Melody Pines has three large swimming areas bounded by special
docks and ropes to allow for excellent supervision and instruction of
our campers. Each area has its own raft for the advanced swimmers.
Children are given a swimming test on their first day of camp and are
then placed in swimming groups according to swimming ability. Swimming
lessons, a mandatory daily activity for all campers, are given by our
waterfront staff and led by our waterfront director. There are 12 swimming
levels beginning with Level 1 beginner (getting comfortable in the water)
and ending in Level 4 advanced (distance swimming and lifeguarding skills).
Extra help time is available on a daily basis for those
camper who wish to receive additional swimming instruction and improve
on specific skills..
Swimming is also provided daily during free choice time. Those who pass
our “Rafter's Test” may choose to utilize the rafts during
that time, or even learn to water-ski!
Melody Pines is equipped with 6 canoes, 8 rowboats, 8 kayaks, 6 stand
up paddle boards, and a motorboat for daily use. All children are exposed
to boating instruction and are given the opportunity to go out in a boat
with a staff member and row or paddle. Those campers who have passed the
swimming requirements and know their boating skills may navigate their
Campers may also choose to ride the motorboat during their free choice
time. Those who have passed the "Rafter's Test" may also learn
Please note that all motorboat drivers have been thoroughly trained and
are licensed by the State of New Hampshire Department of Safety - Marine