Why Arcadia

Our Camp

Summer days fly by as our campers participate in fun and adventuresome activities in the arts (painting, drawing, weaving), sports (tennis, lacrosse, soccer, basketball) sailing and boating and hiking and canoe trips.  Our program is full, and our girls experience the thrill of learning and doing for themselves. 

Each year we are asked, “Why should I send my daughter to camp?”, “Will my daughter get something out of camp that she cannot get the rest of the year at home or school?” At Camp Arcadia each girl grows in new ways. First hand experiential learning – working together at the ropes course, nature,paddles, sleeping under the stars – gaining knowledge not found in classrooms.  Arcadia is a place where a campers learn to be dependent on themselves and on nature.  At Arcadia ours girls are involved.  They grows in understanding themselves and the world around them and in learning to live happily with others. Life long friendships develop.

In today’s world we are convinced more than ever that an experience at Arcadia will give a young girl of today the balance she needs to take her place as a leader in this environment.  

Our Mission

Make the world a better place because you have been in it.

Our Goals

Our four goals for each camper, in each age group, each summer, are:
  • To build confidence and skills so that a girl may take her place in and contribute to her community.
  • To encourage risk taking through the exploration of new areas of learning and group living so each girl will have the confidence to face new situations and circumstances with strength.
  • To create sensitivity to an awareness of the importance of the out-of-doors so each girl will respect and take care of living things and the environment.
  • To develop interpersonal skills, establish lasting friendships and respect for others.

Our History

The same family has guided Arcadia for 102 years. Dr. George L. Meylan was the Director of Physical Education at Columbia University.  Dr. Meylan, who had become friends with early camping educators founded White Mountain Camp for boys on Sebago Lake in Maine in 1905.

Dr. Meylan purchased Camp Arcadia for girls, which had been founded in 1916. Dr. Meylan and his daughter, Juliette Meylan Henderson, directed the camp for many years. He became the first president of the joined associations for boys and girls camps which evolved into the American Camping Association. Juliette, known as Mum-Mum to her camp associates, oversaw increasing the Camp’s land, building the tripping program and establishing a strong program as well as handling the staffing and enrollment.

Her daughters, Anne Henderson Fritts and Louise Henderson became the directors in 1970, and oversaw growth in the number of both campers and counselors. Anne has worked on the establishment of Family Camp, the Scholarship Foundation and ‘A Week at Arcadia’ Program. In 2000, Anne’s third daughter, Louise Fritts Johnson became a director of Arcadia.