Our first and foremost concern
The Health and Safety of our campers and staff are our first and foremost concern. The Birch Rock Camp Health Lodge is staffed by experienced, caring registered nurses and licensed personnel 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with standing orders from Western Maine Pediatrics). The camp will notify you if your son spends the night at the Health Lodge or needs to be seen by a doctor. All campers and staff will be screened by our medical staff upon arrival and before going home. Campers and staff are also screened prior to off-campus excursions.
Careful monitoring of campers
If your son takes medication, ensure that the medication comes to camp with the proper instructions for use. All medications must be labeled and kept in the Health Lodge and administered by our nurses. Special requests for your son to carry medications may be discussed with the directors and nurses. Due to state regulations, we cannot accept homeopathic or similar treatments. In cases where additional medical treatment is necessary campers and staff are serviced by Stephen’s Memorial Hospital (a satellite of Maine Medical Center) in Norway, Maine – just 10 miles from camp. Central Maine Medical Center (Lewiston) and Maine Medical Center (Portland) are an hour away for acute cases.
Everyday feasts that are wicked good!
Food at Birch Rock is delicious, nourishing, horizon-expanding! We do it the old- fashioned way, with home-cooked meals bringing the whole camp together for heaping plates and fellowship three times each day. Our talented culinary staff cooks everything from scratch, providing a well-balanced diet packed with fruits and vegetables. Campers frequently RUN in their excitement to eat (prompting counselors to urge: “Walk please!”).
Breakfast is served family-style by our senior camper waiters in the main lodge with hot cereal, yogurt, fresh fruit, and juice to start the day. The main breakfast course varies from blueberry pancakes, scrambled eggs, breakfast burritos, to our famous Rock McMuffins.
Lunch follows rest period, and weather permitting, we gather for the buffet-style meal under the tall pines in the grove. Campers make their own sandwiches with sliced meats, cheeses and toppings. Some of the campers’ favorite lunches include grilled cheese and tomato soup, shepherd’s pie, and Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday. Giant salad bowls brim with fresh mixed greens and vegetables.
Our evening Dinner requires each camper and staff member to be freshened up with a camp shirt neatly tucked in as we gather for a more formal dining experience. After an active day, boys look forward to hearty fare like lasagna, pot roast, chicken cordon bleu, or beef stroganoff. All entrees are accompanied by freshly steamed vegetables, salads and homemade breads. If a camper enjoys his first helping, there is always plenty for seconds. Daily desserts include fruit crisps, birthday cake or the hands-down favorite, ice cream sundaes.
Snacks of fresh fruit, granola bars and Gatorade are provided throughout the day so that boys stay fueled and hydrated. With prior notification, the camp chef works hard to accommodate a number of dietary restrictions. Vegetarian options are always available.
Meals at camp are about festivity and tradition as much as they are about food. Every week a camper is assigned to a new table of eight boys and two staff members. The weekly rotation insures that the whole community gets to know one another, and campers of all ages take part in polite conversation (while mastering knife and fork and sitting up straight, napkin in lap). Table manners are alive and well at Birch Rock!