Your mySomerset account is your one stop shop where you will complete all the required forms for the summer, update contact information, view the daily photos, email your daughter, access the phone reservation system, and re-enroll for next summer. If you have multiple campers, they will be linked under the same account.
To access your mySomerset account, visit: http://somerset.campintouch.com
Your username is your email address and your password was created when you originally completed the application. If you forgot your password, you can click “Retrieve/Set Password” from the login page. If you forgot your username and password or find yourself locked out, please email for assistance.
Our community functions best when every camper, parent, and staff member believes in and adheres to our core values. We work hard to create an environment where every campers has the tools to: grow every day, be a good friend, make an impact, and be herself. We want our environment to be a safe, friendly, and supportive place for everyone who enters its gates and we require everyone’s participation to make this possible.
Behavior such as bullying (including cyber-bullying), violence, possession of weapons, repeated profanity, disrespect, bigotry, homophobic comments, drug and alcohol use, inappropriate uses of electronic devices (before or after camp), or any other unsafe conduct will not be tolerated.
We require that every camper and parent reads and acknowledges the camper behavior contract. We hope that you will take time to discuss this with your daughter and encourage her to model good behavior and be a good friend to everyone she meets. In early June, we will email you an age-specific behavior contract for you and your daughter to print, sign, and return.
It is our goal to provide a positive experience for our campers by connecting with the amazing people and beautiful surroundings of camp and disconnecting from technology. This policy also safeguards and protects your daughter.
Any item with an on/off switch and digital screen is prohibited. This includes any item that can make phone calls, send text messages or email, access the internet, and play videos or games. While permitted, Ipod nanos may not contain any downloaded content except for music.
Technology Registration Form
We ask that ALL families complete the Technology Registration Form regardless of whether your daughter is traveling with any technology or not.
Cell Phones are not permitted. Part of the camp experience involves learning to develop independent living skills, which, for a number of reasons, cell phones may diminish. Cell phones found in camp will be confiscated and returned to your daughter when she leaves camp. If your daughter is traveling with a phone, we will collect and safely store it and return it (charged) for her travel home.
Video Game Players & E-Readers
Video game players such as Gameboys, Nintendo DS, and PSPs and electronic readers such as Kindles and Ipads are not permitted. Books are welcome!
Any IPod, or digital music player, that has a screen for videos, photos, games, is not allowed. Only ipod shuffles and nanos are permitted.
There are three options for getting your daughter to and from camp: plane, bus, or car.
Somerset’s travel agent, Dianne Doucette at Atlas Travel, is happy to assist with any of your travel bookings for trips to Maine. Dianne is also the travel agent for Manitou and can coordinate getting brothers and sisters on the same flights.
Dianne Doucette, Atlas Travel
For those who require a flight, you may send your daughter on one of Somerset’s escorted group flights (see below) or fly individually. We also list recommended flights which are NOT escorted (unless we have a minimum of 10 campers on the flight). Please contact our travel agent and see the section below for details on the recommended flights.
Somerset offers escorted group flight from the areas listed below. To book a flight, please use the Group Flight Sign-Up Form. A link to the form can be found on the Families section of our website. If you book a group flight you do not need to complete the Transportation Form in your mySomerset account.
Group flight locations include: Washington D.C., Baltimore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, NYC, Atlanta
Please let our travel agent know if you would like to inquire about a group flight from your area (if not listed). If we get enough campers for a region (and session) we will try to organize a group flight.
There will be pick-up and drop-off charges if your daughter is flying into Portland Jetport ($50) or Logan (Boston) Airport ($105). The charge will be listed on your final bill in March.
Recommended and Individual Flights
Recommended, but unescorted, flights from other parts of the country are available. While not escorted, there are usually a number of other campers on the flight. Our staff will be on hand in Portland to pick up your daughter as soon as she disembarks. If we end up having 10 campers on any of these flights, we will chaperone the flight! Details for each of these flights can be found by contacting the camp travel agent.
If you would like to fly individually, our travel agent is happy to assist in your booking. We ask that all flights arrive into Boston by 12 pm and Portland between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on arrival day and depart between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm on departure day. Once booked, please fill out the Transportation Form in your mySomerset account.
