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A Parents Perspective on Camp: Part 1 - Summers 2014 & 2017

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(We will be featuring a series of guest posts on the MTC blog over the coming months.  This post is contributed by Tracy Preston, MTC parent summer 2014 & 2017.)

When I was a teen in 1970s London, I dreamt of going to one of the Camps in the USA that I had seen in the movies.  Camps looked fun, inclusive, and full of activity and new friends to make – usually set on a lake in a beautiful location.  At that time in my life – I would have been lucky to get a summer day to trip to a beach in grey old England, and my dreams of camp life in America – would remain just that – dreams.


The Convert: Becoming a Believer in Maine Camps

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Source: The Convert: Becoming a Believer in Maine Camps | Maine Camp Experience

This post is contributed by Andy Bill, Maine Teen Camp parent.

I was brought up in England and, despite an extended stay in the U.S. (30 years and counting), I knew nothing about summer camps or their nostalgic tradition. Until last spring, when my two boys, aged 13 and 14, overheard their friends planning their hazy-happy summer weeks, romping through the woods, as feral as Lost Boys in Never Never Land, sprung from the servitude of the Connecticut suburbs and their parents’ incessant advice.

I was, I admit, a bit cynical about the idea.


Advice From a Former Staff...

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This post is contributed by Zoe Pearce, MTC Staff Member

I BEG YOUNG PEOPLE TO... travel abroad or work abroad or both. Do it all. Grab a backpack and go. Or if you’re called Zoe & Kim, grab three suitcases each and take them to summer camp. (We never did master the art of traveling light). If you don't have a passport, get one. Take just one year or one summer and just go. Have your mind blown.

Dig some interesting people. Eat some interesting food. Have an adventure. Be careful. Come back and you're going to see stuff differently. It will change the way you relate to the world. It will change the way you relate to others after you’re exposed to so much diversity. There are lessons that you can't get out of a book that are waiting for you at the other end of that flight.


Bells and Friends

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This post is contributed by Joe Mankowski, MTC Camper'05,'06,'07,'08,'09 & Staff Member'11

They say time flies when you’re having fun… but here at camp there is no time, there are only bells, bells that ring within a blink of an eye. How has it been already an entire session? How has an entire community of strangers become one of the single most treasured memories in my heart? I don’t know, and it seems as though I never will.

I was a camper here for five years and have finally returned to be apart of the staff… to be apart of the great group of people who make this place a bubble. Now, I have lived both sides to the story and I am still in awe at how different life functions within the perimeter of Maine Teen Camp. It takes years, back at home, to make a best friend: to trust, to care, to love. Here at camp it’s been only one session and I have yet again, met people I can’t imagine my life without. One month here is like a decade out in the real world and I believe it’s partially do to with the fact that we are all “unplugged.”

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