Close your eyes and picture a huge crystal clear lake surrounded by tall pine trees. Take a deep long breath and fill your lungs with perfectly fresh air. Now, walk out onto the dock and and leap forward into the crisp, clean, pristine water… ahhhhh, how nice is that on a summer day? Just think, your children can experience that amazing feeling each and every day all summer long at overnight camp in Maine. As Henry David Thoreau said “A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is the earth’s eye, looking into which we measure the depth of our own nature.”
Maine has 5,785 lakes, many of them are larger than 1 acre, covering 1,762 square miles! Nearly half of these are classified as “Great Ponds”, meaning larger than 10 acres, a term that dates back to Maine’s colonial days. It’s the perfect place for an abundance of water sports every day. Most sleep away camps in Maine have canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, row boating, water skiing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, and of course swimming at least twice a day. Kids learn safety skills and the wonderful feeling of swimming in a lake. Rich Deering, Director of Camp Birch Rock said it best “The Lake is invigorating for a kid’s soul and spirit.” This is a key reason parents choose camps in Maine over other states… there is just no comparison when it comes to the waterfront and all the activities that are associated with it on a daily basis.
Learning how to waterski at camp was a huge thrill for me. I can still remember the feeling of getting up on the skis for the first time and everybody cheering for me! I am so thankful to have that skill so I could continue to waterski throughout my life. Campers also learn survivor skills while canoeing and kayaking on their camp lake so that they can go on fantastic camping trips. From canoeing down the Saco River to sea kayaking on the Atlantic Ocean; Maine offers endless water adventures. These age appropriate trips allow campers to master and accrue skills to use on longer and more challenging adventures as they mature. Campers love to look forward to these exciting escapades!
Anyone can swim in a pool… but mastering swimming and water sports in a bountiful and beautiful lake is something special. The lake provokes a calming feeling and provides a stunning backdrop to many campfires and special activities. Overnight camps in Maine pride themselves on their beautiful waterfronts and phenomenal opportunities for water activities. To find out more about sleep away camps in Maine, visit www.mainecampexperience.com and start planning your child’s experience of a lifetime.
Talk to Laurie, our Maine Campcierge™, about choosing the right camp for your child and what to do in Maine.