Camp News

Cold River Camp status regarding COVID-19 Update (5/7/20)

Dear Members of the Cold River Camp Community,

The Cold River Camp Committee met this past weekend to discuss whether it would be possible to open the Camp for the summer season given the COVID-19 pandemic. I am writing today to report that the Camp Committee unanimously concluded that the 2020 summer season must be cancelled. Our first concern was and is for the health and safety of the guests, staff, local community, and volunteers. In addition, a major part of the Camp experience is the wonderful social interactions and the lasting friendships that develop during the weeklong stays. This experience would be virtually impossible if we were operating under social distancing and other CDC COVID-19 health guidelines and State of NH recommendations, all of which would have been required, were we to open.

The Cold River Camp Committee continues to develop plans to make sure that needed Camp maintenance is done this summer and that there is sufficient oversight of the closed camp during the summer months. It is imperative that the closed Camp remains in good order.

We are prepared to refund guest deposits for the summer of 2020. However, the Camp has significant normal expenses that will have to be paid even though the Camp is not operating. These include, among other things, real estate taxes, insurance, and maintenance expenses. Please consider making a gift of all or part of your deposit to Cold River Camp to help defray these costs. You might also consider a gift of your deposit to the AMC as well.

In addition, you can donate a separate unrestricted dollar gift to Cold River Camp and/or to the AMC in these unusual times. You can make a donation mailed directly to the AMC, 10 City Square, Suite 2, Boston, MA 02129. If you wish to direct your gift to Cold River Camp, please write "for Cold River Camp" in the memo.

I appreciate your understanding of this very difficult situation. I am sure that we are all looking forward to returning to Cold River Camp in 2021 when, we all hope, we will once again be able to sit out on the Lodge porch talking with old friends and new.

Stay well,

John Dean
Cold River Camp Committee Chair

Click here for AMC's COVID-19 Updates

CRC has formed a new Sub-Committee for Conservation at CRC. We have identified good changes that have already occurred in Camp and we are discussing ways to make Camp more sustainable. We have a working list of short, medium, and long term goals. We would like to hear your suggestions as this project moves forward. Please submit your comments and ideas at the following link. You can include either written text (e.g. as a paragraph) or a separate file, such as a Word or PDF document. Thank you!


The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Cold River Camp is a wonderful vacation destination for experiencing the charms of the White Mountains. Local hiking trails abound, from easy to challenging. Open summits, vast forests, cascading brooks, secluded pools. The Presidentials and North Conway are within striking distance for day trips, as are the Saco and Androscoggin Rivers.

Settle into your cabin for a week or partial week. Enjoy a hot breakfast in the lodge and make your trail lunch. Head out with other guests on one of the guided hikes offered daily and arrive back in time for a dip in the Cold River. Or do your own thing - hike, swim, paddle, bike or simply relax.

Discuss the day over a delicious dinner family-style in the lodge or sometimes picnic-style on the north lawn, then chat on the lodge porch, join in the evening activity or an impromptu board game, read a book in the library, play ping-pong in the rec hall, or prepare for the Friday night talent show.

Cold River Camp rests in the beautiful and undeveloped Cold River Valley, nestled in the White Mountains National Forest, a three to four hour drive from the Boston area. Community- oriented, family-friendly, guests have been enjoying outdoor adventures here since 1919

Lodge Planning Project

Work on the Conant Lodge restoration project continues to move forward in this time when Cold River Camp remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Very positive feedback from campers during the summer of 2019 camp season solidified the architectural “East Design” concept. The Camp Committee established two subcommittees of camp community volunteers to move the project forward on two fronts: Can we raise the funds to pay for the renovation? And, who will take the design concept to reality and do the actual construction?

The Lodge Committee is interviewing builders now to take the project from design to completion and The Conant Lodge Campaign Committee has established a budget and has begun fundraising.

To learn more about the Conant Lodge Project, the East Design, the fundraising operation, or to ask a question to the committee, please see Lodge Project Planning Page for more information.

Last update 10/13/20