Bus travel to and from camp for all sessions will be available. Bus pickup and drop-off locations, as well as one way charges are listed below.
Bus charges will be listed on your final invoice. If you would like to reserve space on one of the buses, please log into your mySomerset account and fill out the Transportation Form. Specific drop-off and pick-up locations and times can be found here.
You may drop-off or pick-up your camper at Somerset. Please plan to drop your daughter off between 1 and 3 pm and pick her up between 9 and 11 am. Staff will be on hand to assist.
Please indicate this preference in the Transportation Form by selecting “car.” If you are considering either dropping off or picking up your daughter, but not both, we recommend picking her up. Allowing her to travel with other campers and avoiding a possibly emotional goodbye at camp is always a good idea.
For shipping luggage to and from camp, we recommend Camp Trucking. They provide door-to-door pickup and delivery of your daughter’s luggage and have served many camps in our area for decades. Camp Trucking contacts families directly to arrange shipment.
Camp Trucking, Inc.: Phone: 888-599-4036 | Fax: 970-949-5089
No trunks or duffel bags are allowed on buses or airport vans due to space limitations. To foster a comfortable opening to camp, staff members will completely unpack all campers prior to their arrival. For that reason, all camper luggage must arrive at least 4 days prior to opening day.
Please note that for the Short Somer (2-week) session, Camp Trucking will not pick up those campers’ bags until the last day of camp in August. If you choose to use Camp Trucking, we will hold the bags until then.
Somerset is a uniform camp! We want our campers to wake up each morning thinking about how to get the most out of their day, not what they’re going to wear or what someone else is wearing. This is also a very easy way to keep their summer clothes separate from their other clothing that is worn during the school year. Additionally, we want the girls to present themselves and Somerset with class, and so we ask that any clothes sent from home are appropriate (no short-shorts, no holes, and nothing too revealing!) If there is a question or concern, just ask us. You’re also welcome to send us a photo of any item of clothing if you are not certain it meets camp standards.
The daily uniform, assuming nice weather, is a Somerset logo tee shirt or tank top or plain white tee shirt or tank top along with royal or navy blue shorts, either with or without the Somerset logo.
Somerset partners with The Camp Spot to provide camp families and staff with uniforms and equipment. The Camp Spot has been providing excellent service to camp families for more than fifty years.
Please remember that camp orders are custom. They take time to purchase and process. Ordering early will give you time to make any necessary size exchanges and pack prior to luggage pick up. The Somerset store can be found by visiting thecampspot.com and searching “Somerset.” If you have any questions, you may reach The Camp Spot directly at 973-994-7416.
A downloadable packing list can be found here, within your mySomerset account, or on the Somerset page of The Camp Spot’s website. For certain items on the packing list, this Parent Handbook is referenced for further guidelines which are listed below.
Every new camp family is required to purchase a comfortable navy fleece blanket that will be embroidered with both the Somerset logo and the camper’s name. These blankets are to return to camp each summer and will be the canvas for all the patches your daughter will collect during her summers at camp. The blankets will tell the story of a girls’ time at Somerset and we hope they become something that every camper will treasure forever.
Please place your blanket order with The Camp Spot when ordering all your other apparel.
The complete packing list can be found here. In April, we will email you an easy to use packing checklist where we’ll ask that you record everything in your daughter’s bags and then pack the list in one of her bags. We will use this to verify that we have received everything you have indicated and cross reference this list when we pack to send her home. This will allow us to know if anything is missing and hopefully locate it before departure. That being said, do not send anything to camp that cannot be replaced because things can get misplaced!
Bed linens (sheets and pillowcases) and mattress covers are provided. Please send your own pillow along with a blanket or comforter.
Clean towels are also provided daily in the cabin, at the waterfront, and at the pool. Please do not pack any bath or beach towels. There is no need for hand towels as all bathroom facilities have paper towels or dryers. You are welcome to pack face towels/washcloths if you desire.
Laundry is done once a week and returned within 24 hours or less. Plan on packing a week’s worth of clothing (factoring in extras and changes throughout the day for different activities) plus additional items that may be needed.
Somerset partners with CampMeds to handle the organization of all camper medication. CampMeds provides to us the proper number of doses of pre-packaged medication, ensuring that every camper gets the correct medication and dosage, at the right time and on the right days.
