March 21, 2005
One hot trend in travel, as reported by The New York Times, Family Fun Magazine, and Frommer’s Budget Travel magazine, is Family Camp. Does this conger up the thought of driving to a campground, pitching a tent, starting a campfire to cook hotdogs, and sleeping on the hard ground? Think again! Family Camp gives the entire family the opportunity to experience traditional summer camp activities in a setting far removed from what you might imagine the Griswold family’s antics might be in National Lampoon’s “Camp” Vacation.
Family Camp is one of the fastest growing segments in the camp industry. This alternative vacation choice gives overscheduled families a chance to slow down, unwind, reconnect and try something new. Medomak Camp, located in the mid-coast region of Maine, is one of the first original Family Camps and has been a leader in this industry. Medomak has been in the camp business for over a century and for the last decade has dedicated their eight week summer season exclusively to Family Camp.
Archery, arts & crafts, photography, lakeside activities, and campfires every night are just the beginnings of activities offered each week. How does the thought of a chef preparing three healthy hearty meals a day sound? We’re not talking about your traditional camp food. Think lobster, mussels, and homemade muffins replete with fresh picked blueberries, pancakes or cobbler enhanced with more of those blueberries, salads made from just picked vegetables from the camp garden…
Worried about sagging tents, blowing up air mattresses or sleeping on the cold, hard ground? Worry no more. Clean pine cabins equipped with rocking chairs, queen and twin size mattresses and box springs, reading lights and private bathrooms with hot showers offer welcome creature comforts. Adirondack chairs strategically placed outside each cabin in the sunshine entice you to enjoy a good book or a glass of wine before dinner.
I can imagine the worried look on your face. Can I meet the expense of this? The answer is Family Camp is surprisingly affordable. Tuition is all inclusive so there are no hidden costs for boat or equipment rentals, instruction or snacks. In fact, a family of four can enjoy a week’s vacation for approximately $2000.
With Medomak’s location, in Washington Maine, is an easy hour and a half drive from Portland’s International Jetport, or a three hour drive north from Manchester New Hampshire’s airport or from Boston’s Logan International Airport. It speaks to the easy access to Medomak from almost anywhere on the globe. Once at camp, campers have the opportunity to explore coastal towns, Acadia National Park or Maine’s State Capital, Augusta. Family Camp, hmm…I bet you might just want to give it a try!
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