And for good reason. Entering into a competitive landscape, bringing a brand-new facility to life, and finding the right leadership are just a few of the challenges.
But we’re “camp lifers” with a dream and a vision. We grew up at camp, we worked at camp, and now we’re parents who could never imagine life for our children, or ourselves, without camp.
Along with our partners at Camp Manitou for Boys, we have nearly 100 years combined experience in camping. Camp is embedded in every fiber of our bodies and caring for and nurturing our campers is in our hearts and minds, always.
Somerset’s rich history and 60 years of tradition will be woven into our new camp program. Our passionate alumni have provided us with stories, memories, and inspiration to re-create some of Somerset’s signature activities. The campers of the new Camp Somerset will always be connected to the campers of the past.
There is no one size fits all, and that’s why we decided to offer three session lengths: seven, three and a half, or two weeks. We look forward to working with you to determine what session length is best for your daughter.
More than half of our carefully selected counselors and staff will be college graduates—a third of those, teachers and coaches. Best of all, we’re female first. While we’ll always hire the best person, we believe there’s no job at our camp that can’t be done by a strong and competent woman. And that’s a message we intend to send to our campers, every day.
Every building, road, and court … brand new! Every ball, fork, and lifejacket … brand new. More than two years of planning has gone into developing a master site plan, for today and the next 100 years. Careful consideration has been paid to every detail of every building, to preserving the natural beauty of the land, and to creating a modern and unique facility.
Great camp relationships start in the cabin, and campers will be happy to come home to ours. Enter the mud room and kick off your shoes. (Actually, please put them away neatly.) And while you’re at it, hang your coat on a rainy day or place your tennis racket up on a high hook. Every cabin comfortably sleeps 10 campers and three counselors in a light-filled space with picture windows. Every camper will have ample drawer, shelf, and hanging space right at her bedside. Spacious and colorful bathrooms will include showers with enclosed changing areas. Cabins are equipped with full electrical and plumbing, emergency exits, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers.
Nestled on a quiet wooded cove with more than 2,000 feet of shoreline, our waterfront is second to none. Our lakefront dining hall sits right along the beach, with wraparound porch and flagpole nearby. This will be the heart of our camp. The west-facing exposure captures the nightly golden sunsets over the crystal blue lake while campers finish their days on the beach, porch, or amphitheater.
Building a brand new camp means we can make environmentally and safety conscious choices. Lots of natural light in buildings, solar power, composting, a vegetable garden, and a carefully constructed storm water plan that protects our gorgeous lake will all help Somerset be one of the greenest camps in Maine.
We’re a uniform camp. While individuality and self-expression are important, a camp uniform eliminates distraction and unhealthy competition and allows campers to focus on what matters most. Wake up, get dressed, go!
Not many camp directors boast 15 years of professional restaurant ownership and management. Ours does. Food has always been one of Josh’s passions and now he’s bringing his experience to Somerset. We will offer a well-rounded, creative, socially conscious, healthy, and delicious menu. Time in our expansive, lakefront dining hall will be cherished. Large tables will allow an entire bunk to eat together. Campers in our culinary program can assist with daily preparation. And new traditions will emerge, from fresh pie every Sunday to ice cream sundae parties on the porch.