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Camp CaPella offers weekly overnight camp that makes it possible for campers from all over Maine and beyond to attend camp for the entire week and get to have a different kind of camp experience.
Campers arrive on Sunday evening between 4:30 pm and 5:00 pm. Counselors will meet with the family, get any special instructions on their camper’s care, take inventory of the camper’s belongings, and introduce them to their overnight accommodations. They’ll help them make their beds and put away their “stuff.” Then the group, about twelve boys and girls, or young men and women, gather to be introduced to the staff, to one another, and to the weekly routine and the 10 camp rules (see the day camp page for the 10 rules). Parents and caregivers depart and say their farewells, and then it’s time for the Pizza Party!
Families will pick their campers up on the following Friday at 4:30 pm.
WHAT TO BRING:
Make sure everything you bring is marked so we don’t end up with a big “lost and found” pile!
Please consider leaving anything of value, like cell phones, i-pods, money, DVD or CD players, at home. You will not need them, and we would not want you to lose them. We are not responsible for anything that might get lost.
Sorry – no bus service for the overnight campers! You’ll need to arrange your own transportation to the camp on Sunday evening and to pick up your camper on Friday afternoon.
WEEKLY OVERNIGHT PROGRAM
The overnight program participates in all the day camp activities as outlined in the day camp description/page. However, from 5:00 pm until the day camp program begins at 8:30 am the next morning, a whole different adventure awaits our campers.
Being a smaller number of campers, we are able to do more as one group. Our overnight campers are able to develop friendships on a different level.
Between 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, campers have some relaxation time and prepare for dinner. Depending on the weather, the group may then do a group evening boat excursion, or perhaps even have dinner on the lake. A sunset cruise is always enjoyed.
An evening group fishing trip happens more often with the overnight campers because we have more time to make it happen with a smaller group. We’ll take both our pontoon boats out, raft them up, and seek out the ever elusive sunfish and bass – where everyone usually catches fish! Music, laughter, and flopping fish make for a great evening afloat for our campers.
Then, a return for an open campfire, and perhaps some – some mores – camp songs and stories around the campfire.
When boats and fishing are not in order, then it may be some new arts and crafts project, or a recreational game on the lawn. By 9:00 pm, our campers are usually REALLY tired and ready for bed. So it’s up to the bunkhouse we’ll go, girls on one end and boys on the other end. Each of the two rooms have their own bathroom facilities, and there are two staff persons who stay with our campers (male and female staff) – all night – and a certified nurse or medical first responder in the main lodge available if needed – all night and with “on-call” staff only a short call away. Your campers are SAFE.
This is camp, so the bunkhouse has that camp look and feel to it. The campers have fun with nighttime chat, laughter, and newfound friends.