Our unique division and cabin names date back nearly 100 years and will always connect Somerset campers of the past and present.
For the youngest campers, full of energy and creativity, The Den program offers a very structured schedule focused on maximizing exposure to all the activities that Somerset has to offer. Campers travel together by cabin and are guaranteed to swim every day plus experience the thrill of waterskiing, gymnastics, the adventure course, tennis, dance, culinary arts and much more. Lower Den campers (2nd and 3rd grade) enjoy an overnight adventure trip to our private island (less than ½ mile from camp), while Upper Den campers hike and camp near Camden. Most importantly, for these campers typically away from home for the very first time, Somerset is a safe space focused on kindness, fairness, and respectul communal living.
The Deer Trail program accommodates the slightly older camper that has begun to make more decisions on her own. Campers will swim at least four times per week and choose their activities in up to four periods each day, though they are still required to participate in activities within all five program areas (arts, athletics, adventure, movement, and waterfront). Deer Trail campers get to explore Bar Harbor, one of Maine’s most spectacular destinations, plus the 6th graders will experience the thrill of whitewater rafting. At this age, we focus on paying kindness and compassion forward, with increased emphasis on teamwork, gratitude, and generosity.
By now, campers have a much stronger sense of who they are and how they wish to spend their time. A schedule with more electives allows campers to pursue their passions and improve their skills at the activities they love the most. Deer Trail campers will visit Acadia National Park and experience early morning Moose sighting. Time in the cabin or enjoying the company of their bunkmates becomes more valuable for this age group and creates the perfect space to focus on the foundation of strong relationships: tolerance, inclusion, and honesty.
The summer after 9th grade marks the beginning of a camper’s participation in our leadership program, “Somerset Trails.” This is a four-year journey to support campers through their high school summers as they transition into counselors and develop into leaders at camp and beyond. The program is designed to challenge teenagers to think critically about how they engage, collaborate, and work, both as individuals and alongside their peers. By also learning how to follow, one can understand the role of being a good employee, how it feels to be led by various leadership styles, and, eventually, how one grows as a leader in her own right.
The program will include trips off-campus, group discussions, leadership and supervisory opportunities at camp, and creative and engaging workshops in communication, assertiveness, problem-solving, and decision making.
Our goal is that every Trails participant will leave camp each summer with a deeper understanding of her strengths, a greater sense of confidence, more meaningful relationships, and heightened emotional awareness of who she is and how she can grow into a high-quality counselor, collaborator, and citizen.
Hideaway campers are expected to:
Hideaway benefits include: