Kabeyun – I chose it, I tried it, I love it!

Kabeyun's program offers boys experiences that are different from the rest of the school year. We ask each boy, every day, "what would you like to do today?" Offering campers choice after choice gives them ownership in their daily plan, and makes them feel good about everything they do. With the help of caring counselors, our campers set goals, master skills, and are celebrated for their individual successes, large and small, every day. Every aspect of our culture supports the life skills that help campers become positive members of the community. We encourage and model problem solving and decision making, good listening and consensus building. At Kabeyun, boys learn to value the perspectives of others as they work through social challenges together in an atmosphere of support and safety.

He's in charge – he chooses ALL of his activities, EVERY day

Each boy's schedule of activities and trips is up to him, making new choices every day. Boys choose two morning activities at breakfast and another two afternoon activity periods at lunch, giving him the flexibility to explore new interests and passions throughout the summer. No limits! All of Kabeyun's trips and activities are open to every age camper, providing an introduction for the inexperienced and advanced instruction for those who seek to master challenging skills.

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Spend a summer UNPLUGGED, free from technology and pressure

No phones, no computers, no televisions. A summer at camp is about face-to-face interactions, building social skills, and forming friendships to last a lifetime. Kabeyun's technology-free environment is a welcome break from the fast-paced and screen-centered world that kids are faced with during the school year. Camp is an opportunity to remember, or learn for the first time, what it means to connect in person, listen to others, and have his voice heard.

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Kabeyun's technology-free environment

Live and grow in a supportive, encouraging environment

A community of caring campers and counselors, returning year after year, fosters an environment where anything is possible. Kabeyun's staff is made up primarily of former campers and longtime counselors, replicating a culture year after year that is ideal for facilitation of successful and challenging new discoveries. Our experienced and capable staff are not just here to teach and coach, but to serve as mentors and friends, joining him in his summer experience.

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A community of caring campers at Kabeyun

Kabeyun's Heritage

Kabeyun was started in 1924 by John Porter, a schoolteacher in Boston, with five campers and a unique idea for a boys’ summer camp. From that first step, John Porter proceeded to build a place where boys have a sense of ownership in the daily direction of their lives. He felt that if boys are entrusted with a sense of freedom and an awareness of the accompanying responsibility, they will hold a strong commitment to becoming solid citizens in a democratic system. It may sound lofty for a summer camp, yet this is indeed what happened here, every summer for over ninety years. Camp can indeed give boys more than the taste of s’mores, memories of a sunset, and the unforgettable words to a few songs. Kabeyun gives boys the opportunity to explore the magical meeting points of their interests and abilities – and at Kabeyun it all starts when they simply raise their hands.

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