Sandy Island Retreat
2023 MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND RETREAT INFO
What: FUUSN’s annual retreat to Sandy Island Camp (a YMCA family camp)
GPS address: Northwoods Camp Road, Tuftenboro, NH
Where: Sandy Island, a small isle in Lake Winnepesauke (N.H.) containing only the camp (map)
When: Memorial Day weekend (Sat. May 27– Mon. May 29)
Who: FUUSNites of all ages—singles, couples, families/significant others, friends (no pets), usually about 130 campers
Why: Fun and relaxing weekend to build connections within FUUSN
How: Drive 2 ½ hrs. to just beyond Wolfeboro NH, park your car, take 10 min. boat ride to island. Boats leave the mainland Sat. at 10:30a, 11:15a, 12:00p & 2:00p. Leave the island Monday at 9:30a, 10:30a, 1:30p, 2:30p. (Other trips require a water taxi: $65 daytime; $125 from 10pm-8am. Email director Angelo Firenze <AFirenze@ymcaboston.org> to arrange).
Housing: Rustic cabins w/single beds (some bunks), electricity but no heat, walk to shared bathhouses (a few exceptions have in-house shared full bathrooms).
Accessibility: One cabin has a stairless access (most others have 2-3 steps). Visitors to the island should be capable of navigating (1) a long stairway to reach/leave the mainland loading dock, and (2) a few steps into/out of the boat. There are defined walking paths throughout the camp, but some areas have exposed tree roots, uneven ground, and shallow mud after rain. One or two 3-wheeled motor scooters may be available for camper use (email Denise Bousquet <email@example.com> to request).
Food: Shared dining hall meals (to suit many dietary needs) provided by Sandy staff. If you need to bring special food items, a few shelves of easily-accessible refrigerator space are available in the serving area. You can make special dietary requests (vegan, low-carb, gluten-free, etc.) on the registration form.
Activities: Sports, crafts, discussion groups, music, swimming, boating, fishing, yoga, art, nature walks, photography, happy hour, bonfire, talent show, dancing, lounging, etc. Watch for messages from our Activities Coordinator requesting activities & leaders.
What to bring: A flashlight for each member of the family—most bathrooms are in separate buildings & there is minimal outdoor lighting. Sandy Island provides linens, pillows, medium-weight blankets. Cabins are unlocked and unheated, so unless the weather is unseasonably warm, bring your own sleeping bags or comforters to supplement camp blankets.
Bring warm clothes, jackets, hats, bath towels, beach towels, bathing suits, rain gear, extra shoes or mud boots (it can be quite muddy after wet weather). Sandy Island provides Pack ‘N’ Play cribs, island-hardy strollers, baseballs, bats, basketballs, Capture the Flag equipment, life jackets. Bring your own board games, tennis rackets, baseball mitts, camera, binoculars, musical instruments, fishing gear.