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Maine Camp Experience (MCE) is a strong community—a network of more than 35 overnight summer camps throughout Maine with a trademarked Campcierge camp-planning resource to help families choose their best camp.

“Every MCE member camp is set on a beautiful lake and has incredible directors, facilities, activities, instruction, trips and more,” says Director Laurie Kaiden. “Steeped in tradition, many of our camps have run for over 100 years, including safely and successfully amidst the pandemic in the summers of 2020 and 2021.”

With a focus on Maine’s natural beauty, camps blend arts, sports and nature activities with trips to places like Boothbay Harbor and Acadia National Park. Some 20,000 campers ages 7-17 sign up yearly for sessions that range from two weeks to two months.

“Campers build friendships that deepen summer after summer,” says Kaiden, a New Jersey mom whose kids attend an MCE Camp. Their love for camp traditions also builds year after year. “They look forward to returning each summer to have the same type of great experiences and build on them.”

“Maybe with each new age group, there will be a different trip they’ve looked forward to or becoming the camp ‘big sister’ or ‘big brother’ when they were formerly the ‘little sister/brother’ or getting to take a special activity.”

That sense of family is no accident. “Campers feel connected,” Kaiden says. “MCE has good values. The camps teach cooperation, respect, teamwork, honor, integrity and loyalty. Campers gain confidence, independence, and resiliency. Our camps also engage campers in social action initiatives so they learn about helping others.”

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