As we move into week #15 of our Camp Spotlight Series, we are delighted to introduce the Girl Scouts of Maine Summer Camp (GSME). Located in the heart of Maine, the GSME offer three all girls summer camps including: Camp Scelkit (Kittery, ME), Camp Pondicherry (Bridgton, ME), and Camp Natarswi (Baxter State Park, ME).
In addition, the GSME offer four different summer camp programs which are: Discovery Day Camp, Resident Camp, Troop Mini- Camp & Family Camp. For girls in grades 1-4, Discovery Day Camp is the place for young campers to get a feel for camp while exploring the outdoors and making new friends.
Resident overnight camp offers traditional and specialty camp programs like trail blazers, horseback riding, theater, and biking. Troop Mini-Camp allows Girl Scout troops to try all the fun activities that summer camp at GSME has to offer as a group. Family Camp allows families in either “Me and My Mom” or “Me and My Dad” program the opportunity to spend the weekend rock climbing, hiking, canoeing, fishing and more!
To learn more about Girl Scouts of Maine Summer Camp and their unique programs visit their website at: http://www.girlscoutsofmaine.org/en/camp/camp.html.
Welcome to week #14 of our ongoing Camp Spotlight Series. This week we are excited to profile Concord Academy Summer Camp located on the academy’s high school campus in Concord, Massachusetts.
Concord Academy Summer Camp offers five specialty day camps with themes ranging from adventure sports to arts & crafts, dance & theater, creative writing, and building your own Soap Box Racer.
With all of those offerings, Concord Academy Summer Camp guarantees your camper will not have a boring summer! Concord Academy Summer Camps are designed for campers ages 3 through 14 with a Counselor in Training Program for high schoolers turning 15 and 16 years old.
Learn more about Concord Academy Summer Camp and its unique programs by visiting:
On week #13 of our Camp Spotlight Series, we are excited to profile Camp Wyonegonic located in Denmark, Maine! Established in 1902 Camp Wyonegonic is the oldest continuously run camp for girls in America.
They offer three separate camps including youth, teen and family camp all located along seven hundred acres of pine forest and two miles of shoreline! Girls ages 8-18 can partake in a wide range of activities including, wilderness adventuring, aquatic activities, land sports, and creative arts.
Camp Wynonegonic strives to provide an environment where girls can combine fun and growth alongside a leadership team that specializes in instruction and guidance.
To learn more about Camp Wynonegonic and their unique camp opportunities for girls visit their website at https://wyonegonic.com/.
This week we are pleased to introduce Camp Hazen YMCA as camp #12 of our ongoing Camp Spotlight Series. Founded in 1920, Camp Hazen’s day and overnight programs are two reasons New England is considered the true home of summer camp.
Ninety years after its founding, Camp Hazen YMCA is still going strong! Located on 150 acres on Cedar Lake in Chester, CT, Camp Hazen YMCA offers the chance to canoe, swim and explore all while building strong character, leadership skills and making new friends!
Camp Hazen YMCA balances the traditional aspects of summer camp like singing, building camp fires and camping out under the stars with the nontraditional such as a high ropes course, a zip line, climbing wall and more!
Camp Hazen YMCA – ‘Tradition and excellence since 1920’
To learn more about Camp Hazen and their camp programs visit their website http://camphazenymca.org/.
Why Jewish Day Schools Are Trying To Be More Like Summer Camp: “What can we do to make school feel more like camp’ is very prevalent,” said Bil Zarch, director of Camp Yavneh, a Jewish overnight camp in New Hampshire. Having also served as head of school at Jewish day schools in Baltimore and Massachusetts, Zarch has seen both sides of the issue.
When his own child attended Lander-Grinspoon Academy, Zarch said, the school marked the Jewish harvest festival of Sukkot by having students harvest crops on the adjacent farm, learning about the biblical commandments of pe’ah and leket, and then delivering the harvest to a food pantry that helps low-income families and individuals.
“The kids got so much out of that lesson,” Zarch recalled.
Kiddie Kamp Finishes Successful Summer at Hill House: Kiddie Kamp wrapped up at Hill House on Aug. 19 after offering children ages 3 to 5 another self-described “summer full of games, crafts, stories, songs, age-appropriate athletics and outdoor fun.”
Tori Frappolli, Hill House’s program coordinator, said the 10-week camp was open to up to 36 children each week, and while enrollment was only about half full in the beginning, it increased as the summer went on as campers decided to stay on for additional weeks and as others learned of the program via word of mouth. Its 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. schedule also proved very accommodating for young children and their parents, too.
Potential Trump Visa Cuts Feared by Some at N.H. Summer Camps: At YMCA Camp Coniston, internationalism is part of the fabric. Each summer, the Croydon overnight camp’s contingency of foreign counselors – ranging from Mexico, Hungary, Ireland, Poland and Scotland – run the gamut of jobs.
Some lead children in cabins; others work shifts on the kitchen or maintenance crew. It’s an arrangement common to New Hampshire summer camps, which number more than 100 across the state.
But it’s an arrangement camp directors fear could be in peril.
