Maine Jewish Summer Camps: A to Z

Camp Name Location Years Notes Website
Birch Crest Camp Oakland 1926 -1944
Camp Accomac Bridgton 1911 - 1958/59
Camp Androscoggin Wayne 1907 - to present "As we prepare for Androscoggin's second century, we remain committed to two key principles that enable each boy to enjoy the summer of his life and develop a sense of his own achievement. First, we make certain each camper is introduced to every activity in our program and receives instruction from an experienced specialist. Learning makes everything more fun. It also makes campers more confident about taking on new challenges now and in the future. Second, we structure our program so that every camper has the opportunity to personalize his schedule. As our campers get older they have more opportunities to specialize in the activities they select. Group leaders and department heads work together to monitor each camper's progress, making certain he receives extra attention in the areas he and his parents have requested.
Camp Aquila Raymond
Camp Arcadia North Belgrade Arden & Winslow
 
Camp Arden Oakland 1914 - 1926 affiliated with Arcadia & Winslow / Camp Arden was named after the Forest Arden in Shakepseare's As you Like it.
Camp Arundel Raymond 1955
Camp Belgrade North Belgrade 1937 - 1983 http://www.campbelgrade.com/
Camp Brunonia Casco 1928-1968 Run by Dave and Anne Mishel http://www.campbrunonia.com/
Camp Cedar Casco http://www.campcedar.com/
 
Camp Chickawah for Boys Harrison 1920 - 1985 Jeff Grant is the alumni coordinator / now the site of Camp Fernwood Cove for girls
Camp Cobbossee For Boys Monmouth 1902-present sister camp is Camp Kippewa https://www.campcobbossee.com/
Camp Fernwood Poland
Camp Jo-Lee North Belgrade 1920 - 1926
Camp Joseph Harrison 1950 - 1975 Camp Joseph opened in summer 1956. The impressive facility was acquired from another, well-known, NJ camp which had to close because a camper had been accidentally killed. I was intermittently associated with it until the early '60s as an employee. The programming, facilities upkeep, and Kashrut were excellent, with a decent focus on trips and "exploring".
 
Camp Kennebec North Belgrade 1907 - 1991
Camp Kennesuncook Chesuncook 1926
Camp Kingswood Bridgton 1913 - to present (2012) http://www.bostonjcc.org/Camps-and-Vacations/Kingswood.aspx
Camp Kippewa Monmouth 1957 - to present (2012) https://kippewa.com/
Camp Koda Bridgton 1926
 
Camp Lanark Casco -1967
Camp Lown Oakland 1945 - 1968 Jewish Community Council of Maine / offered boys and girls summer camp life in a Jewish environment, emphasizing religious and cultural values
Camp Manitou Oakland 1947 - to present
Camp Matoaka Smithfield 1951 - to present http://www.matoaka.com/
Camp Mendota Lake Pleasant, Casco closed by 1971
 
Camp Modin Belgrade 1922 - to present Since 1922 and situated in the pristine wilderness of Maine's beautiful Belgrade Lakes region, Camp Modin is the oldest Jewish summer camp in Maine - New England. Since 1922, thousands of people have come from around the world to be a part of Camp Modin." Rich in Jewish tradition, Camp Modin is a great way to spend a summer deeply rooted in all activities that youth of today enjoy along with recognizing and participating in Jewish cultural activities. / David Wain, producer of Wet Hot American Summer went to Camp Modin http://www.modin.com/heritage/ideal.php
Camp Pinecliffe Harrison 1917 - to present
Camp Powhatan Otisfield 1921 - 1996 founded by Ira Bloom subsequently directed by Joel Bloom
Camp Ramah Mt Vernon 1948 - 1949 affiliated with the Jewish Theological Seminary
Camp Sasone Bangor
 
