Summer Camp FAQs
How do campers get to camp?
Getting to Wekeela is a snap whether traveling by group or individually. We provide recommended flights and ask that you book through the camp’s official travel agent.
Generally, most campers travel by airplane for the first part of their trip to Wekeela. Campers arriving at Logan International Airport in Boston or the Portland Jetport in Portland, Maine are transported to Wekeela by chartered air-conditioned, coaches or vans.
Campers from the NY area can fly to Portland Jetport. The majority of our NY metropolitan area campers choose our chaperoned chartered coaches from Rye, NY.
Traditionally, we have had chaperones on flights from airports serving the Washington, DC and South Florida areas.
Whatever their point of departure, all campers are met by Wekeela staff upon flight arrival.
Please feel free to call regarding your child’s specific travel needs.
Where do campers sleep?
‘The cabin community. Every Wekeela cabin is of sturdy wood construction, completely weather resistant and in top condition. Designed specifically for summer camp use, our cabins have foundations raised above the ground and ample screened windows and doors. All cabins have electricity, sinks, showers and toilets as well as night lights, which are left on through the evening.
All Wekeela cabins are arranged in villages to group campers of the same gender and approximately the same age. This fosters a strong sense of community and facilitates positive group dynamics. And because each cabin is designed for an optimum number of occupants, campers develop a fuller sense of individualism. The average cabin accomodates 10 to 12 campers and 3 to 4 staff members.
How Do I get to Camp Wekeela?
From Portland, Maine and points south:
Take Maine Turnpike (I-95) to Exit 75-Auburn. At the end of the exit ramp, make a left hand turn onto Route 4 North and travel about 20 miles through the City of Auburn towards Hartford, Maine. Travel on Route 4 (North Bound) to the intersection of Route 219 (Bear Pond Road). At this intersection, make a left hand turn. You will travel 4.2 miles, pass the Wekeela Service entrance, pass it and make your next right where you will enter the through the Wekeela Main Gate.
From Bethel, Maine and points north:
Take Route 26 South to Bryant Pond and Trap Corner approximately 18 miles. Turn left onto Route 219 towards Hartford and Bear Pond. Go about 16 miles and the camp is on the left. Pass camp “Staff Entrance” and enter at “Main Gate”.
From South Paris, Maine and points west:
Take Route 117 north out of South Paris. Bear right around rotary. Staying on Route 117, turn left over the bridge towards Buckfield. Approximately 10 miles to Buckfield Village. Bear right through town still on Route 117 past Tilton’s Market. Proceed 7/10 of a mile, then cross a bridge and turn left onto East Buckfield Rd. (no sign) Pass the “Buckfield Mall’ on the left. Continue 6 miles until coming to Route 219. Turn left and go 1 mile. Pass Camp “Service Entrance” and enter at “Main Gate.”
From Augusta, Maine and points east:
Take Route 202 west out of Augusta through Manchester and Winthrop post the Sea & Land Restaurant on the right. Travel approximately 5 miles, turn right on to Bog Rd. Follow approximately 4 miles and go over a railroad track. Bear right onto 219 and pass DeCoster Feed Mill on the right. At the stop sign turn left onto Route 219. Continue approximately 4 miles and cross over Route 4. Go about 3.5 miles. Pass camp “Service Entrance” and enter at “Main Gate”.
Where are Camper’s From?
Wekeela campers come from 22 states and 17 foreign countries. Some areas are better represented than others, principally an outgrowth of friendships with camper families. The largest concentration of campers are from the states of California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While these areas represent the largest concentrations, we welcome campers from all over the United States as well as Europe, South America and the Pacific Rim.
What is Wekeela’s Trips Program?
Wekeela’s trips program satisfies campers’ urge to explore within our borders and beyond.
All campers participate in regular nature excursions such as hiking, canoeing and fishing trips. These outings take full advantage of the challenges and abundant beauty that Maine provides. For teens, such trips include thrills such as white water rafting on the Kennebec River.
Every Friday is a “Trip Day” during which the camp goes on an out-of-camp trip. Out-of-camp destinations generally involve tourist attractions such as festivals, amusement parks and unique points of interest.
In each session, Teen Camp excursions take Junior, Senior and Upper Senior campers to exciting locales such as the Maine coast and Bar Harbor, historic Boston and the North Shore, the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Montreal. These trips include motel accommodations and afford campers opportunities such as dancing, bowling, sightseeing and taking in sporting events, “Broadway” shows, music concerts and much more. These trips extend from 3 to 4 days.
How Structured are Wekeela’s Programs? Are they competitive?
Our guiding philosophy is to ensure that children grow and learn in an atmosphere of warmth, freedom, togetherness and security. Our approach to scheduling and camper’s role in shaping their own schedules facilitate these goals.
Each day at Wekeela is a custom-made ticket to fun and adventure. Campers establish individual schedules based on our daily activity schedule. Monday through Thursday and Saturday are filled with seven periods daily. Every Sunday is a “Wekeela Day” filled with special events and more fun! Every Friday is trip day! The entire camp gets the opportunity to explore Maine.
All campers participate in required and elective programs with older campers having more freedom to choose areas of interest.
Their schedules are derived from programs in six developmental areas: athletics-a unique emphasis on soccer, water sports, tennis, wilderness/outdoor adventure programs, creative arts and performing arts. Cutting across all campers’ schedules are individual options relating to horseback riding, S.C.U.B.A., and inter-camp and outdoor adventure trips.
The purpose of instructional programs is to help campers learn skills and competence in a program area. Campers who crave competition have numerous opportunities to test their skills in team and individual sports. Wekeela offers extensive competition via the inter-camp tournaments and intra-camp contests. At all times, Wekeela emphasizes sportsmanship, fair play and enjoying the experience.