Camp Androscoggin

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Camp Androscoggin
Nickname(s): Camp Andro
Motto: In the Maine tradition since 1907
Camp Androscoggin is located in Maine
Camp Androscoggin
Camp Androscoggin
Location within the state of Maine
Coordinates: 44°20′58″N 70°3′25″W / 44.34944°N 70.05694°W / 44.34944; -70.05694Coordinates: 44°20′58″N 70°3′25″W / 44.34944°N 70.05694°W / 44.34944; -70.05694
Country United States
State Maine
County Kennebec
Founded 1907
Elevation 299 ft (91 m)
Population
 • Total About 275 campers
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 04284
Area code(s) 207
FIPS code 23-80880
GNIS feature ID 0582796

Camp Androscoggin is an all-boys summer camp in Wayne, Maine, and one of the oldest in the state. It is ACA (American Camp Association) accredited.[1] It was founded in 1907 by Edward M. Healy,[2] who became President of the American Camping Association (ACA) in 1916 shortly before his death.

The camp has an average intake of between 225 and 275 boys aged 8 to 15 years, and takes enrollments nationally and internationally.

History[edit]

Camp Androscoggin was established in 1907 on Sans Souci Island, since renamed "Androscoggin Island", in Lake Androscoggin. During the camp's inaugural summer, only 7 campers were enrolled. In 1937, a new "Junior Camp" was added on the lake's shore, which was initially for campers aged 8 to 11 years. The two camps briefly combined during World War II due to a fuel shortage, and combined permanently inland in 1972 after a fire. Androscoggin was the site of the third and fourth Seeds of Peace camps in 1995-96.[3]

Camp Androscoggin has had many notable campers including Stephen Sondheim, Alan Jay Lerner, Tom Lehrer, William Zeckendorf, and the sons of Robert Kraft.

Activities[edit]

Camp Androscoggin is part of the Central Maine Camp League (CMCL), competing with Cobbossee, Caribou, Manitou, and others camps in sports, including baseball, soccer, tennis, basketball, archery, and swimming.

Land sports take place on its two baseball fields, two soccer fields, three basketball courts, twelve tennis courts, archery and rifles ranges, and a climbing wall. A recent addition to sport facilities is the Foster Fieldhouse, with a high school regulation-sized basketball court.

Water sports use a 2,000-foot-long (610 m) shoreline for competitive and instructional swimming, sailing, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing and wakeboarding.[4]

Arts and crafts, pottery, woodworking, and animation take place in an arts center, and a theater holds musical talent shows and plays, and the final event of the camp's Color War, during which campers sing Alma Mater and fight songs.[5]

20 network ID's for Nickelodeon have been produced here in 1988, along with "Toon Break", a series of shorts for Toon Disney.

Androscoggin also has an overnight and day-trip program, including trips to Mt. Washington, Mount Katahdin, the Allagash River, and Montreal.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Find a Camp: Camp Androscoggin
  2. ^ Camp Androscoggin founding date; A Handbook of the best private schools of the United States and Canada (1915); Vol. 1 p. 234; retrieved 3 April 2011
  3. ^ Seeds of Peace Camp
  4. ^ Maine Youth Camping Foundation: Camp Androscoggin
  5. ^ Camp Androscoggin song lists

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