Wanakee's History

Wanakee United Methodist Center sign at entranceBefore Wanakee's first summer camp in 1962, Methodists held camp events at rented sites. Meanwhile, some inspired leaders who cared for children and youth searched New Hampshire for a camp site.

Meadowbrook Camp, once a horse camp for girls, was purchased by the New Hampshire Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for $50,000 in 1962. The leaders were so convinced New Hampshire Methodists needed their own camp site, they rounded up enough supporters to secretly pledge to purchase the site if the Annual Conference did not.

cabin in site 3The original tents and hogans on the hill were replaced with summer cabins and yurts beginning in the late 1980s and completed in the 1990s.

The Homestead Retreat, an adjacent parcel of land with a log home, was purchased in 1994. This house, now a winterized log cabin, began Wanakee's growth into year-round retreats.

In 2003 we accepted a Master Plan which committed us to a future of raising the quality of camper's experience through numerous facilities improvements including a lodge with adult friendly rooms, year-round dining hall, separate nurse's cabin, and upgraded facilities for campers and retreat guests.

You are accepted at Wanakee! Wanakee events are available to persons regardless of race, color, gender, age, national origin or religious affiliation. For handicapped accessibility and special needs, contact us.