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Life at Camp


When are meals served? Refer to the schedule.

All food at camp is vegetarian, and organic ingredients are used when possible.

Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style. Dinner is when we gather in community together. There are also limited snacks available outside of scheduled meal times.

For those who indicate restrictions on their registration form, non-dairy, non-wheat, and simple vegan options are available at each meal. If you do not indicate any restrictions when registering; leave these special offerings for those who requested them, as they are made in limited quantities.

Campers are not permitted to cook their own food in the DNE kitchen -- no exceptions. If you have special dietary needs you may store limited amounts of personal food items in the specially labeled refrigerators in the dining hall. All personal food and perishables must be clearly labeled (with your name and date of departure) and removed in a timely fashion. Do not put coolers or insulated bags in the fridges.

Always WASH YOUR HANDS when entering the dining hall and the kitchen! The most effective way of combating the spread of germs is regular, thorough, and repeated hand washing. In the kitchen everyone must wear close-toed shoes, and footwear is generally recommended in the Dining Hall. All kitchen workers (chores & staff alike) MUST wear closed-toe shoes, too; it's a policy to keep us all safe and healthy.

Staying Healthy

It is your personal responsibility to protect and love your DNE friends by staying home if you are sick, delaying arrival until you are completely well. Camp is crowded, and transmission of illness is rapid and difficult to prevent.

The emphasis at camp is on staying healthy. Washing hands is the best preventative measure for keeping healthy. Our policy of hand washing before entering the Dining Hall and every time you use a toilet or porta-potty has made a huge difference in our community's health! Please wash your hands in the sanitizing and rinse buckets provided outside the Dining Hall. Yes, it is (very dilute) bleach. Yes, it is worth it to keep our community healthy.

Bring your own supplies - medicinal items for allergies, personal emergencies, or specific needs, as our provisions are limited. With prior permission, they may be stored at the Wellness Center. Extra blankets & pillows that can be left at the Wellness Center would be appreciated. If you are sexually active, bring your own protection to reduce the risk of STD/STI or HIV infection. And don't forget your sunscreen!

A healthcare professional is available several hours each day to provide advice and assist with first aid. DNE provides a limited amount of first aid supplies. The Wellness Center is open 24 hours a day for basic first aid, recuperation from illness or injury, brewing tea for medicinal purposes and storing labeled medicinal items that need to be refrigerated.

Deer ticks and head lice: This is a deer tick area, please make sure to check for ticks at least every 24 hours during your camp time! Take ten minutes a day to check yourself and your children for ticks as well as lice. Vigilant care will protect us all. If you have questions, contact

Accessibility & Inclusion

Contact the Accessibility & Inclusion Committee if you have significant physical or cognitive disabilities for assistance in determining how you can contribute to and participate in dance camp. There are limits to how accommodating DNE summer camp can be, and camp attendance might not be a viable option for you. (Please note this committee does not work with dietary issues.)

Contact the coordinator at

Work Exchange

Please see Work Exchange or FAQs or information if you are planning to reduce your camp cost by working at camp.

Lost & Found

Every year, there is an enormous pile of belongings left behind. Much of it is valuable. Please check the Lost & Found frequently, which is located in the Dining Hall. Please label EVERYTHING. DNE is not responsible for items left behind. Contact

Set Up

We transform Camp Robin Hood into the magical space of DNE. Participation requires a commitment to arriving early, working 16 hours prior to camp, and is by invitation only. We look for folks that have a fun, flexible and hard working spirit. Benefits are: set up hours count for volunteer hours, and you get to share the special closeness that comes from extra time working together in our special, spirited, loving, cooperative way with new and old friends. If you’re interested in finding out more about participating in set-up, contact


Robin Hood is located on beautiful Ossipee Lake. Our waterfront can be relaxing, rejuvenating, and fun, but it can also be hazardous. Campers must obey the waterfront rules including the rules against swimming alone, etc. More detailed safety requirements will be posted at the waterfront and outlined in your Orientation Booklet.

Nudity, including skinny-dipping and nude sunbathing, is not an option at the waterfront, due to New Hampshire laws prohibiting public nudity.

We may be able to use Robin Hood's watercraft if proper supervision is adhered to. You are welcome to bring and use your own non-motor watercraft, i.e. canoe, kayak, or small sailboat. You must do so with personal flotation devices and still need to sign out and in with the waterfront staff. We need to be aware of your presence out on the water for your safety.

Please contact for more information about bringing your watercraft, or a lifeguard position.


Bring bathing suits, towels, sarongs or other cover-up if you like, sun hats, sunscreen, and footwear. All swimming and waterfront use is at the user's risk.


The DNE Camp Store is an emporium located under the dining hall: Find unique and imaginative gifts, have loads of fun, and come see a showcase of our creative community members! The Store is a Cooperative of Vendors who are DNE Members. A 10% tithe goes toward scholarship funds, and an additional 10% fee funds store management. Beautiful jewelry, handmade and up-cycled clothing, CD’s, pottery, toiletries & supplies, sexy costumes, and much more. For more information about becoming a vendor, email Daily store hours will be posted on the store door.

Fee for Service

Fee for Service refers to campers who offer body/mind services (massage, acupuncture, chiropractic, counselling, etc.) at Camp for a fee. A poster in the Dining Hall provides information posted by each bodyworker, along with instructions to set up an appointment. The services are performed in the Healing Arts Cabin. Must be an up-to-date DNE Member, and 10% tithe is required for the DNE scholarship fund.

If you're interested in offering services at camp, contact the coordinator at

Nearby Supplies, Laundry, Internet

Along Route 16, in Ossippee, there are a number of stores should you need items during your stay at camp. Pharmacy: Rite-Aid. General supplies: Tractor Supply, Ocean State Job Lot, Family Dollar. Supermarket: Hannaford. Bank: Citizens Bank.

There is no laundry facility at Camp. The nearest laundromat is just a few miles away on Route 25, in Center Ossippee.

Also, the Freedom Public Library has WiFi and five computers for public use. Located at 38 Old Portland Road, their phone number for directions & hours is 603-539-5176.

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