Parent and Camper Testimonials

“If your daughter is anything like me, Arcadia will change her life for the better. I started camp as an insecure and awkward 10 year-old, unsure of myself and uncomfortable around my peers and in the out-of-doors.  By the time I was 16 and in the Counselor Leadership Training Group, I could chop down a tree, negotiate peace with my cabin mates, lead an overnight canoe trip, teach a younger camper to build a fire, and stand in front of the whole camp to sing a song.  Camp Arcadia gave me the skill set and safe space to become the woman I was meant to be.” continue reading…

Second generation, camper and counselor Office of the SVP, Secretary and General Counsel, Metropolitan Museum of Art


“My first daughter went to Arcadia last summer for the first time and loved it. My second daughter refused to go. ‘I’m just not a camp person,’ she liked to say, yet I knew she was curious. Daughter #1’s first letter from camp told her younger sister, ‘I know you say you don’t like camp, but I really think you’d love this one.’ continue reading…

new parent


“When I was concerned about sending away my nine-year-old for the first time, every single person I talked to at Arcadia was empathic, encouraging, thoughtful and flexible. And very patient with all of my worries!”

Current parent


“Arcadia really is so much more than a summer camp as girls learn life skills while experiencing group living and activities.  I’ve always felt it was a large part of my education as well as my daughter’s.” continue reading…

Third generation Arcadian & current parent


“Every year I go to camp and I feel free.  I don’t worry about how I look and what others think of me.  I can be myself.  I can be expressive in ways that I could not anywhere else.  Camp is my second home. ” continue reading…

First generation, 14 year old current camper


“In the beautiful Maine woods, under the care of Camp Arcadia’s enthusiastic and loving staff, my daughter had the time of her life. The combination of well-structured activities and freedom to run free gave her just the balance she needed to develop both physically and emotionally. Arcadia’s philosophy of cherishing friendship, spirit, and nature sets a tone that is positive and inspiring. ” continue reading…

Current parent


“Arcadia has become my daughter’s home away from home. Through the camp’s spirit, generosity and support, my daughter has 7 weeks each summer to grow, play, learn, sing, and deepen friendships that remain close throughout the year. I know when I bring my daughter to camp in June that she will be well cared for and encouraged to be her best and brightest self. Each year when I come to pick her up, she is filled with memories that will last a lifetime, and though she leaves reluctantly, she knows Camp Arcadia will be there for her to return to year after year.”

Current parent


“In July 1969 a young camper was increasingly excited about the upcoming Apollo 11 moon landing. The moon seems so close in the clear Maine sky. Arcadia had the insight to wake the entire camp up that night, a natural extension of its focus on the natural world around us. Little did I think that 20 years later I would be a NASA scientist myself, combining the study of biology on earth with the potential for life in universe.” continue reading…

Former camper, counselor and parent Senior Research Scientist, NASA