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  • Each Summer is Special at Indian and Forest Acres

    No two summers in Fryeburg, Maine are ever 100% the same. Each summer under the pines always brings new experiences and opportunities for campers and staff alike. Everyone experiences the big parts of the camp season, but also learns something about themselves in the process. Anyone who comes to camp remembers when Color War breaks or being a part of “The Sing.” It’s the moments in-between that create some of the best memories.

    There are definitely a few traditions that campers and families expect each summer at Indian & Forest Acres. We’re talking about the Coed Play, 4th of July festivities, each camp’s end-of-summer banquet – the list goes on. These traditions get campers excited during the course of the summer, but it’s the little things that happen every day that often stick with campers and staff long after they’ve left camp.


    Indian Acres Banquet Night


    Looking back, there are a few things that make each summer so special. Whether it’s trying a new activity for the first time or making a new friend in their cabin, summers at Indian and Forest Acres are an amazing opportunity for children to create some of their own special summer memories.

    Songs & Cheers

    Ask any former campers what they remember about camp and they’ll probably mention (or sing) a favorite camp song! Singing and cheering happen every single day at Indian & Forest Acres. There are songs that happen during meals, during campfires, and during weekly services that stick with campers from year to year. At sporting events, campers are always cheering each other on to do their best. Once Color War breaks, there are twice as many opportunities for singing and cheering all around camp! Just about anything at camp can be celebrated with a song or cheer.


    Giggles & Laughter

    Is it impossible to laugh or smile too much? We don’t think so! Every summer, the sounds of laughter can be heard all around camp. Perhaps campers are performing a silly skit at campfire, or a counselor is wearing a funny wig at the talent show, or just playing games – laughter is a constant at camp. Campers may not remember all of the things they were laughing about, but they’ll remember who they were laughing with!


    Camp Spirit

    At Indian & Forest Acres, the camp spirit is easy to see amongst every member of the camp community. Campers and staff return year after year to “Our Summer Place” because of the traditions and friendships they’ve made. Some campers and staff even have parents, and yes, even grandparents, who spent their summers at Indian and Forest Acres. It’s truly a second family and once you’re a part of it, it’s for life!



  • 5 Clever Ideas for Indian & Forest Acres Care Packages

    After a long day of fun at both Indian & Forest Acres, the dining halls are always full of noise and laughter as campers and staff wind down after another day of camp. Once dinner is cleaned up and cabins are dismissed, one of the most exciting parts of the day happens…mail time! Campers eagerly check the list of names to see if they’ve received any packages while counselors check the mailboxes to hand out their cabin’s mail! Campers (and staff) LOVE getting mail! If you’re looking for a few ideas on what to send in a camper’s package, we’ve got you covered.   

    Indian Acres Mail

    Mail call at Indian Acres!


    First things first, we respectfully ask that you DO NOT send food in any packages and limit the number of packages to FOUR for the summer. We appreciate your help and understanding in this matter.  


    Cabin Decorating Supplies

    Getting a box full of cabin decorating supplies is sure to excite your camper & their cabinmates! Consider sending things like small pictures or posters that can be easily attached with tape or pushpins. Even small pillows for a camper’s bed are perfect to send in a package to decorate their cabin space. Origami paper or cardstock is something else useful for inside the cabin! With those items, campers can create some of their own custom pieces to hang inside the cabin.


    Junior Games Forest Acres


    Travel-Size Games & Card Games

    These are awesome surprises to get at camp! These games are great for rest hours, Junior Games, or evening cabin activities. Plus, they get campers interacting and playing together. Some popular board games that have multiple players are Scrabble, Clue, Monopoly, and Hungry, Hungry Hippo! If cards are more exciting for your camper, regular playing cards are always enjoyable! Games like Headbandz, Uno, or Skip-Bo! Flashcards are also a useful (not to mention educational) addition to a camper’s package!


