Astros returns to lead the Mind & Body program in 2017.

Sunrise meditation happens after an overnight camping trip to Acadia National Park Trip.

 

 

In honor of Robin Hood’s 90th Anniversary we are bringing back an old tradition of felt Robin Hood banners from 50+ years ago. These authentic reproductions will be given to Robin Hood Ambassadors whose loyalty and efforts have been responsible for recommending and bringing 10+ new families to become Robin Hood campers.

Current campers can also win these banners in our soon-to-be-announced Spring Refer A Friend promotion. More to come! Robin Hood has remained viable and strong for 90 seasons only due to the loyal efforts of alumni and current families who have recommended us to their friends, classmates, and family members.

Alumni and current families may also purchase banners for $25 each from our Outfitters starting in April.

We will be formally recognizing our loyal Robin Hood Ambassadors publicly this spring by writing articles about each one of them in blog articles. The legacy of Robin Hood has been established and maintained by activist families, and the Littlefield family is profoundly grateful for those who have devoted their time and energy to help keep Robin Hood alive for 90 years.

 

I often get asked about our popular, charismatic, dynamic, and incredibly talented Waterski guru from the early 1980’s Jon Carder and am happy to report that John is still as dynamic, vibrant, athletic, and competitive as ever in the world of waterskiing, as well as a successful Pediatric Emergency Care Doctor in Knoxville, TN.

While having breakfast in Carmel, CA on a rainy November morning a voice called out with the unmistakable Southern accent “Is that Rick Littlefield?” Sitting next to me was my good friend Dr. Jon Carder, and his lovely wife Dr. Lee Jung. Jon deserves full credit for being the Founding Father of the Robin Hood waterskiing program. Back in the 1980s when Jon first arrived RH had one ski boat, a 17’ Boston Whaler Montauk with a 70 HP Mercury outboard motor. He convinced me to purchase two used Ski Supreme competition ski boats as an incentive for him to return the next year. Next thing I know he had built a slalom course, was teaching barefooting, slalom, trick skiis, and eventually convinced me (reluctantly) to build a jump ramp, and offer intensive Ski Academy during pre-camp.

During his years with us, John had a cult following of admirers much like our Muay Thai Champion Nghia Tran has today. Admiring campers all wanted to sit at his Water Ski table and ski with him as much as possible. Funny, mischievous, very bright, and with relentless energy John became a superstar. He trained and inspired Brazilian camper Renato Abucham to greatness as Brazil’s Jr. and Men’s Champion. He taught me to barefoot, conquer the slalom course, and even jump in middle age.

Few people at Robin Hood have been more fun to be around than John. There was always an exciting adventure happening and much laughing. I call John the most likable show off I have ever met. If he saw a group of girls sunbathing across the lake or in a passing boat he would signal me to drive close to them and he would perform some ridiculous attention to get their admiration like a forward flip on a waterski, or kick up the biggest slalom wake imaginable. He could be hysterically funny and nobody was ever bored in his company.

Thank you John for your large contribution to Robin Hood. You inspired me to pursue as many unusually talented counselors and people as I could find. Without John’s inspiration we may not have evolved into what we have become in 2016. Thank you John.  –Rick Littlefield

2017 Skating Party

Perhaps our best skating party reunion ever! Twenty-five enthusiastic campers, four staffers, and many parents braved cold weather, and tricky travel conditions to skate and network at Trump Arena in Central Park Sunday morning. Many true loyalists appeared wearing RH uniform clothing. Once again Alistair won the “Best Dressed Award” wearing a complete uniform of RH sweat pants, T-shirt, and white hoodie. Anna Hoernig won the “Long Distance Award” for traveling from Washington DC and I was impressed by how many drove or trained in from Connecticut and New Jersey. Both Alistair and Anna earned a lobster or steak dinner this summer! Great to see: Sebastian Wood, James Danzinger, Gunnar Overstrom, Malachy Guzman, Anna, Alistair, and Arthur Schnieders, Lyla and Ella Miller, Marcus and Benjamin Matitia, Ley and Zachary Ziemba, William Leon, Lucia and Santiago Simonian, Alexandra and Sofia McGoey, Alice, Sophie and Thea von Seidel, William Riley, and Anna Hoernig. Alex and Veronica Moreno dropped by at the end to say hello. Congrats Veronica on getting into Boston College and Alex on getting into the University of Miami. Thank you very much to 15 year RHers Chris and Jon Pelz for your much-appreciated help in running the event. Welcome back from the University of Edinburgh! Sorry if I missed any other camper’s names. Next Reunion up will be the Bowling Party Reunion in London February 25.

