Experience Summer Camp in the great state of Maine
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As the days get darker and colder I find myself daydreaming about summer. It's not too early to start planning for next summer's activities especially if you are considering overnight camps. When I think about sleep away camps I always picture Maine's bucolic landscape from the seashore to the mountains to the glistening lakes. (Did you know that Maine has over 2,200 lakes!)
Families have been attending summer camps in Maine for generations. In fact, this summer many of Maine's overnight camps are celebrating their 50th and 100th Year Anniversaries. Whether you're looking for girls, boys, coed or family camps, Maine has some of the best in the country.
Finding the perfect camp is easy.
Visit the Maine Camp Experience, an all-in-one website made up of premier Maine camp owners, and choose from over 28 superb member camps.
Tips for choosing the right camp.
Traditional Camp vs. Specialty Camp
Traditional overnight camps offer water sports like canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, row boating, water skiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, and of course swimming at least twice a day; as well as, land sports, creative arts and adventure activities like mountain climbing on Mount Katahdin (5,268' high), white water rafting and hiking. While Specialty Camps allow your child to hone their skills at a particular sport or creative pursuit, a Traditional Camp will expose your child to many, many different activities and allow him or her the chance to try something new.
Take a Tour
Definitely tour the camp(s) you are considering to determine if it is the right fit for your child. Camp directors suggest you tour camps when they are in-session so that you can get a feel for what it's really like. Also they recommend that you go mid-week and visit in the morning before the campers depart for various activities.
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Did you Know?
Most camps have a strict "no electronics" policy. So campers can actually focus on interacting with their peers and form lifelong bonds of friendship. Hooray!