Medications that are in pill form (including vitamins), will be individually packaged, sealed, and sorted according to date and time of administration. The packets are clearly labeled with the camper’s name, medication(s), dosage, date and time to be administered. Due to most insurance regulations, medications can only be dispensed 30 days at a time. If a camper requires medication for more than one month, the additional month of packaged meds will be sent to to us in ample time before needed. After the new year, we will send you information on how to create an account with CampMeds and provide them with any prescriptions.
All Somerset cabins sleep 14 people, typically 10-11 campers and 3-4 counselors. The entry mud room has a bench for putting on shoes, high hooks for hanging coats and rackets, and individual shoe boxes for each camper. The main room holds seven bunk beds each with two large drawers under the bottom bunk, one for each camper. Next to each bed is a divided armoire that provides ample hanging and shelf space for each camper. The main room has private, high windows along the sides along with one big picture window that allows for lots of natural light. A back door serves as an emergency exit and opens up to the cabin’s private “back yard.” Bathroom facilities are in the cabin and contain three (3) showers, two (2) toilets, three (3) sinks, along with a closet for clean towels, a hamper for dirty towels, and a broom closet for cleaning supplies. The showers have a double curtain allowing for private changing space and each camper receives a cubby for her toiletries.
Communal living, and the relationships that it creates, is arguably the most rewarding part of the summer camp experience. At times, it can also be the most challenging. We expect our campers to take personal responsibility and contribute to the bunk’s welfare by being flexible in their own needs and understanding of the needs of others.
Campers are bunked together by school grade. While many campers attend with friends from home, we believe the greatest value in camp is meeting new friends. If there are multiple bunks in an age group, separating your daughter from her friends from home is not a bad idea and she will still see them regularly. We will welcome up to two camper bunk requests per camper and will do our best to honor them but cannot make any guarantees.
In addition to Somerset’s regular programming, we offer the option of additional instruction for those who wish to concentrate in the following areas:
Please note that each of these programs is optional and sessions are scheduled during periods that have minimal impact on a camper’s regular schedule (no major camp events, trips, or evening activities will be missed). To enroll your daughter in an intensive instructional, please complete the form in your mySomerset account. Additional charges may apply.
Somerset offers academic enrichment in a number of subjects for all ages. Classes are $20/session, with a Somerset staff member who is not a professional educator, and $50/session with a Somerset staff member who is a professional educator. To enroll your daughter in enrichment, please complete the form in your mySomerset account. You will be contacted before the summer begins about materials and goals for the summer. If you have any questions, please email Kate at .
Included in your final bill is a charge for the camper bank fund that covers all necessary spending money for out of camp trips. The cost of the trip itself, food, admission, etc. is all covered by your tuition. Depending on the trip, we may give the campers an appropriate amount of extra spending money from their bank fund to purchase an extra snack or souvenir.
Please DO NOT send any additional cash with your daughter. Money in the cabin can be easily lost and creates unnecessary competition. If you must provide your daughter with money for traveling to/from camp, we will collect it upon arrival and return it on the last day of camp.
2018 Camper Bank Fund Amounts:
Full Somer $200 | Half Somer $120 | Short Somer $100
Homesickness is normal, especially for a camper away from home for the first time. They do not know their surroundings, their bunkmates, or what is going to happen every day. All this, plus missing their family, can be incredibly overwhelming for a child. It is not uncommon for these campers to lose their appetite or develop a stomach ache or headache. Typically, homesickness lasts only a few hours or up to a day or two. Our schedule is designed to immediately get the campers engrossed in camp activities and forming relationships. The busier they are during the day and the more tired they are at night creates less opportunity for them to miss home. It’s just that simple.
Our staff are trained to recognize the signs of homesickness and implement strategies to help our campers overcome it quickly. The best thing we can do is engage a homesick camper in activities to lift her spirits and build her confidence.
The best thing you can to do is to try and prevent homesickness by preparing your child before camp. Tell her you are proud of her, excited for her, and jealous of all the fun things she will get to do and all the wonderful people she will get to meet. Never make a promise that she can come home if she is unhappy or that she can call you at any time. As partners with you on this issue, these are promises we cannot deliver on, nor should we. A homesick camper is as painful for us as it is for you but we must be unified in helping her overcome.