Bundled up for skating!

 

 

 

 

Congratulations to the following camper families. They are just some of the families who have enrolled under the December/January tuition discounts. Each family has received TWO of our new RH magnetic bumper stickers, and each camper received two adhesive RH stickers!

Sarah Mojica Arango

Philippa von Selchow

Sadie Wilson

Camilla, Caprina & Lola Fiorenza

Marcelo Barrera

Alexander & Daisy Sheikh

Christian & Eleanor Graziano

Nicole Rausch

Alya Ben Youssef

LilaMaria Martinez

Elizabeth & Wesley Tarbell

Charlotte Loechner

Toby Goldston

Lucas, Alice & Felipe Zelmanovits

Brooke Henkel

Anis Basini

Eric Bartunek

Enroll today and earn prizes for your family!

Remember… Our December/January Enrollment Incentive Plan is happening now through January 31– the last tuition discounts of the year! Enroll by January 31 and receive a discount up to $600 if both the registration fee and tuition are paid in full.  All funds paid in advance are 100% refundable until April 1, 2017, if you withdraw for any reason. See our Dates and Rates page for details.

Please don’t hesitate to contact our office at robinhood@robinhoodcamp.om with any questions! We can’t wait to see you in Maine this summer!

Mark your calendars for the 2017 RH challenges, events and trips! We hope this week by week calendar helps you plan which weeks to attend RH this summer.

Note: It’s is not necessary to sign up for any challenge, event or trip until camp starts.

Week 1 (June 25-July 1)

Wakeboard/Waterski Academy

Ocean Yacht Cruise Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday

1K Challenge (Rest Hour) Wednesday

Across the Lake Paddle (Afternoon Activity) Wednesday

 

Week 2 (July 2-July 8)

Golf, Tennis and Squash Academy

Ocean Yacht Cruise  Wednesday-Friday

Super Deep Water (1st Afternoon Activity) Monday

4th of July Carnival (Afternoon Activity) Tuesday

5K Road Race (Rest Hour) Wednesday

Across the Lake Swim Challenge #1 (1st Afternoon Activity) Thursday

 

Week 3 (July 9-July 15)

Tennis, Squash and Soccer Academies

Ocean Yacht Cruise  Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday

PADI Scuba Certification  Monday-Friday

Super Deep Water (2nd Afternoon Activity)  Tuesday

1K Road Race (Campfire) Tuesday

Boston Trip Tuesday-Thursday

Around The Lake Challenge #1 (Morning Interest) Thursday

 

Week 4 (July 16-July 22)

Mt Katahdin Trip Monday-Wednesday

Super Uber Deep Water Test (1st Afternoon Activity) – Monday

Ocean Yacht Cruise Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday

Colombia Day Thursday

Across the Lake Paddle (1st Afternoon Activity) Thursday

Pirate Day Carnival (Afternoon Activity) Friday

 

Week 5 (July 23-29)

5K Road Race (Rest Hour) Monday

Ocean Yacht Cruise Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday

PADI Scuba Certification Monday-Friday

Super Uber Deep Water (1st Afternoon Activity) Tuesday

Boston Trip Tuesday-Thursday

Bagaduce River Canoe Challenge Thursday

Monte Carlo Day (Afternoon Activity) Friday

 

Week 6 (July 30-August 5)

Golf, Tennis and Soccer Academies

Ocean Yacht Cruise Monday-Wednesday & Wednesday-Friday

Mt Katahdin Trip Monday-Wednesday

Across the Lake Swim Challenge #2 (1st Afternoon Activity)  Monday

Around the Lake Challenge #2 (Morning Interest) Thursday

 

