Maine Jewish Summer Camps  

Remember your own 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.

 

Below is a directory of Maine Jewish Summer Camps. (More have been discovered and will be added soon!)

 Maine Jewish Summer Camps Directory - A-Z 
Camp Name Location Years Gender Affiliated Website
Accomac Bridgton 1911 Girls
Androscoggin Wayne 1907 - to present (2012) Boys
Arcadia Oakland 1914 - 1927 Boys Arden & Winslow
Barta Camp Casco 1926 -
Camp Ardeh Oakland 1914 - 1926 Girls Arcadia & Winslow
 
Camp Joseph Harrison 1950 - 1975 Boys Jewish Com. Center Camp/ N England
Camp Kennesuncook Not currently known 1926
Camp Tapawingo Sweden 1919 - present Web Site
Camp Woodland Springs Bridgton 1921 - 1926
Cedar Crest Camp Oakland 1916 - 1926
 
Center Day Camp (CDC) Windham 1949 - to present Co-ed Jewish Community Alliance of Sourthern Maine Web Site
Cobbossee Winthrop/Monmouth 1902 - to present (2012) Boys Web Site
Crystal Spring Camps Belgrade
Echo Lake Camp Oakland / Readfield 1920 - 1926 Girls
Forest Acres Fryeburg 1924 - to present (2012) Girls Indian Acres Web Site
 
Highland Nature Camps North Sebago 1913 - to present Girls
Indian Acres Fryeburg 1924 - to present (2012) Boys Forest Acres
Jewish Community Center - JCC Maccabi Camp Not currently known
Jo-Lee North Belgrade 1920 - 1926
Kamp Kohut Oxford 1907 - ongoing(2012) Boys Web Site
 
Kennebec North Belgrade 1907 - 1991 Boys
Kingswood Bridgton 1970 - to present Co-ed
Koda Bridgton 1926
Lakeridge Manor Waterville 1955 - 1971
Ledgemere Kiddie Camp Portland
 
Lown Oakland 1945 Co-ed Jewish Community Council of Maine
Manitou Oakland 1947 - to present (2012) Boys
Matoaka Smithfield 1951 - to present (2012) Girls Web Site
Micah Sebago 2001 - to present (2012) Co-ed Web Site
Migis Lodge
 
Modin Belgrade 1922 - to present (2012) Co-ed Web Site
Naomi Raymond 1954 - 1986 Girls
Pine Tree Camp Rome, ME
Powhatan Camp for Boys Otisfield 1921 - 1996 Boys
Ramah Mt Vernon 1948 - 1949 Co-ed Jewish Theological Seminary
 
Saddleback Lake Camps Rangeley
Sasone Bangor  
Seeds of Peace Camp Oxford 1963 - to present (2012) Web Site
Songo Naples
Sunningdale Standish 1940 - 1973 Girls
 
Takajo Naples 1947 - to present (2012) Boys
Tripp Lake Camp Poland 1911 - to present (2012) Girls
Vega Fayette 1936 - to present (2012) Girls
Walden Denmark 1916 - 1926
Wenonah Naples ?- to present (2012) Girls
 
Wigwam Harrison 1912 - to present (2012) Boys
Winnebago Fayette 1920 - 1926
Winslow Oakland 1921 - 1935 Boys Arcadia & Arden



Maine Jewish Summer Camps - By Location 


Location Camp Name Years
  Migis Lodge
Bangor Sasone
Belgrade Crystal Spring Camps
  Modin 1922 - to present (2012)
Bridgton Accomac 1911
  Camp Woodland Springs 1921 - 1926
  Kingswood 1970 - to present
  Koda 1926
Casco Barta Camp 1926 -
Denmark Walden 1916 - 1926
Fayette Vega 1936 - to present (2012)
  Winnebago 1920 - 1926
Fryeburg Forest Acres 1924 - to present (2012)
  Indian Acres 1924 - to present (2012)
Harrison Camp Joseph 1950 - 1975
  Wigwam 1912 - to present (2012)
Mt Vernon Ramah 1948 - 1949
Naples Songo
  Takajo 1947 - to present (2012)
  Wenonah ?- to present (2012)
North Belgrade Jo-Lee 1920 - 1926
  Kennebec 1907 - 1991
North Sebago Highland Nature Camps 1913 - to present
Not currently known Camp Kennesuncook 1926
  Jewish Community Center - JCC Maccabi Camp
Oakland Arcadia 1914 - 1927
  Camp Ardeh 1914 - 1926
  Cedar Crest Camp 1916 - 1926
  Lown 1945
  Manitou 1947 - to present (2012)
  Winslow 1921 - 1935
Oakland / Readfield Echo Lake Camp 1920 - 1926
Otisfield Powhatan Camp for Boys 1921 - 1996
Oxford Kamp Kohut 1907 - ongoing(2012)
  Seeds of Peace Camp 1963 - to present (2012)
Poland Tripp Lake Camp 1911 - to present (2012)
Portland Ledgemere Kiddie Camp
Rangeley Saddleback Lake Camps
Raymond Naomi 1954 - 1986
Rome, ME Pine Tree Camp
Sebago Micah 2001 - to present (2012)
Smithfield Matoaka 1951 - to present (2012)
Standish Sunningdale 1940 - 1973
Sweden Camp Tapawingo 1919 - present
Waterville Lakeridge Manor 1955 - 1971
Wayne Androscoggin 1907 - to present (2012)
Windham Center Day Camp (CDC) 1949 - to present
Winthrop/Monmouth Cobbossee 1902 - to present (2012)