Forest Acres is my home away from home. I wait 10 months every year just so I can go back to Fryeburg, Maine and smell the pines. Camp is one of the best things that ever happened to me. I don’t know why! Maybe the people, the friends I make, or just the feeling of watching the sunset over the Saco River. Camp means everything to me.
Having children at both Forest Acres and Indian Acres, we have always been able to enjoy our summers knowing that our kids are safe and happy with their summer families. No matter what day of the year it is, Andy is always able to tell us exactly how many days until camp starts.
Indian Acres Camp for Boys and Forest Acres Camp for Girls have been providing boys and girls with quality camping experiences and the opportunity to make lifelong friendships for over 90 years. Founded in 1924 these “brother/sister” camps are located two miles from each other in Fryeburg, ME and on the shore of the Saco River. Boys and girls between the ages of six and 17 attend the camps. “Kids First” is the shared mission of both camps and both are ACA (American Camp Association) accredited. Campers can sign up for seven or four-week sessions which cost $10,300/$11,000 and $6,600/$6,800, respectively, and are all inclusive except riding and transportation to and from camp. Rookie Camp, which is three days in mid July, is free. Campers come from more than 20 states, Canada, Europe, Central and South America and Asia.
Activities: Campers have seven activity periods to schedule each day. Junior campers are encouraged to try all activities. Intermediate campers elect activities they most enjoy. Senior campers choose activities that they wish to specialize in.
Special trips are organized weekly to Islands and coastal areas in Maine and to the White Mountains inNew Hampshire. Camping, hiking and canoeing trips and trips to Canada, Cape Ann and Boston colleges are scheduled regularly. Groups can skate at a local ice skating rink.
Team sports, group games, talent shows, campfires or overnights in the camp’s cabin on Lovewell Pond are held in evenings and Sundays. Traditional games, called Color War (Green and Tan for Forest Acres and Red and Brown for Indian Acres) are held during the last three weeks of camp and provide friendly competition in marathons, a counselor hunt a swim meet and other activities. Teach team writes its own songs that become part of camp tradition.
Coed activities involving the two camps, including dances, chorus and musical productions, are organized. In addition to social activities for all campers, weekly visits are arranged for siblings at the two camps. English as a second language is available for international campers. Tutoring in mathematics, music, reading and English can be arranged as well.
Facilities at the two camps:
- A full, regulation size, indoor basketball court with six baskets for half court and clinic use
- Water front facility for waterskiing, knee-boarding, wake-boarding, etc.
- An Olympic size, heated swimming pool
- An archery range
- A softball diamond
- An indoor gym
- Mountain biking trails
- Soccer, lacrosse and field hockey fields
- 13 full size tennis courts
- A 32 stall barn and three horseback riding arenas
- Badminton/volleyball courts
- Golf driving range
- Health center
- High and low ropes course
- Full theater building that seats over 300 people
- Art center with pottery wheels, stained glass, bead making, drawing, etc.
- Two darkrooms
- A dance studio where ballet, hip hop, jazz and theater dance are taught
- A state of the art climbing tower
All staff members go through an intensive precamp orientation and more than half of the staff return each year. The camp staff include a medical doctor and registered nurse.
54 Swans Falls
Fryeburg, ME 04037
1712 Main Street
Fryeburg, ME 04037