YMCA Camp Mi-Te-Na creates a community where all are welcome. Camp builds a healthy spirit, mind, and body in all campers while striving to bring out the potential in each child.
The History of Camp Mi-Te-Na
In the early spring of 1913, a committee was appointed by President Oliver W. Branch of the Manchester YMCA to “look into the matter of establishing a summer camp for boys.”
The Committee set out immediately to find a suitable location. On July 29, 1913, a special meeting was held at the YMCA. The board of directors voted to authorize the purchase of the site recommended upon Crescent Lake, for a sum of approximately $1,800. During the first few years, the camp was used in primitive fashion by groups of boys and young men of the YMCA association, who pitched tents on the shores of the lake and spent short periods fishing, swimming, hiking through the woods and working several hours each day clearing the underbrush and developing the property. Twelve boys attended camp the first year. From that time, the camp developed rapidly through the tent stage with limited facilities to a camp with screened wooden cabins, a dining hall, tennis courts and other equipment.
A capital expenditure improvement was completed in 1973, which included a new bath and shower building, as well as a new camper cabin and the lagoon systems built by the Army Corps of Engineers. Later, in 1989, the CIT building (better know as”Peeps Place”) was added. Camp Mi-Te-Na saw one of its biggest years in 1999 when Camp DeWitt offered us their recreation building. This building had to be moved over to Camp Mi-Te-Na in pieces and reconstructed. Thanks to the leadership of John Howe and Hal Jordan along with the initial lead gift of $100,000 from the Cogswell Trust, alumni, and friends of Camp Mi-Te-Na the campaign to make this happen was a success. The campaign raised over $230,000 to move the lodge to Camp Mi-Te-Na as a new recreational lodge and an additional building known as “Alumni Hall.” The Kevin Ian Charbonneau Memorial Basketball and Tennis Courts were added in 1992 with capital campaign funds, along with additional funding given in Kevin Charbonneau’s name.
In 1996, we built a new leadership cabin, to enhance our camp staff and to create a more challenging program for the oldest boys. The last several years has been very exciting at Mi-Te-Na, with the addition of two new bathhouse facilities, a large high ropes course, a climbing tower, six new frontier cabins, a new infirmary, a beach volleyball court, new rifle range, a new dining hall with a new state-of-the-art kitchen facility, new white house, new pioneer cabins, and paintball. The Granite YMCA and camp staff have many goals that they work towards each year to continue to build the 100 year tradition of Camp Mi-Te-Na.
Meet the Staff
Thomas L. Archer
Executive Director of Camping Services Branch
Tom grew up in Manchester NH where he regularly attended programming at the Manchester YMCA as well as Camp Mi-Te-Na for boys. During high school he worked at camp during the summer and the YMCA during the off season and was a member of the Leader Corps. Upon graduation in 1978 from Plymouth State University with a BS in Physical Education and Athletic Training, he was hired as the Assistant Camp Director at Camp Mi-Te-Na and Associate PE Director at the YMCA of Downtown Manchester. Tom has worked for the YMCA for over 50 years holding various positions from Assistant PE Director, Aquatics Director, Resident Camp Director, Director of the Camping Services Branch and is currently VP of the Camping Services Branch.
Lauren grew up in New Jersey and moved to Manchester, NH in 2009 where she now lives with her husband and cat, Kipton. She brings 10+ years of overnight camp experience with her as both a camper and a staff member! She has been working at The Granite YMCA since 2012, starting as a counselor at Camp Gundalow at the YMCA of the Seacoast. During the off-season, Lauren volunteers her time with an inner city teen group teaching leadership skills. In her spare time she enjoys reading, going to the beach, hiking local trails, and attending concerts. With her camping background, Lauren loves being involved with camp again and being able to use her knowledge to lend a helping hand at both Camp Foss and Camp Mi-Te-Na.
Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na
This will mark Matt’s 24th summer at Camp Mi-Te-Na. Matt began as a camper and has held various leadership roles at camp such as village head, waterfront director, and program director. During the off-season, Matt works out of the Downtown Manchester Branch of The Granite YMCA as an Association Training Coordinator. He also volunteers his time to serve as a standards visitor for the American Camp Association. Matt is a certified trainer through the American Safety and Health Institute for various safety training’s such as first aid, CPR, oxygen administration, wilderness first aid, and other courses. In addition to ASHI, he is also a YMCA of the USA faculty trainer in lifeguarding. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation Management from Springfield College.
Eric has been a proud member of the Mi-Te-Na family and served as the Assistant Director for the past 17 years. Before receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Physics and Master’s Degree in Elementary education from the University of NH, Eric served in the US Navy. During the off-season, Eric is a Middle School teacher in Derry, NH where he has been a soccer coach and volunteers his time with the ski club and other after school activities. Eric is active in his church, helping his community, and spending vacations building houses in areas affected by natural disasters such as floods and fires. Eric enjoys spending his spare time with his family and cheering on his favorite sports teams, including the New England Revolution and UNH teams.