    Temporary Tattoos

    These are fun for all ages! It’s easy to find these and slip them into packages or a letter! Children love getting to show off parts of their personality with a few temporary tattoos! Movie characters, fun phrases, cute animals, and anything else you can imagine can become a temporary tattoo! Also, temporary tattoos are very easy to share with their camp friends!


    Stuff that Glows

    Glow sticks, glow necklaces, glow in the dark stars – it’s all a hit! Campers spend a fair amount of time outside at dusk and into the evening. Glowing accessories are always a nice bonus to their evening activities. Plus, they’re very fun for Fourth of July fireworks!


    Forest Acres Mail


    Forgotten Items

    In the hustle and bustle of packing for camp, it’s easy to forget a few small things – hair ties, an mp3 player, Color War gear, or even a camper’s watch! Items like these are perfect to send to camp!  

    Simple items like extra socks, a favorite book, or even toiletries can be exciting packages to open after dinner! Think outside of the box and send something unique to your favorite camper! Remember, it’s the thought that counts!

    We’re just 42 days from starting Summer 2018! Have you completed your camper’s registration?


  • 5 Lifelong Lessons from Summer Camp

    Summers at camp can be some of the best times in a child’s life. Summers away from home and spent in nature with new friends and opportunities can definitely shape their view of the world around them. At Indian & Forest Acres Camps, once you’re a part of the camp community, memories and lessons learned stick with you for a lifetime – no matter when you first came to camp!

    A child’s time at camp lasts longer than the few weeks they are with us in Fryeburg. Countless memories are made and stories are still being shared long after the children return home. A summer at Indian & Forest Acres creates an opportunity for children to learn some of life’s greatest lessons and other important skills for their future endeavors.

    Here are some lifelong lessons learned from being a camper at Indian & Forest Acres:


    Friendships made in the camp community are some of the best friendships that a child can have. Getting to know others in their cabins, units, and from places around the world is an amazing opportunity for them to gain a new perspective of the people around them! At camp, age groups don’t limit opportunities for friendship when campers are all eating, learning, and growing up together. Many times, these friendships last long after their time as campers, building a network for life. With all the technology available today, it’s very easy for campers to stay in contact after camp ends!


    Forest Acres Frienship


    Confidence & Courage
    A summer at camp is the perfect time for children to learn a new skill and try a new activity – perhaps something they may not have time for during the school year. Trying new things can give kids the courage to make mistakes and learn without the boundaries of the classroom. During a summer at camp, children can build up their self-confidence as well. They are surrounded by people who support them and encourage them to do their best on a daily basis. Children are encouraged to step out of their comfort zones at camp and when they succeed, it’s a perfect moment for boosting their self-confidence!


    Indian Acres Teamwork


    Learning how to be a team player and member of a community is a skill that can easily be carried into adulthood. Learning how to work with others on a team or in their cabins, learning from one another, and learning how to solve problems and disagreements together is just part of the beauty of teamwork. Building that team and community mindset at camp is a great life skill that sticks with campers long after they leave Indian & Forest Acres.


    Indian Forest ACres Teamwork


    Time at camp is a great way for campers to practice a little personal responsibility. Campers are charged with cleaning tasks in their cabins, keeping their personal spaces tidy, choosing some of their daily activities, or serving in a leadership role around camp if they are an older camper! Practicing responsibility early helps children to feel capable and like they can contribute to the camp community, plus it’s definitely something that will help them in future educational and professional pursuits.


    Indian Acres Responsibility


    Ask anyone who has ever been to summer camp, chances are they still remember some very vivid moments from their camp experience. Whether it’s camp songs and cheers, Color War, their favorite camp foods, or campfires, there are always stories to be told.


    Forest Acres Memories

    Life lessons are learned every day at Indian & Forest Acres! While they may think they are just at camp to have fun and make friends, they’re building character, learning new skills, and becoming more independent.

    Learn more about why sending the kids to summer camp is a great idea! 

    Have any questions about camp? Ask them here! 

  • INTERVIEW WITH A C.I.T. – Harrison M.

