Lantern Review of Camp Kippewa

“No two girls are alike, why should their summers be;” an interesting take on the traditional camp program. In 2008, Ginger and Steve Clare brought their passion for camping to Kippewa. While continuing to embrace the traditions and culture embedded in the camp during its first 50 summers, they have infused their own style and creativity to create a vibrant camp culture for girls of all ages. The secret is allowing each girl to customize their summer program.

Set lakeside just beyond a maple grove in the wooded Maine countryside, Camp Kippewa is focused on creating a customized experience for each girl. By choosing from a range of activities, each camper dives into a week-long focus on instruction within their choices. Additionally, they can opt for specialized instruction in the form of private tennis lessons, additional equestrian training, hiking trips or other specialized choices. This format is empowering for the girls in a non-competitive atmosphere that’s focused on individual growth and achievement.

The equestrian program remains a popular choice with almost half of the girls working on riding skills. The waterfront is also especially busy with a ski program that develops skills for campers of all ability levels and a sailing fleet that’s often out-to-sea on their 11-mile long lake. The extensive arts program consists of a dozen studios ranging from painting and drawing to sewing and jewelry making. The hands-on instruction affords girls the ability to express themselves with newfound skills or by pursuing previously discovered passions. Beyond those popular options, campers find success in activities as diverse as field hockey to yoga, fashion design to tennis.

There’s an almost laid-back atmosphere at Kippewa that the staff is intent on maintaining. The genuine camp attitude helps prevent cliques from forming among the campers and lends an air of contentment and happiness to this place. It’s wonderful to have choices and to build friendships like you do at Camp Kippewa. The fact that you have an even greater role in crafting your own summer experience is one of the true gems of this wonderful place.

Fast Facts

  • Girls Only
  • 185 Campers per Session
  • 4-week
  • Founded in 1957
  • $$$$

Director's Message

The caring, nurturing ambiance at Camp Kippewa sets a girl at ease with who she is, giving her the confidence to make friends easily and feel comfortable about trying challenging new activities. We offer a wide selection of activities to choose from as girls create their own schedules. All camp and mixed-age events, along with our camp sister program, help everyone get to know each other in our "Kippy Family". The natural setting of Maine and Lake Cobbosseecontee is the perfect place to make friends, try something new, grow, be yourself and just have fun!

Program Highlights

  • 30 Activities
  • Team Sports
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Mountains
  • Individual Activities
  • Drama
  • Tripping
  • Waterfront
  • Forest
  • Rural

Top 5 Activities

  • Equestrian
  • Studio/Fine Arts
  • Performing Arts
  • Waterskiing
  • Adventure Trips

Travel Information

Buses from Boston, NY & CT Air from Portland, Maine or Boston, MA


Camp Kippewa

(207) 933-2993

Ginger Clare