Camp Allen Makes A Difference

Counselor holding small sleeping child.
Camp Allen was founded in 1931 by the Boston Lions Club, later Boston Kiwanis in partnership with the Manchester Lions Club as a retreat for young girls who were blind.

Dr. Edward Allen, a member of the club and the Director of Perkins School for the Blind, believed that young people needed to be outside enjoying the sun and learning about their environment.  By the mid 60’s the mission was changed to include individuals of all ages with developmental and physical challenges.  Today more than 450 different campers attend for one or two and even multiple weeks of fun in the great outdoors.  Our ratio of 1:2 with 1:1 available allows those campers who may not be able to attend other camps due to age, ability, accessibility or behavioral needs to come to a camp where all are welcome!

We are a typical camp with typical camping activities that include swimming, boating, walking in the woods, exploring the wetlands, arts and crafts, music and dance, and everything in between.  Our cabins and other buildings, pool and bathrooms are all accessible.  Our staff come from all over the world, some have experience and others have a strong desire to make a difference in their world. The campers love learning about other cultures and developing friendships with their peers and counselors.

We have a medical team that includes at least one RN, a first responder, and a nursing assistant.  Campers who are ill but do not need to go home, can spend the night in the health center under observation of the nurse.  The Bedford Fire Department and Ambulance Team are only about 5 minutes away.

In the spring we provide tours for those interested in coming to Camp Allen.  Call us at 603-622-8471 and talk to Michael about visiting our beautiful camp in the woods!


  1. What can I say? Another fantastic summer for my son J.J. at Camp Allen. The 2 weeks at camp is definitely the highlight of the summer. Tremendous caring staff, whom you see, put 100% into making sure every camper is special. I TRULY Thank You “ALL” Until next year. Debbie Larrabee @ J.J. Bedard

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    • How long has your son attended?what is his disability?just found out the camp my son has gone to for the past 7 yrs,not doing this summer,looking for another placement he loves camp so much thank you Donna

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  2. My sister Taisha can’t wait for camp to begin she gets excited the closer it gets. She starts planning on coming back the minute she gets home after her time at Rock and Roll Camp. The caregivers are wonderful she has so much fun she tells everyone she knows about the great events she participates in. Thanks for making her life so fulfilling

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  3. Camp Allen rocks! I have been coming back here for five years and I have so many friends from New Hampshire and abroad! I enjoy it so much!

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    • My son Kevin Ross just completed his fourth year at Camp Allen. Finding Camp Allen has been the best experience for him. He goes to two 12 day sessions each summer and would stay all summer if he could. The staff is so kind, wonderful and caring. He has made so many friends and gets to see them each summer which makes him very happy. So glad for Camp Allen !!!!!!!! You are the best. Thank you for all you do!!!!!!!!

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