Maine Compass: Visiting Workers Benefit Maine: Camps, in particular, greatly benefit from the participation of J-1 students. As an integral part of the cultural fabric and heritage of Maine, we boast some of the most exceptional experiences for children and young adults. As integral as the camp experience is to Maine, the presence of international counselors at our camps is paramount to their success. Camps all across the country have been participating in cultural exchanges since the program’s inception. This brings an element that campers cannot find in their daily lives — one in which different cultures and languages are shared and celebrated.
Maine communities, campers and staff members benefit from the cultural exchange as much as, if not more so, than the J-1 counselors. These friendships and the corresponding camaraderie lasts lifetimes and leads to greater global understanding and increased awareness.
Summer Season Wrap-Up: Three Camps Report Back: In Raymond, Camp Agawam has operated since 1919. This summer it welcomed about 165 boys.
“We had a great summer,” said Assistant Director Karen Malm. “We had a younger staff overall than other years and they were very energetic. It was great to see them grow so much in their roles as counselors.”
Malm said the camp’s 15-year-olds took on a leadership role that younger campers really appreciated. A camp highlight is the “Tribute Ceremony” for those older campers. “It’s just the boys and staff, and the tributes are read to each boy individually,” Malm said.
Society Notebook: Camp Sunshine's Maine Suitcase Party Takes Off: Six hundred tickets were sold to the Sept. 22 event, breaking the Suitcase Party record and raising almost $94,000 for Camp Sunshine. That’s enough to send 37 families to the Sebago Lake camp for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.
“It’s such an awesome way to support the camp and everything they’re doing,” said Alicia Depatsy of Portland. She not only packed a bag but brought it in the hangar for easy access – just in case.
“Everyone pitches in and makes it a special event,” said Mike Katz, executive director of Camp Sunshine. He waved his hand around toward Circus Maine aerialists dangling from the rafters, Lady Red Claws dancers dressed as stewardesses and Migis Lodge staff volunteering as servers and bartenders.
This week marks week #10 of our Camp Spotlight Series! On our 10th spotlight we are delighted to profile YMCA Camp Watchaug, located in Charlestown, RI.
Serving over 300 campers daily ages 4-14, this outstanding day camp provides traditional and specialty camp experiences that not only help develop life and outdoor skills, but also teach core values such as respect & honesty. At YMCA Camp Watchaug activities such as swimming, sailing, field games, arts & crafts, and archery are offered for campers looking to explore a variety of activities.
In addition, YMCA Camp Watchaug’s specialty camps offer activities such as water sports, Lego® building, tails & trails, fort building, and drama. Through these programs, YMCA Camp Watchaug aims to promote physical activity, mental creativity, and an environment to build life-long friendships. YMCA Camp Watchaug – making memories since 1948.
Learn more about the YMCA Camp Watchaug and their programs by visiting http://oceancommunityymca.org/locations/camp-watchaug/
On week #9 of our ongoing Camp Spotlight Series (where we profile ACA-Accredited summer camps around New England) we would like to introduce Camp Walden! Since 1916, generations of girls ages 8-15 have spent their summer’s horseback riding, water skiing, sailing, playing tennis and making memories at Camp Walden.
102 years after its founding, Camp Walden is still going strong! A typical day at the 7-week summer camp consists of a structured schedule of breakfast, three activity periods, lunch, rest hour, two more activity periods, dinner and ends with milk and cookies. Each new day at camp, brings fun, new experiences and a lot of singing!
To further foster camper relationships, Camp Walden assigns every new camper an older camper who serves as her “campsister” all summer long. In addition, during a campers second summer, she is assigned an older camper called a “second-mate” who acts as a mentor to provide warmth and extra attention.
Learn more about Camp Walden and the unique programs they offer by visiting http://campwalden.com
As we enter into week #8 of our Camp Spotlight Series we are pleased to introduce Camp Howe in Goshen, Massachusetts! Camp Howe is the only program in the country to be recognized twice with the Eleanor P. Eels award for program excellence.
For over 90 years, Camp Howe has offered youth ages 7-17 activities including archery, dance, sports, kayaking and more! Camp Howe is structured into three programs divided by age which are Juniors, Teens and Counselors-In-Training (CITs).
In addition, Camp Howe also offers the Echo program which is a fully-inclusive program that allows youth with disabilities to experience summer camp. Camp Howe – “A camp for all youth!”
Learn more about Camp Howe and its programs by visiting http://www.camphowe.com
As we enter into week #7 of our Camp Spotlight Series we are excited to introduce The Roaring Brook Camp for Boys ages 9-16 located north of Bradford, Vermont!
For over fifty years, Roaring Brook Camp has not only taught their campers outdoor skills, adventure sports and Vermont crafts, but it has instilled in them four main principles: Self Reliance, Resourcefulness, The Will to Achieve, and Service to Others.
These principles are learned through a variety of fun and engaging activities such as, rock climbing, rope courses, hiking, kayaking and much more! Cheers to Roaring Brook Camp for Boys – The Unplugged Adventure since 1965!
Learn more about The Roaring Brook Camp for Boys and its unique programs by visiting: http://roaringbrookcamp.com/