Fill your days with fun and challenging outdoor and athletic activities for every interest and skill level – and play with abandon again. Whether you’re athletically inclined or haven’t picked up a ball in years, Camp offers a diverse schedule of activities and an atmosphere of encouragement and support that will entice your inner-child to come out and play.
sports & recreation
Adventure Course & Climbing Wall Challenge yourself mentally and physically on our amazing ropes course or climbing wall! Four levels of difficulty and 14 different elements to conquer combine for an adrenaline-pumping experience, and an exhilarating sense of accomplishment.
Aerobics Get a great start on your day with moves guaranteed to shake off the morning cobwebs, get your heart pumping and mind cleared for a great day! Classes will consist of low impact, high impact, isometrics – and a fun dance routine! And we’ll pay some attention to those abs, too… All levels of fitness welcome.
Basketball Take some time to hoop it up on the basketball court! Each session will begin with a review of basic skills like dribbling, passing and shooting. There’ll also be fun shooting games like H-O-R-S-E and 21 – and those popular half-court pick-up games from last summer will continue! Who knows? If it really gets going, maybe some full court action will happen, too!
Boot Camp Work-Out Have fun & get fit with challenging but fun work-outs set to music that combine cardio and ab work – along with a focus on a different body part each day, including a “core” development session on Friday. All levels of fitness welcome.
Canoeing & Kayaking Learn or relearn the basic paddling strokes and the basic skills to balance and direct a canoe or kayak in the mornings, in anticipation of a relaxing paddle around the lakes surrounding Camp in the afternoon. …Don’t forget to say “Hi!” to the loons!
Circus Arts Learn traditional circus “ground skills” like juggling, plate spinning, diabolo, devil sticks, stilt walking, and partner acrobatics. And, yes, the popular Aerial Fabric lessons will be available, too. No experience necessary.
Fishing Grab a rod and come land a big one! Whether experienced fisher(wo)man or novice, you can spend a peaceful afternoon fishing from a canoe or from shore on a tranquil pond, full of trout and bass. All the fishing rods and supplies you need are supplied.
Flag Football It’s finally officially a Camp activity! Come out for a rousing game of football – without all that butch tackling! After a quick run-down of the basics of the game, it’s kick-off time. All skill levels welcome.
Flagging Flagging, aka flag-dancing, dates back to (at least) the Middle Ages but is largely a gay phenomenon these days: undulation, spinning and waving of flags in a rhythmic fashion to music. It’s fun fun fun, and really really gay… you’ll love it!
Frolf Is it Frisbee – or is it golf? Well, it’s a little of both! Instead of using clubs to hit those pesky little balls into tiny holes in the ground, come out and play a nine-hole course using Frisbees and suspended hoops.
Geocaching Learn how to be a geocacher! A cache is a small container with a sign-in log left at various coordinates for people to find. Inside, you may find treasures to take or leave behind. You’ll learn to use a handheld GPS to find caches anywhere in the world and how to plant your own geocache. Bring your curiosity and your desire to walk around the camp searching for treasure!
Hiking Trips Take a hike with your fellow Campers on some lovely off-site hiking trips. Past offerings have included Devil’s Den, a short-but-pleasant hike with some moderate elevation to cover and the longer, nicely challenging Burnt Meadow Hike with some steep rocky bits – and a great view as a reward!
Kickball Bet you haven’t played this one in years, have you? Everyone’s playground favorite is gaining in popularity with adults throughout the U.S., so we thought we’d revive it ‘Camp’ Camp. Since it’s probably been a while since you’ve played, we’ll first review all the rules – and then the balls will fly! If you can kick, you can play. (In other words, everyone is welcome.)
Lawn Sports Surprisingly captivating, those traditional summer favorites badminton and croquet are always an enjoyable pastime for the athletic & non-athletic alike. So, grab some newfound friends (or your cabinmates or even your whole Rainbow Group!) and come hit some birdies and balls around!
