Preparing Conant Lodge for the Next 100 Years:

We Need Your Participation!


The 100-year-old Conant Lodge is at the heart of the Cold River Camp experience that we cherish so much. The CRC Committee has approved the East Design to meet the future needs of Camp while maintaining an affordable outdoor experience for all. Groundbreaking is planned for autumn 2021. The Conant Lodge Campaign seeks your help now to raise the final one-third of the total $1.2 million needed for the project.

Many members of the CRC community have generously pledged leadership gifts ranging from $100 to $150,000, adding up to $850K pledged so far with $350K to go. We are illustrating our progress as a unique journey from Camp to the summit of S. Baldface. We have already passed through the woods and the Shelter and we are on the Ledges. We need you to help us pass the Knob and move on to the Summit!

Giving Pyramid

Join with members of your community to invest in Cold River Camp’s next 100 years! Send a gift or pledge to donate by 2022. Click here for more details about how to make your gift.

Click here to learn more about the Conant Lodge Project.

Camp News

Cold River Camp Update and Outlook for Summer 2021

Important News Summer 2021 Planning

Last September the Cold River Camp Committee established a Planning Committee, comprised of Camp Committee members, our regular season and Extension Managers, as well as volunteers with medical and emergency and contingency operations backgrounds, to develop plans for the summer of 2021 in view of COVID-19. We are examining carefully the Camp’s operations to assess whether we will be able to open Cold River Camp next summer. To develop a safe plan, the members are keeping three main points in mind: the safety and well-being of the guests and staff, the risk to the CRC guest experience, and the risk to the Cold River Camp brand and the longevity of the Camp. It is clear already that we will need to make changes to the way the Camp operates if we are to open next summer. Both the Cold Camp Committee and the AMC will vet any conclusion and recommendation that the Planning Committee reaches prior to announcing our final decision for the 2021 season. We will announce a final decision no later than February 15, 2021, or earlier, if possible.

Below is a highly preliminary schedule for the summer season. It will need to be reviewed and could be changed by the Camp 2021 Planning Committee and must be approved by the CRC Camp Committee. Please use this as a rough guide only and periodically check back for changes.

June 26 – July 3            CRC Guest Week 1
July 3 – 10                 CRC Guest Week 2
July 10-17                  CRC Guest Week 3
July 17-24                  CRC Guest Week 4
July 24 – July 31           CRC Guest Week 5
July 31- August 7           CRC Guest Week 6
August 7-14                 CRC Guest Week 7
August 14-21                CRC Guest Week 8
August 21-28                CRC Guest Week 9
August 28 - September 12    CRC Extension Season


The Cold River Camp Committee has agreed that, if Camp can open, it would be prudent to change the date for summer season full week reservations (normally the full month of January) to allow more time to assess the state of the pandemic and its effect on the experience at Camp. We want potential guests to know the details of the full plan, if we adopt a plan for opening in this COVID-19 time, before they register for Camp. We will periodically review and modify any plan developed depending on local and national guidelines throughout the spring and into the summer. We will post any changes on the Camp website and Camp community email blasts. FOR 2021 ONLY: Summer season full week reservations will be from April 1-10. Look for more information in January on this website and in the winter 2021 Little Deer Dispatch.


The LDD serves as a major way in which the Camp communicates with guests each January prior to Camp registration. The winter 2021 LDD will arrive via snail mail around the first week in March, well ahead of the April 1-10 registration window for full weeks. This issue will contain the most current information at the time on the operating plans for summer 2021, the Camp registration form, and some informative articles on various aspects of the Camp.

If you have not already done so, consider adding your email address to the Camp’s email list (top right hand corner of this webpage) to receive more up to date information from important email blasts that we send out to the Camp Community.

Not sure if the Camp has your email address? Take less than a minute to:

- Enter your email address in the email address box on the top right hand corner of the Camp webpage
- You will either be sent a confirming email to reply to complete the process
- OR a notice will immediately pop up on your screen indicating that you already signed up.

Encourage your friends and family to add their email to the Cold River Camp list. We hope to reach as many of our Community as possible!

Thank you for your time and we hope to see you next summer, fingers crossed, or at least, to stay in touch via email as we keep our Cold River community connections strong.

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!

Last update 1/9/21