Established in 1903, Mowglis is a non-profit residential camp located in Hebron, New Hampshire and offers a traditional summer camping experience for boys ages 7 to 15. Attending camp Mowglis helps boys develop confidence, independence, personal resources, and a sense of responsibility toward others and the environment, all while having fun and making lifelong friends.
The Mowglis mission is to guide boys on the journey to manhood by providing a summertime overnight ‘school of the open’ under the guidance and care of experienced staff members. Mowglis offers a rite of passage, giving boys the opportunity to become young men, learning leadership, responsibility, integrity, their role in the community, and respect for nature.
- To provide a safe, fun, and wholesome environment
- To promote exploration, participation, and confidence
- To promote goal-setting and skill development
- To encourage cooperation, respect, and community building
- To build strong character and values
Campers come from all over the world, representing as many as 20 states and 10 countries each year. Mowglis is situated in the heart of New England on Newfound Lake, just south of New Hampshire’s White Mountains.
The camp’s property includes 125 acres of pine woods and open space as well as an extensive shoreline. Throughout camp are playing fields, riflery and archery ranges, clay tennis courts, and a fully equipped crafts shop. Rustic open-air dormitories, assembly halls, and an infirmary are among the facilities set into the wooded surroundings. Two waterfront areas with two boathouses are well suited to water sports, including crew.
The Mowglis Program
Mowglis offers a diverse program allowing campers to experience a wide variety of traditional outdoor activities in a safe and structured setting. Day and overnight hiking trips in the White Mountains give the boys a chance to appreciate the outdoors, while a camp-wide emphasis on crew provides the opportunity to learn a uniquely cooperative sport that rewards team effort over individual skill.
Mowglis counselors are selected not only for their skills and qualifications, but also for the example they provide. Some of the staff members are school teachers, and many were campers at Mowglis. We have a 3:1 camper to staff ratio.
The Legend of The Jungle Book and our Kipling Connection
With the permission of author Rudyard Kipling, the camp’s founder borrowed names from his Jungle Books, and to this day Toomai, Baloo, Akela, and other names are used throughout the Mowglis program. During his life, Kipling kept in contact with the camp and maintained an active interest in the undertaking so influenced by his inspiring stories.