When you write to your daughter, ask her questions that she will need to respond to, such as “How was your trip to Bar Harbor?” or “What was the flavor of the pie last Sunday night?” Avoid talking about all the family activities she might be missing or how much you miss her. If you are receiving letters that are of concern to you, contact Kate or Josh immediately.
The following resources have proven valuable to directors and leadership as they craft one amazing summer after another. We recommended them for parents as well as prospective staff members.
The first day of camp is the greatest day of the summer! Yes, it can be sad for both campers and parents, but the best thing everyone can do is focus on the wonderfully positive journey that is about to begin. Regardless of session, here are our Top 5 First Day Reminders…
How to reach Kate and Josh
The Somerset office is open everyday from 7:30 am until 7:30 pm. Our cell phones will ring in case of an after-hours emergency.
Our friendly and professional office staff are on hand to answer all calls and respond to emails in a timely manner. To reach Kate or Josh, please call the office and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We strive to spend as much of the day out of the office with the campers but we will return your call or email as soon as we return to our desks.
We will regularly update our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts throughout the summer and reserve the right to use any camp photos.
Every night we will upload the day’s photos to the Campintouch system. We aim to have photos posted by 11 pm each night, if not earlier. Occasionally, they may not be available until the following morning but this is very rare. Regardless, you will receive a text from us letting you know when the photos are ready.
To view the photos, log into your mySomerset account and click photos. Photos may be downloaded or printed in various sizes. Photos can also be shared on Facebook or emailed to yourself or a family member. We will do our best to capture every camper, enjoying the day and all that Somerset has to offer. But please bear in mind, we do not want to inhibit their day with constant photos, nor do we want you to have to scroll through thousands of pictures! If you can’t find your daughter in the photos, please do not read into it or assume she is not having fun. Oftentimes, the exact opposite is true.
Good Morning from Somerset and The Somer Sun
We want to keep you informed as to everything that is going on at camp, from the schedule, to the menu, to the unexpected highlights. Every morning you will receive an email from Josh highlighting yesterday’s events and all that is in store for the day ahead. Plus, we’ll share with you a copy of that day’s Somer Sun, our daily newsletter. This is all the news you’ll ever want to know!
Email and Mail
Emailing your camper is fast and easy. To email, login to your mySomerset account, click email at the top, then draft the email and click send. We will receive the email with your daughter’s name and cabin for easy sorting. If you have more than one camper, you will see a checkbox for each camper allowing you send the same email to both campers if you wish. Emails will be printed every day by 11 am. All emails received after 11 am will be delivered the following day.
When sending regular mail, please include your daughter’s cabin name on the address label as this helps our office staff with sorting.
Campers will be required to write home two times per week. Upon receiving a letter, if you read anything that causes you concern, of course do not hesitate to call us.
Phone Reservation System
During the summer, you will be able to schedule a phone call with your daughter. Campers are permitted one ten-minute phone call per session. There are no phone calls the first week of camp, as campers are settling in. Special arrangements can be made for birthdays and other important dates. Kate, Josh or a counselor will be with your daughter as she receives her phone call, and when she hangs up, just in case she needs a hug!
To access the system:
Birthdays at Camp
We know that being away from your daughter on this special day can be hard so that’s why we go out of our way to make a big deal out of every camp birthday. Birthday girls will be acknowledged in the morning Somer Sun, get to raise the flag and lead the breakfast prayer, and will receive a dinnertime celebration complete with a cake and a special birthday song. If you would like to sponsor a surprise pizza party for her cabin, we can happily arrange this and charge $60 to your card on file.
Packages often create unhealthy competition among campers. Also, the anticipation of receiving a package can shift the emphasis at camp from fun to awaiting the arrival of the mail. Our policy, detailed below, extends to all parents, relatives and friends. In order to ensure fairness, the following will be strictly enforced.
What is allowed?
What is not allowed?
Directions to Somerset
Somerset is located on East Lake, a member lake in the beautiful Belgrade Lakes chain of central Maine. Camp is a three-hour drive north from Boston, MA and an hour and a half from Portland, ME. If you are using a GPS, please use the following address: 8 Somerset Lane, Smithfield, ME.
