Welcome to

Camp North Star

a Summer Camp in Poland Spring, ME

Camp North Star is more than just a place; it’s a feeling…Ask any of our campers or families what that feeling is and they would smile and say, ‘Camp North Star is My Home.’ With Camp North Star’s attention to each child’s individuality reflected in our community, our program and our staff it’s no surprise they feel at home with us.

Dates & Rates Our Philosophy

  • June 24, 2018

    Days

    Hours

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    Until Session 1 - June 24, 2018

News + Announcements

  • Camp North Star Week 1 Summer 2017

    Fourth of July Traditions and Celebrations

    This week Camp North Star celebrated the 4th of July in style. We spent two days participating in some of our favorite patriotic traditions.   The festivities started a day early...

  • Camp North Star Week 1 Summer 2017

    Camp North Star Week 1 Review

    And just like that we are starting our second week of camp.  The first week flew by. We have already finished a full week of classes, five days of exciting evening programs, one...

More News & Announcements
  • Jess W., Campers aged 15 and 13

    “The staff continuously ensures that every camper fits in and is accepted in and outside of the cabin. When we picked him up, the first thing he said was, “I want to come back next year!” I was in tears…”

  • Stacey T., Campers aged 14 and 12

    ‘Everyone’s unique personality clearly contributed and was a big part of the camp family.’

  • Jay S., Camper aged 14

    “By the time we drove up to CNS that very first drop-off day our daughter couldn’t have been more excited and my wife and I were sure we made the right choice…..When we picked up our daughter two weeks later we soon realized she had the time of her life. (A word of warning here… she didn’t stop talking about camp for the entire ride home.)”

  • Elsa A., Campers aged 13 and 10

    “…When I picked my son up from camp the first year; I have never seen him happier! When he speaks of CNS and now recently with talking to our daughter about camp, joy is one of the first words that come to my mind!”

The Benefits Of Our Sleep Away Camp At Camp North Star

Most parents are concerned about what their children will be doing during the summer.  They want them to have fun, make friends, and learn new skills.  These are all reasons why parents choose Camp North Star and return summer after summer.  There are many benefits to sending your child to our Maine sleep away camp. These are the most important ones that will have a positive impact on your child.

Building Social Skills And Friendships

Summer camp provides the perfect environment for children to build their social skills and make new friends.  Going to a new camp is a crash course in how to meet new people and get along with campers from different backgrounds.  Children are also more likely to take social risks when at camp because they are all in a new environment.

Our Maine summer camp encourages collaboration and teamwork which promotes the personal growth of each camper. Learning and building these skills will help your child’s confidence and their ability to handle social situations in the future.

Developing Confidence And Resiliency

When your child is in our sleep away camp, they will be encouraged to go outside of their comfort zone.  Our sleep away camp in Maine achieves this goal through activities that emphasize 21st-century life skills – collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity.  By supporting children to step out of their comfort zone, our New England sleepaway camp will help them gain confidence when faced with new situations in life.

Summer camp also teaches children to take risks, how to face adversity, and how to handle failure. Overcoming challenges is a vital skill that helps children during the summer, throughout school, and for the rest of their lives.

Becoming And Staying Active

Children today are less active because of an increased dependency on technology.  A recent study in Canada found that only 7% of children aged 6 to 19 receive their recommended one hour of exercise per day.  Being active all day at camp, and away from technology, leads to a healthier lifestyle for campers.  Our Maine overnight camp offers activities with choices in arts, athletics, outdoors and waterfront, and keeps our campers very active throughout the day.

Camp North Star is proud to be a technology-free camp.  There are no phones, tablets, computers or gaming devices. That means instead of having their face looking at a screen; campers follow a daily routine of meals, physical activity, and special events while learning to improve their interpersonal communication skills with fellow campers.  Most of our activities are outdoors to take advantage of our picturesque Maine overnight camp on 200 acres and a private lake.

The Values Of Leadership

Summer camp gives campers an opportunity to develop and refine their leadership skills.  Children are given a chance to push themselves and their fellow campers to achieve a goal, win a game or solve a problem.  They also learn how to be a role model to their peers and the responsibility that comes with being a good friend.  As North Star campers move into high school, they can enter our Leadership Training program and Counselor-in-Training program where they will acquire specific skills so they can join our staff in the future and spend additional summers at our Maine sleepaway camp.