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Phone: 207-647-5278
8 Church St
Maine 04009

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Target demographics: Low-income and foster girls, ages 6-16, from urban and rural areas of New York and New England

Direct beneficiaries per year: 350

Geographic areas served: Massachusetts, Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island

To provide low-income and foster girls, ages 6-16, from urban and rural areas of New York and New England with a unique sleep away camping experience. Our campers are encouraged to explore new and challenging activities, allowing them to develop a strong sense of self and trust in others.
During the past twenty four years, more than 6,150 girls have benefitted from The Summer Camp’s activities and camaraderie.

In 1986, The Summer Camp operated its first camp session for 35 girls from New York City and Western Massachusetts. The next year, The Summer Camp expanded to 120 campers at two donated sites. In 1988, we added a Hiking and Canoeing program for returning campers, ages 12 and 13. By 1989, The Summer Camp operated four sessions at three camps for 180 girls. That year we introduced a Literacy program to help enhance the reading, writing and computer skills of each of our Summer Campers.

The following year, we expanded The Summer Camp’s programs to include a two-week Leadership Training program and a Winter Camp for returning campers. In 2002, we added our Counselor -in- Training program.

Each year, our summer program includes nearly 350 girls, of which more than 50% are returning campers.

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The Summer Camp exceeds any expectations its generic name may suggest. It's more than any camp I ever attended or worked at in my 22 years before I joined the staff there last summer. The Summer Camp brings girls from cities and rural areas around New England. It's fun, it's free, it's a sanctuary ... more »
The Summer Camp provides girls from very poor and foster families with an opportunity to attend a sleep away camp in Maine. For 10 days our campers are swimming in lakes, hiking, laughing and being told that they can succeed. Many of our campers return summer after summer and will attest that ... more »
The Summer Camp staff continues to impress me with their dedication to creating a community where campers can grow and learn while feeling safe and challenged. Many girls arrive at The Summer Camp with lots of anxiety and anger. Slowly they learn to trust the staff and then they start to have fun. ... more »
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