CAMP KITA

Join Us At Our New Home For Healing

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CAMP KITA AT LOON POND

We are proud to announce that the next chapter of the Camp Kita story is set on the shores of Loon Pond in Acton, Maine where our future and permanent home will be. At this location, we will maintain our familiar program, faces, and culture, but be able to serve a larger population and expand to support like-minded mental health organizations to benefit the broader community. Best of all, our past and future campers can become a part of something tangible. We can finally unpack our bags and stay awhile.

We are asking for your support once again as we embark on the next step of our journey and work towards an ambitious fundraising goal.

PROJECT OUTLINE

The 28.5-acre property situated on Loon Pond in Acton, Maine is expected to include:

 

  • Kita Community Center*

  • 1-ADA compliant medical cabin

  • 2- Kita Group program dedicated facility 

  • 6- Camper cabins 

  • 2- Gender inclusive bathhouses

  • 2- Staff and volunteer cabins

  • 1- Arts and crafts cabin (rehab of existing structure)

  • 1- Nature and outdoor education center* (rehab of existing structure)

  • 1- Welcome center office (rehab of existing structure)

  • 1- Outdoor pavilion

  • William S. Nutter fire pit*

  • Outdoor picnic area

  • Outdoor recreation field

  • Walking trails

  • Words of Affirmation art installation

  • Waterfront with dock*

  • Memorial pathway

* Reserved Naming Oppertunity

- Limited naming opportunities available for the spaces and buildings listed above. - Availability of naming opportunities are subject to change. Camp Plans shown are for illustrative purposes, and subject to change with final drawings and approval.

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BECOME A PART OF HISTORY IN THE MAKING

Limited naming opportunities are available at the future home of Camp Kita, ranging from $20,000 - $150,000. Please see our list of naming opportunities above. To secure your space in history contact Sydney Mosher at smosher@campkita.com.

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Would you like to see your name on a Camp Kita cabin? We can make that happen. We would work with you to find the right option in your budget to cement your name in the history and future of Camp Kita. 

WHY LOON POND

Since Camp Kita’s establishment in 2013, Camp Kita has hosted its camps each summer by renting different facilities. In recent years, the group has had to turn away applicants due to size limitations or date availability of these facilities. While renting has enabled Camp Kita’s program to launch and continue, it also prohibits its ability to expand our mission and grow. Renting will always be at the discretion of the host, and because of that, Camp Kita has run its program in three different physical locations. In addition to the operational challenges that we face each time we are transplanted to a new location, renting is expensive and the costs are rising, and finding a location is never guaranteed. In addition, session dates are inflexible, and limited to one week. Most importantly, the culture of our camp is never in our full control as we flex to retrofit our program to the infrastructure and learned values that are already in place.

 

Camp Kita’s new location will be built with the Camp Kita programming and campers in mind. For example, Kita Group spaces will be secluded and specifically designed to foster group-work, bathhouses will be made to support the comfort of all campers, no matter their gender identity, and cabins and recreational spaces will be thoughtfully placed on site to support organic community.

 

Having a dedicated property of its own will allow Camp Kita to host more campers, build a more consistent and impactful camp experience, and create a central place for camp alumni to gather and build memorials.

 

The property at Loon Pond is a great fit for Camp Kita, and the local community, in many ways, including:

  • Located in the county of Camp Kita’s establishment

  • Ability to preserve the gifted intention of the land as a youth camp made in 1937 by the Nutter Family

  • The Southern Maine location is ideal for New England travel, allowing Camp Kita to expand their served population

  • 15% of Camp Kita’s historic camper population lives within 25 miles of Loon Pond, and 40% lives within 100 miles

  • Allows Camp Kita to provide facility resources to like-minded organizations

 
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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

The word 'Kita' is an Abenaki-Penobscot word for “listen”.  The Loon Pond land which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among indigenous peoples for thousands of years and is the home of the Abenaki People. Camp Kita honors, recognizes and respects these peoples, especially the Abenaki, as the traditional stewards of the lands and waters on which we gather today. In that spirit, today we will begin by acknowledging that we are guest in this land. We need to respect and help protect the lands within our use

 

While we build our resilience through community, it is important to us to reflect on a greater future of inclusivity. Land acknowledgements are a way for us to reflect upon the duality of our work— while we work within our team, our community, and with our campers to promote greater inclusivity and abolish inequities.

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Camp Kita is proud to support Abenaki Helping Abenaki, Inc.