CAMPER AGE GROUPS
Scouts (Entering Kindergarten and 1st grade): The youngest Campers at CDC are introduced to camp with programming that is gentle, supportive and designed to harness their natural excitement and curiosity. Our goal is to engage them in ways that turn them into lifelong campers! Unit Leaders and Counselors for this group are specifically trained in working with the K-1 age group, and the camper/counselor ratio is also higher at this age. Campers move through a structured and consistent curriculum of activities, with age-appropriate options that allow them to enjoy every aspect of camp at their own pace.
Pioneers (Entering grades 2-3): Pioneers are often some of our most dedicated Camp musicians and storytellers; they learn Camp songs and lore that they will remember all their lives. Trips to “Lollipop Island” and other special activities connect Pioneers to the magic of the camp environment, and activities allow them to explore their interests and learn all kinds of new things; first overnights are a great chance to learn how to pitch a tent, make a campfire and sleep under the stars!
Guides (Entering grades 4-5): Guides are offered increased levels of responsibility at Camp, as they build interpersonal skills and grow in proficiency in swimming, boating, sports and other activities. Guides are well as more off-campus trips, and multiple overnights over the course of the summer. They also are able to make more choices about their schedules. Guides are full of energy and are often particularly enthusiastic about outdoor activities, from sports to gardening.
Explorers (Entering grades 6-7) and Quests (Entering grades 8-9): As our oldest groups of campers, Explorers and Quests have the opportunity engage in great trips and special activities scheduled regularly throughout the summer, including three overnight trips. They also have significant amounts of choice regarding their daily schedule so they may spend time developing skills in the areas that they particularly enjoy.
Center Day Camp gives children a broad array of offerings that create a summer camp experience that engages them intellectually and physically throughout the summer, and year after year. This year, our offerings will include:
From daily Red Cross Swimming Lessons to canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or stand-up paddle-boarding, waterfront activities are a highlight of the CDC experience. Our counselor-to-camper ratio is increased in the waterfront program, as safety is always our number one priority. Our goal is for Campers to leave at the end of the summer with a range of new skills and a love for Sebago Lake.
Art at CDC takes many forms, as each week may involve working with many different media, including painting, drawing, pottery, jewelry, collage, tye-dye and other crafts and much more under the guidance of our art teacher and vising artists.
Kids who love to sing, dance or act will want to be part of our summer production, and those seeking a behind-the-scenes role will also have fun; cast members create play sets and collaborate on costumes and backstage management.
Organized games of Soccer and Baseball on our beautiful fields give kids a chance to the rules of game-play as well as teamwork and healthy group competition. Outdoor games like capture the flag, relay races, scavenger hunts, or the ever-popular Israeli game “Gaga” are also a big part of the CDC experience! Children learn to listen, collaborate, and support one another while enjoying physical challenges in a beautiful outdoor setting.
Campers have fun learning the fundamentals of archery while practicing and perfecting technique under the supervision of a certified archery instructor.
CDC has a wonderful network of trails, and in recent years we have expanded our mountain biking activity with regular opportunities for Campers to explore the CDC Property, as well as off-site trips in the area.
Our tennis program gives campers a chance to build coordination and develop a love for the technical aspects of the game.
Ecology and the Outdoors
CDC’s Nature program introduces ecological principles like leave no trace (LNT) and respect for the earth, and involves learning about the animals and habitats of Maine, gardening, team-building work, and practicing outdoor skills like navigation, preparing a campsite, fire-starting and whittling. Older campers have an opportunity to take longer off-site hikes, and our Quest and Explorer campers head off-site for several overnight trips over the summer to practice and expand these skills.
Two visiting Shlichm (emissaries) from Israel run our Israeli Culture program each year, offering an exciting exploration of Israel through food, music, art and more. CDC campers develop an understanding of themselves as citizens of the world and an appreciation for the diversity and richness of Israel today.
South African Montagu Project
This year we are so excited to welcome a South African counselor! She is a founding member of the award-winning Zolani Youth Choir that seeks to provide empowering arts education to at-risk community youth. Awards won by her group include a Gold Medal at the World Choir Games and numerous Overall Champion awards at Youth Arts Festivals.