|What is the ideal age of a camper at Medomak?
The best age for a camper at Medomak is five and older. A child needs an attention span of at least an hour to enjoy our morning activities. However, during scheduled morning activities children 2-4 can participate in supervised preschool activities. Please be aware during all other times all children are expected to be under the care of their parents.
How are your groups divided for activities?
We divide our campers into four or five groups during our morning activities. Generally the campers are broken into groups according to ages of the campers each given week. The Little Stars - the youngest children, The Shooting Stars elementary school aged children, The Rising Suns - middle & high school age and the High Clouds - adults.
Do adult campers have to attend activities?
No. This is your vacation and we want you to enjoy yourself. That means being as active or as relaxed as you want. Some adults end up being our most enthusiastic campers and participate in every activity we can throw at them. Other adults feel perfectly content to read a book in a chair by the lake. We encourage both and there is never any pressure.
Do my children have to attend activities?
We highly encourage your children to participate in activities. However, if they choose not to participate, they must be supervised by a parent.
Can I attend activities with my children?
Absolutely, that's why we're a family camp!
What type of activities do you offer?
Every summer our activities include arts & crafts, archery, tennis, basketball, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, massage, yoga, photography, nature, campcraft, gymnastics, dance and multiple other activities that vary depending on the talents of our staff.
Is this a good setting for family reunions or multiple families attending together?
Yes. Many families have come to camp with a related family or neighbor. When planning to bring multiple families to the camp, please consider three things. 1) We ask that each individual family contact the camp and ask lots of questions to determine that this is the vacation they are looking for. While we understand that often one person or family is in charge of finding a place to go, we feel it is critical that each individual family be clear on what a family camp vacation is like. 2) We ask that multiple families attending as a group understand that they are part of a larger group of family campers that may or may not already know each other. Our goal is to create a community of all the families attending and we require family groups be aware of this dynamic. 3) Our retreat center is also a wonderful setting for family reunions or groups that don't necessarily require a lot of programming and desire exclusivity. Ask us about available dates.
What is a typical day at Medomak like?
MEDOMAK CAMP DAILY SCHEDULE
MORNING WALK IS AT 7:00 A.M. MEETS AT THE ENTRANCE TO THE FARMHOUSE (OPTIONAL).
MORNING STRETCH BEGINS AT 8:00 A.M. IN THE BARN.
BREAKFAST: COFFEE IS ON AT 7:30, HOT BREAKFAST IS SERVED AT 8:30.
MORNING ACTIVITY: 9:30 - 12:30 P.M. (Three - 1 hour activities)
ROUND ROBIN OF ACTIVITIES -- ARTS & CRAFTS, ARCHERY, OUT-OF-DOOR LIVING SKILLS, GYMNASTICS, YOGA, LAND SPORTS... AND SURPRISE ACTIVITIES!
LUNCH: 12:30 - 1:30 P.M.
AFTERNOON ACTIVITY: 2:00 - 5:00 P.M. ALWAYS AT THE LAKE (WEATHER PERMITTING) SWIMMING, CANOEING, KAYAKING, SCULLING, SAILING, FISHING AND CAMP CRAFT LAKESIDE EACH AFTERNOON.
SNACK: 4:00 SOMETHING SALTY, SOMETHING SWEET AND ALWAYS SOME COOL WATER OR JUICE!
DINNER: 6:30 - 7:00 P.M.
EVENING ACTIVITY: KICKBALL, ULTIMATE FRISBEE, PARACHUTE GAMES, WIFFLE OR SOFTBALL, DISC GOLF TOURNAMENT, SCAVENGER HUNT... ACTIVITIES DEPEND ON THE AGES AND ABILITIES OF OUR CAMPERS
7:30 - 8:30 P.M.
CAMPFIRES EVERY EVENING--BRING YOUR GUITAR, HARMONICA, AND VOICE AND JOIN IN THE SONG, SEARCH FOR SHOOTING STARS AND SHARE CONVERSATION...
Do you provide daycare or babysitting services?
We do not provide daycare as a service but can arrange a few hours of babysitting depending on your needs, at an additional cost to you. Some families have chosen to bring a nanny or babysitter. You know your child - are they more comfortable with a familiar face or would they be comfortable with a teenager that works for us? Our counselors are trained as specialists in their activities. You are the "cabin counselors", ultimately responsible for your children outside of activities, led by Medomak Camp staff.
Are the cabins on the lake?
