Lantern Review of Kingsley Pines Camp
Take a walk down the path towards the lake and you’ll arrive at a gorgeous sandy beach. On any given day, this is the place to be at Kingsley Pines Camp, with watercraft coming and going, swimmers taking full advantage of the crystal clear sandy bottom and a myriad of games, tables and benches that makes up what is referred to as the “Fun Zone.” Yes, this is the friendly, almost laid-back heartbeat of this place.
While the beach is home to the “fun zone”, the full picture of sleepaway camp is found throughout the beautiful pine-forest setting. Five activity periods are chosen from a full complement of traditional camp activities, arts and crafts, adventure programs and modern sports. Four of those activities are chosen weekly, while the fifth is chosen daily after lunch, allowing flexibility in the Kingsley Pines program for the creativity of the staff to shine through. If a counselor has a background in magic, this fifth activity will be the time designated to bring his expertise and enthusiasm to the campers. Additionally, one-day to two-day long hiking, mountain biking and canoe trips provide an exciting opportunity to explore the Maine wilderness.
What is most evident in the Kingsley Pines program are the friendliness, maturity and determination of its counselors. The structure and process of staff supervision creates a culture of caring, accountability and openness that permeates the entire camp community. Staff are challenged from the very beginning to seize any moment to demonstrate that they care for their campers. In the words of director Alan Kissack, “opportunities to connect with each camper are constant and varied.” Here, they have an older counseling staff which brings maturity and loyalty to the philosophy.
A set of staff goals is posted on the Kingsley Pines website, one of which challenges each counselor to be the person that a camper remembers twenty years from now. Sitting down at the beach, playing table tennis, tether ball or just hanging out, it’s easy to see why these casual and intentionally unstructured moments with the campers are so important. And why, twenty years from now, the camper will recall sitting lakeside with his or her favorite counselor.
- 220 Campers per Session
- 2-weeks, 3-weeks, 5-weeks, 6-weeks
- Founded in 1984
You can’t go very far at Kingsley Pines without hearing a laugh or seeing a smile. In our safe surroundings and enriching environment, children have the responsibility of choosing their own activities. They develop a higher level of self-confidence and form friendships that last forever. Our camp is so much fun they'll want to come back year after year!
- 34 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- High Ropes
Campers travel to camp by car and plane. The nearest airport is the Portland Jetport, Portland, ME. The nearest international airport is Logan Airport, Boston, MA. Chaperoned flights from select cities.
Kingsley Pines Camp