Ask any of our current or former campers, parents, or staff why they choose summer camp in Maine, and you’ll get a variety of answers. They tell us they like the “relaxed pace,” the “retro feel,” and “the best weather” around. “The experience is transformative!” they say. Maine camps are a “special place,” and a “great pre-cursor for going away to college down the road.”
We couldn’t agree more! There are so many reasons to go to summer camp in Maine, but we’re going to narrow it down for you. Here we give you our Top 10 Reasons why summer camps belong in Maine … and so do you.
10. Incredible excursions
Maine campers have access to endless outdoor opportunities, challenges, and experiences. Wilderness sanctuaries, remote waterways, craggy cliffs, beautiful beaches – this state has it all.
9. Geographic Diversity
Every summer, 20,000 kids come from 40 states and 20 countries to camp in Maine, giving kids the opportunity to make new friends whose lives are not mirrors of their own.
While most camps have a screen-free policy for the entire summer, Maine’s peaceful surroundings alone let children easily unplug and relax.
7. Top-notch Facilities and Activities
Along with the rustic, pine-forest settings, MCE member camps come with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, offering activities that range from watersports and athletics to dance and culinary arts.
6. Rich Traditions
The roots of New England’s 150 year camping tradition can be traced right to Maine. These rich traditions and premier camps keep generations of families coming back for the authentic camp experience.
5. Incredible Staff
When it comes to role models, teachers, instructors, and mentors, Maine camps attract the best of the best. In fact, camps in Maine have one of the highest staff return rates in the country, ensuring that year after year, Maine campers get an exceptional level of instruction, personal attention, and care.
4. Natural Beauty
The air is fresh, and the scenery breathtaking. Maine summer camps are surrounded by lush pine forests, a maze of rivers and lakes, and 3,000 miles of gorgeous coastline. Between the incredible sunsets and starry night skies, there is simply no place like it.
3. Built-in Family Vacations and Traditions
It’s not just for the campers – families return to Maine year after year to take their own vacations during drop-off, pickup, or visiting day weekend. For many, it’s a family tradition, and they wouldn’t miss their annual trip to Maine, even after campers graduate from their camp!
2. Crystal Clear Lakes
We know, we know – this is technically natural beauty. But the lakes in Maine are so spectacular they get their own spot. The more than 2,500 spring-fed lakes in the state boast crystal clear, inviting water with average temperatures of 75 – 80 degrees F.
1. The Transformative Experience
Maine campers get so much out of their summers – an increased sense of self esteem and independence, maturity and character, and perhaps most importantly – the friendships. When a child goes to camp in Maine, they come back knowing just a little bit more about who they are, and the person they are to become.
So there you have it – our Top 10 Reasons why Maine is the BEST place for summer camp. What’s your number one reason?
Talk to Laurie, our Maine Campcierge™, about choosing the right camp for your child and what to do in Maine.