ABOUT CAMP LINCOLN
It is the mission of YMCA Camp Lincoln to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy mind, body and spirit for all. It is in the spirit of the mission that the YMCA opens its doors to all people regardless of religious beliefs, race, age, ability, sexual orientation or gender.
For you, a camper, the day’s success may be measured by how dirty you are; how you strengthened a friendship; how you pushed yourself to try something new; or how well you lived the core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.
For Camp Lincoln, the day’s success is measured much the same way, but we also work to:
Offer the most diverse and highest quality summer camp program in the region
Provide a safe, supportive environment where children develop leadership skills, build life-long friendships and gain self-confidence;
Welcome campers from a variety of backgrounds (i.e., age, gender, race and ability);
Ensure that all children who want the camp experience receive it regardless of ability to pay;
Help campers develop self-confidence and self-respect and an appreciation of an individual’s own worth;
Encourage campers to grow as responsible members of their families and citizens of their communities; and
Be a steward of Kingston Lake.
YMCA Camp Lincoln is an active member of the Kingston Lake Association, with whom we work “to preserve and improve healthy water quality and sound land use practices” for future generations of campers.
Assistant Camp Director
Miles comes to us from Hudson Wisconsin. He graduated from Bemidji State University in 2019 (Go Beavers) and stayed in Minnesota until moving to the Boston area in the fall of 2021. Since then he has been working for Project Advenutre, teaching social emotional skills in an experiential setting on the challenge course and in the classroom. He has spent 8 years working for many different camps within the YMCA of the North’s (central Minnesota and western Wisconsin), most notably several years with camp Icaghowan and camp Ihduahpi as a lead staff member and program coordinator. He brings a positive energy, challenge course management experience and inclusive leadership style to Camp Lincoln!
Whitney began working for Camp Lincoln in 2015 at just 16 years old with camp being her very first job! Since then she has held a variety of positions at camp, working her way up from cabin counselor to unit leader, now functioning as our year-round Program Director and Youth Development Coordinator in the summertime. Whitney began working for our School Age Child Care program as a Program Coordinator in 2020. She graduated with her Bachelor’s in Psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology, which continues to drive her passion to make camp a supportive environment for all where everyone feels they belong!
Director of Camping Services
A New Hampshire native, Dave Lovely-Taillon is excited to continue Camp Lincoln’s legacy of providing a safe, supportive environment for campers to build self-confidence and lifelong friendships.
Dave has been involved with the YMCA his entire life, starting with his summers as a camper right here at Camp Lincoln. Following his summers as a camper, CIT, counselor, program staff, and trip leader, Dave studied Outdoor Education and Business Administration at University of New Hampshire. In the years following, Dave served in various roles with Becket-Chimney Corners YMCA, taught ESL in South Korea and Kyrgyzstan, and traveled around New Zealand, Asia, Africa, and South America. Most recently, Dave has served as the Director of Outdoor Education with Hockomock Area YMCA.
Dave, his wife Lindsey (also a Camp Lincoln alum), their son Ashland, and dog Willow can’t wait to be part of the Camp Lincoln community again. Outside of work, you can find Dave playing basketball, solving puzzles, cooking, watching old movies, and going on family hikes.
Camp Office Manager
Kristina is a New Hampshire native who has worked in various positions at YMCA Camp Lincoln since 2001. Although she works in the office most days, her Bachelor's degree in Outdoor Education ensures that she can occasionally be seen on the ropes course or leading a hike at camp. Kristina loves helping new families understand the impact camp can have on their child, and finding a way to make camp affordable for all.
YMCA CAMP LINCOLN FACILITIES
At YMCA Camp Lincoln, campers and guests are surrounded by the beauty of nature, the energy of their own creativity and opportunities to explore. Camp Lincoln is situated on 70 wooded acres with more than a mile of waterfront on Kingston Lake for swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing.
Camp Lincoln offers a rustic feel with modern amenities. In addition to waterfront and forest-based activities, campers and guests will find:
16 cabins, grouped by age to meet specific needs
3 sports fields
2 archery ranges
A multi-story climbing wall
High and low ropes courses
Amphitheatre, covered pavilion, modernized bathrooms, program lodge and dining hall
Activity cabins: arts and crafts, pottery, woodshop and sports