As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we at Maine Camp Experience have family on our minds. Of course, family makes us think of our camp families, and the strong bonds we make each summer. Though camp friends, counselors and directors, in many ways, all feel like family at the end of a summer, our camp families are often defined, specifically, by the “Camp Sister or Camp Brother” programs.
Camp sister/brother programs create relationships between a camper in an older age group, and a new camper. By providing these camp siblings, young campers have an instant connection, and older campers have a great opportunity to share their love for their summer home. Camp siblings provide our younger campers with someone to look up to, and with a personal relationship with a role model they will remember forever. And, of course, for our older campers, being a role model is an excellent chance to showcase maturity, kindness, and care. Some camps provide camp siblings before camp starts and other camps provide the camp siblings once at camp.
MCE blogger Emma says of her older camp sister from over 10 years ago: “Before I even got to camp, my camp sister helped calm my 8-year old nerves— sending me a letter and care package full of camp goodies, and even arranging a get together for us before camp because we lived nearby. Throughout the summer, she was always there for me, and to this day we still keep in touch!”
We know how special camp siblings can be to our campers, both old and young. As we think about family this holiday season, we encourage our Maine Camp family to reach out to one another, and to make an effort to keep in touch and spread love to each other— especially to your camp sister or brother!
Maine Camp Experience Resources & Tools
Looking for the perfect Maine camp for your child? Try out our helpful tool where you can select a camp by choosing: type of camp (girls, boys or coed) and session length (1-8 weeks). It helps to narrow down a few camps to a manageable list that includes rates. Then you can research these camps in more depth.
Next, be sure to contact our Maine Camp Guide, Laurie to discuss these camps as well as for free, year-round advice and assistance on choosing a great Maine summer camp for your child.
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