Medomak has over 250 acres including a mile of private shoreline. Although our cabins do not have a lake view, a short 3-5 minute walk down the swim path from the cabins takes you to the lake and our private sandy cove. A dirt road also offers access to the lake.
What are your cabins like?
Each pine, one-room cabin is clean, bright and spacious. They feature a bathroom, separate shower and an extra vanity sink in the main cabin area. Simply put, our cabins are simple, in the New England tradition. There are a few creature comforts like reading lights, rocking chairs,comfortable beds (queen mattress and box spring for the parents/ twin mattresses for the kids), and a writing table. Outside, you will find two adirondack chairs to enjoy the warms days and good book.
Can I bring my hair dryer?
You can bring it, but you can't use it. Our cabin's electrical wiring just isn't designed to handle high-current appliances like hair dryers. You can always tell when someone sneaks in a hair dryer because the lights go out in a whole row of cabins :)
What is box lunch day? Does the camp schedule trips on these days?
Every Wednesday is box lunch day. We offer box lunches to our campers and encourage them to explore Maine. We do not plan group trips for these days but will assist you in planning a fun day out of camp. See our link "day trips" for great ideas on places to explore.
How far is Medomak from the ocean?
Camp is a short 30-minute drive to more than five port towns.
Can I bring a musical instrument with me to camp?
Yes! We strongly encourage our campers to bring their instruments and voices with them to the campfire each night.
What is there to do at night at camp?
Nightly campfires are held. Stargazing is great. Sing-a-longs, sharing with new friends, catching fireflies and shadow puppets are a common occurrence. A screened-in library is available for your reading pleasure. Finally, a hand-built lean-to is open to campers for a beautiful overnight on the lake.
What are your meals like?
This is not your typical camp experience. Our professional chefs cook fresh, delicious and hearty meals served family style. We take pride in our fresh herbs and lettuces from the garden, local produce and seafood, and overall quality and variety. Is the food good? It better be! We eat it all summer long! Typical meals are as follows:
Breakfast - a selection of cereals, fruit, bagels and muffins and one hot entree is offered each morning (pancakes & bacon, eggs, oatmeal...).
Lunch - typically a soup and sandwich, salad and sandwich or bar-b-que is on the menu at noon.
Dinner - one entree, normally pasta, chicken, fish or meat, along with a salad, vegetable, starch. And, of course, dessert!
Can you accomodate kids who are picky eaters?
If ever a meal is served that makes a parent go, "mmmm!" and a kid go, "what is it?", there will of course be a children's alternative. And for the most picky of eaters, we always have good old Peanut Butter and Jelly available.
Can you accommodate special diets?
Yes, when you register you will complete a family information sheet so you can let us know if family members are vegetarians, lactose intolerant, diabetics...or have other medical dietary needs. This allows us to accommodate your family's specific dietary needs.
Do campers have access to refrigeration for medications, special foods...?
Yes, a common refrigerator is located in the dining hall for campers to refrigerate necessities.
What is your alcohol policy at camp?
We do allow adults to have alcohol in camp: however, please remember that we are all role models - someone may be looking up to you - are your actions something you want to teach someone younger than yourself? Please keep this in mind if you are consuming alcohol. For safety reasons we also ask that you refrain from consuming alcohol when boating and swimming. To put it plainly, alcohol & water activities don't mix.
What is your smoking policy at camp?
Smoking (including pipes and cigars) is ONLY allowed in a designated area. For the enjoyment of other campers as well as their safety (think FIRE HAZARD), we ask that you respect this policy.
Does tuition cover everything at camp?
Tuition covers lodging, food and activities. We do not charge a rental fee for our boats or equipment. The only additional costs at camp are for massages and items purchased at our camp store (T-shirts, penny candy, post cards, etc.)
What are the check-in and check-out times?
Camp begins at lunch on Sunday (noon) and ends after breakfast on Saturday (around 10 AM).
Does the camp provide linens and towels?
Yes, beginning 2009 bedding and towels are covered in the price of tuition.
Are there laundry facilities at camp?
Yes, campers are welcome to use our high capacity washer and dryer for $4 per load.
Do you accept credit cards?
Yes, we accept Visa & Mastercard.
Are campers allowed to bring their pets?
While we realize that your pet is another member of your family, for the safety of our campers we ask that you leave your pets at home. We will be happy to put you in touch with local kennels, if needed.
"This has absolutely been the best vacation I have ever taken. The staff have been warm, caring, helpful and inviting. The food incredible! My heart has been stolen by the water front. Just an incredible experience that will turn into many in the years to come."