From the South
Follow Interstate 95 North to Exit 127 to Waterville/Oakland. (In Maine, I-95 becomes the Maine Turnpike, which turns into I-95 again just south of the camp). At the end of the exit, take a left onto Route 137 toward Oakland.
Follow Route 137, staying to the right of the Mobil gas station at the fork in Oakland. After approximately six miles, just before D&L Country Store, turn right onto East Pond Rd. Somerset is just over one mile down East Pond Rd. on the left.
From the North
Follow Interstate 95 South to Exit 127 to Waterville/Oakland. At the end of the exit, take a right onto Route 137, and proceed as stated above.
Somerset is an hour and a half drive from Portland International Airport, an hour drive from Bangor International Airport, and a three-hour drive from Logan International Airport in Boston.
Delta and American fly to Bangor, while the Portland airport is served by Delta, Jetblue, Southwest, United and American. Logan is served by a wide variety of national and international carriers.
Where to Stay
For a complete list of local accommodations, visit our Area Resources page.
Leaving Camp and Food
We believe that the best visiting day experience is spent enjoying all that camp has to offer with your daughter. However, we understand the desire of many families to spend time out of camp and enjoy the local attractions. Should you choose to leave camp, we ask that you not depart until 1 pm and return promptly at 4 pm. Please do not buy your daughter any clothes or accessories that was not on the original packing list and keep food and drink to a bare minimum. We will allow them to enjoy their snacks that night but all food still in cabins come Monday will be collected and donated to a local food bank. Please remember that Somerset is a 100% nut-free environment.
Additionally, we kindly ask that you do not bring or buy any bunk gifts. This is part of our philosophy that “less is more” and the girls are at camp to enjoy each other and their surroundings. They do not have a need for extravagant gifts that may foster unnecessary competition.
Staff gratuities are not permitted. If you wish to acknowledge a staff member, we invite you to complete a staff recognition card which can be found in the office. We also welcome donations to the staff scholarship fund which will be awarded at the end of the summer to one deserving staff member who is pursuing a career in education.
Due to allergies as well as for the safety of both the entire camp community and the animals, we ask that no pets be brought to camp. Service animals are, of course, permitted.
Communication with Health Center
Somerset’s medical staff is on hand in the Health Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the summer. The nurses, health aid, and doctor are completely devoted to the well-being of every camper.
The health center call hours are from 9 am until 8 pm daily and they can be reached by calling the camp office or via email at .
In the event of an emergency, a member of the medical staff will call you immediately and the purpose of the call will be clearly stated at the outset. You will also be called if your child stays in the Infirmary overnight, has an allergic reaction, needs to see the camp doctor, or needs antibiotics. In the event of an after-hours emergency, we will provide you with the health center’s overnight phone number.
For all non-emergency calls and emails, please allow a 24 hour response time. Volume in the health center is greatest after meals and before bedtime. The best time to call is usually mid-morning or mid-afternoon.
Cabin Cleanliness and Sanitation
Campers and counselors are responsible for cleaning their cabins on a daily basis. We believe this is an important lesson in both teamwork and personal responsibility. Daily duties include making their beds, keeping their clothes folded, and personal spaces tidy. Additionally, daily job responsibilities include sweeping all floors, retrieving clean towels from the laundry, cleaning all bathroom surfaces, and mopping the bathroom floor. Additionally, the bathrooms will be professionally cleaned and sanitized weekly by an outside service.
Food Service and Allergies
If your daughter has special dietary requirements or allergies to food, please indicate this on the health history form and email us with detailed instructions. Our dining hall can easily accommodate lactose intolerance, gluten intolerance, and both vegetarian and vegan diets.
Food allergies are serious and are one of the main reasons why we cannot allow outside food in camp. If your daughter has a food allergy, please be sure that you have both spoken with Kate and indicated this on her health history form. Camp Somerset is a 100% nut free facility and, when out of camp, campers and staff are prohibited from eating or buying any products with nuts or any products that may have been produced in a facility that contains nuts. Click here to learn more about our procedures concering food allergies.
