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Last Minute Deals

Due to recent cancellations, we have just two cottages open during the remainder of our peak season (Our peak season ends August 29th).

Sheltering PinesSheltering Pines Dock View

Sheltering Pines (above) a four person cottage in Rockywold is open this coming week (July 25 to August 1).

Shadow PinesShadow Pines Dock View

Shadow Pines (above) a four person cottage in Deephaven, just opened up the week of August 1 to 8.

At this late date, we will offer a 20% discount if you are able to take advantage of these rare peak season vacancies.  If interested give us a call at 603-968-3313.




The Grinch at Squam

The Grinch at Squam

-with apologies to Dr. Seuss!

Every Loon down in Loonville liked RDC a lot…

But the Grinch, who spent all his summers across the lake, did NOT!

The Grinch hated RDC!  The whole summer season!

Now, please don’t ask why.  No one quite knows the reason.

It might be the sailboats, kayaks and hydrobikes

Or doing the laundry, which he really dislikes,

But I think that the most likely reason of all,

May have been that his heart was two sizes too small.

Whatever the reason, His heart or his hampers,

He stood there in summer, hating the campers,

Staring out from his cove with a sour, grumpy scowl,

At the happy-go-lucky swimmers, in their flip-flops and towels.

“And what’s happening with canoes!  He snarled with a sneer,

“Going backwards, even swamping, with their hands trying to steer!”

Then he growled, with his green fingers nervously drumming,

“I MUST find some way to stop the campers from coming!”

Because next Saturday, more campers would arrive,

They’d come with bicycles and racquets, from the west and east.

And then every night the campers would sit down to a feast.

And they’d feast!  And they’d feast!  And they’d FEAST!


They would feast on gluten free chicken parmigian, ice cream, and roast beast.

Which was something the Grinch couldn’t stand in the least!

And THEN they’d do something he liked least of all!

Every Camper in RDC, the tall and the small,

Would go to the Playhouse, with fiddles-a –playing.

They’d stand hand-in-hand.  And then they’d start dancing!

They’d dance!  And they’d dance!  And they’d DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!  DANCE!

And the more the Grinch thought of this Summer Square Dance,

The more the Grinch thought, “I must take a chance!”

“Why, for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now!”

I MUST stop next week from coming!  But HOW?

Then he got an idea!  An awful idea!


“I know just what to do!”  The Grinch laughed like a rat.

And he made a quick RDC t-shirt and hat.

“What a neat little trick!” he said with a chuckle and laugh

“With these cool clothes, I look just like Rec Staff!”

Then he loaded some bags and some old empty sacks,

On a little golf cart he sped down the dirt tracks,

Toward the cabins where the campers lay asnooze in the beds.

All their windows were dark; quiet filled the crisp air.

All the Campers were dreaming sweet dreams without care.

When he came to the first house with a little lawn chair.

“This is stop number one,” the old Grinch hissed,

And he opened the door, empty bags in his fist.

He walked in the living room, the fireplace still aglow,

And he saw the puzzles, games, and books, sitting all in a row.

“These bathing suits,” he grinned, “are the first things to go!”

Then he slithered and slunk, up to no good,

Pranced around the whole room, and took everything he could!

Frisbees!  Racquets!  Laptops!  Fishing Gear!

Monopoly!  Chessboards!  Baseball gloves!  Even the beer!

And he stuffed them in bags.  Then tiptoeing across the floor,

Threw all the bags, one by one, out the door!

He did the same thing to other Rock and Deep houses

Leaving crumbs much too small for the chipmunks and mouses!

It was near dawn.  Bell Tower hadn’t rung, twas too early to start,

All the campers were still snoozing when he packed up his cart,

Packed it up with their goodies!  The gloves and the balls!

The kayaks!  Bicycles!  The playing cards and dolls!

A thousand feet up!  Up Mount Rattlesnake,

He rode to the tiptop to dump his huge take!

“Pooh Pooh to the Campers!” he said with grinchly gall.

“They’ll find out Squam Lake is boring, no fun at all!

“They’re just waking up!  I know just what they’ll do!”

“Their mouths will hang open a minute or two,

Then the Campers in RDC will all cry Boo Hoo!”

