ABOUT ASTO WAMAH
The goal of Center Church Camp Asto Wamah is to provide a supportive and fun summer experience to children aged 8 to 14. Asto Wamah believes that a vital part of camping is to offer children a program that serves to develop their independence and sense of self while learning the valuable skills of collaboration and teamwork. CCCAW promotes an environment of acceptance and tolerance in which every member of the camp community is valued and accepted. The camp staff works to instill in the campers the values of respect, consideration and kindness exemplified in the camp motto “Remember the Other Fellow”. In a society that is entrenched in technology, CAW cultivates in children an appreciation of nature and the power and importance of the positive connections that can be made between people.
Located on the shores of Columbia Lake in Columbia, Connecticut, Camp Asto Wamah is a non-sectarian camp open to all boys and girls from 8 through 14 years of age. See our Parent & Camper page for age restrictions for specific sessions. Nancy Tuthill Maclean, a retired school teacher, serves as the Camp Director and is assisted by two alternate directors. Camp Asto Wamah is Licensed by the State of Connecticut and accredited by The American Camp Association.
Asto Wamah was founded in 1910 by the First Church of Christ in Hartford. For over 100 years, the camp has provided boys and girls with an experience designed to promote independence while offering a variety of a variety of challenging and adventurous activities in a supervised and structured environment.The highest ideals of cooperative living are encouraged in this community of respect. Since the establishment of Asto Wamah, its motto has been "Remember the Other Fellow".
CAMPERS' ACTIVITIES ARE FULL OF FUN
Living, learning and growing together in a wholesome, guided atmosphere.
Campers have an opportunity to participate in varied nature and environmental study activities.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
A wide variety of projects are offered including basket making, beads, weaving, and ceramic crafts.
Swimming is scheduled twice daily. During the morning, campers swim in groups according to their progress and receive instruction. In the afternoon they enjoy a general swim.
BOATING, CANOEING, SAILING & STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS
Campers are instructed in watercraft according to their age and ability. Those who have passed performance tests may use the crafts during free time.
Campers help plan various evening programs suitable to their age and interests. They occasionally sleep outs on camp property, weather permitting.
A large athletic field provides for a regulation softball diamond, volleyball, basketball court, and archery range. There are playground areas for tetherball, ping-pong, horseshoes, knock hockey, badminton, and informal games. We also have a 9 low-elements ropes course which offers many opportunities for team building and problem solving.
A beautiful tennis court is used for instructional and recreational tennis. Campers may bring their own equipment, or borrow the camp’s equipment.
This is time set aside for each camper to pursue his/her own creative or athletic interests.
This period provides a mid-day rest, essential for children during a daily program of physical activity.
Camping provides a natural spiritual back- ground for reflection in the out-of-doors. Countless opportunities exist for deepening the awareness of God.
PERSONNEL AND SUPERVISION
In addition to the camp director and alternate director, each activity area is supervised by a qualified director or instructor. Many of the staff return year after year, which provides continuity and a warm environment.
A registered nurse is on duty and physicians are within emergency call. In the event of illness or injury parents will be notified and campers may be sent home. The camp is not responsible for illness or injury.
Asto Wamah has an excellent reputation for its tempting, well balanced meals. Menus include fresh fruits in season, carefully selected meats and vegetables.
The main building of the camp is the Lodge which has an arts and crafts room, recreation area, dining room and wide porch for dining, and the kitchen area. This beautifully maintained structure, built in 1955, provides the central gathering place for many camp activities. A building completed in 1976 has a large “all purpose” room for a variety of activities. Campers and counselors live in screened bunkhouses. The waterfront has a dock and two floats, one with diving tower for advanced swimmers. For beginners there is a clean graded beach.
Take I 84 from Hartford, east to Exit 59, I 384 through Manchester to U.S. Rt. 6. Follow U.S. 6 for 8 miles bearing right on Rt. 87 (Jonathan Trumbull Highway). The Camp’s private road is at the top of the hill on right. The entrance is marked by a sign. Asto Wamah is 22 miles east of Hartford.