First Session at Laurel South is flying by. The weather has been terrific and everywhere you look around camp, there are smilin’ kids and happy counselors. From the ballfields to the riding rings to the waterfront, climbing towers and theatre…the action never stops. Instruction is in full swing in every activity area. The new Tennis Center is buzzing. Intercamps and tournaments are raging. Fishing is out-of-sight and 4th of July Fireworks were unbelievable! Everyone donned their red, white and blue for an exciting day which culminated with the most amazing fireworks show in the county. It has truly been a magical first couple weeks of camp. Today we are off to Canobie Lake for our first amazing out-of-camp “S” Day. As always, it’s another great day in the state of Maine!
It’s been an amazing week at Camp Laurel South! After completing our first week of program, yesterday was our first “S” day. Our 8th Graders are at Acadia National park having an amazing time. The 9th Graders just returned from their whitewater rafting trip as part of their Adventure Bound Experience. The rest of camp had a later wake up followed by our incredible “S” day breakfast of chocolate chip, M&M or blueberry pancakes, scones and cheese omelets…our Saco and Kino campers had the best time at Splashtown Water Park while our Allagash and Baxter campers enjoyed a cool beach party on Crescent Lake and our 7th graders headed off to Sparetime for an afternoon of bowling. Today we are back into regular program (baseball, basketball, tennis, waterskiing, archery, ceramics, horseback riding and so much more!) and, by tonight, our 8th and 9th graders will be back with their summer family. The schedule is packed full of fun. We can’t wait for the fireworks this Sunday! The weekend calls for magnificent Maine weather. The fun is non-stop in Casco!!
Summer 2010 is finally here and it’s hard to believe we’ve been in Casco for nearly a week!!! We had an amazing opening day as the staff enthusiastically welcomed our First Session campers. Old friendships were rekindled and new ones began as the Laurel South family finally gathered as one. Friday was our annual Moose Stomp Day…schedules were created…s’mores were devoured…we bumper tubed on Crescent Lake…and we concluded our day with our Council Fire celebrating fun and friendship. On Saturday, full activity and program began. The ballfields, courts, waterfront, theater and Challenge Course were alive with activity. Our 7th grade girls just returned from an amazing camping trip and our 8th graders and CIT’s head out tomorrow on their Acadia and White Water Rafting trips. Intercamps and Tournaments began today and tomorrow is our first “S” day of the summer. The action never ends at Laurel South!
Choosing a camp involves much more than just choosing a location or even the camp with the perfect activities and feel for your child. Camps also come in different sizes, so to speak; depending on how long their sessions are. Sleepaway camps range from two-week to two-month sessions, and choosing which one is best for your child depends on several factors.
In this post, I’ll take a closer look at four-week camps . First, some reassurance. Campers don’t “get less” because their camp is shorter. The schedules for the day and the special activities are very similar or exactly the same as longer camps. The programs are just as well rounded and varied, and you’ll be amazed at how much swimming, sport, adventure and creative arts can fit into four weeks – and the kids still get a one-hour rest period after lunch! We should all be so lucky!
Most importantly, the camp counselors and staff are as involved, caring and competent as they are for the longer camps. I know that for my children, their camp experiences are flooded with activities, but it’s the people they keep talking about (and talking to!) months later. Lifelong friendships can be forged and nurtured in the shortest of camp experiences.
So which camp for my child?
Take a look back at my earlier blog post, “Is Your Child Ready for Camp?” If you feel that your child is ready for camp, but you’re still feeling a little trepidation, why not try a shorter camp — for many new campers (and their moms), four weeks is the perfect amount of time.
A four-week camp may also be perfect for your family if:
- You need to fit in camp among other family plans and vacations
- Your child is nervous about a longer camp but a shorter one gets him or her excited
- Your child may be ready for more weeks of separation, but you’re not
- Your child lives out west, where school schedules can make a late-summer 7-week camp out East difficult (my children get out of school at the end of May and start back in the middle of August!)
Camp Laurel South offers two 4-week sessions in a complete traditional co-ed camping experience. What does this mean? Think of every wonderful image you have of summer camp – great times playing sports, spending time in the lake, learning new arts and crafts (friendship bracelets anyone?), going on new and exciting adventures, and, if your child is up for it, they can take guitar lessons and be the next campfire sensation. And it all happens with your new best friends right beside you. With its beautiful location on Crescent Lake in Casco, Maine, Laurel South is able to offer the same kind of dynamic programming that you can find at longer camp sessions. They even have the added bonus of an equestrian program.
Whatever you want your child to get out of camp: tradition, family, spirit, adventure, time in nature, and lots of fun, all can be found inside this four-week camp. Because shorter doesn’t mean skimpier!
Olivia, Guest Blogger