"Bill Lerman calls his wife, Martha, “the franchise.”
The words are stitched in red letters on a black fleece vest Martha wore during a recent interview inside her Wayland home. Stitched above those words is a small reindeer head -- the logo of Camp Caribou, the all-boys summer camp in Winslow, Maine, that the Lerman family has owned for 50 years. It’s been quite a run for the Lermans in Winslow, a community of about 7,500 along the Kennebec River, near Waterville. The camp sits on a 200-acre peninsula in town."
"When parents are looking for the right camp for their child, they have a lot of questions. How do I find the right camp? Is my child old enough for overnight camp? How do I know the staff is qualified? The most important question to ask when looking for a camp: Is the camp accredited by the American Camp Association® (ACA)? “ACA accreditation provides parents and the public with evidence that camps have voluntarily met health and safety standards through a peer review,” explains Tom Rosenberg, president/CEO of the American Camp Association."
"Camp experiences offer participants the chance to develop new skills, foster relationships, and grow confidence and independence. Campers living with physical, emotional, or intellectual challenges stand to gain those same benefits from camp. And while some Maine camps are not equipped to serve campers who face such challenges, others camps are. The experience can be transformative."
"The American Camp Association in New England announced the accreditation of Camp Burbank in Reading. ACA accreditation is a mark of distinction from the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."
"The majority of adolescent girls—girls aged 10 to 19—live in low- and middle-income countries, and are well poised to build the capabilities they need to fulfill their potential, and to contribute to the health and well-being of their families and communities. Empowering them represents an unprecedented opportunity for progress: When we keep adolescent girls healthy, safe, and in school, and give them skills and a say in their own lives, they have a path to healthy, productive adulthood."
"Androscoggin Home Healthcare and Hospice recently presented Tripp Lake Camp with its Heart of Hospice Award. Each year Androscoggin Hospice staff and volunteers nominate and recognize a community member who has gone above and beyond for hospice patients and their families. Leslie Konigsberg Levy and Nancy McCann were in attendance to accept the award on behalf of Tripp Lake Camp."
"The American Camp Association of New England recently announced the accreditation of Charles River YMCA at Camp Hale. ACA is the only national nonprofit organization accrediting camps in the United States. ACA accredited camps meet up to 300 standards for health, food service, safety and program quality."
"Kirstie Truluck, director of girls’ Camp Wavus in Jefferson, says her best counselors demonstrate precisely what camps need: “how to model healthy boundaries while maintaining a connection” to their campers. Both elements are essential, she says, because they are in the best interests of staff and kids alike. “It’s subtle and simple advice. The kid should be setting the tone,” she says."
"Garth Altenburg was hired as director of Camp Timanous, a summer camp for boys in Raymond that was recently purchased by The Timanous Foundation. Altenburg brings more than 20 years of experience as an educator and camp professional to Timanous. He currently serves on the boards of Maine Summer Camps and the American Camp Association, New England chapter."