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Maine Summer Camps

Maine Jewish Summer Camps

Remember your summer camp experience? Early morning dips in the chilly water, panicked cabin clean-ups before inspection, shower lines, long, exhausting hikes, popsicle stick cabins and macaroni pictures, s’mores and songs around the campfire, Red Rover and Capture the Flag, whispered secrets after lights out? You may have chanted the Hebrew blessing before meals, spent Friday nights at sunset walking to the outdoor synagogue or learned about Israeli culture. And remember that feeling of independence? Chances are you probably can still make a bed with hospital corners, tie a clove-hitch knot, and gather kindling to start a campfire. Your camp experience probably played a huge part in you becoming the person you are today. You grew independently, at an age-appropriate pace, and learned to live without Mom or Dad hovering nearby. In honor of all those memories, you can enjoy the Maine Jewish Summer Camp Exhibit on the third floor of the museum, originally curated by Nancy Silverman Levinsky, who recalls her summer camp days with fondness, nostalgia, and gratitude.

Camp NameLocationYearsGenderAffiliatedWebsite
ArcadiaOakland1914-1927BoysArden & Winslow
Barta CampCasco1926-present
Camp ArdehOakland1914-1926GirlsArden & Winslow
Camp JosephHarrison1950-1975BoysJewish Community Center Camp of New England
Camp Kennesuncook Not currently known1926
Camp TapawinoSweden 1919 – present
Camp TrudaOxford1900-1976
Camp Woodland Springs Bridgton 1921-1926
Cedar Crest Camp Oakland 1916-1926
Center Day Camp (CDC) Windham 1949 – present Co-ed Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine
Cobbossee Winthrop/Monmouth 1902 – present Boys
Crystal Spring Camps Belgrade
Echo Lake Camp Oakland/Readfield 1920-1926 Girls
Forest Acres Fryeburg 1924 – present Girls Indian Acres
Highland Nature Camps North Sebago 1913 – present Girls
Indian Acres Fryeburg 1924 – present Boys Forest Acres
Jewish Community Center – JCC Maccabi Camp Not currently known
Jo-Lee North Belgrade 1920-1926
Kamp Kohut Oxford 1907 – present Boys
Kennebec North Belgrade 1907-1991 Boys
KingswoodBridgton 1970 – present Co-ed
Lakeridge Manor Waterville 1955-1971
Ledgemere Kiddie Camp Portland
LownOakland1945 Co-ed Jewish Community Council of Maine
Maintou Oakland 1947 – present Boys
Matoaka Smithfield 1951 – present Girls
MicahSebago 2001 – present Co-ed
Migis Lodge
ModinBelgrade 1922 – present Co-ed
NaomiRaymond 1954 – 1986 Girls
Pine Tree Camps Rome
Powhatan Camp for Boys Otisfield 1921-1996 Boys
Ramah Mount Vernon 1948-1949 Co-ed Jewish Theological Seminary
Saddleback Lake Camp Rangeley
Seeds of Peace Camp Oxford 1963 – present Co-ed
Songo Naples
SunningdaleStandish 1940-1973 Girls
TakajoNaples 1947 – present Boys
Tripp Lake Camp Poland 1911 – present Girls
Vega Fayette 1936 – present Girls
Walden Denmark 1916-1926
WenonahNaples Unknown – present Girls
WigwamHarrison 1912 – present Boys
Winnebago Fayette 1920-1926
Winslow Oakland 1921-1935 Boys Arcadia & Aden