Hancock Information and Directions

Buses will depart from Commonwealth for Camp Winona, near Bridgton, Maine, on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 8:30 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 Tuesday, September 26; 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 Wednesday, September 27.

On the morning students depart, parents are invited to linger and chat over coffee, tea, fruit, and baked goods starting at 8 a.m. in the library.

Normally we run Hancock from Thursday to Sunday, and many parents are able to pick up their children and gear as the busses return in the early afternoon. This year, however, a Tuesday return will make midday pickup challenging for some families. Students who cannot get themselves and their baggage home via public transportation may leave their belongings at the school. We will ask students to leave their bags in the building and to label their gear in a conspicuous fashion. Parents can come by anytime Tuesday afternoon until 6:00 pm or Wednesday between 8:00am and 6:00pm to pick it up. We ask that all Hancock baggage be out of the building before the start of school on Thursday.

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

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

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.