Summer Camp in Maine; It’s Tradition

Laurel 9 _Campfire.jpg For many families, sleep away camp in Maine has become the ultimate tradition. “I started at Camp in Maine at age 8 and was a camper and then a counselor until my last summer at age 21. In large measure, all those summers in Maine impacted my ultimate decision to move to Maine and raise my family here. It’s a decision I’ve never regretted. I sent my daughter to the same camp when she was 8, and last summer, at age 27, she was an assistant director. Both my sons went to camp in Maine as well,” comments Jody Sataloff of Camp Runoia, who agrees that overnight camps in Maine and tradition go hand in hand. So many camps in Maine have been around for several decades (even a century) and their core stays true to its original form. Maine was, and still is, the perfect place to build overnight camps, with miles and miles of crystal clear lakes, tall pine trees and many mountains; providing the natural backdrop to beginning and sustaining traditions.
Jim Gill, camp director of Fernwood Cove said they tweak old traditions to make them more modern; evolving traditions so that every summer will be better than the last. Even though each camp is unique, the underlying traditional feelings are the same. Most have some form of “color war,” they all teach good old fashioned values, and show children how to have a deep appreciation for nature. Alex Goodman was a camper at Camp Cedar and says, “Camp Cedar is still to this day a huge part of my life. I have fond memories of my time in Casco, ME and look forward to the day when my two daughters have the same memories about Camp in Maine and when my son calls Cedar his summer home.”
Traditional Maine camps teach kids how to expand their horizons. If you send your child to a specialty camp, you are limiting their exposure to new things and the ability to benefit from being with nurturing staff, and amazing friends, who really get to know you. As Ronald Hall director of Camp O-AT-KA said, “By allowing kids to do only what they are comfortable with, there is no growth.” When they try new and different things, they gain self confidence. As Peter Kassen, Hidden Valley Camp put it, “Children like structure. They can relax knowing that they are safe.”
There is something beautiful and sacred about the traditions at Maine camps. Knowing that past generations sang the same songs, climbed the same mountains and canoed the same rivers, is a special and unique feeling shared by scores of children who have shared lasting memories by spending their summers at camp in Maine.
To find out more about Maine Summer Camps and to enter to win ( an unforgettable family vacation at Migis Hotels (the quintessential Maine hotel properties) – and how to save money on this summer’s stay – visit the Maine Camp Experience website today (

Join Us for a #SharkWeek Twitter Party!

shark-week-restless-fury-blu-ray.jpgReady for some biting humor, scary trivia and the chance to win prizes in celebration of Discovery Channel’s upcoming Shark Week? Then you’ve come to the right place! @RoleMommy and @SelfishMom will host an online party to celebrate the DVD release of Shark Week 2011: Restless Fury. The party will take place on Twitter using the #SharkWeek hashtag Monday, July 18 between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. EST. Make sure you follow @Discovery @SharkWeek @RoleMommy and @SelfishMom, visit, enter #SharkWeek and you will be good to go!
Not to frighten you, but did you know that shark attacks are on the rise? Hence the reason I never go to the beach in the summer – okay maybe the reason is that I hate wearing bathing suits, but I digress. This July, Shark Week: Restless Fury fearlessly emerges on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. Watch footage of actual shark attacks and the epic rescues that were caught on tape. Both include bonus features such as Sharks: Are They Hunting Us? Man Vs. Fish: Tiger Shark; and special to Blu-ray Disc, Man Vs. Fish: Mako Shark.
In honor of the DVD release, we’ll be hosting a fun trivia filled Twitter event for shark fans everywhere. Every 15 minutes, @RoleMommy will prompt participants to answer shark related questions from SharkWeek 2011: Restless Fury. Each respondent will put into a drawing to win a copy of SharkWeek 2011: Restless Fury and a $20 Visa gift card; winners will be randomly announced at the end of the event so make sure you follow @RoleMommy so that we can DM you if you’ve won!
About Shark Week: Restless Fury
Shark Week: Restless Fury is a two-disc set with a total run time of 344 minutes and an SRP of $19.98. The Blu-Ray edition has a total run time of 387 minutes with an SRP $24.98. Street date: July 19, 2011.
Please comment below with your Twitter handle if you plan to join the fun! And since the party takes place just when your kids get home from day camp, feel free to have them join the party. They’ll probably know all the answers!