Camp Songo Casco 1947 - Pleasant Lake / Camp attendees include William Berkowitz and Steve Passerman
Camp Sunny Crest Lake Androscoggin, Leeds Centere
Camp Takajo Naples 1947 - to present (2012)
Camp Tapawingo Sweden 1919 - to present Tapawingo is an intimate camp where girls spend their summer days in an encouraging environment of play, learning, companionship, and fresh air. We believe that three, four or seven weeks away from home are a most important time for a young girl and than most of its counterparts. This is a camp where every camper knows every other camper and counselor. We are a summer family. http://camptapawingo.com/about.asp
Camp Tracy (Harold Alfond Youth Center) Waterville 2011
 
Camp Trebor Fryeburg 1936-c1970
Camp Truda Otisfield 1902-1979
Camp Trudah Otisfield
Camp Vega Fayette 1936 - https://www.campvega.com/girls_summer_camp/history/
Camp Walden Denmark 1916 - present http://campwalden.com/
 
Camp Wenonah Naples ? Land sold to Camp Skylemar in 1972
Camp Wigwam Harrison 1912 - to present "What makes Wigwam so unique is our attention to each and every camper's growth as a young man while they discover friendships that will last a lifetime. Bashful or outgoing, athletic or not, every camper becomes part of the ever-growing Wigwam family. We offer a very personalized atmosphere, with but four campers and a counselor in each cabin."
Camp Wildwood Bridgton 1916 -
Camp Wingo Waterford 1950s - 1967
Camp Winnebago Fayette
 
Camp Woodland Springs Bridgton 1921 - 1926
Cedar Crest Camp Oakland 1915 - 1944
Center Day Camp (CDC) Windham 1949 - to present affiliated with Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine http://www.centerdaycamp.org/
Cobbossee Winthrop/Monmouth 1902 - to present (2012) "Camp Cobbossee is a 4-week overnight summer camp for boys located on Lake Cobbosseecontee in Maine. Part sports camp, part outdoor adventure camp, part traditional sleepaway camp, Camp Cobbossee's unique program, outstanding staff, and spectacular location add up to the very best in Maine summer camps. Basketball, Soccer Lacrosse, Hockey, Golf, Tennis and more. Climbing, Ropes, Zipline, Hiking, Camping. Get ready for an adventure! ...Cobbossee is all about having fun and continuing 110 years of tradition.", http://www.campcobbossee.com/
Echo Lake Camp Oakland / Readfield 1920 - 1926
 
Forest Acres Fryeburg 1926 - affiliated with Indian Acres http://www.indianacres.com/index.php
Gan Israel Portland 1993 - to present (2012) affiliated with Chabad of Portland
Hadassah (Rockland) Rockland
Highland Nature Camps North Sebago 1913 - to present (2012) Highland Nature Camps became Camp Mataponi
Indian Acres Fryeburg 1924 - brother camp to Forest Acres
 
Kamp Kohut Oxford 1907 - to present http://www.kampkohut.com/
Lakeridge Manor Camp for Girls Oakland 1955 - 1971 "This camp was reopened in 1973 as a Jewish co-educational summer camp by two teachers, Bob Richman (then of Everett, MA) and Saul Gross (then of Beverly, MA), who purchased the property and commenced operations in the summer of 1973. Bob and Saul ran a summer camp in Litchfield, NH (Camp Litchaven) that closed after the 1972 summer. Bob and Saul ran into financial difficulties in the late 1970's or early 1980's. Camp Lakeridge filed bankruptcy with the Maine bankruptcy court in Bangor. The circumstances under which the camp closed and Bob and Saul lost the property remain murky, but there were allegations of wrongdoing by the attorneys involved at the time. The property was redeveloped for residential use after Camp Lakeridge's bankruptcy: Jeffrey Sternklar
Micah Bridgton 2001 - to present "traditional Jewish co-ed overnight camp" http://www.campmicah.com/
Naomi Raymond 1954 - 1986 originally a girls summer camp that became a co-ed summer camp / Lewis Schneider, Emmy award winning writer/producer of "Everyone Loves Raymond" went to Camp Naomi for ten summers.
Rapputak Fryeburg
 
Seeds of Peace Camp Oxford 1993 - to present (2017) http://www.seedsofpeace.org/
Skylemar / Sky Farm Naples 1946 - to present (2012)
Somerset Oakland 1921
Sunningdale Standish 1940 - 1973
Tall Timbers Otisfield 1945 - 1969
 