Staff Development Manager
As a kid, Rick spent 7 great summers at Camp Mi-Te-Na as a camper. He went on to earn a BS in Psychology and Recreation from North Georgia Military College in the beautiful mountains of Dahlonega, Georgia. During the summers Rick returned to Camp Mi-Te-Na where he completed the Counselor In Training program and went on to hold several positions including Senior Counselor, Village Head, and Trips Director. He went on to spend four years in the military jumping out of airplanes as a US Army Ranger. In 1986 Rick completed the military service and joined the YMCA team full time as Youth Director and Assistant Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na. In 1997 Rick became the Director of Camp Mi-Te-Na for 16 years before retiring and now returning to continue to assist at camp. This summer is Rick’s 49th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na.
Registered Nurse/Nursing Director
Marsha graduated from the University of Hartford with a BA Degree, and from Rivier College with her nursing degree. She has been spending summers at Camp Mi-Te-Na since 1996, when her son began attending camp with us, and in 2001 Marsha officially joined the Mi-Te-Na family as a staff member. During the off season, Marsha is a school nurse at Broad Street School in Nashua, NH and also works per diem at the Nashua Health Department. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, reading, cooking, and knitting.
Waterfront Director & Program Coordinator
Ronny has been spending his summers on Halfmoon Lake as both a camper and staff member for 18 years. Ronny has held several positions at camp including Pioneer Village Head, Frontier Village Head, and Trips Director. He has worked the past 10 years at The Granite YMCA in various roles such as Site Director, Lifeguard, and Swim Instructor. In his free time he enjoys participating in Medieval Reenactment, Hiking, Swimming and snow shoeing.
Kevin will be entering his 12th summer at Camp Mi-Te-Na this year. He recently graduated from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, NH with his Bachelor’s Degree in European History and Secondary Education in 2016. Since graduating college Kevin has moved to beautiful Lakewood, Colorado to start his career as a middle school social studies teacher. In his free time Kevin loves hiking in the Rockies, watching the New England Patriots and Boston Celtics, and mountain biking. Kevin, at camp, has previously held the positions of LIT and CIT Director.
Adam will be entering his 11th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na this summer. He is currently a Junior at the University of Central Florida, studying Hospitality Management. Adam hopes to one day become an event manager. He is a certified lifeguard and held several leadership roles at camp. In his free time, Adam enjoys playing soccer, football, and basketball. He also enjoys to sing in his spare time.
After taking one season off Dylan is returning for his 14th summer at Mi-Te-Na. He is a recent graduate from NHTI with his Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. During the winter Dylan volunteers his time working with the Downtown Manchester Leaders Corps where he teaches leadership skills. While not working he enjoys being in the outdoors going fishing and golfing.
Leo has spent a number of years at camp both as a camper and counselor. During the off season, he works full time as a paraprofessional in the Manchester school system. In addition he also works in the Granite YMCA’s after school program. Leo also volunteers his time teaching leadership skills to Manchester area Middle School students during weekly meetings and taking them to regional leadership retreats.
Ashley Della Savina
Returning from England, this summer will be Ashley’s 2nd year at Camp Mi-Te-Na. Back at home, he coaches at schools in many different sports such as soccer, basketball and dodgeball. Ashley is a massive fan of all sports so he spends a lot of time cheering on his favorite teams. While not engaged is a sport activity he enjoys spending time with his family.
This is Jason’s 11th year at Camp Mi-Te-Na. In the off season, Jason works at the Hockomock YMCA in Franklin Massachusetts as a Site Coordinator. Jason is a seasoned Tough Mudder, running them with fellow camp staff and hometown coworkers. He is currently sitting with his fourth Mudder headband and is planning to complete his 5th and 6th later this year. Jason is passionate about community service and volunteers for local Elementary Schools at their Field Day, visiting grade concerts and even dressing up as the Cat in The Hat to read stories.
This summer will mark Dylan’s 14th year at camp! He is currently pursuing a degree at Manchester Community College. Dylan is certified in CPR, Emergency Oxygen, First Aid and Lifeguarding. In the off season he enjoys working in the after school and aquatic departments at The Granite YMCA. His hobbies include playing the ukulele, chess and various other sports.
Jack hails from the green isle of Ireland, and this will be his 2nd summer working at Camp Mi-Te-Na. He graduated college with a Bachelors Degree in Product Design from the National University of Ireland Maynooth. In his spare time Jack can be found in the gym or playing rugby for his local club.
Staff Development Professional
Jeff has been going to camp for 26 summers as both a camper and staff member. Throughout the years he has worked in all activity areas in camp and served as both the Village Head and the Counselor In Training (CIT) Director. Jeff has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in secondary education from Arizona State University and a Master’s Degree from George Washington University in Educational Leadership. In addition he is currently completing his doctorate in Education at University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). While not at Mi-Te-Na, Jeff teaches undergraduate classes at UNLV.
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Arts & Crafts
Canoe & Camp Trips
High Ropes Challenge
Low Ropes Challenge
Paintball (Ages 13+)
Standup Paddle Board
Waterskiing & Tubing
White Water Rafting