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ABOUT CAMP LINCOLN

MISSION

YMCA Camp Lincoln is a nonprofit whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

GOALS

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.

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GEOF HARRIS

Assistant Camp Director
geof@ymcacamplincoln.org

Geof first arrived at Camp Lincoln in Spring 2010 after the completion of his Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor and Community Recreation Management. Since that time, he has worked in a variety of positions at camp including adventure trip leader, ropes course director, program director, and assistant camp director. After wandering around the globe for the past couple years, he is excited to provide excellent programs and experiences for the community.

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WHITNEY LEYLAND

Program Director
whitney@sdymca.org

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!

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DAVE LOVELY-TAILLON

Director of Camping Services
dave@ymcacamplincoln.org

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.

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REID VAN KEULEN

Director of Operations
reid@ymcacamplincoln.org

Reid has had a long history with YMCA Camp Lincoln and has held a variety of different positions since 2015. Reid has served as Adventure Trip Leader, Outdoor Educator, Program Director, Assistant Camp Director and Camp Director since August 2019. Reid works extensively on leading the summer camp operation throughout the year. Prior to Camp Lincoln, Reid held various positions at a resident Camp in Vermont and served as a high school teacher in England and New Zealand. Reid holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in Outdoor and Physical Education. 

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KRISTINA WAGNITZ

Camp Office Manager
kristina@ymcacamplincoln.org

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. Located at 67 Ball Road in Kingston, NH, Camp Lincoln is situated on 70 wooded acres for discovery and fort building and offers 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

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