Southern Maine’s coastal waters, thick woods and abundant lakes are ideal locations for summer camps. Dozens of camps offer teens many opportunities to practice sports, enjoy the outdoors, learn skills and form friendships. Some camps specialize in specific sports while others restrict attendance to boys or girls. Others provide a variety of camp experiences for both genders.
Revolution Field Hockey Camps at the University of New England provide residential camps for teens to polish their field hockey skills under the direction of coaches from area colleges. At Bridgton Sports Camp, campers “major” in the sport of their choice while enjoying a traditional camp experience. Majors include soccer, hockey, lacrosse, basketball and baseball. Camp Cedar, a boys’ camp in Casco, is a sports camp specifically for boys, providing four- and seven-week sessions. Though teens do not specialize in a particular sport at this camp, they can participate in more than 50 activities.
In addition to Camp Cedar, southern Maine offers other boys’ summer camps. At Netop Summer Camp in Casco, boys ages 8 to 15 participate in team sports, music, arts and wilderness trips on the camp’s 100-acre campus. Winona Camps, on the shores of Moose Pond in Bridgton, offers boys a choice of activities including swimming, canoeing, sailing, archery, horseback riding and team sports. Camp Wildwood, also in Bridgton, specializes in providing an individualized experience for each camper. Wildwood is managed by brothers, and one of the brothers attended the camp as a child.
Southern Maine also has several girls’ camps. Camp Arcadia in Casco, has been holding summer camps for nearly 100 years on 365 acres, offering two-week, four-week and seven-week camps along with a one-week session and a family camp. Camp Pinecliffe, also nearly 100 years old, is a full-season summer camp for girls. It is a family run camp with third- and fourth-generation directors, featuring a structured choice program in which campers take on more responsibility for their daily schedules as they get older. The Summer Camp, in Bridgton, provides camp experiences for rural and urban low-income girls and those in foster care. This camp’s sessions focus on areas such as leadership skills and literacy.
Teens who want a more traditional co-ed camp experience can find such camps in southern Maine. Kingsley Pines offers two- or three-week sessions designed to give campers a complete camp experience without spending a whole summer. Teens have a packed daily schedule but get to choose from more than 30 camp activities in a relaxed, non-regimented atmosphere. At Camp Tapawingo, campers are encouraged to try new activities such as challenging themselves on wilderness trips. This camp offers eight water activities in addition to the TAP Fishies competitive swim team.