Kingsley Pines Camp

Traditional Camp

Overnight Camp

Camp Address
51 Coughlan Cove Road
Raymond, Maine 04071
USA
(207) 894-9030

Off-Season Address
51 Coughlan Cove Road
Raymond, Maine 04071
USA
(207) 894-9030

It’s hard to describe just what makes it so special here at Kingsley Pines, but you’ll know it when you see it – it’s a feeling you get the moment you arrive. Just set foot on our campus and you can hear and see the enthusiasm and love for camp all around you.

Build Independence and Self-Esteem

By attending Kingsley Pines, campers develop skills in our supportive atmosphere that can be difficult to learn elsewhere. There are numerous opportunities to make independent choice, so campers gain confidence in their decision-making skills. Our campers have the ability to expand their horizons and try new activities in a safe and encouraging environment. They build real self-esteem by facing challenges and succeeding.

Counselors Who Really Care

Every summer camp likes to say they have the best staff, but we really believe we do. From their experience level to their training and, most of all, their ability to interact with kids, our amazing counselors are not just here to run programs - their entire role at camp is about connecting with the kids in their care. At Kingsley Pines, our counselors really shine!

A Culture of Safety

We know that it can be dauting to put the safety of your child into someone else's hands and to find the safest possible summer camp experience - while ensuring your child will still have fun! At Kingsley Pines, we take safety very seriously. It is not jsut a word to us - we exceed all national standards and our entire staff is carefully trained to protect your child. Like you, we value safety above all else.

An Authentic Experience

Our campers often talk about having "camp sickness" when they're not here - as in reverse home-sickness! And we can certainly understand why. Campers can be themselves and be accepted for who they are. They have the freedom to try new activities without fear of failure, in our supportive and accepting community.

Kingsley Pines Camp Camp Picture
Kingsley Pines Camp Camp Picture

Camp Video

Camp Facilities

Kingsley Pines is nestled on the shores of crystal clear Panther Lake, sitting on over 100 beautiful wooded acres in Raymond, Maine. We are two hours from Boston and 40 minutes west of Portland.

Our waterfront can't be beat!  We are on a private, 1X5 mile lake, and we're usually the only boats on the lake. We have every kind of water-toy imaginable including high-end sailboats, professional ski boats for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and tubing, windsurf boards, kayaks, canoes, a rope swing, a water trampoline, a floating climbing apparatus, and a water launch!

Our land activities have great facilities as well. There are too many to name, but here's a short list:  rock climbing tower, high and low ropes courses, archery range, theater, art studio, ceramics studio, indoor basketball courts, soccer field, baseball field, lacrosse field, 4 tennis courts, and much more! 
 
We eat every meal lakeside under a big oak tree (unless it rains).  Meals are served buffet style, with a large variety of choices at every meal.  Campers rave about the food.  Our chef is known for his tastey, delicious, fresh, and nutritious meals. There is always something for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters!

Our cabins are well-maintained, but still have a rustic feel. All cabins are equipped with electricity and screens.  Most cabins have bathrooms attached. Cabins without bathrooms share several central bath houses with modern plumbing, including: hot and cold running water, sinks, flush toilets, and individual shower stalls.

Camp Staff

Our Staff

During our hiring process, we look for caring, attentive role models who are devoted to providing campers with the support they need to have a positive, life-changing camp experience.

Staff Selection

We conduct a highly selective hiring process, including background and reference checks. We seek candidates that have prior experience working with children and that are very knowledgeable in the activities they will instruct.

What Makes Our Staff Different

We believe that our staff at Kingsley Pines is special and we work hard help our staff shine. The average age of our staff members is 21 and to be eligible to work at camp, you must have completed at least one year of college. We do not have any Junior Counselors or Counselors-In-Training. All staff attend a 7-day orientation before camp begins, to learn a large variety of skills, including: how to identify/manage homesickness, mediate conflicts, prevent and address bullying, handle emergency situations and sensitive issues, and help campers make friends and improve their social skills. We also have two Campus Heads, one for girls and one for boys. Their sole duty is to focus on the emotional well-being of campers and staff.

Staff Goals

We maintain a strong, positive staff culture focused on achieving our five goals and this truly sets our staff apart. We developed these goals to help staff understand that their job is to enable their campers to grow and develop. We believe by striving to meet these goals, we can to create a meaningful experience for both campers and staff. The five goals are:

  • Camp is a life-changing experience, where campers learn things about themselves they didn’t know when they arrived – Independence, Responsibility, Group Living Skills, New Activity Skills, Decision Making Skills.
  • No camper will “fall through the cracks.” Each child is attended to while at camp.
  • Counselors have a positive impact on each camper, such that in 20 years each camper will remember his/her counselor’s name and experience at camp.
  • Counselors are members of a supportive community and they rely on each other.
  • Each counselor realizes the effect their actions and behaviors have on the campers and that is reflected in the choices that they make.

Camp FAQs

What is the weekly schedule?
Each week there are five regular activity days and two special days. On regular activity days, there are five activity periods. For the first four periods, each child chooses his/her activities for the week. The fifth period is a daily choice and is made before lunch each day. The fifth period involves many different activities and taps into the special talents of our counselors. Two days each week are Special Days, where we take a break from the regular daily schedule. Events include Pirate Day, 4th of July, Beach Trip, White Water Rafting, Renaissance Festival, etc.

Can I contact some families in my area that attended Kingsley Pines?
Absolutely! Kingsley Pines is happy to provide reference families from all over the world. Please reach out to us at info@kingsleypines.com for more information.

Is Kingsley Pines an accredited camp?
Kingsley Pines is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). This means that Kingsley Pines submitted to a thorough (250 standards) review of its operation by the ACA, from staff qualifications and training to emergency management. The ACA collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at Kingsley Pines reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. At Kingsley Pines, we are committed to maintaining the highest levels of safety.

What safety measures do you take at the waterfront?
We have over 25 lifeguards at Kingsley Pines. One or more lifeguard monitors every waterfront activity. During designated swim times, we use a combination of the buddy system and the buddy board. During staff orientation, lifeguards are trained in a variety of swimming and boating rescue skills. Campers must wear lifejackets when participating in boating activities.

How are campers assigned to cabins?
Cabin assignments are largely determined by the grade campers will be entering in the fall. We also make sure that cabins have a mix of both new and returning campers to promote a healthy group dynamic. Campers may request to be in the same cabin with a friend.

If my child attends Session 3, will he/she be at camp with children that have already been there for 6 weeks?
Definitely not! Most families choose Kingsley Pines because we have shorter sessions. 96% of the campers are enrolled only for one session.

What sort of medical facilities do you have?
Our Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day by one of our registered nurses. They give prescribed medications and provide routine medical care. We also have several Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) on staff. A local doctor is available for consultation and to provide additional treatment. If needed, an ambulance and paramedics are just two miles away. The local hospital is Maine Medical Center, the largest hospital in Maine. It is 26 miles away in Portland.

Camp Sessions

Camp Season: June 16, 2019 to August 10, 2019
Multiple camper discounts available
Financial assistance available

Camp Location

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