Word Around the Campfire #8 - 9th September 2019

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The first weekend of September is such an odd time here at MTC.  Camp looks amazing, the weather is ideal, the lake is the perfect temperature.  All that is missing is the campers.  But the calendar doesn’t agree with our assessment that it’s a great time for camp.  The calendar says - summer is ending (and camp along with it) and school is starting.  Our cultural norms say that it’s time to get serious, forget all the summer stuff, focus on school.  But we think that is a mistake, and that by intentionally practicing some of the summer stuff, the benefits of summer can flow all year long.  

During the summer we talk about what it might mean to make the world a little more camp like, what things they can do in their own lives and communities that reflect the values and ideas of camp, how campers can do small things to keep the benefits of camp going just a little while longer.  Because the truth is that the really good camp stuff is actually just really good stuff.  We gain some lived experience in camp, and hopefully we use that experience to inform the decisions we make after the summer.  

So let’s quickly address some of the lessons of camp that may not necessarily make a campers world more camp like, but might help them a) carry some of the good feelings of camp through the school year, and b) have a positive impact on their academic lives (it should be noted that these are not really separate things).

Getting close to nature would be the most obvious and immediately beneficial aspect of camp that we would encourage campers to seek out during the school year.  Exposure to natural spaces has a host of mental, emotional and physical benefits, but the most compelling one might be – kids who spend time around trees do better in school.  The mechanism isn’t well understood yet, but the evidence is pretty clear that exposure to nature helps kids do their best in school.  

A good nights sleep is another aspect of camp that helps campers feel and do their best.  While schedules outside the camp bubble have many more demands, prioritizing sleep as a means to being an effective and happy individual is a skill we hope campers can generalize outside the months of June-August.

Moderating our use of technology.  At camp we have a wonderful time not despite, but because we aren’t surrounded by consistently intrusive technology.  Understanding the role tech plays in their lives, and making intentional choices about their relationship with it, will pay dividends in every aspect of campers lives during the year.  

Making and maintaining connections.  One of the most enduring and gratifying parts of camp is the friendships and connections campers make.  These friendships extend the value of a summer at camp into a lifetime. It is not just the friendships made at camp though.  The skills learned or practiced in making those friendships are essential life skills.Campers who learn how to make the courageous choice to meet a new friend at camp, who make the same choice in school, become better connected, build community, and make their academic year better for themselves and others.

Finally, we hope that our campers take from camp a lesson that is so obvious, and apply it broadly across all aspects of their lives.That it is not a spectator sport.Camp rewards effort directly and in multiples.  Living this experience each day, we hope that every camper who spent time here this summer has an expectation for themselves – to give every opportunity a whole-hearted effort, understanding that the results will then take care of themselves.Don’t worry too much about what’s going to happen, focus on what is happening now, and make the most of it.  

Good luck to all for the start of the school year.  We hope it’s wonderful.

Matt, Monique & Nicky

Summer 2020 Dates

Registrations are now open for 2020. Click here to register and you could take advantage of our amazing returners Early Enrollment Discount!

First Session:

June 28 - July 23

$6000 (Regular price of $6400

Second Session:

July 26 – Aug 18

$5200 (Regular price of $5600)

Third Session:

June 28 – August 8

$8000 (Regular price of $8400)

Full Season:

June 28 - Aug 18

$8600 (Regular price of $9000)

Two Week A:

June 28 – July 11

$3700 (Regular price of $3900)

Two Week B:

July 26 – August 8

$3500 (Regular price of $3700)

Videos and Social Media

Both Session Videos are available in our 2019 Video Gallery here: We'll be announcing new videos like Coffee House, Dance Show, Camp Show and Live Dance on Facebook as they are released so make sure to follow us online on our various social media accounts like and Instagram @MaineTeenCamp.

For a daily dose of Camp you can also follow @MTC365 on Instagram to watch camp change over the winter from our Lake Webcam.

2019S1 - Arrival Day - 183Top 7 Reasons to Register Early

During the months of September and October, we run Early Enrollment Specials – that is, we discount our sessions for our returning and referred families, we offer our best pricing to our best families!  So why register now?

  • Save $$$.  Who doesn’t like saving money?  Combine an early enrollment discount with a survey credit, and you could save up to $500. 
  • Get your first choice of session – last summer we waitlisted multiple sessions.  Register now, and ensure your camper gets to attend for the dates that best work for you.
  • Take a big item off the to do list. 
  • Help us plan for another remarkable summer – when families register early, we can make even better programming and staffing plans. 
  • Give your camper something amazing to look forward to.  The school year can be long and stressful.  Knowing that a summer at camp is in their future, with all the friends and fun that it entails, looking forward to being in the place that makes them happy, with people who know and care about them, can make some of the hard days at school easier, make the cold months warmer…
  • Spread the word.  Okay, it’s not really a reason for you to register early, but it sure does sound great when you recommend MTC to friends, neighbors, co-workers, etc. and you can say to them “well, we’re already enrolled for next year”.  Please keep spreading the word, your word of mouth referrals are essential to the continued success of MTC.

2019S1W3FD - Festivus - JC - 045Testimonials and Reviews

If you would like to submit a testimonial, please get in contact with us. You can read some of the great memories of camp from previous summer of on testimonials page here:

We'd also love it if you could rate and review us on sites like Google:


and Yelp:

Reviews help other families and campers find MTC online and push spread the word of how great of a time our campers have had.

2019S2W3D2 - LT Photo - 014LT Applications are now open!

If your camper is interested in being an LT in 2020 application forms are available here:

Our ‘LT’ Program is designed for a small number of  Maine Teen Campers who are selected to participate for a full summer program centered on developing individual leadership skills, teamwork skills, and fostering a deeper understanding of how the camp community works.

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by the start of camp, and must not be older than 17, and submit an LT application with letters of reference. Preference is given to 17-year-olds, but all applicants are given fair consideration.

There is a special reduced tuition fee for LT Program participants.


All the music from the summer is currently being mixed and mastered and will be available through our new Empty Sea Music website when it's all finished so stay tuned for when the tracks drop because we're really excited for you to all hear the amazing talent that we have here at MTC.

In the meantime, make sure to follow us on and our new Instagram @EmptySeaMusic to stay in the loop on when the music and Videos for live dance will be available online.

- Chloe, Ajay, and Sean

Thank you all for reading, you can follow us on Facebook and Instagram @MaineTeenCamp and just a reminder to make sure that your SPAM settings are set to allow all addresses so that you can continue to get those important Trips and Travel e-mails.

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Maine Teen Camp

481 Brownfield Rd,
Porter, Maine

Maine Teen Camp is the only accredited summer camp created exclusively for teenagers. Enjoy a summer of meaning, fun, friendships and memories to last a lifetime.