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Slovenski Camps

A traditional camp experience in the beautiful Maine woods

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We have one camp facility and many programs within. All the programs, such as Athena Camp or Running Camp, operate on the same basic schedule and mingle with each other during meals, free times, evening activity, and campfire. We split up by program for the main sessions each day: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 - 5:15 p.m. Cabins are assigned by age not program. A cabin might have some pole vault campers, runners, and dodgeball campers who are in the same grade. The mix of campers and activities creates a synergy that is fun and educational for campers in all programs.

Yes, camp is coed. Even campers in the Athena girls camp or Excalibur boys camp will interact with everyone many periods of the day and in the dining hall. Girls' cabins are on one side of the property and boys' cabins in a different area, and campers are not allowed in each others cabins or even the cabin areas of the other gender.

We run Saturday (4:30pm start) to Saturday (10am finish) sessions. You may do as many sessions as you'd like, and the weeks do not need to be contiguous. Some campers come a few weeks in a row, others come the first, third, and seventh, and others come only one. We offer a discount for campers who come a half summer (4 weeks) or a full summer (8 weeks).

Yes. Call Dave at 207.751.9513. He has a baby so he might not be able to pick up, but leave a message or send a text and he will call you right back.

Camp Philosophy

Campers are in for an unforgettable experience straight out of a kid's dream. Free from the distraction of glowing screens, campers will learn to have fun the way their parents did — playing outside. They will engage in unique, thrilling activities that teach vital real-life skills such as how to work alone and in teams, and how to quickly adapt to new rules and conditions.

In the fun of competition campers forge new friendships, and strengthen old ones. Our carefully selected staff is trained to maintain and enforce fair play, good sportsmanship, and fun.

Campers sing around a campfire at slovenski camps

A day at camp contains many structured activities, but also free time periods that teach kids how to interact with their peers and give campers the freedom they enjoy at school recess or playing with friends in the neighborhood.

Each evening concludes with a campfire that features contests, singing, dancing, recognition, stories, and encouragement for good standards of outdoor living and self-reliance. The "thoughts for the day" read aloud by campers each night include such wisdom as George Washington's "It is better to be alone than in bad company", and "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" from the Book of Matthew.

Slovenski camps road sign at the entrance

Who We Are

The Slovenski Family has been in the summer camp business since 1987: "We love camps. We are excited to show you what an incredible experience we can give your child."

Owner Peter Slovenski or "Coach" coaches track at Bowdoin College, and is the founder and director of the Bowdoin Summer Day Camp, and co-founder and co-director of the Dick Fosbury Track Camp. He has been running safe and fun camps for over 30 years.

, director, lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Courtney, son Sawyer and daughter Daisy. He teaches high school math, physics, robotics, and engineering at University School Nashville. Steve graduated from Princeton University where he founded a club for dodgeball, laser tag, and other active events. Steve has a Masters in Education from Vanderbilt University and has been teaching and directing Slovenski Camps since 2010.

The Maine Lodge with the lake in the background on a fall day

Dugan Slovenski, owner and 'Camp Mom', is a mother of three boys. She is "outnumbered, but not outsmarted". She is an experienced SAT tutor and former high school math teacher.

Paul Slovenski, associate director, is the father of three girls and a former athletic director at Bay View Glenn School in Toronto. Paul has years of experience supervising waterfront activities to ensure maximum safety.

, director, is a graduate of Princeton University where he broke the Ivy League Pole Vault record and ran the school dodgeball tournament. Dave coached track & field at RPI before teaching math, physics, and robotics at Choate Rosemary Hall and then Franklin Road Academy. When he’s not at camp, Dave lives in Nashville, TN with his wife Ieva and son Henry.

Jim Brennan, Director of External Affairs, is an alum of Camp Hawthorne. Jim coordinates alumni activities and produces many of the excellent slideshows of past summers that you see on YouTube.