Hancock Information, Packing List, and Directions

Buses will depart from Commonwealth for Camp Winona, near Bridgton, Maine, on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. All students should be at the school no later than 8:15 a.m. (Students with loading jobs should check to see when they need to be at the school.) Bring a bag lunch or two—dinner will be the first meal served at Hancock.

We will return to Commonwealth around 12 noon on Sunday, September 23; automated phone calls and text messages will notify you of the estimated arrival time. If you are driving to the School to pick someone up, please do not park on the Dartmouth St. side of the building, since the buses will need to park there. There are no classes on Monday, September 24, 2018.

On the morning students depart, parents are invited to join us in the library for coffee and a light breakfast from 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. If you plan to attend, please email Emma Bishop by Tuesday, September 18.

As always, we want to emphasize the important that EVERY student bring a warm sleeping bag and warm clothing. (Mr. Vollrath has a few sleeping bags to loan to students who do not have one. Please make sure you reach out to him - rvollrath@commschool.org - if you need to borrow one.)

Essential gear:

  • Bag lunch for the ride up (and probably a second for when you're there)
  • Winter-weight sleeping bag or two summer-weight bags
  • Insect repellant
  • Sunscreen
  • Raincoat
  • Warm jacket
  • Toilet articles
  • Flashlight
  • Towels
  • Two pairs of solid shoes
  • Several changes of clothes

The camp provides one pillow and pillowcase but no other bedding or linens.

Optional gear:

  • Reusable water bottle or mug
  • Camera
  • Compass
  • Binoculars
  • Swimsuit
  • Musical instruments
  • Books
  • Games
  • Sports equipment


Weather Forecast

Click here for a weather forecast for Bridgton, Maine. If rain is likely, make sure that sleeping bags and suitcases are in plastic bags so they don't get wet.

Contact Information

Our number at Camp Winona: 207-647-3968. This number will be valid throughout the weekend. If no one answers, please leave a detailed message on voice mail; it will be checked regularly. In case of emergency, please call 617-877-8947 (Bill Wharton's cell phone) or 207-647-3721 (main Camp Winona number). The number for Bridgton Hospital is 207-647-6000.

Directions to Camp Winona

For GPS navigation, setting your destination to Winona Rd., Bridgton, Maine, will guide you to the road that leads into the camp. Take US 302 West from Portland to Bridgton. Take a left at the traffic light in Bridgton, travel through town, and you'll see a Civil War monument at the top of the hill. Follow 302 as it curves to the right and continue for 2 miles from the monument. Turn left onto Hio Ridge road (there are signs for Winona) and travel 1.5 miles to the Winona road. Travel a short distance on paved road, then continue on dirt road to lakeside. On the return trip, watch carefully when nearing Portland for signs indicating I-95 and the Maine Turnpike. Take it south to return to Boston.

Beware of Ticks - Prevention and Checks

In preparation for the upcoming Hancock weekend, we want to remind you - as we have in recent years - that southern Maine now falls well within the range of tick habitat, and of the importance of precautions to limit tick exposure. Students should pack extra pairs of long pants and socks, insect repellent for ticks (the school will have additional repellent, as well), and permethrin for treating the outside of their tent if they are going to field tent.

At Hancock, students who have been out in the fields or woods should do self-tick checks as soon as they come in, shower, and put on clean clothes. Worn field clothes should get tied up in plastic bags, and kept separate from their clean clothes. We will remind your children about procedures to prevent exposure to ticks, and hope that you will remind them, as well, before we leave for Hancock.

Please help your child do a thorough tick check after they return from Hancock, as ticks can remain attached for up to 36 hours.

You may find it helpful to consult the University of Maine website for information about ticks and tick-borne diseases particular to Maine.