Somerset opened in 2018 with campers ages 7-13 only (having completed 1st-7th grade). In 2019, we will grow to include campers having completed 8th grade and then continue to grow by one age group each subsequent summer allowing our “original” 13-year olds to be our first group of Hideaway campers, the oldest cabin. 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 two periods each day, though they are still required to participate in activities within all four program areas (arts, athletics, adventure, 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 hike Cadillac Mountain. 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.