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Help the Other Fellow

Birch Rock Camp for Boys

Summer Camp in Rural Maine

Since 1926, Birch Rock Summer Camp in Waterford, Maine has offered boys aged 7 to 16 an unparalleled summer of old-fashioned fun and adventure, and a break from their typical home and school routine. We believe that our warm, cooperative community makes Birch Rock an incomparable place, where campers come to master new skills and find pride in their achievements.

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Preparing Boys for Life

Birch Rock is committed to giving boys a rousing summer camp experience that builds self-confidence, skills, and responsibility. We focus on enjoyment and stewardship of the natural world and embrace the simplicity of traditional camping. Our motto, “Help the Other Fellow,” encourages boys to grow in generosity, integrity, and mutual support.

A Close-knit Community of Friends and Mentors

Our rustic summer camp and cool as heck wilderness trips whet a boy’s thirst for roughing it in the woods. Birch Rock’s campers and counselors gather from around the world to create tight friendships on our playing fields, on our lakefront, and in our historic Lodge—where campers’ names have filled the walls since 1926. Birch Rock’s directors and staff are true partners in parenting, helping each boy pull through challenges, and return home from camp with a bit more fortitude and exultation.

Birch Rock FAQs

Which program should I enroll my camper in?

We know that choosing a residential summer camp is a big commitment. At Birch Rock we understand the most effective thing we can do is to partner with parents. Together we can instill in campers’ values of civility, simplicity and mutual support. The Birch Rock Experience offers versatility with dates and length. We want to know, support and set your camper up for success! Please contact us directly to discuss the best options. or (207) 583-4478. Please contact us directly to discuss the best program for your camper.


How many total campers are there? What’s the camper to counselor ratio? And what kind of training does the staff receive?

One of the great benefits of our small size is a camper/counselor ratio of 3 to 1 maximizing at 90 boys per session. . Our diverse, talented and nurturing staff includes many former campers who come up through the ranks and continue to be excellent role models and inspiring mentors and personalities. Our staff participates in an extensive 10-day orientation prior to the campers’ arrival. . As a distinguished member of the American Camp Association, a comprehensive coaching of accredited standards, safety training, responsibilities and duties of care, specialized activity skills are reviewed prior to the start of the season. Additionally, first-aid, CPR, lifeguarding as well as emotional wellness and best health practices are an integral part of the orientation facilitation.


What type of health care is provided?

The Health and Safety of our camp community is our first and foremost concern. Birch Rock campers and staff are required to have an updated annual medical examination prior to the upcoming season. Our Wellness team is staffed by a registered nurse, EMT, and a consulting Nurse Practitioner and mental health specialist. The Brewster Health Lodge provides a comfortable sanctuary for those who need private consultation and/or isolation. Careful monitoring and daily medications are administered by our medical professionals. We are located just 10 miles from Stephen’s Memorial Hospital – part of MaineHealth, Maine’s largest integrated health system of leading high-quality providers. All Birch Rockers are screened upon arrival and upon departure for home in addition to off-campus overnight trip excursions. The Brewster Health provides health care 24/7 with direct contact to families when a camper needs further medical treatment and/or needs to be isolated.

Wellness & Safety

What will my camper eat?

Food Glorious Food! Our chef and culinary team provide delicious, nourishing home-cooked meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A well-balanced diet is packed with fruits and vegetables, and a strong encouragement to “try something new” at each setting. If your camper has a specific dietary restriction, allergy concern, please let us know in advance. Snacks are offered in the afternoon and the camp fruit bowl is plentiful during the day. Meals are served “family-style” with assigned seating indoors; “buffet- style” outdoor so that we may enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings of Lake McWain. Yes, there are desserts! We encourage hydration by filling water bottles frequently from our Tiki Bar Drink station.

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How much does it cost?

We recognize that sending your camper to Birch Rock is a big investment – emotionally and financially. Our commitment is to provide a lifelong learning experience of building confidence, personal comfort and adventure in a nurturing environment where boys can truly enjoy boyhood in the Maine woods. We challenge boys to take responsibility for their lives and to appreciate the needs of others. Our motto, well known by every Birch Rocker, is HELP THE OTHER FELLOW. Most of all, we want our boys ages 7 to 16 to have genuine fun!

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