    At Indian & Forest Acres, we love our C.I.T.s! Our Counselors-In-Training are valuable assets to our Administrative Staff and their fellow counselors. Our C.I.T.s  have “graduated” from being campers in the past, but now, they just can’t stay away from camp! They assist with cabin activities, trip days, and help with other camp traditions throughout the summer. Since they’ve been coming to camp for a while already, they make great resources for current campers because they already know all the tricks of camp!

    This summer, we’re excited to share that we have several past campers coming back to be C.I.T.s. Today, we’re introducing you to one of our C.I.T.s who is excited to be back at camp this summer.


    Meet Harrison M. from England!


    Q: How many years have you been coming to Indian Acres?

    This will be my third summer at Indian Acres.


    Q: What is your favorite memory from your time at Indian Acres…so far?

    My favorite memories at camp start with being voted as co-captain of the Color War-winning Red Team this past year. Second, for me, because I started camp when I was older, it’s the friendships I’ve made. Plus, how accepting people were to me to embrace me into the camp culture.


    Q: What are you most excited for this summer as a C.I.T.?

    This summer,  I am really excited to reunite and see my friends again.  I’m so excited to get back to my “happy” place.


    Q: What do you hope to share with/teach new campers this summer?

    I want to share the Indian Acres camp traditions with the new campers, but also teach them that it’s okay if some traditions change and they adapt to the new traditions.


    Harrison & Billy at Indiana Acres


    Not only do C.I.T.s bring great camp knowledge to the table, they still get to experience all the fun that Indian & Forest Acres has to offer! While transitioning from campers to counselors as C.I.T.s, they’re learning leadership skills and building their work ethic for future endeavors. C.I.T.s are passionate about camp and working with children and they make incredible additions to our team.


    Read about another C.I.T. returning to camp this summer – Sarah S.!

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  • Five Common Myths About Summer Camp…DEBUNKED!

    We’ve made it to Spring Break, which means summer isn’t far away. As you’re considering summer options for your family, you’ve probably come across a few common myths about summer camp. We’ve gathered up some common ones so you can readily send your children to Indian & Forest Acres for a summer of trying new things, building self-esteem, and joining a new community of friends and mentors.


    MYTH: Summer camp isn’t for everyone.

    Definitely not true! There are numerous types of summer camps all over the United States for just about every type of activity you can imagine. At Indian & Forest Acres, we offer a wide variety of activities for all interests. Whether it is arts & crafts, sports, drama, music, or waterfront activities at Lovewell, there are areas for every camper to grow and excel. Our flexible program allows campers to keep enjoying their favorite activities, but also opens the door to trying new things throughout the summer.

    MYTH: Summer camp isn’t educational.

    It’s definitely not a formal learning situation, but there are plenty of things that are educational at camp. While children aren’t sitting in a classroom learning, they are definitely still learning life skills during their time at camp. Campers are constantly learning physical, social, and leadership skills throughout their time at camp.  

    girls watersports


    MYTH: Kids sleep in tents, with zero electricity and running water ALL summer!?

    Definitely not the case! While many of our campers go on an actual camping excursion during the summer, when they’re at Indian & Forest Acres they live in an actual cabin. This cabin definitely has running water and electricity. It’s not a luxury resort, but trust us, they have beds and showers.


    MYTH: My child will not survive a summer without electronics!

    Oh, they will! They might even like it! A summer unplugged at Indian & Forest Acres is beneficial to campers and staff alike. Without the added digital distractions, campers are so busy diving into their daily activities that they don’t even miss their devices.


    MYTH: Homesickness will ruin their entire camp experience.

    That’s doubtful. If it’s their first time away from home for an extended amount of time, then your child may experience some short-term homesickness. Homesickness is pretty common! It just means they miss their loved ones and feel safe at home and in their normal surroundings. After a few days, once they’ve got into a new routine of fun activities, they’re having a great time.


    boys hockey

    We’re just 72 days away from starting our summer on the Saco. Will your child be joining us for a summer of new experiences and memories?

    Click here for answers to your questions about Indian & Forest Acres!