Schedule & Activities | Maine XC Running | Slovenski Camps

A Day at Maine XC Running Camp

A day at XC camp is full of hard work, play, and relaxation. Intense training sessions are mixed with open-ended free time and fun full-camp activities such as capture the flag. Follow along below to see what's in store during a typical day at camp.

8 AM

Reveille & Morning Dip

Every day starts with reveille. Many campers choose to take a morning dip in Panther Pond. Nothing wakes you up and gets you ready for the day better than a refreshing swim. Besides feeling clean, you'll earn a campfire point for your cabin if you go all the way under. Not much for swimming? Don't worry, we also have hot showers :)

Three girl campers diving into the lake from a floating dock
8:15 AM


A hearty breakfast with hot and cold options served in the dining hall. Main entrees include classics like scrambled eggs, waffles, and french toast. Hot sides like bacon, muffins, sausage, oatmeal and home fries are available almost every day. Everyday options include bagels & cream cheese, toast with butter, jam, or peanut butter, fresh fruits, cereal with milk, and yogurt with granola and berries. Drinks include orange or apple juice, milk and chocolate milk, and water. Health conscious campers will have plenty of options to suit their diet, and even picky eaters will find a filling meal every morning. Picky eaters are welcome here - our menu includes sundry basics and most items are separated: View menu page

9:00 AM

Cabin Cleanup

After breakfast everyone reports to their cabin for a team effort to clean. Each camper needs to clean up his own area, and then pitch in on the cabin-wide chores like sweeping the floor and emptying the waste bin. The head counselors inspect and rate the job for campfire points.

9:30 AM

Morning Drills & Lecture

Start the morning off with some advice from experienced runners and a gentle warmup. Lectures will give runners the information they need to succeed in the coming year, including topics such as diet, sleep, recovery cycles, race strategy, tapering, mental toughness, and college recruiting.

Campers receiving instruction in the field from a coach
10:00 AM

Trail Running

Campers will build a strong mileage base on our extensive trail system which runs along the shore and throughout the wooded peninsula. Cruise around the Oregon Trail, trek up Mount Doom for a hill workout, and find your way home on the Appian Way.

Campers running through a trail in the woods by a coach
12:15 PM

Lunch Buffet

Grab lunch from the buffet serving line. Lunch features a hot entree with many side options. Hot entrees include dishes like grilled cheese, Italian sandwiches, pizza, hot dogs, and pulled pork. A salad bar is available at every lunch and dinner, as are peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, fresh fruit, and milk. Campers sit at long dining tables supervised by counselors helping them improve manners and table conversation.

Campers going through the buffet line during lunch
1:00 PM

Rest Hour

Take some much-needed rest and relaxation in between activities during Rest Hour. Get ahead on summer reading, borrow a book from the camp library, or sleep. There's nothing like reading in a cabin with the sound of the waves on the beach outside. Many campers take a nap to recharge for the afternoon session.

Campers reading in their cabin during rest hour
2:30 PM

Beach Sprints

Practice your technique and stride efficiency on our sandy beach. Our long strip of shore-front beach is perfect for low-impact stride training. After you're done, hop in the refreshing lake to cool off.

Campers running along the water on the beach
3:30 PM

Core Workout and Lecture

Campers will hear from college runners and coaches about collegiate recruiting and racing. Cross training options will emphasize core strength and injury prevention.

Campers doing a core workout outside on the meeting stage
4:30 PM

Cross Training

Cross training options to improve fitness without adding mileage on your legs. Activities include cycling, rowing, swimming, aqua-jogging, kayaking, weight training, core work, and calisthenics.

Log weights in front of Rocky Gym
5:30 PM

Free Time with Swimming

Campers can jump in the lake, swim out to the rafts, dive off the docks, play water basketball and any other activity that involve the water and splashing around. Land options abound as usual - badminton, tetherball, frisbee, basketball, volleyball, gagaball, and a host of other games in a wide range of effort levels.

Campers swimming around a floating dock with a waterslide
6:00 PM

Dinner buffet

After a full day, a big healthy meal to recount stories & share experiences hits the spot. The salad bar & fruit bowl are always open to augment a meal, and the hot entrees like spaghetti & meatballs or ham & sweet potatoes satisfy campers of all ages. Want to be first in line for dessert? --use the vocabulary word of the day in a sentence to get dismissed earlier.

Campers eating dinner at a long table in a wooden dining hall
7:00 PM

Evening Activity

The whole camp comes together for big field games in the evening while some campers choose to eat s'mores and play relaxing games by the fire. Many campers eagerly anticipate Capture the Flag and Manhunt played toward the end of the week. Relaxing options like a kayak trip and campfire games are offered every evening along with a few smaller games and sports.

Campers playing capture the flag
8:00 PM


Everyone gathers around our big campfire for an evening of camp songs, awards, readings, dances, and competitions. Adventurous campers will make many trips to the stage and back and watch from their log bench during the voluntary activities. At the end of the night, campfire points are totaled to determine the winning cabins. Parents are invited to the campfire on the final night of camp. Check out the Campfire Page to learn more.

Campers singing around a roaring fire sitting on log benches
9:30 PM

Lights out

Time to recharge for another day. Taps played from the trumpet on the dock marks the end of the day. Fall asleep to a classic story read aloud to the entire cabin. After reading a few chapters, the counselor too goes to sleep, and the waves, loons, and breeze become the only sounds left.

Waterfront and docks in the evening