The Barta Camp Casco 1926 -
Tripp Lake Camp Poland 1911 - to present (2012)
Wacipi Pines Otisfield now closed
We-You-Wega (Wekeela) Hartford 1906 - 1981
West End House Parsonsfield 1908-present Founded by James Storrow for whom Storrow Drive in Boston is named. Former Red Sox General Manager Theo Epstein attended this camp. www1.westendhousecamp.org
 
Winnebago Fayette 1920 - to present (2017) campwinnebago.com
Winslow Oakland 1921 - 1935 affiliated with Arcadia & Arden
Woodlands Bridgton -1921


Maine Jewish Summer Camps: by Location

Location Camp Name Years
Bangor Camp Sasone
Belgrade Camp Modin 1922 - to present
Bridgton Camp Accomac 1911 - 1958/59
Camp Kingswood 1913 - to present (2012)
Camp Koda 1926
Camp Wildwood 1916 -
Camp Woodland Springs 1921 - 1926
Micah 2001 - to present
Woodlands -1921
Casco Camp Brunonia 1928-1968
Camp Cedar
Camp Lanark -1967
Camp Songo 1947 -
The Barta Camp 1926 -
Chesuncook Camp Kennesuncook 1926
Denmark Camp Walden 1916 - present
Fayette Camp Vega 1936 -
Camp Winnebago
Winnebago 1920 - to present (2017)
Fryeburg Camp Trebor 1936-c1970
Forest Acres 1926 -
Indian Acres 1924 -
Rapputak
Harrison Camp Chickawah for Boys 1920 - 1985
Camp Joseph 1950 - 1975
Camp Pinecliffe 1917 - to present
Camp Wigwam 1912 - to present
Hartford We-You-Wega (Wekeela) 1906 - 1981
Lake Androscoggin, Leeds Centere Camp Sunny Crest
Lake Pleasant, Casco Camp Mendota closed by 1971
Monmouth Camp Cobbossee For Boys 1902-present
Camp Kippewa 1957 - to present (2012)
Mt Vernon Camp Ramah 1948 - 1949
Naples Camp Takajo 1947 - to present (2012)
Camp Wenonah ?
Skylemar / Sky Farm 1946 - to present (2012)
North Belgrade Camp Arcadia
Camp Belgrade 1937 - 1983
Camp Jo-Lee 1920 - 1926
Camp Kennebec 1907 - 1991
North Sebago Highland Nature Camps 1913 - to present (2012)
Oakland Birch Crest Camp 1926 -1944
Camp Arden 1914 - 1926
Camp Lown 1945 - 1968
Camp Manitou 1947 - to present
Cedar Crest Camp 1915 - 1944
Lakeridge Manor Camp for Girls 1955 - 1971
Somerset 1921
Winslow 1921 - 1935
Oakland / Readfield Echo Lake Camp 1920 - 1926
Otisfield Camp Powhatan 1921 - 1996
Camp Truda 1902-1979
Camp Trudah
Tall Timbers 1945 - 1969
Wacipi Pines now closed
Oxford Kamp Kohut 1907 - to present
Seeds of Peace Camp 1993 - to present (2017)
Parsonsfield West End House 1908-present
Poland Camp Fernwood
Tripp Lake Camp 1911 - to present (2012)
Portland Gan Israel 1993 - to present (2012)
Raymond Camp Aquila
Camp Arundel 1955
Naomi 1954 - 1986
Rockland Hadassah (Rockland)
Smithfield Camp Matoaka 1951 - to present
Standish Sunningdale 1940 - 1973
Sweden Camp Tapawingo 1919 - to present
Waterford Camp Wingo 1950s - 1967
Waterville Camp Tracy (Harold Alfond Youth Center) 2011
Wayne Camp Androscoggin 1907 - to present
Windham Center Day Camp (CDC) 1949 - to present
Winthrop/Monmouth Cobbossee 1902 - to present (2012)