Massage Share the gift of touch and discover the relaxing and healing power of your own hands. Learn basic massage strokes while giving and receiving a relaxing massage.
Morning Swim Join hardy fellow campers for a ¾-mile swim across the lake (and back!) as the mist is rising off the water. Both swimmers and accompanying “safety kayakers” are welcome. C’mon – you can do it!
Mountain Biking After a short introduction to mountain bikes for beginners and a practice ride around the grounds, you’ll explore some of rural Maine’s country roads and the trails in the woods surrounding camp, where you’ll encounter rocks, roots, logs, and mountain streams. Challenging but fun!
Nature Ambles Camp’s resident longtime nature enthusiast leads a series of leisurely exploratory walks (and paddles) through the woodlands and wetlands surrounding Camp. History and nature abound in our little corner of Maine – so come and explore!
New Games During your first morning at Camp, break the ice – and maybe even (re)discover your inner child – with a series of fun & silly, large group “getting to know you” games, starring a cast of hundreds. Why, you’ll have 200 new friends in no time!
Night Hike Experience a nighttime walk in the woods surrounding the camp grounds on one of Camp’s ever-popular Night Hikes. Filled with activities that open your senses to the sights and sounds of a living forest after dark, you’ll rediscover your night vision and learn to view the natural world in way you never have before. Magical!
Night Paddle Experience a late-night guided canoe trip out on the waters surrounding camp. A beautiful, tranquil way to end another fun & fabulous day at ‘Camp’ Camp!
Sailing Conquer Stanley Pond in one of Camp’s small and manageable Sunfish mini-sailboats – perfect for beginning mariners. Or, try out one of the new catamarans! Once you learn the basics, sign out a sailboat and let the breeze carry you through a relaxing afternoon.
Sightseeing We don’t know why anyone would want to leave Camp (ever), but if you’d like to see a bit more of the White Mountain area while you are in Maine, head out on some fun off-site excursions. Past trips have included a drive up to the top of Mt. Washington where you can take in the spectacular views, a wonderful adventure into Portland for a historic and scenic tour of the Greater Portland Lighthouses, and a day spent discovering Portland’s Historic Old Port with a lunchtime cruise around lovely Casco Bay. (Some trips may involve additional fees.)
Silence & Reflection Come sit quietly in Camp’s designated sacred space for early morning meditation and reflection. A perfect & peaceful beginning to a busy day at Camp.
Skinnydippin’ Soak your groove thang with the rest of the gang under the stars. A late-nite ‘Camp’ Camp favorite!
Softball Brush up those rusty, (or non-existent!) softball skills during the morning Softball Clinic. During the clinic, we will work on throwing, hitting, fielding, and catching through both group instruction and one on one, personal instruction. Then, put your skills to use during one of the afternoon games. Everyone is encouraged to play regardless of skill – and everyone gets to bat every inning! Remember, this is ‘Camp’ Camp, and it’s a compliment to be told you throw like a girl!
Swim Lessons Gone through your whole life swimming more like a Cocker Spaniel than a person? Get some patient and helpful feedback and tips from our fun and talented waterfront staff.
Tennis Our resident professional tennis pro will be giving excellent instruction on forehand, backhand, volley, & serve to get you ready for the big end-of-the-week tournament. Or enjoy free play on one of the five excellent hard courts. Didn’t bring your racket? Not an excuse – we have plenty!
Volleyball Brush up or learn new skills in a morning Volleyball Clinic, then put ’em to use during one of the popular pick-up games before dinner. …“Spike it, Peaches!”
Waterfront Instruction and free time for swimming, sailing, kayaking and canoeing. Or just bring a novel, relax on the sand beach or docks, and chat with a new friend. If you’re lucky, you might even catch an impromptu water ballet or two…!
Yoga A series of postures and movements which stretch and tone the body, performed slowly and deliberately while focusing on the breath and quieting the mind. While most appropriate for beginners, the class can also be enjoyed by those with a more advanced yoga practice.