Swimming & Boating
Camp Haiastan has both a swimming pool for swimming activities and a pond for all boating activities. In 2002, thanks to an enthusiastic outpouring of donations, we opened our new, Olympic-size swimming pool complete with underwater lighting for evening swimming activities. Camp Haiastan boasts the largest vinyl lined in-ground swimming pool in New England. You’ll experience a wide variety of aquatic activities including swimming, canoeing, and kayaking; lots of competitive pool games, and of course, camp-wide staff/camper free swim every afternoon.
At Camp Haiastan’s 25-acre Uncas Pond, you’ll enjoy a variety of boating activities. Learn to paddle with a friend in a canoe, navigate your own course in a kayak, cruise around in a paddle boat with new friends. Some campers like to just take time out to fish from our dock, shoreline or boat. Catching and releasing turtles has been a favorite free-time pond activity for generations.
Climb to new heights as you test your physical skills on our ROPES Challenge Course. The climbing wall, fidget ladder, trust fall and balance platform are just a few of the challenging elements on the course that you’ll enjoy with your counselor and cabinmates. ROPES Course is the ultimate “team building” activity at Camp Haiastan. We also have nature classes for campers to learn about sights, sounds, and life that compose our surroundings.
Sports, Games & Athletics
Our campers love to participate and compete in a variety of challenging outdoor sports, games and activities. Competition and challenge abound on our athletic fields, courts, pool, waterfront, archery range and recreation hall. Whether you win or lose, it’s all for fun and Armenian fellowship! We have lighted basketball and a NEW sand volleyball court, a NEW badminton court, a grass athletic field over an acre large for softball, soccer and two-hand-touch football, and Hye Hope Pavilion can accommodate a variety of activities at the same time. Everyone gets a “shot” at archery during their session. The archery range is well equipped for all ages and certified instructors teach campers to shoot safely for accuracy as well as for the fun of competing in target games. Of course we have our own favorite games and tournaments that have been around Camp Haiastan for years like knock-out, broomball, stickball, basketball, kickball, and wiffleball to name several. Rain or nightfall means that we shift into our well-equipped indoor recreation facility.
Our campers enjoy every manner of table, floor, and arcade games. The oldest running tournament at Camp Haiastan features the entire camp divided into teams for the session ending Olympic Games! For three full days, nearly every activity and skill from Armenian culture to canoeing to archery to volleyball is recreated into a competitive contest culminating with the teams parading in review before judges behind their own uniquely decorated hand-made team flags until a victor emerges.
Special theme days and night activities are big events at Camp Haiastan. Our campers anxiously look forward to what the staff has planned each evening. It’s a tradition at Camp Haiastan for the staff to keep special theme days and evening activities a secret to enhance the fun and excitement. Campers look forward to Peanut Carnival (NO peanuts or tree nuts are used during this event), Backbreaker, Movie Night, Detective Game, Brainteaser, Backwards Day, Song Night, Talent Show, Alphabet Game, Night Swim, Educational Evening, and the Dances. Every session traditionally begins with Introduction Night and ends two weeks later with the Olympic Victory Dance.
Arts & Crafts
Our Arts & Crafts program at Camp Haiastan is designed to work hand in hand with Armenian School. Our Creative Arts instructors and Armenian School instructors work together to offer campers the opportunity to create truly memorable and culturally meaningful hands-on craft projects that often reflect a particular historical event or Armenian village custom. Campers are also given the opportunity to utilize the Arts & Crafts program during free time to create their own meaningful artwork.
Armenian School is what we call our daily instructional program of Armenian-related classes focusing on Armenian history, music, language, dance, culture and current events. Our approach to Armenian cultural education takes advantage of resources such as audio-visual aids, workbooks, hands-on projects, fun and clever word and action games and lively discussions led by our experienced staff and invited guest experts. Armenian School is all about being Armenian, learning about your Armenian heritage and discovering things you never knew about our ancestral land from long ago as well as today. It also gives a feeling of new-found pride in knowing that your connection to being Armenian (no matter how) puts you in a very elite ethnic group in today’s world. These are all ways that Armenian School will ignite your Hye Spirit during your stay with us.
The most profound Armenian experience you will feel at camp is being welcomed into your “new family” because everyone, campers and staff alike, consider Camp Haiastan their second home.
The Armenian Relief Society helped enhance the Armenian School curriculum with the donation of a brand new SMART board in 2018.