Maine Camp Blog

Families have chosen Maine camps for their children for more than a century.

Learn about camps from the inside! Camp directors and staff, plus parents, address everything from beating homesickness to favorite camp foods to how camp fosters resilience and independence, all in blogs dedicated exclusively to Maine summer camps.

Family Camp: Fun, Friendship and Relaxation for Kids of All Ages

Family Camp: Fun, Friendship and Relaxation for Kids of All Ages

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Who said camp is just for kids? Across Maine, most youngsters have packed their trunks, said good-bye to their fellow campers, and returned home to family and friends and preparations for school. Counselors, too, are getting ready for their fall activities – school or college or jobs. But the pleasure and enjoyment of camp activities endure at many camps, specifically at family camp programs. These programs host children, to be sure, but they also make camp fun available to adults. Touting rustic accommodations, three meals a day, and an array of camp activities – ranging from weaving to paddle boarding to archery – Maine camps for decades have shared the fun of a camp experience with kids of all ages.
The Transition from Camp to Home: How Kids and Parents Make the Adjustment

The Transition from Camp to Home: How Kids and Parents Make the Adjustment

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Across the state, summer camps are nearing the end of their seasons. For many directors and leadership staff that means looking ahead to closing up buildings, storing equipment, thinking about maintenance needs. But season’s end also means campers are going home, leaving the constant connection to friends, the immersion in new and favorite activities, and the hiatus from the use of technology and social media. For some campers, returning home means saying good-bye to best friends and acclimating to the relationships and realities of home and school. Kids face transitions when they come to camp, to be sure, but the transition home can be tough, too.
At Junior Maine Guide Testing Camp 64 Campers Demonstrate Skill, Knowledge

At Junior Maine Guide Testing Camp 64 Campers Demonstrate Skill, Knowledge

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Half a dozen teenagers are gathered on the shore of the Kennebago River.  They are buckling and adjusting the straps of their lifejackets, examining a selection of paddles spread out on the ground, and pacing a little nervously as they look out on the water.  Among them is 14-year-old Noah from Maryland, a camper at Birch Rock Camp in Waterford.
“Courageous Ignorance” Training: Camp Experts Talk Diversity, Acceptance

“Courageous Ignorance” Training: Camp Experts Talk Diversity, Acceptance

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Summer camp staff members assume enormous responsibility when they take on their jobs. They teach a variety of activities, oversee cabins full of youngsters, engage in conflict resolution, homesickness management, and other relationship challenges, and work with other staff members to ensure that campers stay healthy and happy. It’s a tall order – and a complicated one. And key to every camp’s success is thorough staff training. Particularly relevant are issues related to diversity, bias and acceptance. Christopher Thurber, Ph.D., and Doug Sutherland recently shared their decades of expertise with 44 Maine camp staff from five different camps.  Entitled “Courageous Ignorance,” the workshop gave participants the opportunity through activities and conversation to examine how they approach diversity and differences, bias...
Camp Communicate 2018: Pine Tree Society Offers its Annual Camp Experience for Non-Verbal Youth

Camp Communicate 2018: Pine Tree Society Offers its Annual Camp Experience for Non-Verbal Youth

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During the sweltering weather of July’s first week, about two dozen youngsters and their parents and caregivers gathered on the shores of North Pond in Rome. At Pine Tree Camp – Pine Tree Society’s program that offers camp programs for individuals with disabilities – non-verbal kids were immersed in five days of summer camp. Armed with their communication devices, these campers had the chance to learn and play in nature – and in community with others just like them.
Camps and Families: How Parents Can Support their Kids at Camp

Camps and Families: How Parents Can Support their Kids at Camp

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Summer camps are in full swing. Across the state, kids are throwing themselves into a huge variety of activities, meeting friends from near and far, and, in many cases, are living away from home for the first time.  And while all those experiences require adjustments for the camper, summer camp may demand some adjustments for parents, too. Two Maine camp professionals – who are tasked with supporting campers and parents alike – say that parents can benefit from a few key tips as they manage the new experience of sending their youngsters to camp. The outcome, these camp directors say, is a greater likelihood of a positive experience for kids and moms and dads alike.   Rich Deering is alumni...
Aurora Vaulters: Offering Unique Equestrian Camp Programs in Lamoine

Aurora Vaulters: Offering Unique Equestrian Camp Programs in Lamoine

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In the coming days, camp programs across the state will be in full swing. From robotics to music to sports – plus traditional residential camps nestled among woods and water – offerings in the state’s camping community are vast. And come July, a few dozen youngsters will have the chance to attend a camp like none other in Maine. Aurora Vaulters, a non-profit organization formed less than a decade ago, will bring together children to learn the equestrian skill of vaulting – defined as gymnastic dance in harmony with a moving horse. 
Maine ACE Camps: A Look at Careers in Aviation, Up-Close and Hands-On

Maine ACE Camps: A Look at Careers in Aviation, Up-Close and Hands-On

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For many, summer camp in Maine brings to mind outdoor adventure in the state’s natural beauty. But for two decades, youngsters have had an entirely different camp opportunity, one that opens the vast world of aviation careers. Maine ACE (Aviation Career Education) Camps offer its participants an inside look at the military and commercial aviation systems, including the chance to go up in a variety of aircraft. It is an exhilarating and unique chance to see aviation first hand, says Camp Director Pete Marucci, and there are still openings for youngsters who would like to register.
Ways Maine camps contribute to kids’ growth and development

Ways Maine camps contribute to kids’ growth and development

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Living in cabins and tents. No electronics.  Exploring mountains and waterways. Taking risks, learning new skills, fostering lifelong friendships. Maine’s youth camp season will be in full swing in a matter of weeks.  Tens of thousands of youngsters from around the country and all over the world will soon arrive for a summer of living and learning in the state’s vast natural beauty.  At some Maine camps, these activities have taken place for more than a century.  Camp personnel who have devoted decades to these institutions say that in some respects camps have certainly changed over the years. But they agree that in a number of ways – many key elements to a beneficial camp experience – camp is much...
Camp Directors, Facing Hiring Challenges, Pitch Benefits of Camp Jobs

Camp Directors, Facing Hiring Challenges, Pitch Benefits of Camp Jobs

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“I really believe a summer camp job is an internship in leadership.” Garth Altenburg, director of boys’ Camp Chewonki in Wiscasset, isn’t alone. Several camp directors facing a hiring crunch for the summer season say working at a camp provides young adults with a skill set both sought by post-graduation employers, and not easily gained in other job settings.

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