Kamp Kohut is located in the town of Oxford, in the southern lakes region of the beautiful state of Maine. Kohut is nestled on the eastern shoreline of magnificent Thompson Lake, about 50 minutes northwest of Portland and three hours north of Boston. Our westward orientation on the lake ensures a spectacular view of the sun setting over the lake each evening. It makes the perfect setting for songs by the campfire!
Kamp Kohut is one of the oldest camps in the country! Kohut was founded in 1907 by Dr. George Alexander Kohut, a prominent writer and educator who published numerous literary pieces, and among other things held leadership positions at Dalton and Columbia Grammar schools in New York City. Dr. Kohut wanted children to have the opportunity to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy a healthy outdoor experience that would elicit physical, social, emotional, and spiritual growth. That tradition endures as over 100 years later kampers come to Kamp Kohut from across the world to learn more about themselves and others in the setting of the majestic Maine wilderness.
Kohut campers come from every corner of the country and all over the world. A typical camp season will see children visit from over a dozen countries and around 20 states. Around 70% of campers come from the Northeast but it is important to remember that Kohut is not a “transplant” environment where everyone comes from the same few towns, neighborhoods and schools, and knows each other from home. We enjoy how the majority of our campers aren’t coming with friends from home and meet lots of new friends at Kohut.
Please click here to learn more about how campers travel to and from Kamp Kohut. For instructions on how to book your travel for this coming season, please refer to your on-line account in the “Camper Forms” section.
Yes! Uniforms are an important part of the Kohut culture. We love how the uniform removes any potential competition or concern over appearance and an unnecessary focus on fashions and labels. Our uniform is also very practical and makes for comfortable classes. We should clarify that our uniform is more of a “color scheme” rather than everything having to bear the Kohut logo. Our camper colors are royal blue and white and can be any combination of the two colors. We do require a few Kohut logo’d items for events such as trip days when the kids are off-camp and need to be clearly identifiable. These few items can be purchased from The Camp Spot. Our staff wear navy blue and white.