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Camp Programs

Today, 90 boys and 35 counselors come from around the country and world to build a close, trusting summer camp community at Birch Rock each session. A boy’s energy, curiosity, and sense of fun are strengths at Birch Rock.

Camp Activities

Preview all of the activities that Birch Rock Camp has to offer. A boy’s imagination and can-do spirit are sparked by learning to coax a fire to ignite, hit a bullseye with an arrow, and paddle a canoe to a campsite in the wilderness. There is plenty of energetic fun, but also downtime for campers to rest, read, and daydream.

Campers playing soccer

Cubs (7-10, New Campers)

Birch Rock Camp’s Cubs Program is an ideal opportunity for boys to experience a taste of residential camping before committing to the full three, four, or seven-week camp program. Cub campers enjoy all Birch Rock’s traditional activities: swimming, camp craft, sailing, archery, field sports, art, nature, tennis, and much more.

Campers racing

Campers (7-15)

The Program Director and camp staff carefully plan and orchestrate an action-packed, quality program of activities each day for each age group. Every camper is assigned to a specific group – i.e. Grizzlies, Moose, Beavers, Cubs – and given a variety of choices from which to select his activities for the day.

Maine camper starting cooking fire

Junior Maine Guides (14+)

The Junior Maine Guide Program (JMG) is a long-established wilderness camping skills program sponsored by Maine Summer Camps and the Maine State Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It is an outdoor skills program that fosters enjoyable, safe, and healthy outdoor living experiences.

Campers hiking in Maine

Maine Wilderness Adventure (15+)

Each summer, a group of full-session 15-year-old boys is selected from the Birch Rock community to participate in the Maine Wilderness Adventure Program.  Maine Wilderness Adventure has been a rite of passage for many of Birch Rock’s most prominent leaders.  This trip is the most challenging adventure offered at Birch Rock and has become something campers look forward to year after year.

Campers at Birch Rock camp

Leadership Campers (16+)

Leadership Campers (approximately age 16 or rising high school junior) – are a one-of-a-kind opportunity that combine the best elements of the camper experience and essential fundamentals of staff training required to be a capable junior counselor at Birch Rock Camp.  We believe Leadership Camp as outlined below will better fulfill a more comprehensive transition experience from camper to counselor while providing a more “hands-on” experience and mentorship as a group dynamic working together while allowing each individual senior camper to excel at his best pace.

Family camp photo

Family Camp

Birch Rock Camp’s Family Camp is just the recipe for August relaxation and recreation! After the close of boys’ camp, Birch Rock Family Camp comes to life…giving ANY family a chance to experience the adventure and fun of the Maine woods by the lake. You can enjoy camp life in group activities or do your own thing.

Group photo with Maine landscape in background

Outing Club

Sharing the adventure and excitement of the outdoors and the camp community can be enjoyed year-round! Birch Rock’s Outing Club draws a cross-section of campers, families, alumni and friends on various hikes, ski slopes and terrain throughout Northern New England.

Camp Directors with Plaque

Alumni Network

The lessons and values of this unique summer home away from home do not end when the camp season is over. Each summer for over 90 years, boys have joined the Birch Rock community and had experiences that made them into the thoughtful, kind, and confident men they are today. They are the true embodiment of Help the Other Fellow. Birch Rockers have been well-prepared for life as capable individuals and team members.

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