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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.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
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
21 pizzas – consumed at bowling party reunions
23 balls – destroyed by Handsome
26 adventurous campers – tried 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
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
100,000 smiles – from happy campers
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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!
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:
We hope to hear from 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
|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|
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
London’s Camper Reunion, held Saturday, February 25, wins the award for being the best-attended reunion bowling party of the season! It was special to see Lorenzo and Edoardo Usai, Pietro Pignatti, and Carlo Masoni arrive wearing RH white hoodies. Loved it! Thanks also for joining us: Anya and Armand Nedungadi, new camper Laura Logan, Omala and Ela Snyder, Gabriela Horn Montoya, Zoe Smith, Lauren Shillabeer, Alessia Ascolani, Evelyn Walsh (and her alumnus Dad Matt Walsh), Pauline Brandenburg, and India Campbell who brought good friend Ayisha Durbar, and younger brother Adam Durbar (top score bowler and future camper). Plus, a big thank you to 16-year Robin Hood veteran and popular Program Director Jon Pelz and to Matt Powley who both helped run the event. Adding to the excitement of the party was a fire alarm evacuation that briefly interrupted the fun but created a perfect group photo opportunity taken by Laura Logan’s mom. –Rick Littlefield