Lantern Review of Camp Wekeela
It’s difficult to imagine a more idyllic setting for a camp than tucked into the pines of the Maine countryside. As you drive into Camp Wekeela, the beauty of Maine’s lake country unfolds in front of you. The waterfront at Wekeela is a standout, though the camp’s many open spaces, sports fields and attractive cabins provide a wonderful setting for campers to discover what may be most important here: friends.
Speaking with the camp owners and directors, Ephram and Lori Caflun, it’s clear that the campers are the priority at Wekeela. Counselors are trained to connect with each of the campers while working in a summer program designed to foster those connections. Whether it be the focus on developing strong bonds of friendship within a bunk group, or by creating an engaging, fun and well-run activity program, the Wekeela philosophy is rooted in a desire for each camper to feel listened to and respected, to develop sports skills and explore new interests, and to feel cared for.
Much of the camper’s day is spent with their bunk groups in activities like swimming, tennis, basketball and even culinary arts, though two elective periods daily allow each camper to pursue his or her individual interests. While the waterfront is a key element to the program, it’s generally quite balanced with some unique opportunities, like Wekeela’s natural rock face climbing area on a granite outcropping that shares equal billing with a towering climbing wall.
The technology-free, outdoor environment at Wekeela is part of the reason that the campers create such meaningful friendships here. It’s also the intentional outreach to each camper’s entire family that helps create a strong bond to this nearly century-old camp. A quote at the end of the Wekeela promotional video might best sum it up: “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.” No doubt it’s remarkable to see the campers take flight each summer, rooted in this pioneer camp’s traditions.
- 400 Campers per Session
- 2-week, 3-week, 4-week, 7-week
- Founded in 1922
Beyond all the fantastic material amenities and offerings, Camp Wekeela is coveted as an engaging, fun-filled, safe and nurturing environment, where children find innumerable opportunities to connect and benefit from personal relationships and grow on multiple levels. Our goals are to not only serve your children, but to truly serve you as a family. We strive to be partners with our parents as we help your children flourish and thrive. Selecting a sleepaway camp is one of the most important decisions that you will make for your child's future and we want to partner with you in making that choice.
- 45 Activities
- Team Sports
- Arts & Crafts
- Individual Activities
Top 5 Activities
- Team sports
- Outdoor Adventure
- Culinary Arts
We offer a bus from Rye, New York for all of our Tri-State Campers. We also provided shuttle buses to and from camp to Logan, Boston Airport and Portland Airport on the first and last day of each session. For our Florida and Maryland campers we arrange a chaperoned flight to either Boston or Portland.