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An Overnight Summer Camp in Hartford, Maine

When it comes to the perfect setting for a great summer, all roads lead to Maine, but only one leads to Camp Wekeela – the premier overnight summer camp for boys and girls age 6-16 located on Little Bear Pond in Hartford, Maine.

Our goal at Wekeela is to provide a fun, exciting summer camp experience that helps your child discover new talents and interests, builds self-esteem and confidence and gives them the opportunity to establish lifelong friendships.

What makes Wekeela special are the strong, loyal bonds we create. Our campers become like family. Long after camp ends for the summer, we remain in touch. Year after year, the vast majority of Wekeela campers return to renew the close friendships they have made and many of them return as counselors.

If you have any questions about our summer camp, please do not hesitate to call us. We look forward to speaking with you!

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  • The Power of the Color War Alma Mater Posted on Friday 14th September, 2018

    There are certain words, phrases, or lyrics that bring powerful memories into focus.

    Any camp that has a Color War contest has their own traditions and histories, rules and regulations about Color War. At Camp Wekeela, Color War is one of, if not the best, parts of the summer. For 4 days our campers and counselors pour their hearts onto the fields, courts, water, stage, and everything else to gain valuable points for their team. Every camper and every counselor has an impact. They scream and cheer, paint their face in Green or White, and compete at the highest levels.

    But every game, activity, and cheer leads up to Sing on the last day. At Sing, the banners, programs, and totem poles are revealed; the commercials and dances are performed; the poem is read, the photos are hung up, and of course, the Fight Songs, Cheers, and Alma Maters are sung. Now just reading this blog you may think, well what do these entail? If you haven’t been to any camp but especially Camp Wekeela before, describing Color War is a very tall task. For 3 days, Counselors work hours on end to give the kids the best banner, totem pole, song, etc. that they can. No prior work, they are given a blank canvas, a chopped down tree, or just a guitar and get started. Having worked on several of these myself, it is a daunting process and something that is hard to describe; however, the central ethos to why the hard work is done- why you are awake at 4am carving a tree- is to give the campers something to remember, something to enjoy for years.

    In my opinion, however, the Color War Alma Mater is one of the most special. The Alma Mater is a song that “represents all core components of the team.” Traditionally at many camps, an Alma Mater is a re-write of a popular song, for example, when Ephram was a Color War General in the 80’s, his Alma Mater was a version of “Open Arms” by Journey.  However, at Camp Wekeela, the Alma Mater is an original song that is written during Color War by a few counselors and sometimes campers.… Read More

  • We’re the #9 Rated Allergy-Friendly Camp in the United States! Posted on Friday 31st August, 2018

    In an incredibly exciting announcement today, Camp Wekeela is proud and honored to have been rated #9 most allergy-friendly summer camp for children in the United States by Spokin. In the annual ratings of allergy-friendly summer camps, Spokin has decided that Camp Wekeela stands above other camps in the treatment of campers with food related allergies and diets, including Dairy-free, Nut-free, Gluten-free, soy-free, and vegetarian and vegan options for campers and staff. Spokin, the world’s number 1 allergy, recommends Camp Wekeela as the only Maine camp on their rankings as well. Allergy-needs have risen in recent years and Camp Wekeela is proud to offer options to our campers and staff with different food allergies.

    To learn more about Spokin’s rankings, you can read the list here: https://www.spokin.com/food-allergy-friendly-summer-overnight-camps… Read More

  • Camp Wekeela’s Back to School Healthy Tips Posted on Thursday 23rd August, 2018

    It’s that time of year, from kindergarten to college, kids are heading back to school. Here’s what you need to know about keeping your family healthy.

    Focus on nutrition & exercise:

    • Start the day right with a healthy breakfast and continue the day with healthy snacks.
    • Avoid added sugar that will lead your child to crash during the school day.
    • Enroll kids in after school activities where possible, enjoy a walk or bike ride with your kids whenever possible, and encourage them to move. If parents engage in physical activity, their kids will follow along.
    • Stay hydrated and drink lots of water throughout the school day!

    Know the risks children can face:

    • Talk about bullying and school related stress & anxiety before school starts.
    • Check for head lice before and after the first day of school.
    • Get a health screening before going back to school.
    • Have vision and hearing checked.
    • Make sure backpacks fit well and aren’t too heavy.

      Make sleep a priority
    • Power down electronics one hour before bedtime.
    • Keep electronics out of bedrooms.
    • Avoid exercise and warm showers before bedtime.
    • Have a routine, go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day!

     

     

    To our former campers and Junior Counselors starting their senior year of high school, don’t stress out. Yes, you should continue to work hard, but make sure to enjoy your senior year because a year from now you’ll be on your way to college. That being said, to our former campers heading to college, we wish you all the best of luck. Set your goals, work hard to achieve them, and all of your dreams will come true.

    Wishing our campers a great rest of the summer and a fantastic start of the school year! And keep those campfires burning; Camp Wekeela, starts June 22, 2019!!     Read More