Lantern Review of Kamp Kohut

The sunsets from here are spectacular. The long northern summers end in dramatic fashion each night at Kamp Kohut, which is set on the east side of one of Maine’s clear, blue lakes. It’s a perfect setting for the evening campfires that share happy songs and maybe even a few joyful tears and a wonderful way to conclude a summer’s evening.

Earlier in the day, Kamp Kohut is alive with the friendly campers and staff, walking the central path called “the Pines” on their way to the wide-range of activities offered here. Simply walking “the Pines” seems to wrap you in the warm spirit of this camp, with the towering, ancient pines flanked by the open fields of this one-time farm. Many generations of footsteps have shared this path, adding a depth of shared experience that dates back to the camp’s founding in 1907.

While the setting is ideal for a camp, it’s the detailed planning and programming that makes Kohut even more special. The fourteen day staff training prior to camp is much longer that typical, which speaks to the amount of detail and dedication that Kohut requires of their staff. In speaking with the camp directors, it’s obvious that this attention to detail is a natural outgrowth of the passion with which they run their camp. They see a real opportunity to help campers create meaningful friendships, to develop character through their program and to foster an appreciation of their natural surroundings through trips and special activities. The program is primarily free-choice, but the parent’s input is valued to ensure that each family’s priorities are reinforced.

Cabin placement and supervision is almost a science here, but the thoughtful and methodical approach isn’t heavy-handed. For the boys and girls at Kohut, this is the fun, outdoors camp that we all hope to find, filled with a light-hearted embrace of even the silly things. Take, for example, the longtime “Flipper” tradition. Like many camps, a morning dip in the lake is a fun way to start the day. At Kohut, they flip into the lake, and for those who flip every morning, your name is forever etched with those “flippers” before you. It’s fun, even a bit silly, but that’s what happens at camp; the smallest details are made larger to amplify what’s really important.

Fast Facts

  • COED
  • Brother/Sister
  • 200 Campers per Session
  • 4-week
  • Founded in 1907
  • $$$$

Director's Message

Surrounded by spectacular Lake Thompson, Kohut’s 100 acres of lush woods and fields offer a magnificent setting for our comprehensive and spirited 4-week brother-sister program, designed to create lifelong friendships, skills and memories. We are genuinely focused on the individual needs of our campers, and passionate about creating a close camp community based on values of respect, kindness, self-improvement, teamwork and tolerance in an atmosphere of warmth and fun.

Program Highlights

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

Top 5 Activities

  • Sailing
  • Waterksiing
  • Adventure/Ropes Course
  • Archery
  • Tennis

Travel Information

Bus from NYC, and chaperoned flights from select cities


Kamp Kohut

(207) 767-2406

(207) 539-0966

Lisa Tripler