The most recent news about what's happening at the YMCA Camp of Maine.

2016 Boy & Girl Camper of the Year

Y Camp was founded on the idea of being "The Camp of Character." The following campers exemplify that ideal, encompass the Four Core Values (Respect, Responsibility, Honesty, and Caring) in all they do, and treat all their fellow campers as friends. Each session one girl and one boy are chosen as "Camper of the Session." At the end of summer, camp staff select one boy and one girl to be named as "Camp of the Year."

2016 Camper of the Session:
Session 1: Fabian Wolff (F) & Simon Hooley (M)
Session 2: Emma Blais (F) & Cooper Peters (M)
Session 3: Cynthia Higgins (F) & Jeff (M)
Session 4: Paige Evans (F) & Tommy Stratis (M)

2016 Campers of the Year:
Paige Evans (F) & Tommy Stratis (M)


2015 Boy & Girl Camper of the Year!

There were some exciting debates held this year before one boy and one girl were chosen as camper of the year. Each session one girl and one boy are chosen as camper of the session. At the end of summer camp staff select one boy and one girl from the ones chosen from each session to be camper of the year. Each camper of the year is recognized with a miniature canoe paddle that is engraved with their name on it. Another paddle with their name and year is mounted on the dining hall wall.

2015 Nominees – Camper of the Session:
Session 1:     Ashlyn Poulin (F) & Isaiah Pacholski (M)
Session 2:     Olivia Cunningham (F) & Ben Payson (M)
Session 3:    Dina Mulual (F) & Alex Kane (M)
Session 4A:   Rosalie Attal (F) & Alex Stratis (M)
Session 4B:   Rose Jones (F) & Carter Bradford (M)

2015 Campers of the Year:
Olivia Cunningham (F) & Carter Bradford (M)

Congratulations to all the nominees and also to the Campers of the Year! We look forward to their return in 2016!


Camp Scholarships

The YMCA Camp Annual drive for Camp Scholarships is always in need of your support. The YMCA Camp had more scholarship requests this year and the Y Camp was unable to provide as much scholarship support in 2014. The Y Camp has always provided scholarship support for families of campers in need and will continue to do so. Scholarship support may be reduced in order to serve all the families in need.

The YMCA Camp has been the recipient of the Candace Beesley Jameson Scholarship fund since 2006. Two campers are selected annually to receive a full one week camp experience in Candace Beesley’s memory.
This year the Cobbossee Yacht Club renewed the Herman Boas scholarship for a needy camper.

The Y Camp is always appreciative and willing to accept donations for our scholarship program. Campers who need support should contact the YMCA Camp office for a scholarship application. You can contact the office by e-mail or call direct at (207) 395-4200.


Website Update

The website continues to undergo updates and revisions. Please keep checking back for new information. You can also stay connect through Facebook and Instagram.


2017 Registration & Staffing

When this round of website updates are complete, we will announce the opening of 2016 Registration. Sessions are filling earlier every year. Do not miss out on your chances to be at camp this summer.

Interested staff will be able to apply for a position on line. The YMCA Camp Job Application will appear. Fill it out and send it electronically to the Y Camp Office.

Individuals who have questions or need additional information should send an email.


Military Scholarship & Matching Gifts

The 2016 camping season had a helping hand from a group of Ladies Auxiliaries, VFW Posts, American Legion Posts and Elks Ladies Post throughout the state of Maine. We are very grateful to the following list of Posts and Individuals for their contributions helping to sponsor 52 military campers:

VFW Posts:
Boardman-Ellis # 6977 - York Beach
Boyd Smith # 9779 - Calais
Deering Memorial # 6859 - Portland
Gauvin Fowler Tupper/LA # 3381 - Old Town
Harvell-Bishop # 7865 - Madison
Post # 11032 - Greene
Sanford/Springvale # 9935
Webber-Memorial # 9526 - Winthrop
William/Pembroke # 139 - Harrison

Ladies Auxiliaries to the VFW Posts:
Post # 7865 - Madison
Post # 6187 – Fort Fairfield
Shirley B Carter Post # 4298 - Dexter
William B Doughty # 5723 - Jackman

American Legion Contributions:
Auxiliary C Fayette Staples Unit # 57 – Old Orch. Beach
Elks Ladies # 905 - Waterville
Frank L. Mitchell # 3335- Livermore Falls
Post # 1 – Rockland
Thomas Cole # 19 – Sanford

Individual Donors:
Barbara Peters
Fullers Tree Service/Todd Fuller
Pamela Sampson
Malcolm & Diane Little


"Adopt a Cabin"

In an effort to provide a perpetual care fund for the newly remodeled cabins, the YMCA Camp Board of Directors has introduced a program called “Adopt A Cabin.” For an annual donation, you can help support the camp by providing the necessary maintenance materials, and interior furnishings to keep the cabins in tip top shape. Donors will be recognized by having a canoe paddle with their name or their family’s name attached. We already have ten cabins adopted. Please contact our administration office for additional information. Don’t wait too long as there are only a limited number of cabins left to be adopted!

Cabin Sponsors:
Dennis Ring
H. Allen & Dianne Ryan (2 Cabins)
Hartley Palleschi
Hayden Marshall Inman
James & Persephone Ditzel (2 Cabins)
Matt Caires
Ray Cook CPA
Smart Eye Care
Capital Area Tree Service
Andy Williams
Matt Caires


Board Member Openings

The Board of Directors have announced there are several openings on the Board of Directors for the Y Camp. If interested, please contact the Executive Director at 207-395-4200. This is a great opportunity to give back to the Y Camp or to help the Y Camp move into the future.


YMCA Camp Wish List

The Y Camp is always in need of items that are still in good condition without missing parts. The Y camp is a 501c3 organization so individuals can receive a tax deduction on items donated. Check out those basements, attics, garages and storage sheds. You may have something you are no longer using anymore and may want to donate it to the camp. We received some great donations for camp this summer. We received a canoe and a sailboat.

Here is a list of items the camp could readily use:
Sunfish or similar type of sail boats ($ 2,800.00 new)
Canoes or Kayaks
Life Jackets
Board games
Sports Equipment
Tables & Chairs for the Auditorium
Water Skis
Pottery Wheels
Good used furniture – Chairs, Tables, Chester Draws, etc.