By Laurie the Campcierge TM
This past weekend’s Visiting Day was a hot one for the record books, but that didn’t damper the spirit and excitement of parents and kids reuniting after a month apart.
Kids looked tanner, taller, and older – in just the short amount of time since they left for camp. I know I’ve felt that way every year my kids have been attending their Maine Camp Experience (MCE) camp, but at six and four years in, the growth was never more apparent. For the first time in six years, I didn’t head down to the youngest division’s cabins to meet up with my campers since they’ve aged out of that area. My girls and their camp friends have gone from being little kids to young adults. They’ve gone from being the youngest campers to now among the oldest – serving as big sisters and leaders, and receiving special privileges in activities, at camp events, for out-of-camp-trips, and more. It truly is amazing to see these kids grow at camp through the years and with their camp friends as experiences and friendships deepen.
But before I get too nostalgic about the years gone by, I will share that Visiting Day weekend was top-notch! Families enjoyed spending time on the beautiful lakes at MCE camps. They got to meet counselors, and participate in and/or observe all the wonderful activities the camps provide – swimming, boating, water skiing, tennis, gymnastics, theater shows, dance shows, music and recording studios, art studios, cooking studios, horseback riding, and much more. Everyone enjoyed quality time spent together in such beautiful environs. When we left our campers, I was sad to go, but know that they are so happy and well cared for in their summer camp home away from home.
And, of course, surrounding the actual Visiting Days at camps, families took advantage of everything Maine had to offer! Parents, siblings, and grandparents came from far and wide to eat and shop in Maine’s vibrant cities like Portland and Freeport, and explore charming towns and coastal settings like Kennebunkport, Rockport, and beyond. And … who could resist all the lobstertunities! (I think I just coined a new word!) I reunited with camp friend parents and hit some of my favorite spots for lobsters – lobster rolls, lobster tacos, steamed lobsters, and lobster over linguine – at Luke’s Lobster, High Roller Lobster Company, Street and Co., and Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster Company.
All in all it was a fun and delicious weekend that we will never forget!
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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