Daily and frequent application of sunscreen is extremely important to us and is constantly reinforced by our staff. Somerset is equipped with six sunscreen stations conveniently situated throughout camp. We use Rocky Mountain SPF 50 but you are encouraged to send your own sunscreen if your daughter requires a specific brand.
Lice is a serious concern at camp. Only half of lice infested children experience the telltale itching and many children show no symptoms at all.
Your daughter will be professionally screened for lice upon arrival at camp. If lice or nits are discovered, our professional screeners will treat your daughter for a cost of $250. Campers will be treated as quickly as possible, but the process is very time consuming. Please help avoid a potentially disruptive start to camp and make sure your daughter arrives to camp lice free. Our very strong recommendation is to have your child screened before camp. Lice professionals, hair stylists, and school nurses are excellent screeners.
It is possible to miss an early infestation if there are not yet nits. If your child has a friend or sibling who has had lice in the past 6 months, please let us know.
Medical Expenses and Insurance
All campers are required to have active health insurance in order to attend camp. You or your medical insurance carrier are responsible for all of your daughter’s medical expenses including doctor visits, x-rays, other medical treatment, and hospitalization. Medication will be charged to your credit card on file.
There is no better way to see and enjoy Somerset than to spend two days at camp with your daughter. Mother/daughter weekend begins on the afternoon of Friday, August 9th and ends after lunch on Sunday, August 11th. For two incredible days in Maine you’ll live together, eat together, and enjoy the countless activities that we have to offer. The cost for the weekend is $150 for an adult and FREE for all kids, including non-campers. If you know of other families that might be interested in camp for the future, we welcome prospective families as well. Pickups from Portland airport will be available. Registration is now open for Mother/Daughter weekend.
Let’s face it, leaving camp is hard!! We know that you will be excited to see your daughter when she comes home from camp and she will be equally excited to see you. However, the transition from camp to home is different for every child. Some kids are eager to share every story and memory and will be full of energy. Others may be a bit more somber, sad to have left camp, or simply tired. We encourage you to ask questions and learn all you can about your daughter’s time at Somerset but we urge you to not rush to any conclusions based on the first few days home. Trust us, no one has a bigger case of the blues than us!
It is our goal to make sure that your daughter returns home with everything she brought to camp. But, as you can imagine, in a large community like ours, things do go missing. This is one of the main reasons that we discourage sending anything to camp of great value and urge you to label everything.
Please be sure to include your packing checklist when you ship your daughter’s bags so we can reference this when we go to pack. This list will allow us to know if anything is missing so we can try to locate it before your daughter departs. Once we begin the full clean-up of camp, we’ll be sure to keep looking for any lost items and ship them to you if located. Again, labeling EVERYTHING will help make sure it all makes its way home. Please give us a few days to clean camp and organize lost and found before contacting us for lost items.
Fortunately, we live in a time when staying in touch is super fast and super easy. Unfortunately, as we all know, many of the platforms that allow us to stay in touch can be as damaging as they are convenient. We expect our campers to continue to embody our core values even after camp has ended. We want them to stay connected to share stories, memories, and highlights of their year back home. But, like you, we expect them to do this in a safe, healthy, kind, and inclusive manner.
The official Somerset Facebook and Instagram pages will continue to serve as open forums for our entire community to enjoy both memories of the summer past and excitement for the summer ahead. It is our expectation that all members of our community will conduct themselves appropriately when posting on official Somerset pages. This includes refraining from posting: hurtful comments or photos; sexualized comments or sexually suggestive photos; degrading, homophobic or racist comments or photos; swear words; or comments relating to drugs or alcohol.
Please note that we strongly urge our staff to be careful when accepting friend or follow requests and require, that if they do so, that they only post material appropriate for children or risk not being invited back to camp. We also understand that a staff member not accepting a camper’s request might be hurtful or misunderstood by that camper. We will do our best to prepare the campers for this possibility before heading home and ask you to do the same.
Enrollment for 2020 will officially open on visiting day weekend. We hope your daughter is having the time of her life and the decision to re-enroll is an easy one for you. We will be building new cabins and opening up more camper slots for 2020 but we strongly suggest you secure your space early and take advantage of all the available discounts.