“That’s a noise,” grinned the Grinch, “That I simply MUST hear!”

So he paused.  And the Grinch put his hand to his ear.

And he did hear noises rising over the trees.

It started in low.  It carried in the breeze.

But the sound wasn’t sad!  Why, this sound sounded happy!

It couldn’t be so!

But it WAS downright sappy!

He stared down at RDC!  The Grinch popped his eyes!

Then he shook!  What he saw was a shocking surprise!

Every RDC camper, the tall and the small,

Was having fun!  Hiking, swimming, singing, with no gizmos at all!


They were having a a blast, every man, woman, child!

And the Grinch, his Grinch-feet as cold as ice from the lake,

Stood puzzling:  “How could it be?  Can’t they give me a break?

“There was no Journal, Globe or Times!”

“Not even the internet, ipods, or (like this poem) good rhymes!”

Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!

“Maybe joy at RDC,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”

“Maybe summer at Squam…means a little bit more!”

And what happened then?  Well…in RDC they say,

That the Grinch’s small heart grew three sizes that day!

And the minute his heart didn’t feel quite so tight,

He whizzed down Rattlesnake through the bright morning light,

And he brought back the games, kayaks, Frisbees – quite a sight!

And all the breakfast for the dining hall – the fruit salad, French toast, even hot chocolates

And he, HE HIMSELF!  The Grinch he prepared all the omelettes!

Poem by Andy Pugh for the RDC Talent Show, Augut 1, 2013.

RDC Reservations

2013 Reservation Bookings began on March 1st!  Now is the time to reserve your family vacation on Squam.

Remember, accommodations at RDC are allocated according to seniority. In order to take advantage of any seniority you may have, be sure to send in your reservation request as soon as possible.

Reservation request forms can be downloaded from our website. Virtually all of our 2013 materials are on the RDC website, including floor plans for all of our cottages. We encourage you to visit the site at www.rdcsquam.com. If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call at (603) 968-3313. We would love to hear from you!


Time to Think About A Summer Job at RDC!

On Friday, January 11th Ann Rampulla will be leaving for Eastern Europe to interview candidates for summer jobs at RDC. Ann will be traveling to Russia, Poland, Slovenia & Hungary to interview students at the Camp Counselors USA job fairs. There is still time to apply for a summer position. The application deadline is January 15th!

RDC Former Staff and Current Shareholder…

RDC Former Staff and Current Shareholders,

We are trying to get the word out about a special discounted week for former Rockywold-Deephaven Camps staff and current shareholders.  We would appreciate it if you could share this post with any former staff that you are still in contact with.  Please check out the details below. Thanks for your help with this! We hope to see you here this summer!


John & Kathy


RDC Staff and Shareholder Appreciation Week

During the week prior to Labor Day (August 27 to September 2), a 20% discounted week, former RDC staff and current RDC shareholders will receive an additional 20% off of their stay. That is a total discount of 40%!

In recent years, occupancy during this week has fallen due to a change in school calendars. In an effort to increase occupancy during this quiet week, we are offering a significant discount to the folks that have contributed to RDC’s success over the years. We sincerely hope you will be able to take advantage of this opportunity.


Win a week vacation for you and four friends!

RDC Lodging

To celebrate Earth Day 2010, Rockywold-Deephaven Camps (RDC) is offering a full-week stay in one of its beautiful cottages (for a party of five).  To enjoy a fabulous vacation at this most lovely lakeside resort, all you have to do is submit, in 140 words or less, a winning essay to the following question:


Essays can be serious, funny, charming, sad, inspiring, poetic or all of the above.  Each entry will be judged by the team at RDC who will choose 5 semi-finalists.

Then, each finalist will post their essay at their blog with a link to the RDC website where open voting will take place.  The essay that receives the most votes by Tuesday, May 4th 2010 (12 noon EDT) is the winner.  Second place is also in for a treat:  a weekend for two at RDC.  And, third place will receive a gift bag filled with RDC booty.RDC Earth Day Contest

So– let the games begin, yes?

1. Rules and Regulations

2.  Click on ENTER HERE and fill out the submission form.