Welcome to Camp Fernwood

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Founded in 1921, Camp Fernwood is a nurturing, traditional sleepaway summer camp for girls, located in Poland, Maine on the shore of beautiful Lake Thompson.  We are a community of 230 campers and 150 resident staff, and offer one full season session (7 weeks) for campers ranging from 8 to 15.

The message girls get at Fernwood is often quite the opposite of what they hear in their daily lives.  From a young age, women are repeatedly barraged with negative messages from both peers and the media.  A summer experience at Fernwood, focusing on simplicity, inclusion, tolerance and friendship helps girls to put that negative outside culture in a healthy perspective.  By enhancing our girls’ sense of self, and teaching them the importance of being strong, healthy and independent, they are more resilient and less affected by many of those negative pressures.

“Once you’ve passed that Fernwood gate you’ve made a little date with fate … and your heart is at Fernwood to stay.”