The League is our first session intra-camp competition, three weeks of epic events (every two to three days) from field games to scavenger hunt, swim meet to cucpcake wars, and tons more fun in between, all culminating with the final event, Sing Song! The League allows every participant to be part of something much bigger than herself and teaches the virtues of teamwork, sportswomanship, and how to both win and lose with grace.
With a surprise new theme every summer, campers will arrive to camp eager to find out which team they will join and which veteran staff members will be called upon as the two head coaches. In 2018, it was Mermaids vs. Unicorns. In 2019, it was Lucky Charms vs. Frosted Flakes. And in 2020 it was Ladybugs vs. Bumblebees. What’s next for 2021? Only time will tell!
Somer Cup is our second session intra-camp competition, that takes place prior to the end of the two-week sesson. Unlike The League, Somer Cup is two full days of non-stop challenges and thrills. Somer Cup pits sister against sister, bunkmate against bunkmate, friend against friend, and Red against Blue. No camper, counselor, or captain can win it alone. It is challenging and, at times, exhausting, but it also exhilarating, rewarding, and an accomplishment just by showing up. Somer Cup is all about the team and is the type of competition we value at Somerset for it brings out the best in everyone.
Following the red team’s victory in 2018 a tradition was born…eating ice cream from the cup in celebration. But every summer brings a clean slate and a new opportunity for everyone who dones their red and blue.
As the day comes to a close, our fantastic evening program takes center stage. From game shows to talent shows, plays to campfires, or trips into town for bowling or mini golf, no two nights are ever alike. Whether we’re drinking milkshakes on Sandy Hirsch night, belting out the songs to The Greatest Showman on Karaoke night, or screaming and hollering during The Price is Right, this final activity of the day NEVER disappoints!
Friday nights end with our ice cream sundae buffet followed by a sunset campfire along the water. This is a time to reflect, share stories from the week, sing songs, make s’mores, and hand out the weekly patches to the campers who most embodied the Somerset “rings”— for the camper who achieved something spectacular and grew every day…supported someone else and demonstrated what it meant to be a good friend…and made an impact by lifting the spirits of others.
While every day at camp is different, our consistent schedule is hugely beneficial to a child’s development. Still, every now and again, a little change never hurt.
Sunday is a day that everyone looks forward to. It’s a day to unwind after a busy week and reset for the one ahead. It’s a day when we’ll relax the uniform policy, slightly. It’s a day when everyone will be in camp. It’s a day, in a word, about family.
Giving campers a little extra time to sleep in, the extended breakfast allows girls to drop in as they wish for warm pastries, custom omelets, made-to-order waffles, and fresh juices (and not just orange!). Free choice follows, though everyone is encouraged to get active…try yoga, take a spin class, run the 5k, or swim to Frog Rock. The afternoon’s special event will never disappoint. From Carnival to Winter Wonderland to Circus Camp, Sunday afternoons will dazzle.
And, of course, Sunday is Pie Night, featuring a surprise flavor every week,is always a highlight of the day.
The final week of the summer is unlike any other. Seven days of seven surprises, and none repeated from one year to the next. How about Backwards Day?? Dinner for breakfast, clothes on inside out, and the schedule flipped on its head. Dirty Day is exactly how it sounds…the color run, mud tug of war, and jello slip ‘n slide. Turning camp into a Water Park? We got that too in the form of massive inflatable water slides. We even hit the road…Whitewater Tubing down the Kennebec River, the Amazing Race throughout town until everyone meets at the finish line for ice cream, or our Service Project: gift baskets for residents of the senior center. And then it all culminates in the final evening of camp, our theme dinner Somer Sendoff. In 2018, the Disney-themed event featured a custom menu, fantastic decor, incredible music, and a non-stop dance party. What’s in store for 2019? Shhh…it’s a surprise!
Nights in town, day trips, overnight camping expeditions, or special changeover trips for seven-week campers—Somerset girls will explore, learn, connect with nature, and experience all that Maine and New England have to offer.