Each evening after supper, our counselor staff offer several activities for campers to choose from. Activities might include: capture the flag, beach volleyball, yoga classes, Harry Potter readings, open boating and canoeing, making nature note cards etc. On warm evenings, we open the Waterfront for a quick dip before bed, a tradition the campers really enjoy! Every Tuesday evening, our Unit Heads will plan a special evening program just for the Unit to enjoy together. Saturday evening we have our traditional Campfire by the lake. Campers receive levels they have earned for the week. Games, songs and topics about Maine are also part of the weekly Campfire.
Sundays at Arcadia
Sundays are more relaxed. We rise a bit later and take time to enjoy camp, often enjoying a casual outdoor breakfast. We gather for our non-denominational Sunday meeting in the pine grove, where themes of friendship, the environment and community spirit are featured. Campers and staff can participate in our choir, and contribute musical talents, poetry and thoughts toward the weekly theme. In the afternoon, we enjoy a hearty lunch together, followed by an extended rest hour. Campers spend the remainder of the afternoon swimming, reading, visiting with friends, taking a shower and other less structured activities.
While Arcadia is not a competitive camp, campers have many options to participate in Inter-camp activities if they wish. These include: tennis tournaments, sailing regattas, horse shows, swim meets and dances with neighboring boys’ camps. Arcadia hosts some of these events and campers are involved in the preparations for these events.
There are many ways campers can become involved in community service at Arcadia. In the past, the Junior Unit has visited the Retirement home in Casco to sing songs and provide some comic relief! All campers can join the Casco Day parade to raise environmental awareness about Pleasant Lake and keeping Maine beautiful. Campers also participate in a weekly camp clean-up and learn about conserving water and resources at camp. The Counselor Training Group raises money over the summer for a special cause, such as giving other children the opportunity to attend summer camp.