Week 7 (August 6-August 13)

Wakeboard/Waterski Academy

Nottingham Fair Day Saturday

 

Weekly

Whitewater Rafting Every Tuesday

Penobscot River Fishing Every Wednesday

Dance Every Friday

Talent Show Every Sunday

Waterdogging Depending on tides

 

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Bernice Cote passed away recently after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease at the age of 81. For close to 30 years Bernice was the heart and soul of Robin Hood. She was our Enrollment Director, the loyal right hand person and confidante to my father and myself, the calming voice of reassurance to thousands of anxious parents and campers, camp humorist, and a second mother to me.

Eulogies risk lapsing into the realm of embellished virtues, but not this one. I have not encountered a warmer, more loving soul than Mrs. Cote. Unselfish to a fault, non-judgmental, loyal, kind, thoughtful, uncomplaining, and full of unconditional love for her children, family, and those she cared about. Bernice was a positive role model and a bedrock of stability. She inspired me to want to be a better man and to become the best camp Director I can be. There was a playful joyfulness to Mrs. Cote that somehow found humor in most everything. If you wanted to feel better about life, just hang around Bernice for a while. She laughed easily and often and enjoyed her own company and sense of humor as much as we all did.

When driving to and from Maine frequently while living in the Boston area I would often drop by to say hello briefly, and more often than not, found myself sitting at Bernice’s kitchen table in N. Reading eating homemade pie or an improvised meal thanks to her perpetual hospitality. During the many summers Bernice lived at Top Notch, Robin or I would conveniently leave a container of fresh blueberries or a bowl of apples on the kitchen counter knowing that within a matter of hours a warm blueberry or apple pie would magically appear thanks to Bernice.

When our daughters Tanya, Jasmin, Camille, and Annalee were little and it was bath or bed time at Top Notch, Robin and I would more often than not hear giggles and laughter coming from Bernice’s room downstairs and we would find them lying comfortably on Bernice’s bed watching the Red Sox on television or being read to. We knew where to find the girls and it was difficult to tear them away from “Aunt Bernicey”.

Bernice loved Maine and Robin Hood, and Robin Hood and I loved Bernice. We invite you to attend a memorial service for Mrs. Cote at the outdoor Robin Hood Chapel in Maine, most likely Saturday July 29 at 1:30 pm. It was her wish to have a brief service at camp with a few campers in attendance. Our most recent girls cabin was named “Bernice” in her honor 4 years ago and a camper scholarship will be given annually in her name. We miss you Bernice but you will not be forgotten.

With Much Love,
Rick Littlefield
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The last opportunity to take advantage of our enrollment tuition discounts begins Dec. 1 and ends Jan. 31.  In order to guarantee a place for your camper and avoid the possibility of being wait-listed, we strongly encourage December and January enrollment. December/January Rates will be posted on website on December 1.

Two financial options to consider:

  1. Enroll by January 31 – and receive a tuition discount up to $600 if both the registration fee and tuition are paid in full.  All funds paid in advance are 100% refundable until April 1, 2017, if you withdraw for any reason.
  2. Enroll and submit only the $500 registration fee.  This will hold a place for your child.  The tuition balance will be due by April 1, 2017, at the full tuition rate.  The registration fee is also 100% refundable until April 1 if you need to withdraw for any reason.

The first 25 campers to enroll under the New Year Discounts win TWO of our new RH magnetic bumper stickers!

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Hameed Ahmed

Great news! Harvard Men’s & Women’s Squash Coach Hameed Ahmed has officially signed on to run our 3rd season of Squash Academy for two weeks July 2- July 15. Harvard won both Men’s (2014) and Women’s (2015) National Championship as well as three Ivy League titles. Hameed has coached more than 20 All American college Squash players in his career.

As a player, Hameed was seven-time National Champion of Finland, held a #8 European Ranking, and was #18 in the world. Most important, Hameed is among the greatest role models, superior coaches, and nicest people I have had the pleasure to work with in my career. In Hameed’s spare time he is working on his MBA degree at Harvard. We are blessed to have him with us. -Rick Littlefield

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